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Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC) navies are rapidly building up powerful fleets of muscular corvettes and multi-role offshore patrol vessels, making it likely that nations such as the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Oman will soon boast the most advanced surface combatants in the region.

Saudi Arabia | Bahrain | Oman | United Arab Emirates (UAE)
Issue 860 - 12 September 2009

Qaboos orders action on swine flu

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With Oman taking the threat of H1N1 – ‘swine flu’ – very seriously, Sultan Qaboos Bin Said Al-Saeed on 5 September ordered the establishment of a Supreme Committee for H1N1 to draw up a comprehensive plan to tackle the disease.

Oman
Issue 859 - 08 August 2009

US munitions raise Omani strike power

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The Royal Air Force of Oman (RFAO)'s F-16 deal has significantly raised the Omani military's strike power. Some 80 AGM-65D/Gs will increase tank-killing potential. Meanwhile Oman bought $52.9m-worth of wind-correct

Oman
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The Sultan’s decision to visit Iran during President Ahmadinejad’s inauguration shows that Oman remains a significant player in the region, able to balance strong relations with the West with an open approach to Tehran. And the purchase of 24 Eurofighter Typhoons shows it has a tougher mindset, too.

Iran | Oman
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The Sultanate is on the verge of a defence deal that will enhance its ability to deal with military threats in the region, from piracy in the Horn of Africa to tensions with Iran and Yemen. The Royal Air force of Oman will be the big winner in the next phase of procurement

Oman
Issue 859 - 08 August 2009

Oman’s approaches to Iran and Yemen

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Oman has reduced the chance of conflict with Iran in the tight confines of the Strait of Hormuz through a policy of engagement, committed defence diplomacy and other confidence-building measures. It regards maintaining defences as an effective way of levering diplomatic efforts and forcing Iran to respect the Sultanate (see GSN view). In 1980, Omani and Iranian naval forces faced off in shows of force,

Iran | Yemen | Oman
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Sultan Qaboos Bin Said Al-Saeed’s three-day official visit to Iran has cemented decades of steady relations between the troubled Islamic Republic and Oman, for long seen as a moderate and sensible state whose good offices are valued by international partners. The visit, the Sultan’s first since Shah Reza Pahlavi’s fall in 1979, has highlighted the importance that Muscat attributes to maintaining steady relations with its large and powerful neighbour.

Iran | Oman
Issue 855 - 13 June 2009

OMAN: Nuclear agreement with Russia

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Russia and Oman have signed an agreement on nuclear energy co-operation

Oman
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While the Middle East has weathered the global recession better than most regions, the regional dynamics have altered, with the more highly leveraged economies such as Dubai losing ground to more conservative and resource-rich players, led by Saudi Arabia.

Iran | Kuwait | Saudi Arabia | Bahrain | Oman | United Arab Emirates (UAE) | Iraq | Qatar
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Aabar invests in European subsidiary of AIG, Mubadala posts Dh11.8bn loss for 2008, Brunei investment fund, German automotive industry attracts Qatar,

United Arab Emirates (UAE) | Oman | Qatar
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After eight months in the doldrums triggered by the global credit crisis, Middle East project finance has bounced back to life with the stunning commitment of $3bn from commercial banks to refinance the Dolphin pipeline. With liquidity still very tight, a boost was necessary to bring banks back into the international syndications market.

Oman | United Arab Emirates (UAE) | Qatar
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Oman and Uzbekistan signed an MoU in early April for a 75%/25% joint investment company …….

Oman
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London AIM-listed Indago Petroleum has sold its 50% stake in Blocks 31, 47 and 43A to UAE-based RAK Petroleum. RAK Petroleum already held the balance of the interests and is the operator of the licences.

Oman | United Arab Emirates (UAE)
Issue 850 - 27 March 2009

SULTAN QABOOS: Mubarak meeting

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On 18 March, Sultan Qaboos received Egypt’s President Hosni Mubarak for talks.

Oman
Issue 850 - 27 March 2009

OMAN: Tamrus Exploration

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In GSN 847 we wrote that Russia's Tamrus Exploration was no longer part of the Taqah Oil Exploration consortium exploring on Oman's Block 57

Oman