In the Hajar Mountains the mountain peaks of Jabal Shams (at around 3,000 metres, the highest peak in the Arabian Peninsula) and Jabal Akhdar (Green Mountain) offer dramatic locations with breath-taking views and cool temperatures all year round.
All this, combined with the natural friendliness of its people, makes Oman an attractive destination for visitors.
The capital Muscat lies on the northern coast between the sea and inland mountains. Further north along the coast lies Sohar, the birthplace of Sindbad the sailor, a major industrial and port city.
In the Governate of Dhofar, in southern Oman, where seasonal monsoon winds make the region green and fertile, lies the coastal city of Salalah, which operates one of the most active trans-shipment seaports in the region with a growing industrial and free zone hub.
In general, the climate is hot and dry in the interior and hot and humid along the coast. Summer temperatures in Muscat often pass 40C. Winters are mild and pleasant, with lows around 20C.