Oman At A Glance
The Sultanate of Oman has made tremendous progress developing the sport of sailing over the last 12 years. The next step in the country’s vision to reignite the nation’s maritime history is to host the Youth World Sailing Championship 2021, which will bring more of the world’s finest young sailors to the beautiful shores of the Sultanate.
Perched on the southeast coast of the Arabian Peninsula, the Sultanate of Oman’s stark beauty and vastly contrasting landscapes have enchanted growing numbers of tourists each year. With its magnificent desert, secret oases and breath-taking mountain ranges, Oman is an alluring destination. A tropical underwater paradise lies beneath the turquoise sea, caressing the white sandy beaches that adorn the country’s stunning 3,165 km coastline.
Alongside this natural wealth is Oman’s rich culture, which blends with modern infrastructure and historical features that span over 7,000 years. Grand forts, exquisite palaces and mystical souqs are sights to behold in the capital, Muscat. A visit to Oman makes you feel right at home from the time you arrive, until the moment you leave. The Sultanate is full of opportunities for adventure, including fascinating tours with an Arabian flavor.
Oman’s coastline is a paradise for explorers. Its abundance of wildlife includes whales, dolphins, turtles, seahorses, and flamingos. Underwater, its incredible marine life is found close to the water’s surface.
Sands and deserts occupy the remaining area; these include two large sand deserts – The Wahiba Sands known as Rimalat Al Wahiba and part of the Empty Quarter (Rub Al Khali). Here you can learn about Bedouin culture, camp under a dome of stars and experience the beauty of dawn in the desert.
The mountains cover approximately 15% of the country’s land mass. Oman’s main mountain range is the 10,000 foot Al Hajar, which runs from Musandam in the North to the extreme limit of the Arabian Peninsula, Ras Al Had.
Tropical climate is what Oman is known forwhilst still subject to seasonal changes. From November to February, the Sultanate offers a lovely climate, with an average temperature of 24oC. Combined with welcoming hospitality, warm seas and stunning landscapes, you can see why tourism in Oman is a growing industry.
Oman’s Vision towards 2040 – Care for Our Environment is Paramount:
As the Sultanate of Oman works towards achieving the 12 national priorities set out in its Vision 2040, Oman Sail is fully committed to materially contributing to the prosperity of the nation.
One of the nation’s 12 national priorities is to ensure that Oman’s beautiful natural landscape is protected long in to the future.
The environmental health of Oman is embedded in every aspect of Oman Sail’s activities. The staging of the Youth World Championships would provide a platform for us to drive greater awareness of the importance of environmental sustainability and the added benefits for Omanis for generations to come.
Environmental Education Programme:
The Youth World Sailing Championships 2021 will be accompanied by a thorough environmental education programme to raise awareness of being environmentally friendly and protecting Oman’s beautiful natural landscape.
As part of this programme, our elite sailors will visit schools, promote the event and encourage all to sign up to the UN Environment Clean Seas Campaign #CleanSeas. Environmental awareness training will be delivered to all event staff and volunteers with a pre-environmental online survey issued to all participants to benchmark their green awareness before and after the event.
Oman Sail aims to create a long-term strategic partnership involving the Environment Authority, Ministry of Agricultural, Fisheries & Water Resources, SeaOman, local tourist SMEs and Five Oceans to launch at the event an ongoing “Dimaniyat Islands Protection” campaign. The campaign will educate visitors how to correctly anchor NOT on the coral and give advice on protecting the Whale Sharks and Turtles.