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Oman General Info
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Area

309,500 square kilometres (119,500 square miles)

Population

2,538,000 people (the official estimate for 2002).

Population Density

8.2 people per square kilometre

Capital

Muscat.

Population of Muscat

685,676 (the 2001 official estimate).

Geography

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

 Oman is bordered by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to the west.

The Republic of Yemen lies to the south.

 The United Arab Emirates lies to the north west of Oman

 To the east of Oman is the Arabian Sea and the Gulf of Oman.

Government

Oman has been Sultanate since 1744.

The Head of State and Government is Sultan Qabus bin Sa’id since 1970.

Language

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.

Religion

The religion is predominantly Ibadi Muslim, with Shi’ite Muslim, Sunni Muslim and Hindu minorities.

Time Zone

Greenich Mean Time (GMT) + 4

Electricity

220 / 240 volts, 50Hz.
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