Oman ('''Arabic:''' ''عمان ʻUmān''), also known as Sultanate of Oman ('''Arabic:''' '' سلطنة عُمان Salṭanat ʻUmān'') is a Middle Eastern country in the Arabian peninsula, bordered by UsefulNotes/SaudiArabia in the west, the UsefulNotes/UnitedArabEmirates in the northwest, and Yemen in the southwest. It is a semi-absolute monarchy, with Qaboos bin Said, who brought Oman to modernity. The Omanis practice a unique form of Islam called Ibadi, distinct from Sunni and Shia Islam.
In the 17th century, Oman was an empire in the Indian Ocean. For a while, Oman's capital was in Zanzibar in Africa. While it was never a British protectorate, they were influenced by them. The discovery of oil has made Oman an important oil supplier, though not as great as Saudi Arabia and Kuwait are.
The ruler of Oman in the early and mid-20th century was Sultan Said bin Taimur, who ruled a very conservative regime and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking banned reading glasses]]. He was sacked by his son in 1970, partly for failing to crush the Dhofar Rebellion in 1965 quickly. These rebels were backed by Communists and the South Yemeni government. By 1975, Sultan Qaboos quelled the rebellion and has instituted social and economic reforms. Even more reforms are now being put in place in the 2010s to avoid the UsefulNotes/ArabSpring. The Omani government also tries to remedy the unemployment problem by trying to recruit native Omani personnel to do jobs that foreign workers usually do.
[[folder: The Omani flag ]]
->The flag's white, red and green stripes symbolize peace and prosperity, battles against foreign invasions, and the Green Mountains and fertility, respectively. At the hoist side is a red column, recalling the country's former all-red flag before 1970. At the canton is the national emblem, which is also the family badge of the House of Al Said, Oman's current royal family, showing a pair of sheathed swords over a ''khanjar'', a local dagger.