Muscat harkens back to the first modern century. The city confluence of east and west saw Persian, Portuguese and Ottoman rule before the ascension of the Qaboos Sultanate in the 1970’s. Muscat’s influence stretched once as far as Zanzibar and it remains a culturally-layered marketplace.
A basic Omani law reads that the national economy shall be based on justice and the principles of free commerce. Oman’s maritime tradition of porting, the regional reality of oil and the geographic position of trade drive the economy. Innovative diversification plans point toward the future with expanded infrastructure and tourism within this truly multi-ethnic country.