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Category:Oman

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The inhabitants of the area of Oman have long prospered on Indian Ocean trade. In the late 18th century, a newly established sultanate in Muscat signed the first in a series of friendship treaties with Great Britain. Over time, Oman's dependence on British political and military advisors increased, but it never became a British colony. In 1970 A.D., Qaboos bin Said al-Said overthrew the restrictive rule of the sultan, and has ruled as sultan himself ever since. His extensive modernization program has opened the country to the outside world while preserving the longstanding close ties with the UK. Oman's moderate, independent foreign policy has sought to maintain good relations with all Middle Eastern countries. Arabic is the official language; English, Baluchi, Urdu, and Indian dialects are also spoken.

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