Oman 2006

Oman 2006

Yearbook 2006

Oman. According to CountryAAH, major public holidays in Oman include Independence Day (November 18) and New Year (January 1). A free trade agreement with the United States was signed on January 19. In the past, the US has entered into similar agreements with Bahrain, Israel, Jordan and Morocco. However, tea products were excluded. Under the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), Oman and the other members Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Qatar and Saudi Arabia also discussed free trade agreements with the EU, Singapore and New Zealand.

Just before the House of Representatives vote in July, Oman’s leader, Sultan Qabus ibn Said, announced in a decree that trade unions should be formed. In addition, forced labor was prohibited. Employers who used forced labor risked fines or imprisonment.

In November, Interior Minister Saud ibn Ibrahim al-Bussaidi announced that parliamentary elections would be held in October 2007. Both men and women would be allowed to take part. In the last election in October 2003, two women were elected from among the 83 members.

In connection with the holiday Id al-fitr, which marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadan, Sultan Qabus pardoned 125 prisoners sentenced for various crimes, including 95 from Oman.

Oman Map with Surrounding Countries

Oman Overview

Located at the southeastern tip of the Arabian Peninsula, Oman is bordered on the southwest by Yemen, on the west by Saudi Arabia, and on the northwest by the United Arab Emirates. To the east of the country are the Arabian Sea and the Gulf of Oman. Persian ruling families influenced Oman in the 5th century, and Islam spread to the region a century later. Many port cities were ruled by the Portuguese in the 16th century, and the country became independent in 1650. Due to its significant maritime connections, Oman’s sphere of influence has extended all the way to Asia and East Africa. Its own fascinates tourists especially because of its rich history and impressive natural beauty. Oman is also known as a safe destination where the infrastructure works smoothly.

Area: 309,500 km²

Population: 5,106,626 (estimate 7/2020)

Capital: Muscat

Population: It is estimated that 1.34 million Omani residents are foreigners. The ethnic groups in Oman are Arabs, Baluchis, South Asians (Indians, Pakistanis, Sri Lankans, Bangladeshis) and Africans.

Language: The official language is Arabic and English is widely spoken. Other languages ​​found in Oman include Hindi, Urdu, Swahili and French.

Religion: Islam is the state religion of Oman, and the majority of Oman’s population is Ibadi Muslims. In addition to Ibadi Muslims, Oman includes Hindus, Christians, and Shiite and Sunni Muslims, among others. Omanis are generally tolerant of other religions.

The form of government of Oman is a monarchy whose head of state is a sultan.