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United Arab Emirates and Oman – should you make them your next vacation destination?

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There has been a lot of talk lately about the recent events that took place in the Gulf of Oman. UAE and Oman are quite popular vacation destinations, but there have been some concerns among tourists about the safety of traveling to these countries. That is why we decided to update you on the latest events, their consequences, and what that might mean for anyone who wants to visit one of these two countries in the near future.

The latest attack

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Earlier this month, two tankers were attacked in the Gulf of Oman that connects the Arabian Sea with the Strait of Hormuz and it borders Oman on the south, United Arab Emirates on the west, and Iran and Pakistan on the north. It is extremely important as it represents the route through which 20 percent of global oil consumption passes coming from the Middle East. What is worrying the Turkish Foreign Ministry the most is the fact that this is the second time that commercial ships in the Gulf region have been targeted in the last month. The tankers were sent from Qatar and Saudi Arabia to Taiwan and Singapore. Last month, the UAE reported that two other oil tankers were hit. Luckily, in the latest event, all crew members were evacuated and safe. Based on the damage on the vessels, the International Association of Independent Tanker Owners has concluded that the attacks were well-planned and coordinated. However, the cause of the attack still remains under investigation. It is suspected that the attack was carried out with “significant operational capacity,” as the UAE, Saudi Arabia, and Norway told the UN Security Council.

Is it safe for you to visit?

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It is reasonable that you worry about your safety and researching the country before visiting is commendable. UAE and Oman have been popular destinations for many years now. Usually, people would get confused once you tell them you’re visiting Oman as the questions you get are typical “Why?” and “What is Oman?” I feel like all that is starting to change.

The popularity of UAE and Oman among tourists is growing despite the unfortunate events that occurred recently. After contacting the UK travel agency, Value Added Travel, to inquire about the potential drop in interest in these countries among tourists, we got a rather unexpected answer. It seems that the popularity of the two countries continues to rise steadily. Many people are still choosing the UAE and Oman as their next vacation destinations.

Oman is often seen as one of the hidden gems. Stunning scenery and friendly locals are there to make your stay unforgettable. The country is working towards becoming the next huge destination not only for Europeans and Gulf States residents but for Americans as well. You can choose between pristine beaches and a stunning ride to the depths of a desert.

As far as the UAE is concerned, it still remains a very popular choice among tourists that are looking for a completely new and intriguing experience. Abu Dhabi is still full of tourists and it seems that is not going to change any time soon. The country is recognizable for its golden dunes and stunning modern buildings, but it has so much more to offer. Abu Dhabi was even voted as the world’s safest by online crime index Number. From amazing shopping malls to incredible adventures in nature, this country has it all.



Peter is a freelance writer with more than eight years of experience covering topics in politics. He was one of the guys that were here when the foreignpolicyi.org started.

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