AS OMAN celebrates the 44th Anniversary of its national day which started on November 18 and shall continue until the end of the current month, every corner of the country is thrilled with joy.
The day is very promising for citizens and residents alike, for the prosperity and stability the Sultanate has achieved ever since His Majesty Sultan Qaboos ascended the throne.
It is also a day of thanksgiving for His Majesty’s wise governance during the last four decades of the blessed Renaissance. The day is also a time to reaffirm allegiance to the benevolent leader and renew the pledge to safeguard, consolidate and take active part in the ongoing process of nation building.
His Majesty’s commitment for a promising era was very evident from his earlier speeches. In an inspiring address to the nation His Majesty Sultan Qaboos pointed out: “My people, I will proceed as quickly as possible to transform your lives into a prosperous one with a bright future.”
His Majesty is indeed a gifted Monarch who left no stone unturned in fulfilling his promise to his subjects.
Within record time, Oman saw the light at the end of the tunnel as the blessed Renaissance began to spread to all over the Sultanate. On His Majesty’s call, people who migrated to other countries started returning to their homeland. They listened to him and trusted in his able and caring leadership. Today the Sultanate and its citizens enjoy the fruits of his efforts.
His Majesty Sultan Qaboos has led the Renaissance with supreme dedication and devotion. Thus, Oman has been transformed into a modern nation with a sense of commitment and pride to its rich heritage and deep-rooted traditions.
Along with His Majesty’s personal commitment to the national development, he called upon all Omani citizens to shoulder the responsibility and play an active role in shaping their country.
He believed it was essential that the people should work closely with the government like different organs of a single body.
Following the royal call for active participation of the citizens in nation building, Omanis have adjusted themselves to the changes taking place around them.
The Omani society now enjoys free access to education, healthcare and employment.
The basic principles of the Sultanate’s foreign policy stem from the strategic vision of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos about peaceful co-existence between all peoples, neighbourliness, non-interference in the internal affairs of others and mutual respect for national sovereignty.
The Sultanate of Oman also makes tangible efforts in deepening the concept of tolerance which is seriously lacking in our world today more than any other time.
These efforts come, not only in the context of the successful Omani diplomacy, but also a deep, wide-scale intellectual discourse to bridge the gaps between nations, cultures and religions and to meet on one common humanitarian ground. The Sultanate is far from being lenient towards violation of religious freedom.
The industry sector constitutes one of the main components of the national economy’s diversification aimed at diminishing dependence on oil. This sector’s importance stems from its ability to cover a great volume of society’s need for commodity items, particularly construction materials, in addition to its ability to provide employment opportunities.
The Sultanate has adopted a policy of distribution of industrial estates and free zones in the governorates. The Public Establishment for Industrial Estates undertakes the management and operation of 7 industrial estates in addition to Knowledge Oasis Muscat (which focuses on information technology) and Al Mazyouna Free Zone, which attract projects dealing with commercial and industrial exchange between the Sultanate and Yemen.
The setting up of the Special Economic Zone at Duqm is considered a new addition to the national economy. It has been designed to achieve steady growth in employment opportunities.
In October 2012, the Sultanate began to implement a plan for transformation into e-government which is expected to reach “full transformation” stage in 2015. The aim is to achieve added value to the target public by providing services that the citizens deem as satisfactory and appropriate.
The Sultanate encourages foreign capital that will enhance the overall development of the country. Oman is committed to a policy of an open market economy based on free competition in which the Private Sector is encouraged and facilitated to play leading role.
World class infrastructure facilities, incentives packages, attractive corporate tax and tax holidays, simplification of ‘doing business procedures’ and transparent corporate governance has made Oman as an attractive destination for investment.
Oman is pleased to invite Bruneian companies and businessmen to participate in investment opportunities and the embassy shall provide the necessary information to those interested in investing in Oman.
Oman enjoys an unspoiled culture and traditional lifestyle in almost every aspect of life which is derived from Islamic religion. The Omanis are a committed society to kindness, friendship, hospitality and the value of the family as the solid foundation for a lifestyle.
Arabic is the official language; English is considered a second language and widely used in business sector. Oman has rich cultural values, Art, handicraft and Folkloric performances. There are number of UNESCO-classified World Heritage in Oman. The Royal Orchestra of Oman is considered one of the best worldwide and the recently Royal opera house has been opened as an example of appreciation of Art.
The tourism sector represents one of the mainstays of the national economy. The Sultanate ranks on the fourth place in the International Tourism Market in the GCC Countries, with a total of more than 1.9 Million tourists in 2013.
The social dimension was the focus of the government’s sustainable development plans in the past years and the Sultanate recorded outstanding achievements in all social sectors, especially in health and education.
Sultan Qaboos’s main concern was to give Omani people a better life; therefore, he paid great attention to developing different social fields such as education and health.
The Sultanate also believes in the importance of the role played by women in building society, therefore Omani women were given attention in all fields to develop themselves and their skills.
The Sultanate had also followed the democratic path by giving the people the right to participate in the ongoing developments. (Courtesy of the Embassy of the Sultanate of Oman)