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Country profile: Oman  The oldest independent state in the Arab world, Oman is one of the more traditional countries  in the Gulf region and was, until the 1970s, one of the most isolated. Occupying the south-east corner of the Arabian peninsula, it has a strategically important position at  the mouth of the Gulf.  At one time Oman had its own empire, which at its peak in the 19th century stretched down the east  African coast and vied with Portugal and Britain for influence in the Gulf and Indian Ocean.  Oman under Sultan Said bin Taimur, who came to power in 1938, experienced decades of  international isolation, a society run along feudal lines and internal rebellion.  After deposing his father in 1970, Sultan Qaboos Bin Said opened up the country, embarked on  economic reforms and boosted spending on health, education and welfare.
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