Muscat, The National Centre for Statistics and
Information (NCSI) has released a publication titled “48 years of
This book elaborates on the developments seen by the Sultanate in
the last forty-eight years. It covers massive achievements in economic,
social, cultural, sports and political fields, which were possible only
with the comprehensive strategic vision of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos
The book also reviews some of the achievements of the Sultanate
under the wise leadership of His Majesty the Sultan between 1970 and
The total population of the Sultanate touched 4.559 million � 55
percent Omanis and 45 percent expatriates � by the end of 2017. The
population in 1977 was 901,000. It also talked about various
demographic changes in the population and its annual growth rate.
The book has another chapter on housing, which was one of the first
priorities of the government as the authorities tried to solve housing
problem. It also mentioned the growth in the number of these housing
units and the capital expenditure for building those houses.
The book also reviews the housing assistance programme and the
number of households, which benefited from this programme during
the five consecutive five-year plans. This also refers to the housing loan
programme, which complements housing assistance programme and
the average housing loans during the different periods.
In the chapter on health sector, the report gives a detailed
description on developments seen by the healthcare sector in the
Sultanate. It is a comprehensive coverage about the sector including
the primarily health services provided to all citizens, achievements of
the Sultanate in the healthcare field in the last four decades, which
resulted in reduction in mortality rates, especially child mortality and
control of communicable diseases.
In the chapter on education, the publication examines the
Sultanate’s achievements in reducing the illiteracy rates and increase
in the number of schools and teachers, as well as registrations and
compatibility between male and female students. There is no
discrimination between male and female students while giving
admission for various courses, which is one of the several benefits of
the blessed Renaissance.
As far as development of manpower is concerned, the book shows
the Sultanate’s achievements which led to the expansion of
employment, job opportunities in the public and private sectors and
growth of Oman’s economy that helped in providing employment
opportunities for youths. The employment ratio increased from 37.7
percent in 1990 to about 66.7 percent in 2017.
The special publication illustrated the efforts made by the
government of the Sultanate since the initial years of the Renaissance
for achieving social balance because the human being is the centre of
development and its goal. Since the beginning, it has focused on
efforts to increase income for all citizens, social security for those living
below poverty line by expanding coverage of social security
The book shows the status enjoyed by Omani women in the glorious
era of the blessed Renaissance. They have achieved prominent
position in the Omani society along with men in reaching to highest
leadership and administrative positions.
The publication also touched on the Sultanate’s achievements in the
fields of media – the number of newspapers, periodicals and other
publications, as well as electronic media. It also talked about the
cultural sector in terms of number of theatres, theatre performances,
and other cultural events. The book also elaborates on the Sultanate’s
achievements in the tourism sector, especially on tourism
The book also talks about the achievements made in sports and the
support and interest of young people in sports activities. It gives
statistics about the sports facilities in the country.
Source: Oman News Agency