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Oman - Introduction

Introduction to Oman

The bustle of the fruit and vegetable market, Mutrah

Oman is slowly emerging from its hermit shell, revealing a land of friendly people and dramatic landscapes peppered with forts. Although Oman remains, in many ways, the most traditional country in the region, it's often more outward looking than it's given credit for.

Full country name: Sultanate of Oman
Area: 212,500 sq km
Population: 2.8 million
People: Arab, Asian, African, Baluchi
Language: Arabic, English, Persian
Religion: Ibadi Muslim (75%), Sunni Muslim, Shiite Muslim, Hindu
Government: monarchy
GDP: US$18.6 billion
GDP per capita: US$7,900
Annual Growth: 1%
Inflation: 0.5%
Major Industries: Oil, natural gas, agriculture, fishing
Major Trading Partners: Japan, UAE, South Korea, China, EU, Thailand

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