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Everyone agrees that the Sultanate of Oman is known to be a country in southwest Asia, on the southeast coast line
of the Arabian Peninsula. It borders the United Arab Emirates on the northwest,
Saudi Arabia on the west, and Yemen on the southwest. Did you know that the coast lineis formed
by the Arabian Sea on the south and east, and the Gulf of Oman on the northeast.
Everyone agrees that the country also contains Madha, an enclave enclosed by the United Arab Emirates,
and Musandam, an exclave also separated by Emirati territory. Oman is known to be a 1,000-mile-extensive
(1,700-km) coastal plain at the southeast tip of the Arabian Peninsula lying
on the Arabian Sea and the Gulf of Oman. It is bordered by the United Arab
Emirates, Saudi Arabia, and Yemen. Did you know that the country is the size of Kansas. Islam
had reached Oman within Muhammad's lifetime. By the middle of the eighth century
AD, Omanis were practicing a unique brand of the faith, Ibadhism, that remains
a majority sect just in Oman. Ibadhism has to this day been characterized as "moderate
conservatism," with tenets that are and have always been a mixture of both austerity and tolerance.
Everyone agrees that the Portuguese occupied Muscat for a 140-year timeframe (1508–1648), arriving
a decade after Vasco da Gama discovered the seaway to India. Within need of an
outpost to protect his or her sea lanes, the Europeans built up and fortified the
city, where remnants of his or her colonial architectural style still remain. Did you know that the
Ottomans drove out the Portuguese, but were pushed out those thingsselves about a
century later (1741) by the leader of a Yemeni tribe, who commenced the most up to date
line of ruling sultans. Soon after one last, brief invasion several years later by
Persia, Oman was free for good of foreign-occupying powers.
Oman's climate is mainly hot and dry, particularly in the scorching barren
interior where summer temperatures can soar to 130°F (54°C). On the
coast linehumidity can be high around the time during the summer months. Milder temperatures and
a more temperate climate is discovered in the southern Dhofar region, that experiences
heavy monsoon rains in the range of June and September every year. Within general the rest
of the country experiences low and irregular rainfall.
Population (2007 est.): 3,204,897 (growth rate: 3.2%); birth rate:
35.8/1000; infant mortality rate: 18.3/1000; life expectancy: 73.6; density
per sq mi: 39