The desert landscape of Oman ranges from the barren rocky mountain in the north to the empty rolling sands that cover the border with Saudi Arabia. Most Omanis live in the fertile coastal strip between the mountains and the sea in the north of the country and around the town of Salalah in the south. Oman also own Musandam, the rocky peninsula overlooking the shipping lanes between Persian Gulf and the Arabian Sea. Oman has long been famous for boat building. Its large wooden sailing ships once carried cargoes along the Persian Gulf to East of Africa and the rest of India.
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