Oman | SAT-7
During the Golden Age of the Persian Empire in the 6th century BC, Oman was the site of many important ports and coastal forts monitoring trade from India and South-East Asia.
The country is ruled by a Sultan who appoints Diwans, or a cabinet, to assist and advise him. An elected advisory council was created in 1991, although universal suffrage was only given in 2003.
Oman is generally considered to be one of the most developed and modernized countries in the region. Recently it has faced an increase in unemployment, now at 15%,1 as well as scrutiny from human rights organisations such as Amnesty International for its treatment of civilian protestors.
75% of the 3 million population are Ibadhi Muslim, with the remaining quarter of the population Sunni and Shiite Muslims, as well as Hindus and a very small Christian minority.1 Over 98% of Oman’s Christian population are expatriates situated in urban areas.
1. CIA World Factbook
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