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Oman - the country of incense

Incense Holiday, Oman, Asia, Incense burner near Muscat

Since antiquity, the territory on which now extends Oman State was known for incense production.
Since the first century, in Oman, found under the influence of Persian, began to arrive Arabic tribes. In the seventh century Islam penetrates and spreads.

At the end of the seventeenth century, the sultans of Oman dominance extend to Zanzibar. There cultivated cloves. Soon the amounts obtained from exporting cloves reached a third of the country's income.
In the nineteenth century, British influence in the region increases. In 1891 they signed a treaty that practically subordinated the Sultan to British Crown. As a result of the civil war and power struggles, Oman lose island of Zanzibar and deepens into poverty and debt.

In 1970, Qabus ibn Said I Said ascend the throne of Oman. He opened the country to foreign investors and modern technology. Were set up schools and hospitals, roads and houses were built.

Inland is occupied by large deserts of sand, dotted with green oases and cut by numerous valleys. In the north-west lie Al Hajar Mountains. In the seaside tradition mixes with modernity. Strong forts and defenses towers built of burnt brick along roads remember the time when Oman was one of the most powerful Arab states because of navigation and commerce.

Within a few decades, Oman has been transformed from a medieval state to a modern, industrialized, with a high living standard.

Currently, the form of government is absolute monarchy. The capital is at Muscat.
The economy is based on agriculture (dates, citrus, tobacco, wheat) and the industry, especially oil and natural gas exploitation.

Oman is famous for its historical forts. Tourists can visit the forts near Muscat - Al Jalali and Al Mirani, dating from the sixteenth century, or Bahla fort, which is UNESCO World Heritage Site.
In Muscat, or surroundings can be admired Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, Qurum National Park, or Bait az-Zubair Museum.