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Oman periodically submits reports on its climate change adaptations as a requirement for its participation in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.1 Being party to this convention will help Oman stay accountable to its mandates on climate change mitigation.2 Oman has seen an increase in the frequency of tropical cyclones over the last decade.3 The country will lose livestock and fishing revenues, experience water scarcity, and suffer biodiversity losses if they do not prepare for the future.4

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1 http://www.unep.org/rowa/KeyActivities/ClimateChange/tabid/101289/Default.aspx
2 Ibid
3 http://unfccc.int/resource/docs/natc/omnnc1.pdf
4 Ibid
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Oman News

Times of Oman 
Muscat: If your car runs on M91 or M95 petrol, be prepared to shell out a little more money for fuel during the month of May. According to the latest figures released by Oman's Ministry of Oil and Gas, M95 petrol will now cost 199 baisas per litre ... See more..
Times of Oman 
Encouraging a higher number of PhD students to study and work in Oman is vital. They represent the intellectual value and the driving force behind top-level research that addresses issues concerning Oman's oil, gas, and renewables sector. The recent ... See more..
Times of Oman 
The Omani – Tunisian Joint Committee held the meetings of its 15th Session in Tunisia from 25 to 27 April chaired by Madiha bint Ahmed bin Nasser Al Shaibaniya, minister of education from the Omani side and Dr. Naji Jalloul Tunisian Minister of ... See more..
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Times of Oman 
With the final race of the regatta on Monday counting for double points, Oman Air still have plenty of chances ahead of them to climb the leaderboard and add another podium finish to the third overall they scored in the Extreme Sailing Series curtain ... See more..
Times of Oman 
Oman's first celebrity chef, Issa Al Lamki, who has had a dynamic career spanning more than two decades continues deriving pride and pleasure in wearing the ... See more..
Times of Oman 
According to a new Colliers International report, this could boost the region's tourist arrivals from India and China. Photo-File. x. According to a new Colliers ... See more..
Austin Herald 
Austin senior Oman Oman fulfilled one of his basketball goals when he played in the Minnesota Class AAA state tournament this past winter and now he's accomplished another big goal. Oman recently made his commitment to play college basketball under a ... See more..
Times of Oman 
Out of 39 traded securities, 7 advanced, 17 declined, and 15 remained unchanged. Foreign investors stayed net buyers for OMR208,000 while Omani investors were net sellers for OMR175,000 followed by GCC and Arab investors for OMR33,000 worth of ... See more..
Reuters 
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Times of Oman 
Muscat: Reinforcing its role as Oman's business partner of choice, Ooredoo has supported the relaunched and highly popular Reyooq; an initiative designed to unite Oman's most innovative entrepreneurs and professionals to network and share best ... See more..
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Geography

Middle East, bordering the Arabian Sea, Gulf of Oman, and Persian Gulf, between Yemen and UAE
Area

Total 309,500 sq km
Land 309,500 sq km
Water 0 sq km

Climate

dry desert; hot, humid along coast; hot, dry interior; strong southwest summer monsoon (May to September) in far south
Natural Resources

petroleum, copper, asbestos, some marble, limestone, chromium, gypsum, natural gas ;
Natural Hazards

summer winds often raise large sandstorms and dust storms in interior; periodic droughts
Current Environmental Issues

rising soil salinity; beach pollution from oil spills; limited natural freshwater resources

Demographics

Nationality
Omani
Population
3,154,134 (July 2013 est.)
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Finances

Oman is a middle-income economy that is heavily dependent on dwindling oil resources. Because of declining reserves and a rapidly growing labor force, Muscat has actively pursued a development plan that focuses on diversification, industrialization, and privatization, with the objective of reducing the oil sector's contribution to GDP to 9% by 2020 and creating more jobs to employ the rising numbers of Omanis entering the workforce. Tourism and gas-based industries are key components of the government's diversification strategy. However, increases in social welfare benefits, particularly since the Arab Spring, will challenge the government's ability to effectively balance its budget if ...See More oil revenues decline. By using enhanced oil recovery techniques, Oman succeeded in increasing oil production, giving the country more time to diversify, and the increase in global oil prices through 2011 provided the government greater financial resources to invest in non-oil sectors. In 2012, continued surpluses resulting from sustained high oil prices and increased enhanced oil recovery allowed the government to maintain growth in social subsidies and public sector job creation. However, the Sultan made widely reported statements indicating this would not be sustainable, and called for expanded efforts to support SME development and entrepreneurship. Government agencies and large oligarchic group companies heeded his call, announcing new initiatives to spin off non-essential functions to entrepreneurs, incubate new businesses, train and mentor up and coming business people, and provide financing for start-ups. In response to fast growth in household indebtedness, the Central Bank reduced the ceiling on personal interest loans from 8 to 7%, lowered mortgage rates, capped the percentage of consumer loans at 50% of borrower's salaries for personal loans and 60% for housing loans, and limited maximum repayment terms to 10 and 25 years respectively. In 2012 the Central Bank also issued final regulations governing Islamic banking and two full-fledged Islamic banks held oversubscribed IPOs while four traditional banks opened sharia-compliant Islamic windows. Show Less ;
GDP Purchasing Power Parity

$91.54 billion (2012 est.); $87.16 billion (2011 est.); $83.41 billion (2010 est.)
Gross National Saving

38% of GDP (2012 est.); 41% of GDP (2011 est.); 37.9% of GDP (2010 est.)
Agriculture Products

dates, limes, bananas, alfalfa, vegetables; camels, cattle; fish
Industries

crude oil production and refining, natural and liquefied natural gas (LNG) production; construction, cement, copper, steel, chemicals, optic fiber