(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.