The Roundabouts in Oman are an usual discovering about this country, where the tourism slogan is, ‘beauty has an address’.
Whoever their ad agency deserves to be paid a lot of money and for the sheer simplicity and impact of the statement. Oman is a country of vast mountains, caves, endless beaches and endless deserts. The slogan seems to be right on the money.
Where is Oman?
The Sultanate of Oman is located on the Arabian Peninsula. It has a strategically important position at the mouth of the Persian Gulf.
About the Roundabouts in Oman
Now this is something that I didn’t know but apparently the term “going around the bend” originated in Oman because its beauty is defined by the bends and the curves of the vast and expansive roadways that traverse up hills and down dales. The British soldiers stationed there during the British Empire used this term, which is now a common expression.
A lot of these bends and curves in the roads are like the letter ‘O’ and the Omani have capitalized on this. They are also the kings or sultans of the roundabout, order cialis from mexico another ‘O’ symbol. That’s right. They have so many roundabouts, possibly to break up the monotony of some of their endless roads, and it works. It doesn’t hurt in their tourism … either.
These roundabouts are anything but common. They are works of art.
Sohar and Muscat
The highway between Sohar and Muscat is a great example of how an ornate roundabout can break up the drive. It is called Musannah. It is about 50m in diameter covered in lush green grass. On top of that is a lush lawn with two giant stone pillars topped with models of Omani dhows.
Nowadays there are so many roundabouts that the practice has grown exponentially.
These roundabouts are decorated to the highest level – a form of street art in its exaggerated form.
From the monumental mabkhara, which literally means incense, burner to colossal coffee urns there is fusion of both history and modernity.
What can one say but “Oh” Oman, you are good.
This is our ‘O’ entry in the A – Z …
I just love the first photo of the houses by the cliff… so beautiful! Everytime I read about a place I have never been too, I want to go there… so many countries on the list… no idea where to start!
Me too – too many stunning places to see. But we will keep working at it 🙂
Wow. I never knew all that about Oman. You are right, that is a marvelous travel slogan. It intrigues! I really enjoyed this post.
Donna On Palawan @ Quintessential San Diego From A to Z
Thank you. I think that is the most brilliant slogan ever. Am now following you on twitter to.
Oman is one of those countries that I would classify as very ‘different’ from the mainstream in terms of tourist destinations that most folks want to visit. Whenever you dig a little deeper though just as you have done with this post, you will see exactly what is so appealing about it. So much beauty, history and overall culture here that makes you want to explore further.
Thank you, I appreciate your support so much. Saves me going around the bend :))
I am just loving reading all these A to Z posts and learning about so many new places. I was not familiar Oman and hearing about their roundabouts was interesting! I love how decorative they are.
Thank you so much. This is a great challenge, I will miss it when it is over.
I love that slogan, too.
What an interesting history about around the bend. Could it be that a place I’ve dreamed of going and imagined is Oman? I think so!
I think so too. I was blown away by the brilliance and simplicity of their slogan.
It certainly looks like a destination in itself. I drove through a corner of it, and took a photo of a gorgeous town…so much more to see and do, I’m sure.
Oman is one of the countries on my ever increasing list of places I would like to visit. I hadn’t heard of their slogan before…it sounds as though it really does sum it up
I think that is one of the best tourism slogans ever as well 🙂