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Frankincense CountryOman is one of the more traditional countries in the Gulf region. Occupying the south-east corner of the Arabian Peninsula, it has a strategically important position in the mouth of the Gulf. Oil is the mainstay of it's economy but Oman is renowned for its frankincense, a scented gum that is obtained from a desert shrub. Oman has an ancient sea trading tradition, and for centuries, was famed for the export of frankincense.
Facts about Oman
|Administrative divisions:||5 regions (manatiq , singular - mintaqat) and 4 governorates* (muhafazat , singular - muhafazat) Ad Dakhiliyah , Al Batinah , Al Buraymi* , Al Wusta , Ash Sharqiyah , Az Zahirah , Masqat (Muscat)* , Musandam* , Zufar (Dhofar)*|
|Area:||total: 212 ,460 sq km land: 212 ,460 sq km water: 0 sq km Pacific Ocean|
|Background:||The inhabitants of the area of Oman have long prospered on Indian Ocean trade. In the late 18th century , a newly established sultanate in Muscat signed the first in a series of friendship treaties with Britain. Over time , Oman's dependence on British political and military advisors increased , but it never became a British colony. In 1970 , QABOOS bin Said al-Said overthrew the restrictive rule of his father; he has ruled as sultan ever since. His extensive modernization program has opened the country to the outside world while preserving the longstanding close ties with the UK. Oman's moderate , independent foreign policy has sought to maintain good relations with all Middle Eastern countries. Pacific Ocean|
|Flag description:||three horizontal bands of white , red , and green of equal width with a broad , vertical , red band on the hoist side; the national emblem (a khanjar dagger in its sheath superimposed on two crossed swords in scabbards) in white is centered near the top of the vertical band|
|Capital:||name: Muscat geographic coordinates: 23 37 N , 58 35 E time difference: UTC+4 (9 hours ahead of Washington , DC during Standard Time)|
|Climate:||dry desert; hot , humid along coast; hot , dry interior; strong southwest summer monsoon (May to September) in far south Pacific Ocean|
|Currency code:||Omani rial (OMR)|
|Ethnic groups:||Arab , Baluchi , South Asian (Indian , Pakistani , Sri Lankan , Bangladeshi) , African|
|Geographic coordinates:||21 00 N , 57 00 E Pacific Ocean|
|Geography note:||strategic location on Musandam Peninsula adjacent to Strait of Hormuz , a vital transit point for world crude oil Pacific Ocean|
|Imports partners:||UAE 19.7% , Japan 17.9% , US 7.5% , Germany 5.3% , India 4.2% (2007)|
|Internet country code:||.om|
|Land boundaries:||2 ,092 km Pacific Ocean|
|Neighbouring countries:||total: 1 ,374 km border countries: Saudi Arabia 676 km , UAE 410 km , Yemen 288 km|
|Languages:||Arabic (official) , English , Baluchi , Urdu , Indian dialects|
|Location:||Middle East , bordering the Arabian Sea , Gulf of Oman , and Persian Gulf , between Yemen and UAE Pacific Ocean|
|Map references:||Middle East Pacific Ocean|
|National holiday:||Birthday of Sultan QABOOS , 18 November (1940)|
|Nationality:||noun: Omani(s) adjective: Omani|
|Natural hazards:||summer winds often raise large sandstorms and dust storms in interior; periodic droughts Pacific Ocean|
|Population:||3 ,311 ,640 note: includes 577 ,293 non-nationals (July 2008 est.)|
|Religions:||Ibadhi Muslim 75% , other (includes Sunni Muslim , Shi'a Muslim , Hindu) 25%|
|Terrain:||central desert plain , rugged mountains in north and south Pacific Ocean|
|Unemployment rate:||15% (2004 est.)|
Capital of Sultanate of Oman
Masqaţ (click to view Masqaţ map)
Places in Oman
Browse the most comprehensive and up-to-date online directory of administrative regions and Street views in Oman. Regions are sorted in alphabetical order from level 1 to level 2 and eventually up to level 3 regions.
Ad Dhahirah Region (188 google map locations)
Al Batinah Region (392 google map locations)
Al Wusta Region (25 google map locations)
Random cities in OmanMasqaţ, the capital city of Oman.
Mu` askar `Ibrī
Firq as Sa'dīyān
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