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Society of Oman

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In the past decades, Oman’s society faced radical upheaval, as did the rest of the Gulf region. Of course, change was profounder in urban areas compared to the rural regions. An extremely traditional society has become far more international in outlook. With the oil and gas revenues, Oman has managed to develop a remarkable material and immaterial infrastructure.

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Modernization and economic development have benefited the society and country at large. However, they have also caused imbalances.
Oman is a social welfare state. Policies and programmes guarantee social security, wages and employment conditions, and general programmes provide goods and services subsidies.
The Omani family usually includes three generations in one household. However, there is a trend amongst the youngest generation to leave the family compound and build their own houses, even in rural areas.
Omani women have always played an important role in traditional society and economy. Modern developments in Oman have contributed to gender equality. Females and males enjoy the same level of life expectancy and education. In mode...
Oman has a young population: 50 percent is under 25 years of age. The youth of Oman in the age group between 15-24, represents 23 percent of the total Omani population. A new generation has been brought up in a rapidly modernizing...
Oman's legal system is based on English common law and Islamic law, with ultimate appeal to the monarch. The 1996 Basic Charter affirms the independence of the judiciary.
Since Sultan Qaboos came to power in 1970, education has been one of the spearheads of government policy. In 1970, Oman had an illiteracy rate of about 80 percent.
In the World Health Report 2000, Oman came top in improving health standards among its population. In 2001, the Sultanate was at the top of the World Health Organization list on health services efficiency out of 191 countries. Ind...

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