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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 Oman is vulnerable to climate change, and one of the results of the changing temperatures has been an increase in the frequency of tropical cyclones. Climate change negatively affects livestock and fishing revenues, water supply, and biodiversity.2 Air quality is negatively affected by pollutants from crude oil production and industrial plants.3

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1 http://www.unep.org/rowa/KeyActivities/ClimateChange/tabid/101289/Default.aspx
2 http://unfccc.int/resource/docs/natc/omnnc1.pdf
3 https://wedocs.unep.org/bitstream/handle/20.500.11822/17076/Oman.pdf?sequence=1&isAllowed=y
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Oman News

NDTV 
"I spoke directly with the Omani national who married my daughter. He is saying that he paid Rs. 5 lakhs to Sikander (brother-in-law) and his wife and purchased my daughter and wants that money back, then only he will send back my daughter," the woman ... See more..
World Politics Review 
Three years ago, Sultan Qaboos bin Said al Said, Oman's 76-year-old ruler, left for an eight-month stint of medical treatment in Germany. It wouldn't be his last. Since then, the sultan's continued deteriorating health and lack of a clear heir—he has ... See more..
Firstpost 
Hyderabad: A 16-year-old girl from Hyderabad was married off to a 65-year-old Omani national three months ago, alleged her mother. Her sister-in-law and her husband took Rs 5 lakh to facilitate the marriage, the woman alleged in her complaint with the ... See more..
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Times of Oman 
“We are not aware of the ruling from the Indian government yet but if this is the case there is going to be an impact on the Omani market. We can't say if the impact is going to be big or small, but there will be some,” Rajesh Govindan, country manager ... See more..
Times of Oman 
The sea state in the Arabian Sea is expected to be rough compared to Oman and Musandam seas, which will be calm. Sea winds are predicted to be light along the coastal areas of the Oman sea, while along coastal areas of the Arabian Sea the winds will be ... See more..
Times of Oman 
Muscat: Attempts to smuggle marijuana and illegal cigarettes were foiled by Oman Customs, officials announced. The Salalah International Airport Customs arrested an individual of Asian nationality for their attempt to smuggle 2.3 kilograms of marijuana ... See more..
Business Insider 
DUBAI, Aug 15 (Reuters) - Oman's Sohar Aluminium plant said on Tuesday it was assessing how soon production could resume from the 350,000-tonnes-per-year smelter after an "incident" interrupted operations this month. "On Friday August 4, an incident ... See more..
The Indian Express 
Union minister Maneka Gandhi on Thursday said she would request External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj to rescue a 16-year-old girl, who has been married to an Omani sheikh in his sixties reportedly for Rs 5 lakh. Gandhi took to Twitter to respond to ... See more..
Times of Oman 
... of thing every player comes across, it's normal and it often depends on the convictions of a trainer,” added Oman's national team captain. “As I mentioned, in my years as a player, and in Europe, I've seen circumstances like these, and perhaps ... See more..
Times of Oman 
Discussing the future of aquaculture in Oman at Ithraa's 'Inside Stories' series, Andreas Ntatsopoulos, chief operating officer, Oman Aquaculture Development Company, highlighted the extraordinary potential of the sector. “Oman has the opportunity to ... 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