• Extraction of oil begins after it was discovered in 1964.

  • Oman becomes a founding member of the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council. The purpose of the GCC is to unite the members and their objectives. 

  • Oman and the US sign a free trade agreement. 

  • Protests begin to rise in the country as a part of the Arab Spring, demanding the creation of more jobs, higher salaries, and political reforms. Protests last less than three months as the Sultan of Oman begins with major changes. 

  • Qatar starts bypassing sea, land and air transport restrictions imposed by its Gulf neighbours by using ports in Oman to carry cargo.

  • Haitham bin Tariq Al Said succeeds to the throne on the death of his cousin Sultan Qaboos.


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