Unformatted text preview: liberalisation and modernisation programme. 1981 - Oman is a founding member of the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council. 1999 - Oman and neighbouring United Arab Emirates (UAE) sign a border agreement defining most of their disputed common frontier. 2001 October - Large-scale British-Omani military exercises in the Omani desert coincide with the launch of strikes against the Taleban in Afghanistan. 2003 October - First elections to the Consultative Council, the majlis al-shura, in which all citizens over the age of 21 can vote. Oman's Arabian Oryx sanctuary becomes the first site to be removed from UNESCO's World Heritage list after the rare species dwindled and the government cut the park size by 90%....
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- Spring '06
- Oman, Sultan Qaboos Bin, Omani desert coincide, Al Bu