In 1970, QABOOS bin Said Al Said ousted his father and has ruled as sultan ever since. His extensive modernization program has opened the country to the outside world and has preserved a long-standing political and military relationship with the UK. Oman's moderate, independent foreign policy has sought to maintain good relations with all Middle Eastern countries.

Surface Area: 212,460 square km
Population: 2,903,165 (includes 577,293 non-nationals - July 2004 est.)
Located in: Asia (Middle East)
Capital City: Muscat
Head of State: Sultan QABOOS bin Said Al Said
Prime Minister: Sultan QABOOS bin Said Al Said
Independent since: 1650 (expulsion of the Portuguese)
Currency: Omani rial (OMR)
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