Geography of Oman
Oman is considered to be a large nation because of its total area. Its total land area is 309,500 km² (approx. 119,498 mi²). Continental shelf of Oman is approximately 59,071 km² (around 22,807 mi²). Oman is located in Asia. Asia is the world’s largest and most populous continent. Asian countries include, but are not limited to, Russia, China, Japan, Hong Kong, and North and South Korea. Oman has 3 neighbouring countries. Its neighbours include Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Yemen. Oman is not a landlocked country. It means that is is bordered by at least one major body of water. The average elevation range of Oman is 310 m (1,017 ft).
Total length of land borders of Oman is 1561 kilometers (~603 miles). Oman has 6 unique land boundaries with neigbouring territories and it shares its land borders with 3 different countries. Oman has 3 non-contiguous sections of land borders. This happens, when a country has a border with a neighbour, and this border is split by a border with another neighbour. Oman has 3 neighbouring countries. Its neighbours include Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, and Yemen. The lengths of the land borders of Oman with its neighbouring countries are as follows:
- Saudi Arabia - 676 km (420 mi),
- United Arab Emirates - 410 km (255 mi),
- Yemen - 288 km (179 mi).
The capital city of Oman is Muscat. The largest city in Oman is Muscat.
The average elevation range of Oman is 310 m (1,017 ft). The highest point of Oman is Jabal Shams, with its official height being 2980 m (9,777 ft). The lowest point of Oman is Arabian Sea. The elevation difference between the highest (Jabal Shams) and lowest (Arabian Sea) points of Oman is 2980 m (2 ft).
The total land area of Oman is 309,500 km² (approx. 119,498 mi²). and the total exclusive economic zone (EEZ) is 533,180 km² (~205,861 mi²). The continental shelf of Oman is approximately 59,071 km² (around 22,807 mi²). Including land mass and EEZ, the total area of Oman is approximately 842,680 km² (~325,359 mi²). Oman is considered to be a large nation because of its total area.
Forest and arable land
13,050 km² of Oman's territory is covered in forests, and forest land comprises 4% of all the land in the country. There are 255 km² of arable land in Oman, and it comprises 0% of the country's total territory.
Read our section on climate to discover what parameters affect these and other biomes of the country.
The most notable natural resources found in Oman are petroleum, copper, asbestos, some marble, limestone, chromium, gypsum, natural gas.