Oman, a well kept tourism secret, is emerging on the international and regional tourism map, as travelers discover the expansive coastline with its diverse and fascinating marine life, its landscape of mountains and deserts, wadis and waterfalls, its wildlife, its culture and its friendly and hospitable people.
Ras Al Jinz nature reserve was established in 1996 when the Ras al Jinz Ras Al Jinz national nature reserve and the Ras al Hadd national scenic reserve were merged into one order to better protect the sea turtles and their natural environment. The protected area stretches over 120 square kilometers with a 45 kilometer coastline, extending for one kilometer into territorial waters. The reserve houses numerous six thousand-year- old archaeological sites of fishermen villages and tombstones. Excavations, too have unearthed several important relics- most notably Oman's first wooden boat and the peninsula’s oldest incense burner. These ancient remnants are reflective of the trade relations that linked fishermen to the inhabitants of the remote oases of the distant desert and commercial activities with Mesopotamia, India, Africa and China.