Oman is one of the world’s top 10 environmentally committed countries. Environmental protection laws have been in place since 1974 and it became the first Arab state to create a ministry dedicated to environmental issues. Various organizations have been formed to protect the environment, as well as to educate the people on the importance of environmental issues and the protection of human health.
Highways are lined with colorful bougainvillea, grassed areas, palm trees and flowers. Oman has a variety of indigenous wildlife, which includes many endangered species such as the Arabian leopard, Arabian oryx, Arabian tahr, Nubian ibex and humpback whale and around 1,200 native plant species.
The deserts are fairly barren but after a bout of rain they are dotted with wild flowers. Coconut trees, banana trees, and other tropical fruit trees are also common in the subtropical climate of Salalah.