Head of State: Sultan Qaboos bin Sa’id
Population (2001(E)): 2.6 million
Location/ Size: Southeast Arabian Peninsula/ 82,030 sq. mi.
Major Cities: Muscat (capital), Salalah, Sur, al-Khasab
Languages: Arabic (official), English
Ethnic Groups: Arab, Baluchi, South Asian (Indian, Pakistani, Sri Lankan, Bangladeshi), African
Religion: Muslim (Ibadi - 75%, Sunni, Shi’a),
Currency: Omani Rial
Exchange Rate (9/02): $1 = 0.386 Omani Rial
Real GDP Growth Rate (2001): 3.3% (2002E): 3.0%
Major Trading Partners: Japan, UAE, South Korea, UK, US, Thailand and India
Major Export Products: Petroleum, fish, processed copper, textiles.
Major Import Products: Machinery, transportation equipment, manufactured goods, food, livestock, lubricants.
Monetary Reserves (2002E, non-gold): $2.4 billion.