Territory in the Arabian Peninsula, ruled since 1970 by the Salṭanat ʻUmān


Oman - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"Oman (Arabic: عمان‎ ʻUmān), officially called the Sultanate of Oman (Arabic: سلطنة عُمان‎ Salṭanat ʻUmān), is an Arab state in southwest Asia on the southeast coast of the Arabian Peninsula. It is bordered by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to the northwest, Saudi Arabia to the west, and Yemen to the southwest. The coast is formed by the Arabian Sea on the southeast and the Gulf of Oman on the northeast. The Madha and Musandam enclaves are surrounded by the UAE on their land borders, with the Strait of Hormuz and Gulf of Oman forming Musandam's coastal boundaries. ..."

Measures of Freedom

Human Freedom Index [PDF], The Human Freedom Index 2016
2014: 6.32, Rank: 120, Personal Freedom: 5.37, Economic Freedom: 7.27, Democracy Index: 2.91
Level of Economic Freedom, Economic Freedom of the World
2014: 7.27, Rank: 59
Oman | Freedom House, Freedom in the World 2016
2016: Status: Not Free, Aggregate Score: 25, Political Rights: 6, Civil Liberties: 5
"The authorities intensified their efforts to suppress criticism of corruption and the government in 2015, arresting several human rights and political activists. Meanwhile, falling global oil prices put pressure on Oman's economy and the state's ability to maintain social benefits. The government reported a budget deficit of roughly $11.6 billion for the year, despite having reduced its food and fuel subsidies."