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Oman


    • Names:

        conventional long form:
        Sultanate of Oman

        conventional short form:
        Oman

        local long form:
        Saltanat Uman

        local short form:
        Uman

    • Digraph:
      MU

    • Type:
      monarchy

    • Capital:
      Muscat

    • Administrative divisions:
      6 regions (mintaqah, singular - mintaqat) and 2 governorates* (muhafazah, singular - muhafazat) Ad Dakhiliyah, Al Batinah, Al Wusta, Ash Sharqiyah, Az Zahirah, Masqat, Musandam*, Zufar*

    • Independence:
      1650 (expulsion of the Portuguese)

    • National holiday:
      National Day, 18 November (1940)

    • Constitution:
      none

    • Legal system:
      based on English common law and Islamic law; ultimate appeal to the sultan; has not accepted compulsory ICJ jurisdiction

    • Suffrage:
      none

    • Executive branch:

        chief of state and head of government:
        Sultan and Prime Minister QABOOS bin Said Al Said (since 23 July 1970)

        cabinet:
        Cabinet

    • Legislative branch:
      unicameral Consultative Council

    • Judicial branch:
      none; traditional Islamic judges and a nascent civil court system

    • Political parties and leaders:
      none

    • Other political or pressure groups:
      NA

    • Member of:
      ABEDA, AFESD, AL, AMF, ESCWA, FAO, G-77, GCC, IBRD, ICAO, IDA, IDB, IFAD, IFC, ILO, IMF, IMO, INMARSAT, INTELSAT, INTERPOL, IOC, ISO (correspondent), ITU, NAM, OIC, UN, UNCTAD, UNESCO, UNIDO, UPU, WFTU, WHO, WMO

    • Diplomatic representation in US:

        chief of mission:
        Ambassador Abdallah bin Muhammad bin Aqil al-DHAHAB

        chancery:
        2535 Belmont Rd. NW, Washington, DC 20008

        telephone:
        [1] (202) 387-1980 through 1982

        FAX:
        [1] (202) 745-4933

    • US diplomatic representation:

        chief of mission:
        Ambassador David J. DUNFORD

        embassy:
        address NA, Muscat

        mailing address:
        P. O. Box 202, Code No. 115, Muscat

        telephone:
        [968] 698989

        FAX:
        [968] 699779

    • Flag:
      three horizontal bands of white (top, double width), red, and green (double width) with a broad, vertical, red band on the hoist side; the national emblem (a khanjar dagger in its sheath superimposed on two crossed swords in scabbards) in white is centered at the top of the vertical band






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