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The Sultanate of Oman is an Unitary parliamentary absolute monarchy, covering 309.500 square kilometres in-between the Gulf of Oman, the Arabic Sea, United Emirates and Saudi Arabia. It is the home to 4.748.417 citizens, of which 86% are Muslims, 6,5% Christians and 5,5% Hindu.
The currency is Rial, worth 16,31 Danish Krone and €2,19. The GDP is US$71,325 billion.
Oman receives little rainfall, with annual rainfall in Muscat averaging 100 millimetres, falling mostly in January. In the south, the Dhofar Mountains area near Salalah has a tropical-like climate and receives seasonal rainfall from late June to late September as a result of monsoon winds from the Indian Ocean, leaving the summer air saturated with cool moisture and heavy fog.
Among the larger mammals, hare are some Cape hyrax, Procavia capensis, Asiatic cheetah Acinonyx jubatus venaticus, Caracal, Caracal caracal, Arabian leopard, Panthera pardus nimr, Common genet, Genetta genetta, Striped hyena, Hyaena hyaena, Blanford's fox, Vulpes cana, Ruppell's fox Vulpes ruppellii, Golden jackal, Canis aureus, Gray wolf, Canis lupus, Mountain gazelle, Gazella gazella, Goitered gazelle, Gazella subgutturosa, Wild goat, Capra aegagrus, Nubian ibex, Capra nubiana along with the Arabian oryx, Oryx leucoryx.
Desert shrub and desert grass, common to southern Arabia, are found in Oman, but vegetation is sparse in the interior plateau, which is largely gravel desert. I will in particular be looking for the Dracaena serrulata, Adenium arabicum, Euphorbia longetuberculosa, Anomalluma mccoyi, Boswellia sacra, Dorstenia foetida, Ficus vasta and Talinum cuneifolium, which I have worked with, although they might be hard to find?
Well, I plan to reach Oman 5/12 2017...