Despite being bordered by volatile countries like Saudi Arabia and Yemen and sharing marine borders with Iran and Pakistan, Oman is a peaceful country. It was my first visit yet I felt safe roaming in the city of Muscat, all by myself. Oman is an absolute monarchy in which all powers rest in the hands of the hereditary Sultan yet people in general seemed to be happy and satisfied with their ruler. Burqa clad Omani women could be seen all over Muscat, driving cars, clicking pictures and shopping in the Muttrah Souk. I was told that there were women cabinet ministers, ambassadors and bureaucrats in the govt of Oman. Shias, Sunnis and Ibadhi Muslims live peacefully in Oman, I was told. There were policemen on the roads but just enough to make you feel safe.
Oman has mountains, desert and sea, beautiful landscapes. Touristic infrastructure like roads, hotels and resorts are really good, airport needs improvement though. Taxis are easily available and taxi drivers are well behaved and speak good English.