(SULTANATE OF OMAN)

(WIPO code: OM) (last revised April 2021)

by ABU-GHAZALEH INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY, Muscat, Oman

General Information

Area

309,500 sq. km.

Population

4,664,844 (estimated 2019).

Capital

Muscat.

Languages

Arabic (official) and English (widely spoken).

Currency

Omani riyal.

Production

Dates, lucernes, limes, other fruits and vegetables, oil and oil products.

Imports

Beverages and tobacco, raw materials, mineral fuels, lubricants, animal and vegetable oils and fats, chemicals, food and live animals, manufactured goods and materials, machinery and transport equipment, miscellaneous manufactures, unclassified articles.

Exports

Oil, oil products, limes, fresh and dried dates, fresh and dried tobacco, fish.

General Remarks

The Sultanate of Oman physically consists of three areas: a coastal plain, a range of mountains and a plateau. Oman’s neighbors are the Republic of Yemen, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

Omanis have always been skilled seamen and they developed trading links with Africa and India which brought Oman to its period of greatest power and wealth in the 19th century. Oil is Oman’s primary wealth, but developments have taken place in industry, agriculture, public health, etc.