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One of the best options when travelling to the Middle East is to visit the Pearl of the Orient and enjoy the wonderful contrast between oriental tradition and the modernity, luxury and comfort of the hotels and resorts in Oman. Located on the Arabian Sea, the magnetism of this unique destination will enchant anyone who is open to discovering a fascinating culture and a different kind of tourism that is high value in every sense of the word. Visiting Oman is about discovering an exciting and eventful past.
The Sultanate of Oman is part of an area that was known as Arabia Felix, a geographical region of the Middle East famous since ancient times for the search for the Dhofar incense trees and the ruins of the Kingdom of Saba. The breathtaking landscapes behind these legends remain a well-kept secret that are well worth discovering from the comfort and exclusivity of the hotels and resorts in Oman.
Travelling to the Sultanate is an opportunity to dive into the magical universe of the tales of the Thousand and One Nights. Visitors can explore the fjords of Musandam, stroll through the historic streets of the capital, Muscat, camp out at night and contemplate the stars in the desert, bathe in the middle of an oasis, visit forts and fortresses, or take an interesting excursion through the mountains. Oman is one of the safest and most comprehensive destinations in the Middle East and hospitality is almost a national sport, something that can be felt the moment you step outside the Barceló hotels in Oman and wander around its charming streets.
Oman has not opted for high-rise buildings and skyscrapers like some of its neighbours, and its architecture is dominated by incredible mosques and traditional houses that look as though they are straight out of a fairy tale. Oman has long established itself as a safe, authentic and well-preserved destination.
As if Oman's many attractions weren't enough, the more than 1,700 kilometres of coastline, bathed by the Gulf of Oman and the Arabian Sea, boast magnificent, secluded, unspoilt beaches where you can spot species such as dolphins and sea turtles. Snorkelling and scuba diving are highly recommended on these shores surrounded by majestic cliffs.
But it's not just the beaches that attract visitors' curiosity, the natural pools or wadis surrounded by palm trees in the heart of the mountains are just another example of the outstanding natural beauty of this country.
It is easy to be seduced by the wonders of the Pearl of the Orient while indulging in the experience of staying in a hotel or resort in Oman, which will guide both families and business travellers in the discovery of the surprises that this spectacular country has in store.