Bordered by the Arabian Sea in the South, the Gulf of Oman in the North and the vast Rub al Khali in the West, in a landscape dominated by the Hajar Mountains, this sultanate offers luxury in a setting of sea and sand. The visitor is free to bask in the comfort and refinement of a world-class hotel in modern Muscat or venture out to explore the sporting and natural pleasures on offer. The seaside offers game-fishing, sailing, and diving among dolphins and sea turtles, along with the civilised pleasures of golf and tennis. But Oman’s inland wilder side is also worth a visit. Hike through the lovely fortified oases of the barren Hajal Mountains or the twisting ridges of the Wahiba Sand where several Bedouin tribes still roam, or discover the Dhofar canyons, once the world’s leading frankincense exporter, whose lush monsoon-season greenery contrasts with stretching sands of the Empty Quarter, mythical home of the lost city of Iram. Mixing tradition and modernity while retaining its place at the crossroads of Arabia, Africa, and Asia, the Sultanate of Oman offers a fascinating blend of comfort and adventure.