Geographically, the Sultanate of
Oman is the southeast corner of the Arabian Peninsula.
encompasses mountains, desert, lush tropical areas,
agricultural plains, and stretches of virgin beach
that rival any seaside in the world. Oman’s population
is 2.75 million and is a melting pot, derived from
a history of trade that made Oman, from the Bronze
Age forward until the advent of the steam boat, a major
force in the global economy.
Oman’s sphere of influence extended from much of Arabia through East Africa,
into Persia, into South Asia and its trade extended throughout the Eastern Hemisphere.
Early trade was focused upon two principal Omani products: frankincense and copper,
both critical to civilizations through millennia. Later, Oman was a link among
all parts of the
globe for efficient movement of commodities.
Oman was the first country to recognize
the United States of America, as that country left
the British Empire as a colony in the 18th century.
Its importance to the United States, both strategically
and politically, is illustrated by its being one of
the two countries outside of North America with which
the United States has signed a Free Trade Agreement.
As a political entity, Oman is very like Switzerland:
a haven of neutrality that is maintained as part of
The Sultanate’s government is extremely
progressive and committed to economic development.
The decades of the current Sultan’s rule have seen
extraordinary change: from almost no infrastructure
to that which is competitive with any country’s; from
few schools to a system that includes the graduate
level; from an economy focused on fishing and farming
to an economy that embraces sophisticated manufacturing.
However, maintained is the focus on the health and
well being of the population,
in every respect.
The Sultanate of Oman’s extremes are
safety and cleanliness, both of which are intrinsic
to its culture. Every part of Oman is free of disorder
and trash. Harmony is emphasized as
Economically, Oman is self sufficient
as regards oil and gas. This gives the country’s economy
an edge up. However, though able to export oil and
gas, the country is not rich in those commodities;
thus, it requires other industries to support its economic
growth. Industry diversification is a keystone of its
economic planning, which is exemplary.
The medical industry is an extremely important component
of industrial growth, as is its corollary, national
health care. The Sultanate has strived successfully
to broaden and deepen the medical care provided to
its population over the decades and now has achieved
a system that is admirable.
With a population that is eager to
advance technologically and has embraced industry,
the Sultanate of Oman is an exceptional location for
manufacturing, especially medical manufacturing. The
tradition of attention to quality that starts from
infancy and extends through every facet of life ensures
that the finest products result.
The Dhofar region, in which Salalah
resides, is particularly attractive. While the Eastern
part of Oman was important for copper, the Western
region, which is Dhofar, is the area from which frankincense
comes. So important was that commodity for millennia
to all parts of the world, that Dhofar was a center
of civilization. The region is tropical since it is
on the monsoon belt and its climate is temperate, seeing
temperatures in July and August of 70-80 degrees Fahrenheit.
Salalah is one of the world’s important ports, has
an Industrial Zone and Free Trade Zone that make it
an increasingly attractive area in which to locate
manufacturing, particularly for global distribution.
Oman can be reached easily by air.
a growing international schedule. Flights from Muscat,
the capital, to Salalah
are frequent. Hotels
in Oman range from luxury grade,
having every amenity common to resort hotels and then
to those in which economy is emphasized. Salalah has
fine hotels that are part of international chains.
All amenities needed or desired by international travelers
are available throughout Oman.
We at SMSM welcome visitors to our
facility, hoping that in addition to on site inspection
for purposes of due diligence, our visitors will take
the opportunity to see a part of the world whose civilization
was a cornerstone of world history and whose beauty
rivals any part of the world’s.
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