Open menu Close menu Open Search Close search
Support our Sponsor

. . Flags of the World Maps of All Countries

  • 2000 INDEX
  • 1999 INDEX
  • 1996 INDEX
  • ;; Home; Page; Country Index

    Oman Geography 2000

      Location: Middle East, bordering the Arabian Sea, Gulf of Oman, and Persian Gulf, between Yemen and UAE

      Geographic coordinates: 21 00 N, 57 00 E

      Map references: Middle East

      total: 212,460 sq km
      land: 212,460 sq km
      water: 0 sq km

      Area - comparative: slightly smaller than Kansas

      Land boundaries:
      total: 1,374 km
      border countries: Saudi Arabia 676 km, UAE 410 km, Yemen 288 km

      Coastline: 2,092 km

      Maritime claims:
      contiguous zone: 24 nm
      exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
      territorial sea: 12 nm

      Climate: dry desert; hot, humid along coast; hot, dry interior; strong southwest summer monsoon (May to September) in far south

      Terrain: vast central desert plain, rugged mountains in north and south

      Elevation extremes:
      lowest point: Arabian Sea 0 m
      highest point: Jabal Shams 2,980 m

      Natural resources: petroleum, copper, asbestos, some marble, limestone, chromium, gypsum, natural gas

      Land use:
      arable land: 0%
      permanent crops: 0%
      permanent pastures: 5%
      forests and woodland: 0%
      other: 95% (1993 est.)

      Irrigated land: 580 sq km (1993 est.)

      Natural hazards: summer winds often raise large sandstorms and dust storms in interior; periodic droughts

      Environment - current issues: rising soil salinity; beach pollution from oil spills; very limited natural fresh water resources

      Environment - international agreements:
      party to: Biodiversity, Climate Change, Desertification, Hazardous Wastes, Law of the Sea, Marine Dumping, Ozone Layer Protection, Ship Pollution, Whaling
      signed, but not ratified: none of the selected agreements

      Geography - note: strategic location on Musandam Peninsula adjacent to Strait of Hormuz, a vital transit point for world crude oil

    Support Our Sponsor

    Support Our Sponsor

    Please put this page in your BOOKMARKS - - - - -

    Translations - Language Translators

    Revised 01-Nov-00
    Copyright © 2000 Photius Coutsoukis (all rights reserved)