Nine regions for Oman seems very excessive..... 9 regions and only 6 cities on the country page (!) :). There are probably orphaned cities and other destinations and I will try to find them. But nonetheless, 9 regions has to be too many. I have been to Oman briefly twice but definitely do not have enough knowledge to consolidate the regions. Help and suggestions please! --Burmesedays 04:50, 7 December 2009 (EST)
7 cities and 1 other destination plus 9 regions after a search. And slightly difficult to imagine where too many more cities are coming from. My knowledge is limited to knowing:
The coastal area north of Muscat is green and fertile and very different. The Hajar Mountains inland from here are quite stunning.
Muscat (a fine city) and the north is generally very different from Dhofar in the south.
The Empty Quarter, is well, just that (and mostly in Saudi Arabia).
Musandam is very isolated, small and surely does require its own region.
I suspect we ought be looking at 4 regions max. If we can reach a sensible solution for the regions, I pledge to draw a Wikitravel style map of Oman.--Burmesedays 05:19, 7 December 2009 (EST)
This is a tough one and I have thought long and hard.
Oman has two exclaves - Musandam and the tiny Dibba (just visible as a dot on the UAE map). Neither are of much importance to travellers (although a certain Wikitraveller was once arrested at gunpoint in Musandam when he got lost - something about security measures in The Straits of Hormuz) and can probably safely be included in a slightly inappropriate region. I propose:
Northern Oman (Muscat, Hajar Mountains and most of the current content plus the two exclaves). Could alternatively be called a more lovely name like Al Hajar Mountains and Muscat.
Central Coastal Oman (from Sur south to the Zufar region, inland to the main central north/south highway).
Zufar. The south as shown here] but with some going into the Empty Quarter. Very interesting region for the traveller.
Empty Quarter (which already exists with no hierachical assignation) - sand and a passsing Bedouin every year or two.
An alternative would be to have the two exclaves as a separate 5th region called something appropriate.
Oman's a great country and should have a much higher profle with travellers. A bitch to regionalise though. --Burmesedays 09:50, 11 January 2010 (EST)
I first put out a request for input 5 weeks ago and nothing. Therefore I will push ahead with my proposal:
Four regions, merge/empty/re-direct the existing 9 region articles, produce the map. --Burmesedays 21:47, 11 January 2010 (EST)
Done. Also working on the main article which is very thin for such an interesting country.--Burmesedays 06:04, 12 January 2010 (EST)
I removed the following from the main article and do not know whwre to put it as neither Biladi Shuhoom nor Mokniyath seem to exist (Google search). If anyone knows the correct spelling or the villages which are being referred to, please let's get this info into the correct sub-article. --Burmesedays 07:45, 13 January 2010 (EST)
Biladi Shuhoom is a small village with only a few hundreds of people. There is a Juma mosque but Friday prayer is a new thing here as the mosque is of recent origin. Formerly, it was customary to have the noon-time prayer during Fridays as the long trip to the next village of Mokniyath was a difficult exercise. Even now the Zaid bin Al-Kathab senior secondary school, is the only building here showing off the green, red and white national flag. All government establishments have the privilege to carry the national flag.
Mokniyath is a little bigger village with one more flag-bearing building, a public clinic. But even there there is no post office or public telephone. For all these higher services, you have to travel another 100 km to Ibri which is the nearest town and the headquarters of the wall who is the district collector here. Ibri itself is 500 km. or so from Muscat hut it is only two hours by car to Dubai across the border.
Biiadi Shuhoom is a village without roads, telephones and other modern amenities. Electricity is there, but it is a recent development like the Friday prayer. During the annual mountains floods, the village is totally marooned from the outer world and essential food supply is provided by helicopter. The villagae Bedouins are engaged in wheat cultivation, sheep rearing and there are plenty of wheat farms. You need a four-wheel drive vehicle to reach there and you can drive across the mountains in an as-you-please manner. The sheikh provides water pumped from a wadi or mountain steam. Sending letters is a big task here as there is no letterbox to drop them. You have to entrust them with some Omanis going to the Ibri market. Incoming letters end up in the post box of the Ministry in Ibri and the principal brings them during his weekly trips. Some visitors carry their mobile telephones to the village but it is impossible to make or receive calls as the signals are blocked by the mountains surrounding the village.
User by the name of XTC joined wikitravel just to add warning boxes on a bunch of Middle Eastern countries indiscriminately. Even Canada's travel advisory website, which is EXTREMELY alarmist to begin with, doesn't have a travel warning in place for Oman.
So I removed the box from this website. Just because a country is in the Middle East does not make it automatically unsafe to travel to. General tips in "Stay safe" should be sufficient, not a giant bright red warning box, which should be saved for ACTUAL unsafe places (I.e Iraq) Kayla 13:51, 2 March 2011 (EST)