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note: includes 577,293 non-nationals
15-64 years: 65.7% (male 1,133,329/female 856,701)
65 years and over: 3.1% (male 47,786/female 45,785) (2011 est.)
conventional short form: Oman
local long form: SaltanatUman
local short form: Uman
former: Muscat and Oman
over 3,047 m: 6
2,438 to 3,047 m: 5
914 to 1,523 m: 1 (2012)
. As a result of its dwindling oil resources, Oman is actively pursuing a development plan that focuses on diversification, industrialization, and privatization, with the objective of reducing the oil sector’s contribution to GDP to 9 percent by 2020. Muscat is attempting to “Omanize” the labour force by replacing foreign expatriate workers with local workers. Oman actively seeks private foreign investors, especially in the industrial, information technology, tourism, and higher education fields. Industrial development plans focus on gas resources, metal manufacturing, petrochemicals, and international transhipment ports.
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