Oldest Independent Arab Country: Oman

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Oldest independent Arab Country: Oman
Oman has been ruled by the Omani Al Said Family since 1744. It was one of the most isolated and traditional countries in the Arab World, until the 1970s when Sultan Qaboos became the ruler. It is also estimated that humans have been living in Oman for at least 106,000 years, making it one of the oldest human-inhabited countries on Earth.
 
No  Terrorism:
 
According to the Global Terrorism Index Oman is one of the safest and most secure countries in the Arab World. In the latest report of 2016- 2017, Oman came near last on the list, with a score of 0, which means it is one of the countries with the least terrorism in the world.

Ship Building:
 
Giving its long coastline, and its closeness to two important gulfs; the Arabian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman, and its closeness to the Oman Sea and to the Indian Ocean, Omanis turned to shipbuilding as one of their main jobs and source of income. Omanis didn’t only practice the industry of shipbuilding, but they perfected it. Their ships would sail around the world, and some Omani coastal cities like Sur, were globally known as centers of ships and ship repairs. Today Omanis are regarded some of the best ship builders on Earth.
 
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Arabian horses:
 
The Arabian or the Arab Horse is a unique breed that originated in the Arab Peninsula, and is one of the oldest breeds in the world. It is one of the most desirable and recognizable breeds of horses. The Arabian Horse is known for its distinctive head shape and high tail carriage. Arabian horses are famous for their great endurance riding, speed, refinement, and strong bones. They are also known to be good natured, quick to learn, and willing to please their owners, as long as they are respected and cared for.
 
UNESCO World Heritage Sites:
 
Oman has four sites that were declared as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. They include: Bahla fort, the Archeological Sites of Bat, Al Khutm and Al Ayn, the exceptional irrigation systems of Al Aflaj around the country, and the Land of Frankincense (referring to a splendid area in the Dhofar region in southern Oman, which has Wadi Dawkah, the caravan oasis of Shisr/Wubar, and the ports of Khor Rori and Al-Baleed). 
 
Alcohol Licence:
 
Alcohol is not widely consumed by the largely Muslim Omanis. It is almost unheard of to drink, except by tourists and non-Muslims. In Oman, a person needs a license, which is issued by the police, to buy alcohol.
 
KAHWA
 
Coffee is called kahwa in Arabic. In Oman, kahwa refers to the whole course of hospitality as it includes Omani coffee, dates, fruits, sweets and bakeries. Nonetheless, the kahwa drink is a unique blend of Arabian coffee that is usually mixed with cardamon. Omanis drink it several times a day, offer it to guests, and send freshly made coffee pots to their neighbors.
 
Architecture:
 
Omani architecture is mind blowing in design and structure. All Omani forts, castles, buildings, palaces and even houses are good examples. Almost every Omani house has an ornamental or uniquely decorated door. A walk down an Omani street is a pleasing experience and a great way to enjoy the Omani architecture.

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