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The Sultanate of Oman

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Oman, officially Sultanate of Oman, formerly Muscat and Oman, independent sultanate (1995 est. pop. 2,125,000), 82,000 sq mi (212,380 sq km), SE Arabian peninsula, bounded by the Gulf of Oman (E), the Arabian Sea (S), Yemen and Saudi Arabia (W), and the United Arab Emirates (N), which separate the main portion of the country from an exclave that juts into the Strait of Hormuz. The capital is Muscat. Oman comprises a coastal plain and an interior region of hills and desert. Dates, limes, nuts, and vegetables are cultivated in the north and livestock are raised in the southwest, but the major product is oil. Natural gas production and copper mining were developed in the early 1980s to diversify the economy. The population is predominantly Muslim Arab, with Pakistani, Indian, and Zanzibari minorities.

History
Occupied by Portugal in 1508 and Turkey in 1659, Oman came under Ahmad ibn Said of Yemen, founder of the present royal line, in 1741. It has had close ties with Britain since the 19th cent. Qabus bin Said overthrew the strict regime of his father, Sultan Said bin Timur, in 1970, instituted a program of liberalization and modernization, and put down (1975) leftist guerrilla forces operating in Dhofar prov., in the south.
In 1980 the U.S. obtained the use of ports and airfields in Oman in exchange for economic and military aid.
In 1981 Oman joined other Arab Persian Gulf nations in founding the Gulf Cooperation Council.
The country opened its bases to international coalition forces against Iraq in the 1991 Persian Gulf War and to U.S. forces mounting strikes against Afghanistan and Osama bin Laden in 2001.
In 1996 the sultan announced a new basic law that provided for a legislature with limited powers and guaranteed basic civil liberties for Omani citizens.
In 2003 the lower house of the advisory council was freely elected for the first time.

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US Library of Congress Everything you ever wanted to know about Oman....
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Cities, Towns, Municipalities & Places

Arabian Oryx Sanctuary Natural World Heritage Site
Bahla Fort Walls and towers of earthen brick and foundations of stone
Dhofar Muncipality +Arabic Services & news....
Ibri +Arabic Culture, history, industry, songs, pictures....
Muscat Municipality +Arabic Public service, hot line. History & geography, directorates....
Oman.de +Deutsch Cities & places....
Salalah One of Oman's chief ports. Guide to Oman....

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Cellular News Cellular coverage map, systems, frequencies....
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Capital Market Authority (CMA) +Arabic Responsible for organizing and overseeing the issue and trading of securities....
Knowledge Oasis Muscat +Arabic For businesses starting up or expanding in the GCC....
MBendi Business information, news, industries, events
Muscat Securities Market (MSM) +Arabic Regulating the market, organising the exchange and acting as the central depository
Muslim Trade Network Trade reference directory and guide....
Oman and the IMF Position in the fund, reports....
Oman Business Directory Company information, business enterprises, proprietorships, government institutions, NGOs and non gov orgs
Oman Economic Review Provides intelligent, authoritative, and accurate business news in the Sultanate
Oman Tender Board +Arabic Timely and reliable details of all tenders
Ports Focus Ports, harbours, marinas....
US Department of Energy Analysis, information, oil, natural gas, coal, electricity....
US Department of State Country commercial guide 2001 (pdf)
US Department of State Country reports on economic policy and trade practices - 1999
World Bank Overview, news & events, data & statistics, publications & reports, development topics, projects & programs, Public Information Center
World Trade Organization - WTO Provides trade statistics, goods schedules, services schedules and MFN exemptions, trade policy reviews, dispute cases, and notifications

Banks

Alliance Housing Bank Specialise in mortgage loans....
Bank Dhofar Al-Omani Al-Fransi +Arabic Wholly owned and managed by Omanis....
Bank Muscat +Arabic A range of financial products and advisory services
Central Bank of Oman +Arabic Promoting monetary and financial stability....
National Bank of Oman Professional and personalized approach delivering high quality service
Oman Arab Bank A particular specialization in the provision of trade finance....
Oman Housing Bank +Arabic
Oman International Bank Committed to being the leading quality service bank

Directories, Job Opportunities

Career Oman Online recruiters
Middle East Recruitment Company +Arabic On-line manpower agency

Investment & Promotion....

Omani Centre for Investment Promotion and Export Development Promoting the expansion of Omani exports
Origin Oman A domestic campaign to promote Oman-made products and services



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Music, Song & Dance....

Oman Centre for Traditional Music +Arabic Traditional Music and Dance of Sultanate of Oman

Cultural, Scientific, Environmental, Sporting Entities & Info

Animal Info Threatened species, environmental and social data
AquaStat Information on quantity and quality of freshwater and its availability
BirdLife To determine the priorities for bird conservation in the region
Desert Birds Birding In The Sultanate of Oman
Geological Society of Oman Advancing the science of geology....
Historical Association of Oman Collecting artifacts for museums, lectures and field trips....

Muscat Rugby Club With the opening of a new facility Muscat RFC enters a new era
Oman Dive Centre Events, diving & snorkeling, dive sites, diving courses, oasis trips, photo gallery, dolphin watching....

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Al-Sahwa Schools Bi-lingual school situated in Muscat
British School Highest quality British education to children of all abilities and nationalities - Muscat

College of Banking and Financial Studies To build appropriate skills, work, culture and professionalism....
Fire Safety Engineering College Specialist training college for fire fighting and aviation safety
Majan College +Arabic A unique system of education based on modules of study....
Modern College of Business & Science Programs to meet the needs of individual students....
Oman Medical College (OMC) Dedicated to training of medical doctors and pharmacists....
Sultan Qaboos University An educational and living environment which is both functional and attractive
Sur University College Academic programs are designed and quality assured by Melbourne University Private

Institutions & Organizations

Polyglot Institute Oman Contractual training in accordance with the requirement of organizations

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Oman Arabic Daily newspaper
Oman Observer Daily newspaper

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Ministry of Commerce and Industry +Arabic Facilitate commercial, industrial and tourist activities....
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Ministry of Health +Arabic Health services and programmes....
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Ministry of Information +Arabic Official source of information
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Directorate-General of Civil Status +Arabic Offers high-quality national services....
Meteorological Department +Arabic Weather and climate information to a broad spectrum of individuals and organizations....
Oman IT Executive Committee +Arabic Providing and promoting Information Technology industry....
Royal Oman Police +Arabic Information covering the services rendered, duties and tasks....
State General Reserve Fund Responsible for the investment of the reserves of the Sultanate of Oman
Telecommunications Regulatory Authority Regulates the establishment, operation and maintenance of telecommunications services

Corporations, Organizations, Public Hospitals and Industrial Entities

Oman Cables Industry SAOG (OCI), A manufacturer and exporter of electric cables, wires, instrumentation cables, & overhead transmission line conductors in the Middle East
Oman Network Information Center (OMnic) The authorised body for registering ".om" domain name
Oman Telecommunications Company (Omantel) +Arabic Provide high quality Telecommunications services at reasonable prices....
Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) +Arabic The major exploration and production company....
Shell Oman Omani company with a franchise from Shell International

Al-Shatti Hospital Emphasis on personalised service and efficiency
The Royal Hospital Aims at providing specialist and super-specialist care of the highest standard

Centers, Institutions, Societies, Charities....

Association of Early Intervention for Children with Special Needs Social, medical, physical and academic requirements....
Oman Association for the Disabled Arabic
Omani Charitable Organization +Arabic Supporting and financing social care programs and projects
Oman Society of Engineers Seeks to advance all matters related to engineers & engineering....
Oman Studies Centre Encouraging the study of Oman's history and of the social, economic and cultural conditions

Foreign Entities

British Embassy +Arabic The Embassy offers consular, commercial and visa services to members of the public....
Syrian Embassy Arabic
US Embassy Consular, commercial, information services, US - Omani Relations, articles....

British Counsil Library and information services, events, news, conferences, learn English
World Health Organization Tobacco & health, socio-economic situation

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Travel & Tourism

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Oman Air Fleet, schedule, services, cargo....

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Arabesque Tailor your holiday throughout Oman - Muscat, Salalah, Nizwa and more
Majan Tours Tour operator in Oman offering package/tailor-made tours for inbound/outbound travel
Muscat Travel Cultural and interpretive tours for individuals and groups
Oman Holiday An exceptional insight into travel within Oman
Oman Tourism General information, attractions, services, gallery, tourism laws....
Salalah Travel Tours include excursions of a few hours , to full country safaris of up to 3 weeks

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Hilton Salalah
Grand Hyatt Muscat Located on the sandy beach of Shatti

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Oman Hotels Travel Guide Offers hotels and resorts online reservations


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Books

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Recommended reading:


Oman
The True Life Drama & Intrigue
of an Arab State

By John Beasant

Teach Yourself Gulf Arabic
Complete Course

By Jack Smart, Frances Altorfer

Bahrain, Oman, Qatar, And The Uae
Challenges Of Security

By Anthony H Cordesman

This Way Gulf States
Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar
United Arab Emirates, Oman, Yemen

By Jpm Publications

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