Oman
Sultanate of Oman
September 4
Asia
Factbook

Challenges for Prayer

1 Rapid social change since 1970 has transformed Oman. Oil wealth, rising education levels and the opening up to the wider world have broadened the minds of Omanis

2 The unreached. The entire Muslim majority is a big challenge

3 Almost the entire Christian population is expatriate

4 Christian professionals and workers. Pray that they might boldly share the gospel effectively through exemplary lives

5 Other means of witness:

a) The Bible Society has a good ministry in distributing the Scriptures in many languages to the expatriate communities

b) Christian radio broadcasts in Arabic

c) Almost 2,000 Omanis are studying in the West

d) Internet use is accelerating

Geography


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Area 300,000 sq.km. A mountainous land on the southeast coast of Arabia and the strategic tip of the Musandam Peninsula that dominates the entrance to the Arabian/Persian Gulf.

Population (2000) 2,541,739 +3.35%AGR

Capital Muscat.

Peoples

About 27% of the population and 65% of the workforce are foreign.

Arab 67.1%; South Asian 21%; Mahra 5.1%; Iranian 2.8%; Other 4%.

Literacy 67.1%. Official language Arabic. All languages 13. Languages with Scripture 2Bi 2por 1w.i.p.

Economy

A latecomer as a Middle Eastern oil producer. Unemployment 12% among nationals. HDI 0.725; 89th/174. Public debt 18.6% of GNP. Income/person $6,050 (19.2% of USA).

Politics

An isolated feudal monarchy until 1970; a benevolent absolute monarchy since then when the Sultan was ousted by his son.

Religion

Ibadi Islam is the state religion.

Religions Population % Adherents Ann.Gr.
Muslim 92.66 2,355,175 +3.1%
Hindu 3.00 76,252 +8.1%
Christian 2.54 64,560 +4.0%
Buddhist 1.20 30,501 +12.1%
non-Religious/other 0.40 10,167 +3.4%
Baha'i 0.20 5,083 +3.4%
Christians Denom. Affil.% ,000 Ann.Gr.
Protestant 21 0.24 6 +5.0%
Anglican 1 0.14 4 +1.8%
Catholic 1 1.22 31 +4.4%
Orthodox 3 0.14 4 +5.3%
Unaffiliated   0.80 20 n.a.

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