The tourism boards at every country in the world begin each year with renewed pleas to entice visitors to their lands. But it helps to have some independent verification.
Which is why Oman Tourism must have been jumping for joy when it saw the sultanate included in Lonely Planet’s top 10 countries to visit in 2017. Named in eighth place, it is the first time Oman has featured in the Best in Travel guide since 2009, and is the only Middle East country to make the list.
In fairness, the travel publication keeps the top 10 diverse and it was unlikely to feature more than one country from the region. But its inclusion serves as further proof, if any was needed, that Oman is the Gulf’s jewel.