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Arts and culture






Basic information

Latest news from Oman

History, politics, geography, economy and more

Oman: a country study
Detailed information from the US Library of Congress

CIA World Factbook - Oman

Nationmaster: Oman 
A compilation of facts and figures from many sources

Medea - Oman 
(European Institute for Research on Mediterranean and Euro-Arab Cooperation)

BBC country profile - Oman

Maps of Oman 

Local time

Local weather

Currency converter 
Omani rial (OMR)

Communications in Oman (Wikipedia)

National flag of Oman

National anthem 
Audio, lyrics and sheet music (National Anthems Reference Page)

Languages of Oman
Ethnologue Database

Who's who in Oman

Historical and political texts relating to Oman

A comprehensive reading list 
Oman Studies Centre

List of experts on Oman - and how to contact them


Constitutional background

Text of constitution (1996)

Constitutional information 
Law Library of Congress

Sultan Qaboos bin Said Al Said
A flattering profile of the ruler

List of government ministers (CIA)

Heads of state and prime ministers
Historical list (ZPC database)

Human rights reports


Oman timeline
A chronology of key events (from the BBC)

Oman: a country study
Includes a substantial historical section


Omani newspapers  

Press freedom and censorship


US State Department
Consular information and travel advice

British Foreign Office
Travel advice

Lonely Planet 
Online tourist guide to Oman

Oman Air
The national airline

Electricity and phones (Steve Kropla)
Plugs, sockets, TV system, mobile roaming, etc.

Etiquette in the Gulf States (Medea)

Secret Salalah  
"A definitive guide to the secret gems of Salalah"


World Bank: Oman 
Comprehensive economic data

Oman and the IMF

Economic news and data (zawya.com)

Oman International Bank

Muscat Securities Market
Statistics, company lists, regulations, etc.

Oman equities market  
Latest share prices [zawya.com]

Oil, gas, and electricity
US Energy Information Administration

Water in Bahrain
Aquastat country profile


Oman Study Center 

Oman Infoworld

British Council (Oman)

Sultan Qaboos University


Middle East Desalination Research Center

Nizwa Oasis

Desert birds
Birding in the Sultanate of Oman, by Hanne and Jens Eriksen

Oman environment
A large and useful collection of links by Rashid al-Yahyai

Culture and society

Oman's traditional treasures
By Jonathan Fryer, BBC 

The durable dhow  
Abstract of article by Tom Vosmer, Archaeology, Vol. 50 No. 3 (May/June 1997)


In the Oman section


Related pages

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Books from Amazon

Behind the Veil in Arabia: Women in Oman
Unni Wikan. Paperback, 1991

The Road to Ubar: Finding the Atlantis of the Sands
Nicholas Clapp, Harry Foster (Editor). Paperback, 1999

Silver Jewelry of Oman
Jehan S. Rajab. Paperback, 1997

Birds of Oman
Michael Gallagher. Hardcover, 1981

Changing Rural Systems in Oman: The Khabura Project
Roderic Dutton. Hardcover, 1998

The Heritage of Oman: A Celebration in Photographs
Ozzie Newcombe (Photographer), Pauline Shelton. Hardcover, 1996

History of Seyd Said, Sultan of Muscat
Vincenzo Maurizi. Hardcover

Oman: Economic, Social, and Strategic Developments
B.R. Pridham (Editor). Hardcover, 1987

Oman: Politics and Development
Ian Skeet. Hardcover, 1992

Oman and Its Renaissance
Donald Hawley. Hardcover, 1987

Oman and the World: The Emergence of an Independent Foreign Policy
Joseph A. Kechichian. Paperback, 1996

Seashells of Oman
Donald Bosch. Hardcover, 1982

Sohar: Culture and Society in an Omani Town
Fredrik Barth. Hardcover, 1983

Studies in the Medieval History of the Yemen and South Arabia
G. Rex Smith. Hardcover, 1997

The Sultanate of Oman
Miriam Joyce. Hardcover, 1995

Trade and Empire in Muscat and Zanzibar: Roots of British Domination
M. Reda Bhacker. Hardcover, 1992

Travels in Oman, 1845 and 1848
Philip Ward. Hardcover

Women and Community in Oman
Christine Eickelman. Paperback, 1985


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