Area Total 309,500 sq km
Climate dry desert; hot, humid along coast; hot, dry interior; strong southwest summer monsoon (May to September) in far south
Natural Resources petroleum, copper, asbestos, some marble, limestone, chromium, gypsum, natural gas
Imports UAE 35.5%, US 27.8%, Brazil 4% (2017) – machinery and transport equipment, manufactured goods, food, livestock, lubricants
Government absolute monarchy
Capital Muscat
Population 4,613,241 (July 2017 est. est.)
Ethnicity Arab, Baluchi, South Asian (Indian, Pakistani, Sri Lankan, Bangladeshi), African
Language Arabic (official), English, Baluchi, Swahili, Urdu, Indian dialects
Exports China 43.7%, UAE 11%, South Korea 7.9%, Saudi Arabia 4.2% (2017) – petroleum, reexports, fish, metals, textiles

News about Oman

RSS News Sources: The Guardian | MEED Oman

  • So long, Southsea: last sultan of Zanzibar quits UK after 56 years in exile
    by Harriet Sherwood on September 20, 2020

    Deposed royal who fled to UK after 1964 revolution finally reunited with family in Oman After more than half a century of living in Southsea, Portsmouth, with its unpredictable British weather, shingle beaches and Victorian pier, relocation to the Gulf state of Oman might take some adjustment.But for Jamshid bin Abdullah al-Said the 91-year-old last sultan […]

  • 'We’re poor people': Middle East's migrant workers look for way home amid pandemic
    by Martin Chulov in Beirut and Michael Safi in Amman on June 9, 2020

    Gulf states prepare for demographic shift as migrant workforces return home, with prospects bleak for those who stay Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageDuring 14 years in Lebanon, Jevie Olido’s four children have grown up without her, her marriage has failed and her parents have grown old. Now, the income that kept her far from […]

  • Dominic Raab heads off to the Gulf with a full agenda
    by Patrick Wintour Diplomatic editor on March 2, 2020

    War in Yemen and Saudia human rights repression will keep foreign secretary busyDramatic Houthi rebel advances and threats to end humanitarian aid in Yemen will lead Dominic Raab’s agenda when he makes his first visit to Saudi Arabia on Monday.The British foreign secretary will also travel to Muscat later this week to meet the new Sultan of Oman, Haitham […]

  • Saudi Arabia bans foreign pilgrims as Japan plans to close schools
    by Sam Jones and Martin Farrer on February 27, 2020

    Countries around world scramble to halt spread of virus that has so far killed almost 3,000 peopleCoronavirus – latest updatesSaudi Arabia has taken the unprecedented step of banning foreign pilgrims from entering the country five months before the annual hajj pilgrimages, while Japan will close its schools next week as countries around the world scramble […]

  • Sultan Qaboos bin Said obituary
    by Paul Legg on January 12, 2020

    Ruler of Oman for nearly 50 years who transformed his country into a prosperous modern stateOver the course of nearly five decades, Sultan Qaboos bin Said, who has died aged 79 after suffering from cancer, transformed Oman from a backward and isolated country into a prosperous, modern and unified state fully engaged in the Arab region and the wider […]

  • PM and Prince Charles in Oman to mark death of Sultan Qaboos
    by Patrick Wintour Diplomatic Editor on January 12, 2020

    Senior delegates visit country viewed as important to UK strategic interests in regionThe critical importance of Oman to Britain’s post-Brexit foreign policy, which includes plans for a major naval base, has been underlined by the UK sending its most senior delegation to the commemoration ceremonies marking the death of the country’s sultan.Sultan […]

  • Sultan of Oman dies and is succeeded by cousin
    by Bethan McKernan in Istanbul on January 11, 2020

    Reports say Haitham bin Tariq al-Said will replace Sultan Qaboos bin Said, who had no children Oman’s Sultan Qaboos bin Said, the Arab world’s longest-serving ruler and with a reputation for quiet diplomacy, has died at the age of 79.His cousin, Haitham bin Tariq al-Said, will be sworn in as the new sultan, ending decades of speculation over who would […]

  • Sultan Qaboos bin Said of Oman: 1940-2020
    by Associated Press on January 11, 2020

    Leader who modernised his Arabian sultanate while balancing diplomatic links between Iran and US Oman’s Sultan Qaboos bin Said, who has died aged 79, lived to be the Middle East’s longest-ruling monarch after seizing power in a 1970 palace coup and pulled his Arabian sultanate into modernity while balancing diplomatic ties between adversaries Iran and […]

  • Oman readies baroque succession process as sultan's health worsens
    by Patrick Wintour Diplomatic editor on December 22, 2019

    With Qaboos bin Said’s illness seemingly terminal, an elaborate set of rules is enactedElaborate discussions are under way in the Omani court about a potential successor to Sultan Qaboos bin Said, who has ruled the Arab nation for nearly 50 years but whose longterm illness has been worsening.The succession process involves the opening of sealed letters in […]

  • Oil tanker attacks will inflame conflict between the US, its allies and Iran
    by Martin Chulov Middle East correspondent on June 13, 2019

    The explosions, on a vital passageway for the world’s oil supply, may prove Trump’s policy of coercion has backfiredThe explosions were bigger and the damage more extensive. But the message and its means of delivery have some similarities.Thursday’s attacks on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman caused jitters in global markets and unease across a […]

  • Oil price jumps after Gulf of Oman tanker 'attacks' - as it happened
    by Graeme Wearden on June 13, 2019

    Rolling coverage of the latest economic and financial news, as tanker fires send crude prices soaringSummary: Oil jumps after Gulf attacksUS: Iran probably responsibleIran: It’s very suspiciousOil up 4.5% on fears of US-Iran tensionsTanker incident in Gulf of OmanTwo tankers hit - Front Altair and Kokuka Courageous 4.57pm BST What different countries have […]

  • Man Booker International prize: Jokha Alharthi wins for Celestial Bodies
    by Alison Flood on May 21, 2019

    First female Omani novelist to be translated into English shares £50,000 prize with translator Marilyn Booth – the first time an Arabic book has wonJokha Alharthi, the first female Omani novelist to be translated into English, has won the Man Booker International prize for her novel Celestial Bodies.Alharthi, the £50,000 award’s first winner to write […]

  • Why Israel is quietly cosying up to Gulf monarchies – podcast
    by Written by Ian Black, read by Andrew McGregor and produced by Simon Barnard on April 5, 2019

    After decades of hostility, a shared hatred of Iran – and a mutual fondness for Trump – is bringing Israel’s secret links with Gulf kingdoms out into the open• Read the text version here Continue reading...

  • Why Israel is quietly cosying up to Gulf monarchies
    by Ian Black on March 19, 2019

    After decades of hostility, a shared hatred of Iran – and a mutual fondness for Trump – is bringing Israel’s secret links with Gulf kingdoms out into the open. By Ian BlackIn mid-February 2019, Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, flew to Warsaw for a highly unusual conference. Under the auspices of the US vice-president, Mike Pence, he met […]

  • Football: Socceroos thump Oman in Asian Cup warm-up
    by Australian Associated Press on December 30, 2018

    Australia 5-0 OmanMilos Degenek scores first international goalSocceroos captain Mark Milligan is happy his side is getting “into the habit of scoring goals” after the defending champions thrashed world No82 Oman 5-0 in an Asian Cup warm-up.Australia got off to a lively start with goals to Andrew Nabbout and Chris Ikonomidis in the first thirteen […]

  • Two British women die in Oman after car veers off road
    by Hannah Summers on September 29, 2018

    A British man was also injured and the identities of the victims are not yet knownTwo British women have been killed in a crash in Oman after the car they were travelling in veered off the road, police have said.Officers said they were investigating driver culpability following the incident in Salalah, close to the border with Yemen. Continue reading...

  • 'Five years ago there was nothing': inside Duqm, the city rising from the sand
    by Wade Shepard in Duqm on August 6, 2018

    Oman’s sparsely inhabited coast of fishing villages and Bedouin camps is being transformed into an industrial city with port, luxury hotels and housing for 111,000“Five years ago there was nothing here,” says Hamad Said Al Rawahi as he drives fast along a stretch of freshly paved highway in Oman’s coastal desert. He just picked me up from the side […]

  • Maj Gen Corran Purdon obituary
    by Dan van der Vat on July 16, 2018

    War hero who won an MC for his part in the famous St Nazaire raid of 1942 and was later sent to ColditzMaj Gen Corran Purdon, who has died aged 97, commanded a demolition team in an audacious raid on the French port of St Nazaire in the spring of 1942, after which he was taken prisoner, finishing the war in Colditz, the camp for incorrigible allied officers […]

  • Unesco names three new world heritage sites
    by Matthew Taylor on June 29, 2018

    16th-century Kenyan dry-stone walled settlement, ancient city in Oman and oasis in Saudi Arabia recognised by UN bodyThree new sites have been awarded world heritage status by Unesco, including a remote Kenyan settlement and an ancient city in Oman.The 42nd session of the World Heritage Committee made the announcement on Friday afternoon following a meeting […]

  • Girl, 12, among three killed as Cyclone Mekunu hits Oman
    by Associated Press on May 26, 2018

    Flash floods tear away roads and strong winds rip roofs off buildings in city of SalalahA powerful cyclone has struck Oman and killed at least three people, among them a 12-year-old girl, officials have said.Cyclone Mekunu caused flash flooding that tore away some roads and submerged others in Salalah, the country’s third-largest city, leaving drivers […]

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