309,500 square kilometres (119,500 square miles)
2,538,000 people (the official estimate for 2002).
8.2 people per square kilometre
Population of Muscat
685,676 (the 2001 official estimate).
Some key geographical facts:
The Sultanate of Oman fills the south eastern tip of the Arabian
Peninsula with almost 1,700 kilometres (1062 miles) of coastline
stretching along the Indian Ocean and the Arabian Gulf
is bordered by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to the west.
The Republic of Yemen lies to the south.
United Arab Emirates lies to the north west of Oman
the east of Oman is the Arabian Sea and the Gulf of Oman.
Oman has been Sultanate since 1744.
The Head of State and Government
is Sultan Qabus bin Sa’id since 1970.
Arabic is the official language, however English
is widely spoken. Swahili is also spoken by the inhabitants from
East Africa. German and French are also spoken by some hotel staff.
The religion is predominantly Ibadi Muslim, with Shi’ite Muslim,
Sunni Muslim and Hindu minorities.
Greenich Mean Time (GMT) + 4
220 / 240 volts, 50Hz.