Return to home Atlapedia: http://www.atlapedia.com/online/countries/oman.htm The area of Oman is 82,031 sq mls. (This
includes a small area on the strait of Hormuz). The capital is
Muscat and two religions are practiced: Ibadhi and Sunni
Muslim. The Bedouin converse in the Harsusi language.
(NG, 5/95, p.120)(SFC, 5/9/96, p.A-14)
6,000BCE Ash from ancient
campfires of this time were found in Muscat in 1983.
(AM, May/Jun 97 p.48)
5,000BCE Shell and fishbone middens indicated a
fishing village of this time at Ras al Hamra in Qurum.
(AM, May/Jun 97 p.48)
4500BCE Northern Oman has a ceramic tradition back
to this time.
(AM, May/Jun 97 p.52)
2500-2000 The Magan-period of Oman. Numerous slag
heaps and third millennium remains from mining and smelting have
been found at the oasis village of Maysar in central-eastern Oman.
Magan supplied copper ingots to the seafaring merchants of southern
(AM, May/Jun 97 p.49)(Arch, 9/00, p.48)
2500-1300 In the Dhofar region of Oman, a fortress
was built at Shisur next to a permanent spring and used up to
(AM, May/Jun 97 p.52)
2300BCE Sumerian cuneiform texts mention the land
of Magan (possibly Oman) as a source of copper and diorite for the
states of Mesopotamia.
(AM, May/Jun 97 p.49)
2291BC-2254BC Naram-Sin ruled Akkad. He defeated a
rebel coalition in Sumer and re-established Akkadian power. He
re-conquered Syria, Lebanon, and the Taurus mountains, destroying
Aleppo and Mari in the process. During his reign the Gutians
sacked the city of Agade and eventually destroyed all of Sumer
(southern Iraq). During his reign Naram-Sin campaigned against the
region of Magan (Oman).
2254BC-2230BC Shar-Kali-Sharri, son of Naram-Sin,
ruled Akkad. He fought to preserve the realm but it disintegrated
under rebellion and invasion.
2113BCE Ur's golden century began when King
Ur-Nammu expanded the Sumerian empire and made his capital the
wealthiest city in Mesopotamia. Ur-Namma was the founder of the
Third Dynasty of Ur. He made sure Magan (Oman) boats could freely
come and go from Ur’s harbor.
(AP, 4/15/03)(Arch, 9/00, p.46)
2068 Shulgi, king of Ur,
accepted gold from the king of Magan (Oman).
(Arch, 9/00, p.47)
2000-1600 A transitional culture known as early
(AM, May/Jun 97 p.49)
1600-1300 A transitional culture known as late
(AM, May/Jun 97 p.49)
1300-300BCE The Omani Iron Age.
(AM, May/Jun 97 p.49)
1,000BCE Evidence from Maysar indicated that the
building of irrigation systems known as falaj were probably
introduced by the Persians about this time or even earlier.
(AM, May/Jun 97 p.49)
300BCE-500AD The classical period in Oman.
250BCE A finely burnished red pottery was
introduced by the Parthians in northern Oman.
(AM, May/Jun 97 p.53)
150BCE-200AD In Oman triliths,
small, 3-stone monuments, were set in rows in the Mahra tribal
territory. Many were inscribed with an undeciphered south Arabic
script. The Mahra and Shahra are Semitic, non-Arabic speaking tribes
in the Dhofar Mountains that even today control much of the
(AM, May/Jun 97 p.53)
632-661 The Rashidun Caliphate, also known as the
Rightly Guided Caliphate, comprising the first four caliphs in
Islam's history, was founded after Muhammad's death. At its height,
the Caliphate extended from the Arabian Peninsula, to the Levant,
Caucasus and North Africa in the west, to the Iranian highlands and
Central Asia in the east. It was the one of the largest empires in
history up until that time.
1500-1700 Lamu Island, off the coast of Kenya, was
dominated by the Portuguese after which the Sultan of Oman made it
part of his kingdom.
(SSFC, 4/15/01, p.T6)
1507-1650AD The country’s littoral was dominated
by Portuguese adventurers who constructed forts at Mirani and
(NG, 5/95, p.121)
1515 Afonso d’Albuquerque,
Viceroy of the Portuguese Indies, captured Hormuz (Ormuz) and forced
all other traders to round the Cape of Good Hope. This established
Portugal’s supremacy in trade with the Far East. Hormuz is the
strait between Iran and Trucial Oman.
(TL-MB, p.11)(WUD, 1994, p.684)
1650 Portuguese rule ended in
(SSFC, 3/30/08, p.E4)
1670-1680 The Nizwa Fort was built 100 miles
southwest of Muscat.
(AM, May/Jun 97 p.46)
1700 The Portuguese built the
Old Fort in Stone Town, Zanzibar, to defend against the sultan of
(SFEC, 4/23/00, p.T6)
1786 Muscat became the capital
of Oman with the ascendance of the Al Busaid dynasty.
(www.marktoursoman.com/tours/showDestination.php)(SSFC, 6/9/13, Par
1810 Lamu Fort was built on
(SSFC, 4/15/01, p.T7)
1815 Britain took action
against pirate sheikhs protected by the Wahabis, later rulers of
Saudi Arabia, because ships of the East India Company were attacked
in int’l. waters. Britain allied with the ruler of Muscat and Oman
and Mohamed Ali of Egypt.
(WSJ, 10/9/01, p.A22)
1834 Pres. Jackson had special
1804 silver dollars minted for the sultan of Muscat (later Oman) and
the King of Siam (later Thailand) for trade treaties negotiated by
(SFEC, 8/8/99, p.A6)
1840 Zanzibar became the
capital of Oman and the sultan ruled from Stone Town.
(SFEC, 4/23/00, p.T6)
1870-1888 The Omani Sultan Barghash ruled in
(SFEC, 4/23/00, p.T7)
1874 Parts of the Kashf
al-Gumma were published in an English translation by E.C. Ross while
he was British Political Resident at Muscat, based on an Omani
manuscript copy. The anonymous Ibadi chronicle in 40 chapters
includes coverage of the semi-legendary migration of the Arab tribes
from South Arabia into Oman, and their expulsion of the Sasanians
whom they found living there, followed by an account of Omani
history which, with some gaps, runs up to March, 1728.
1907 The British forced the
abolition of slavery on the new Sultan of Zanzibar.
(SSFC, 4/15/01, p.T7)
1957 The book “The Sultan in
Oman" by Jan Morris (b.1926), British travel writer, was published.
It was set in 1955 and described the Sultan’s traveling party after
a brief war.
1962-1976 Oman experienced a rebellion in the
Dhofar region during this period. It was finally quelled by Sultan
(Econ, 12/6/14, p.60)
1967 This year marks the
beginning of oil production in Oman.
(NG, 5/95, p.120)
1970 Jul 23, Sultan Qaboos bin
Said al Said deposed his father, Sultan Said bin Taimur, and took
over rule in Oman. Sultan Qaboos sent his father to exile in
London’s Dorchester hotel.
(NG, 5/95, p.120)(AP internet 7/23/97)(WSJ,
1981 May 25, Sheik Zayed bin
Sultan Al Nahyan (1918-2004), United Arab Emirates President, urged
in 5 other Arab monarchies (Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and Saudi
Arabia) to form the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). The unified
economic agreement between the countries of the Gulf Cooperation
Council was signed on 11 November 1981 in Riyadh.
1981 Oman established an
elected State Consultative Council with an advisory role to the
ruler. The elected Consultation / Shura Council (Majlis A'Shura) was
established in 1991 and evolved from the State Consultative Council.
1982 In Oman efforts to breed
captive oryx and release them back into the Arabian Peninsula, the
only place this species is found, began, a decade after the last one
was apparently shot in the wild. By 2011 about 1,000 of the wild
Arabian or White Oryx thrived owing to nearly three decades of
1984 Gulf Cooperation Council
(GCC) members (Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and Saudi Arabia, UAR)
agreed on the creation of a two-brigade (10,000 troops) Peninsula
Shield Force, based in Saudi Arabia near the Kuwaiti and Iraqi
1984 The space shuttle
Challenger turned up images of what was thought to be the “lost city
(SFEC, 7/5/98, p.A10)
1985 Gulf Air, a joint venture
between Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Oman and Qatar, decided to cut back its
services to Dubai. This prompted Dubai to launch its own airline.
The Emirates Airline began in the UAE with 2 rented planes and a $10
million investment from Dubai’s ruling family under the direction of
Maurice Flanagan. In 2005 the state-owned operation planned to
double its 73-plane fleet. Sir Tim Clark helped set up the airline
and by 2015 it was the world’s biggest carrier as measured by int’l.
(WSJ, 1/11/05, p.A1)(Econ, 6/5/10, p.75)(Econ,
1986 Oman’s first university,
the Sultan Qaboos University, opened.
(SFC, 5/9/96, p.A-14)(SSFC, 3/30/08, p.E4)
1986 Sultan Qaboos bin Said al
Said began to develop his own home-grown classical orchestra.
(WSJ, 12/14/01, p.A6)
1994 Oman became the first Gulf
monarchy to give the vote to women.
1995 Sultan Qaboos of Oman
unveiled his 2020 Vision aiming to wean the economy off oil
dependence. In 2016 he renamed the vision 2040.
(Econ 7/8/17, p.43)
1996 Jun3, The German
electronics group, Siemans AG, was given a contract to install a
mobile telephone network for $21.5 mil. to be completed by 1997.
(WSJ, 8/8/95, p. B6D)
1996 The basic law of Oman was
adopted stipulating that the ruling family meets in the case of a
vacuum in power to choose a successor to the sultan within three
1996 The population of Oman was
about 2 million.
(NG, 5/95, p.120)
1996 Israeli PM Shimon Peres
went to Oman and Qatar and opened Israel trade representative
offices in both Gulf countries. His predecessor, the late Yitzhak
Rabin, made the first trip to Oman in 1994.
1997 Sep 15, In Oman a US Navy
F/A-18 crashed and the pilot was killed.
(WSJ, 9/16/97, p.A1)
2000 Sep, Millions of dead fish
washed ashore from the Gulf of Oman 50 miles northwest of Muscat. It
was the 2nd kill within a week and authorities suspected oxygen
depletion by phytoplankton as the cause.
(SFC, 9/9/00, p.A22)
2000 Dec 31, Six Persian Gulf
nations (Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United
Arab Emirates) signed a regional defense pact.
(SFC, 1/1/01, p.A10)
2001 Jan, Geologist Marc Hauser
found a meteorite from Mars in the Oman desert. It was named Sayh al
Uhaymir 094 for the region where it was found.
(SFC, 6/16/01, p.A2)
2001 Sep 23, The 6-member
Persian "Gulf Cooperation Council" (Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar,
Saudi Arabia, UAE) met in Jidda and pledged support for an int’l.
coalition against terrorism.
(SFC, 9/24/01, p.A7)
2004 Jul 17, A court in Oman
convicted an American woman of murdering her husband and sentenced
her to death. Rebecca Thompson, along with her 14-year-old son,
Derrick, and two Omani men, were convicted for the Jan 1 killing of
2004 Nov 15, The Bush
administration announced that it intended to negotiate trade
agreements with Oman and the UAR.
(Econ, 11/20/04, p.78)
2005 May 2, An Oman state
security court convicted 30 people of plotting to overthrow the
sultan and install an Islamic government, but spared them the death
penalty. Another defendant was convicted of a lesser crime.
2005 Oct 5, Iran's foreign
minister met with Omani officials, part of a tour of Gulf countries
to win support for his government's standoff with the West over its
2006 Jul, Oman and the UAE
completed the delineation of their 1,000-km (625-mile) shared
borders, in line with a June 2002 accord.
2006 Dec 10, The oil-rich Arab
states on the Persian Gulf said that they will consider starting a
joint nuclear program for peaceful purposes. The six-nation Gulf
Cooperation Council included Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, United Arab
Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain and Oman.
2007 Jun 4, Oman evacuated an
island as Cyclone Gonu drew near the Persian Gulf.
(WSJ, 6/5/07, p.A1)
2007 Jun 6, Cyclone Gonu
battered Oman's coast on its path toward the world's most important
crude oil tanker route. It waned after killing 49 in Oman and 9
people in Iran, where severe flooding encircled over 100 villages.
(AP, 6/7/07)(WSJ, 6/9/07, p.A1)(AP, 6/10/07)
2008 Apr 14, The Olympic torch
arrived in Oman amid tight security and expectations of a smooth
relay on the Middle Eastern leg of the flame's round-the-world tour.
2009 Jun 16, The US added six
African countries to a blacklist of countries trafficking in people,
and put US trading partner Malaysia back on the list. Chad, Eritrea,
Niger, Mauritania, Swaziland, and Zimbabwe were added to the list in
the annual report. Removed from the list were Qatar, Oman, Algeria,
2009 Jul, Oman’s population was
estimated at 3.4 million.
(NYT 2011 Almanac, p.653)
2009 Dec 15, In Kuwait Gulf
Arab nations put into force a monetary pact, moving a step closer
toward the elusive goal of a single regional currency and greater
integration between the mainly oil-rich states. The announcement was
made by Kuwait's finance minister came as leaders from the
six-member Gulf Cooperation Council nations were wrapping up a
two-day summit in which they launched a regional electricity
project. The GCC groups Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the United Arab
Emirates, Oman and Bahrain.
2010 Apr 6, Somali pirates
aboard the Faize Osamani tried to attack the MV Rising Sun. A
hostage onboard the hijacked Indian cargo dhow drowned after the
ship was used to attack another vessel and navies intervened. A
warship from Oman arrived and 9 hostages jumped overboard to try to
swim away from the pirates. One drowned and the other 8 were
rescued. The US destroyer USS McFaul arrived on the scene after the
Omani forces and helped persuade the ten pirates to surrender, which
they did after throwing their weapons overboard.
2010 Jun 6, In Pakistan heavy
rains and winds lashed the port city of Karachi as Cyclone Phet
swirled along the coastline after claiming the lives of 15 people in
2010 Jul 28, In the waters off
Oman an explosion damaged an oil tanker carrying 270,000 tons of
oil, near the mouth of the Persian Gulf. Mitsui O.S.K. Lines said
the blast on its tanker M. Star caused one minor injury but did not
cause an oil leak. Officials said the damage was caused by a freak
wave. Japan's ministry said "A crew member saw light on the horizon
just before the explosion, so (Mitsui O.S.K.) believes there is a
possibility it was caused by an outside attack." On Aug 4 an obscure
al-Qaida-linked group said one of its suicide bombers attacked
the Japanese oil tanker, a claim that, if true, would be the first
time the terror network has attacked the Japanese. On Aug 6 the
Emirates' WAM news agency quoted an unnamed government official as
saying the investigation revealed traces of homemade explosives on
the hull of the tanker.
(AP, 7/28/10)(Reuters, 7/28/10)(AP, 8/4/10)(AP,
2010 Dec 7, Leaders of six
US-allied Gulf Arab nations, the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC),
said they were monitoring with "utmost concern" developments in
Iran's disputed nuclear program and issued a thinly veiled warning
to their Persian neighbor not to meddle in their internal affairs.
The 2-day gathering of leaders from the Emirates, Saudi Arabia,
Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain and Oman followed the publication of leaked
US diplomatic memos that revealed deeper concern among Gulf Arab
leaders over Tehran's nuclear program than had previously been
2011 Jan 30, Oman said it has
dismantled an Emirati spy ring that was targeting the government and
the military in the Gulf sultanate. An official the cell was
uncovered five months ago, before it was watched and dismantled by
Omani security services.
2011 Feb 26, Oman's ruler,
Sultan Qaboos bin Said, replaced six Cabinet members in a bid to
defuse tensions in the country.
2011 Feb 27, Omani security
forces fired tear gas and rubber bullets at protesters demanding
better salaries and measures to curb corruption. At least one person
was killed in Sohar. Sultan Qaboos bin Said ordered 50,000 new state
positions and a monthly stipend of 150 rials ($390) for job seekers.
(AFP, 2/27/11)(AP, 2/28/11)
2011 Feb 28, In Oman protesters
set a supermarket ablaze and rallied at two places in the seaside
town of Sohar in a third consecutive day of unrest that has included
deadly clashes in the strategic Gulf nation. Police did not respond
to today's protest.
2011 Mar 1, Oman deployed
troops north of the capital Muscat and near the border with the
United Arab Emirates, following three straight days of
2011 Mar 4, Oman said it has
reconciled with the United Arab Emirates after Kuwaiti mediation
succeeded in resolving tensions over an alleged spy ring.
2011 Mar 5, Oman's ruler
replaced three top government officials, a second major shakeup that
was celebrated by some protesters but failed to quell more than a
week of widening demonstrations. Workers staged a sit-in at a main
oil field in Haima, about 300 miles (500 km) southwest of the
capital Muscat, demanding more state investments in the area.
2011 Mar 8, In Oman more than
150 protesters rallied peacefully outside the state television
headquarters in the capital Muscat to call for greater press
2011 Mar 13, Oman's ruler
granted lawmaking powers to officials outside the royal family in
the boldest reforms yet aimed at quelling protests for jobs and a
greater public role in politics.
2011 Mar 15, In Oman Sheik
Ahmed bin Hamad al-Khalili, highest religious authority in the
Persian Gulf kingdom, called for a nationwide alcohol ban and strict
monitoring of health clubs in this Muslim country. Al-Khalili told
state television that "drunk people are unproductive people who sink
2011 Mar 16, In Oman about 300
security guards demonstrated in the capital Muscat, calling for
better wages and weekends off. They blocked traffic on a downtown
street before the inspector general for police and customs addressed
them, saying he would study their demands.
2011 Mar 29, Oman said it has
detained several anti-government activists who took part in protests
that started last month in the northern industrial city of Sohar.
2011 Apr 2, In Oman dozens of
protesters staged a sit-in in Muscat to demand probes into alleged
state abuses after clashes with security forces in Sohar left at
least one person dead and sharply boosted tensions in the strategic
2011 Apr 3, Omani authorities
said they have released 57 people arrested in crackdowns against
2011 Apr 8, The freighter MV
Susan K, operated by a German shipping firm, was hijacked off the
coast of Oman. Pirates held the crew hostage for more than two
months until their demand for a ransom of $3.5 million was met. In
2015 German authorities arrested a Somali man suspected of being
among the pirates who seized the ship.
2011 May 10, The Gulf
Co-operation Council (Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman, Saudi Arabia,
UAE) said it welcomed Jordan’s request to join the 6-member group.
Jordan had first applied for membership in the mid-1980s. The GCC
said it would encourage Morocco to also join.
2011 Jun 28, Judicial
authorities in Oman said 15 protesters have been sentenced to jail
terms for taking part in violent demonstrations calling for more
jobs and other reforms.
2011 Sep 21, A court in Oman
ordered the one-month long closure of the prominent Azzaman
newspaper and sentenced two of its editors to jail after the
country's justice minister accused them of slander. Editor Ibrahim
al-Maamary and managing editor Yussuf al-Haj were each sentenced to
five months in prison for "insulting" Justice Minister Mohamed
al-Hanai in the May articles, which cited claims of embezzlement,
graft and other abuses within the ministry.
(AP, 9/21/11)(AFP, 1/1/12)
2011 Sep 21, Americans Shane
Bauer and Josh Fattal, jailed in Iran as spies, were released from
Tehran's Evin prison after more than two years in custody. A $1
million bail, $500,000 for each one, was posted by Oman.
2011 Oct 12, Oman’s Sultan
Qaboos, himself a music enthusiast, officially opened the Royal
Opera House of Oman, the first of its kind in the Arabian Peninsula.
2011 Oct 15, In Oman more than
1,300 candidates, including 77 women, sought seats on the 84-member
Shura Council, a decade-old body that has no direct authority but
advises the ruling sultan. Only a single woman was elected to the
nation's top advisory council despite a push by female candidates
that followed pro-reform unrest in the Arabian peninsula nation.
(AP, 10/15/11)(AP, 10/16/11)
2011 Oct 19, Oman published
royal decrees that widen the powers of an 84-seat council that
previously had only an advisory role. The members of the Shura
Council can now take part in proposing laws to Oman's ruler and can
also suggest changes in government regulations.
2011 Nov 6, Oman state media
reported that 4 crewmen died and five are still missing after an
Indian ship sank in bad weather off its coast.
2012 Jan 1, Omani newspaper
Azzaman said it would appeal in the high court the five-month jail
sentences handed to two of its staff for insulting the justice
2012 Jun 11, In Oman 22 people
were detained for protesting outside the central police station in
Muscat. They were calling for the release of 3 pro-democracy
campaigners detained some days earlier.
(Econ, 6/16/12, p.52)
2012 Apr 27, In Oman say eight
members of a family burned to death after their car struck a truck
parked on the roadside.
2012 Jul 19, In Oman a US Navy
helicopter crash killing 2 crewmembers. 3 others aboard the downed
MH-53E Sea Dragon survived.
2012 Dec 22, In Oman more than
1,400 candidates competed in the Gulf nation's first municipal
elections, a concession following Arab Spring-linked unrest.
2013 Mar 22, Oman sate news
said Sultan Qaboos bin Said has pardoned all activists jailed for
offending the nation's ruler or joining protests.
2013 Mar 25, Libya's foreign
minister said the widow of the late ruler Moammar Gadhafi and other
family members have been granted asylum in Oman.
2013 Jul 11, Oman police said
they have seized 30,393 pistols aboard a tanker. Dubai-based
newspaper Gulf News said the ship came from Turkey and was bound for
Yemen. 9 Omanis were arrested in connection with the alleged
shipment of pistols discovered in Sohar.
2013 Jul 23, Oman's Sultan
Qaboos pardoned activists jailed for taking part in anti-government
protests two years ago, his latest gesture to citizens worried about
unemployment and inadequate pay.
2013 Oct 30, Oman said it has
discovered the first case of the MERS coronavirus in the Gulf
sultanate, a 68-year-old Omani man.
2013 Nov 10, Saudi Arabia
announced another fatality from the MERS virus, taking its toll to
53, as neighbouring Oman recorded its first death from the
2013 Dec 16, British Petroleum
said it has won official approval to develop a key shale gas project
in Oman at a cost of $16 billion (11.6 billion euros).
2014 Mar 9, A court in Oman
sentenced a former executive of an engineering firm to a total of 15
years in jail for five counts of bribery in exchange for contracts
from a state-owned oil company. This was the second against former
managing director of Galfar Engineering and Contracting, Mohammed
Ali, who was sentenced to three years in jail in January over bribes
made to Petroleum Development Oman (PDO).
2014 Aug 30, A Gulf Cooperation
Council (GCC) meeting in the Saudi Red Sea resort of Jeddah ended.
An Omani minister said the Gulf Arab monarchies have resolved a
six-month dispute with Qatar, which they had accused of
destabilizing the region by supporting the Muslim Brotherhood.
2014 Oct, Oman issued a
nationality law alllowing it to withdraw passports from from
anyone working against the interests of the country.
(Econ, 11/15/14, p.51)
2014 Dec 9, The six-member Gulf
Cooperation Council (Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia,
UAE) agreed to create a joint naval force based out of Bahrain and
announced a police force based in Abu Dhabi.
(SSFC, 12/14/14, p.A22)
2014 The population of Oman was
about 4.1 million, with about 40% as expatriots.
(Econ, 12/6/14, p.60)
2015 Mar 8, An Omani court
jailed Said Jadad, a prominent activist, for three years for a range
of offences including undermining the state, a charge a newspaper
said was related to an open letter to US President Barack Obama
about human rights in the country.
2015 Jun 13, Six Yemeni men,
long held at Guantanamo Bay, arrived in Oman. This was the first
movement of detainees out of the US prison for terrorism suspects in
five months and reduced the Guantanamo prisoner population to 116.
(AP, 6/13/15)(SSFC, 6/14/15, p.A6)
2015 Jun 18, Thailand confirmed
its first case of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) virus
in a businessman from Oman.
2016 Jan 14, The US sent ten
Yemeni men, held at the Guantanamo Bay US military prison, to Oman,
bringing the detainee population to 93.
2016 Feb, The US Treasury
Department issued a license that would have allowed Iran to convert
$5.7 billion it held at a bank in Oman from Omani rials to into
euros by exchanging them first into US dollars. The Obama
administration approached two US banks to facilitate the conversion
but both declined. This was not made public until 2018.
(SFC, 6/7/18, p.A3)
2016 Mar 1, In Oman a bus
traveling through the northwestern desert crashed into a truck and a
passing car later slammed into the wreckage early today, killing at
least 18 people and injuring 16 others.
2016 Mar 4, Moody's lowered the
credit ratings of Bahrain and Oman and placed the remaining Gulf oil
exporters on review for downgrade, saying low crude prices have
weakened their economies.
2016 Mar 10, Oman media
reported that torrential rain in northern Oman and the United Arab
Emirates has killed six people this week.
2016 Jul 13, Human Rights Watch
said foreigners employed as maids in Oman can face physicdal and
verbal abuse while entrapped in conditions that near slavery. Its
report alleged that the United Arab Emirates acts as a gateway for
maids trafficked into the sultanate.
(SFC, 7/14/16, p.A2)
2016 Jul 28, In Oman the Azamn
(al-Zaman) newspaper editor-in-chief Ibrahim al-Maamari and his
deputy Yousef al-Haj were jailed two days after the paper published
an article accusing public officials of corruption and interfering
in judicial decisions.
2016 Dec 25, Voters in Oman
headed to the polls to choose municipal councilors in only the
second local election held in the Gulf sultanate.
2016 Dec 26, In Oman an appeals
court lifted a ban on the Azamn (al-Zaman) newspaper which was
forced to close in August after it published an article alleging
government corruption. The court also decided to acquit journalist
Zaher al-Abri and reduced prison sentences handed down by a lower
court to editor-in-chief Ibrahim al-Maamari and his deputy Yousef
(AFP, 12/26/16)(AP, 12/26/16)
2017 Jan 16, Oman said it has
accepted 10 detainees from the US prison at Guantanamo Bay ahead of
President Barack Obama leaving office, part of his efforts to shrink
the facility he promised to close.
2017 Feb 15, Iranian President
Hassan Rouhani visited Oman and Kuwait for talks to improve
relations with Gulf neighbors, strained by the conflicts in Syria
2017 May, The S&P ratings
agency cut Oman’s bonds to junk status.
(Econ 7/8/17, p.43)
2017 Aug, Oman and China signed
a $3.6 billion loan to help Oman fund government spending for the
(Econ, 9/2/17, p.41)
2018 Apr 20, Swedish DJ Tim
Bergling (28), aka Avicii, died in Oman. He was one of the world's
most successful DJs who helped usher in the global boom in
electronic music but struggled to cope with the hard-partying
2018 Apr 28, In Oman activist
Hassan al-Basham passed away in Samail Central Prison after a sharp
drop in his blood sugar levels. Rights groups later said his
deteriorating health was known to the courts, and that a request by
his lawyers for a medical examination was ignored by an appellate
2018 May 25, Cyclone Mekunu
strengthened in intensity as it bore down on southern Oman, lashing
the coast with high winds and rain.
2018 May 26, Cyclone Mekunu
killed at least four people in Oman while more than 30 remained
missing. Another two bodies were recovered from the Yemeni island of
(AP, 5/26/18)(AP, 5/26/18)
2018 May 28, Authorities said
the death toll from Cyclone Mekunu that hit Oman and Yemen over the
weekend rose to at least 13, as relief workers and aid arrived to
hard-hit areas in the two Arabian Peninsula countries.
2018 Jun 3, The International
Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies said Cyclone
Mekunu killed at least 30 people when it barreled across Oman and
Yemen last month. Twenty of the fatalities happened on the Yemeni
island of Socotra.
2018 Aug 14, An explosion
struck the MT Desh Vaibhav in the Gulf of Oman while it was en route
to Fujairah on the eastern coast of the United Arab Emirates. The
explosion on the Shipping Corporation of India crude oil tanker
caused "two casualties" and injured one sailor.
2018 Dec 10, Israeli PM
Benjamin Netanyahu said Oman will let Israeli planes fly through its
airspace. The permission however provides Israel with little
immediate practical use since its planes cannot fly over Oman's
neighbor Saudi Arabia.
2019 Mar 12, Oman said it was
"temporarily suspending" all flights by Boeing 737 MAX aircraft in
the sultanate following the March 10 crash of an Ethiopian Airlines
jetliner, becoming the first nation on the Arabian Peninsula to
ground the planes.
2019 Mar 12, European Union
governments adopted a broadened blacklist of tax havens, adding the
United Arab Emirates and British and Dutch overseas territories in a
revamp that tripled the number of listed jurisdictions. The new list
added Dutch Caribbean island of Aruba, Barbados, Belize, the British
overseas territory of Bermuda, Fiji, the Marshall Islands, Oman, the
United Arab Emirates, Vanuatu and Dominica. The EU blacklist
originally comprised 17 jurisdictions, including the UAE, but shrank
to five after most listed states committed to change their tax
2019 Mar 24, The United States
clinched a strategic port deal with Oman which US officials say will
allow the US military better access to the Gulf region and reduce
the need to send ships through the Strait of Hormuz, a maritime
choke point off Iran.
2019 May 18, Saudi Arabia
called for urgent meetings of the regional Gulf Cooperation Council
and the Arab League to discuss escalating tensions in the region.
Countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) began "enhanced
security patrols" in the international waters of the Arabian Gulf
(AFP, 5/19/19)(Reuters, 5/19/19)
2019 May 24, Oman said it was
trying to reduce spiraling tensions between the Unites States and
Iran, as the Pentagon confirmed it was considering deploying more
troops to the region.
2019 Jun 6, In the UAE a bus
from Oman smashed into a warning sign coming off a major highway in
Dubai, killing 17 people late today, including at least 12 Indians.
2019 Jun 26, Oman said that it
will open an embassy in the Palestinian territories in support of
the Palestinian people, in a first for a Gulf Arab state.
2019 Jul 1, The head of
Israel's Mossad intelligence agency, Yossi Cohen, said his country
was establishing "formal relations" with Oman. The next day Oman
denied it has agreed to establish diplomatic relations with Israel.