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A combination of breathtaking natural beauty and a kaleidoscope of historical events and legends

Without any high rise buildings or mass tourism: This quality destination on the Arabian peninsula with an outstanding range of attractions has a vibrant culture that is more than 5,000 years old, and is described by Germany’s largest tour operator TUI as “safe and easy to visit”.

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Royal Opera House Muscat Oman

ITB Partner Country

As the official partner country of ITB Berlin 2020, Oman will organize, among other things, the opening ceremony on 3 March 2020 in the CityCube Berlin. From 4 to 8 of March visitors will have the opportunity to get to know the Sultanate within a colorful and diverse trade fair appearance as well as at numerous events.

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Oman Mountains

Arabian land of smiles

The sultanate is a fascinating destination. According to a survey by German tour operators ahead of ITB Berlin 2020, organisers praise the lifestyle and culture of a country that does not appeal to mass tourism.

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A land of smiles that amazes visitors

Were it not for the fact that Oman has been in the catalogues of German tour operators for decades, against the backdrop of the current climate debate and talk about authentic travel and sustainability one might think they had only just discovered this travel destination. Product managers are unanimous in their praise for the partner country of ITB. In response to questions ahead of ITB Berlin 2020 they all describe Oman as a premium destination exuding, in the words of Heiko Blattler, Gebeco’s Orient/North Africa manager, the “charm of the unknown.” That is what makes the sultanate on the Arabian peninsula so attractive, especially for younger people, he says.

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Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque

Muscat – perfect juxtaposition of old and new

Muscat is different. In the capital of Oman it is not skyscrapers with their sleek architecture that set the tone, but buildings of no more than eight stories, many in historical styles. The picture is completed by ultra-modern structures – hospitals, malls, administrative and office buildings, the only opera house in the Gulf States, and the capital city’s new airport, which opened in March 2018. Visitors frequently praise the successful juxtaposition of old and new. The charm of the Orient, frequently sought by visitors to the Arabian peninsula, and often not found, has been preserved here.

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One Thousand and One Nights – authentically oriental and future-proof

According to Travelbook, anyone in search of One Thousand and One Nights should travel to Oman, whose neighbours include Dubai, Qatar and Abu Dhabi and which has succeeded in balancing its traditional identity with modernity.“ Sultan Qaboos bin Said al Said has carefully transformed the land of his fathers, which sits on the eastern edge of the Arabian peninsula. By ITB 2020, when the official partner country of the World’s Leading Travel Trade Show will be attracting the public’s attention, talk of German involvement and in particular that of Garmisch-Partenkirchen and the region surrounding the Zugspitze will probably already have made the rounds.

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Ash Sharqiyah - Al Sharqiyah Sand Dune

Salme, the Princess from Oman who called herself Emely and married a German merchant

The moving story of the daughter of the Sultan of Oman and Zanzibar – Tour operators are now reviving the memory of Oman and Zanzibar’s shared past – Oman is the partner country of ITB Berlin 2020

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