MINISTRY OF ENDOWMENT
& RELIGIOUS AFFAIRS
Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque - Muscat

Practical information



Official name : Sultanate of Oman

Independence : 1650

Languages : Arabic, English

Demography

Population : 3 102 229 citizens

Density : 12,3 citizens/km²

Religion : Muslims Ibadite (75%) & muslims sunnites &  chiites, hindi

Youth under 15 years : 42%

Average age : 19 years
Growth rate : 3,28%
Life expectancy : 74 years
Infant mortality : 1,8%

literacy : 80%

Geography

Surface area : 309 500 km²

Geographical coordinates : 21 00 N, 57 00 E

Capital city : Muscat

Main cities: Salalah, Nizwa, Sour, Sohar, Buraïmi, Khaboura

Number of regions : 5 regions

Climate : Arid

Politics

Political system : Parliamentary monarchy

Head of state : Sultan Qabous bin Saïd Al Saïd

Head of government : Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa

Regional & international organisations : UN, Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, IMF, WTO, G-77, Interpol, OPEC, Arab League, Gulf Cooperation Council, Islamic Conference Organisation (ICO)

Economy

Currency : 1 Omani Rial = 2 Euros

GDP 2005 : 30 billions dollars

GDP per capita : 13 200 dollars
Annual growth : 1,9%

Main agricultural products : fruits,vegetables, fishery, breeding
Main exports : oil, afiliates, aluminium, textile

Main imports: basic goods

Miscellaneous

National day: 18 november

Weekly closing days: Friday & Saturday

Religious holidays: according to lunar calendar

Telephone prefix: + 968

Internet : .om

Time zone: GMT +  4hours