Head to Oman, the Switzerland of the Arabian gulf, for an exotic escape

Spectacular views of the mountains from the Anantara which is situated 2,000m above sea level.
Spectacular views of the mountains from the Anantara which is situated 2,000m above sea level. PHOTO: BY THE CHEDI, ANANTARA AND HELMI YUSOF
Perched on a rocky plateau of the Green Mountain, the Anantara is the highest-altitude hotel in the Middle East.
Perched on a rocky plateau of the Green Mountain, the Anantara is the highest-altitude hotel in the Middle East. PHOTO: BY THE CHEDI, ANANTARA AND HELMI YUSOF
A view from the limestone cliffs of Wadi Bani Khalid.
A view from the limestone cliffs of Wadi Bani Khalid.PHOTO: BY THE CHEDI, ANANTARA AND HELMI YUSOF
The massive chandeliers inside the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque.
The massive chandeliers inside the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque. PHOTO: BY THE CHEDI, ANANTARA AND HELMI YUSOF
The Nizwa Fort. Nizwa was once the capital of Oman.
The Nizwa Fort. Nizwa was once the capital of Oman. PHOTO: BY THE CHEDI, ANANTARA AND HELMI YUSOF
A band of performers at the Nizwa Fort.
A band of performers at the Nizwa Fort. PHOTO: BY THE CHEDI, ANANTARA AND HELMI YUSOF

Oman, a little-known corner of the Arab world, is luring visitors with its sensational landscape

(THE BUSINESS TIMES) - Not enough people know about Oman, a country located at the far south-eastern end of the Arab Peninsula. Despite its stunning 2,092-km coastline and the rugged beauty of its mountain ranges, it remains inconspicuous in the eyes of most tourists. Despite its warm locals, delicious food and safe streets, it simply doesn't make headlines.

In a region tragically synonymous with conflict, Oman is regarded as the Switzerland of the Gulf. Since the 1970s, Oman has maintained a diplomatic stance to keep out of every international quarrel. It has never participated in a single war fought between Israel and the Arab states. It refused to take sides in the US-led wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Even as most Gulf states sever diplomatic ties with Syria, Oman has kept its embassy open in Damascus till now.

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