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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

Press Trust of India 
Describing Haryana as a leading state in agriculture, Mashani said there is a lot of demand for maize, corn and sugar in Oman not only for human consumption but also to cater to the need of poultry sector adding that Haryana could meet this demand by ... See more..
Times of Oman 
The National Early Warning Center at the Directorate General of Meteorology predicted a low depression over several parts of the Sultanate this weekend accompanied by strong winds, showers and hail. Photo: @RaththWeather and Sumosh Nair. See more..
gulfnews.com 
Muscat: In humbling act, an Omani father forgave a woman who killed his four-year-old son in a run-over accident last week. Mu'ath Al Jasasi, died last week in Ibri hospital after succumbing to severe injuries sustained in the crash. See more..
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Hibbing Daily Tribune 
“My goal now is to be a double gold skater by passing my free skate tests, said Oman, the daughter of Krista and Pat Oman of Chisholm. “I also want to help the younger skaters to achieve their goals and help them be the best that they can be. I hope to ... See more..
Reuters 
SINGAPORE, March 24 Non-OPEC oil producer Oman has notified customers in Asia that it could reduce supplies of crude by 15 percent from June to meet ... See more..
France Diplomatie (press release) 
Jean-Marc Ayrault, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, received Sayyid Badr al-Busaidi, Secretary-General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Oman, during the French-Omani political dialogue session. The discussions focused on ... See more..
Nasdaq 
SINGAPORE, March 24 (Reuters) - Thailand's largest oil refiner Thai Oil has bought its first ever cargoes of U.S. Eagle Ford crude and Oman crude as its diversifies purchases amid OPEC production cuts, two sources with knowledge of the matter ... See more..
Earth Island Journal 
Perched over the Strait of Hormuz and above the 17 million oil barrels that sail through it each day, the Sultanate of Oman is something of a regional outlier. Nestled among a cluster of hydrocarbon-producing heavyweights, Oman might appear unlikely as ... See more..
Times of Oman 
Fahud, Qarn_Alam, Zamaim, Muqshin and Al_Mazyunh will be hit by a sandstorm on Thursday, the Oman Meteorology Department has said, with rains ... See more..
The Star, Kenya 
Coast regional coordinator Nelson Marwa has blasted Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho for proclaiming he is the region's Sultan. He said they cannot allow residents to go through the trouble experienced when Sultans from the Omani Arab clan ruled the ... 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