The Sultanate of Oman, occupying the south-eastern section of the Arabian Peninsula, is a culturally rich country with some of the most magnificent natural scenery in the world. Its long history and ancient traditions are strengths that have underpinned its modern development guided by its Government, which is led by His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said.
Oman's economy has been transformed from a modest economic base depending on exports of raw materials such as dates, dried limes, fish and leather into a modern and integrated structure that has enabled it to achieve one of the world's highest growth rates. A key to this success has been careful use of oil revenues for infrastructural projects together with development of its non-oil sector. Manufacturing is concentrated at six industrial zones where over 120 factories are presently in operation, involving aluminum, fertiliser, furniture, household utensils, building materials, glassworks and canning. Meanwhile Oman's tourism industry has been developing at a steady pace with visitors showing deep appreciation for the clean, safe, culturally rich and environmentally fascinating attractions of the Sultanate, not to mention the friendly and welcoming attitude of its people.