Oman. In March, Oman was put on the EU list of states that can be called tax havens and that facilitate tax evasion from other countries. According to the EU, the country has not fulfilled previous promises of measures.
In the same month, an agreement was entered into with the United States, which allows some ports, including al-Drum south of the Hormuz Strait, and airports for US vessels and fighter aircraft.
In June, Oman decided to open an embassy in Palestine, located on the occupied West Bank. The country thus becomes the first Gulf state with embassy in Palestine.
At the end of October, the Omani went to election. It involved 85 representatives to the Advisory Assembly. The Council does not really have political power, but may have influence over an upcoming election of followers – the current ruler, the 79-year-old Sultan of Oman Qabus ibn Said, is sickly and has no successor.
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According to CountryAAH, the population of Oman in 2019 was 4,974,875, ranking number 122 in the world. The population growth rate was 3.010% yearly, and the population density was 16.0743 people per km2.
Dictionary of History
Oman Sultanate located SE of the Arabian Peninsula, with an enclave, the Musandam Peninsula, near the Strait of Hormuz. The Islamic conquest of 632 stole the Oman to the Sassanid sphere of influence. In the century 8 °, the Ibadi sect took hold, founding an imamate that would last until the century. 20 °. Between the 16th and 17th centuries, the Oman was disputed between the Portuguese and the Ottomans; in 1741 it was conquered by the al-Sa‛id family, still in power today. Under the new rulers, the Oman expanded into Africa and Asia, incorporating Zanzibar and part of Balochistan but gradually lost influence with the European colonial expansion, becoming, from 1891 until 1971, a British protectorate. Among the most traditional states of the Persian Gulf, with an economy based essentially on the exploitation of oil, the Oman was, until the beginning of the 21st century, subject to the absolute rule of Sultan Sayyid Qabus ibn Sa‛id.