Muscat, The National Centre for Statistics and

Information (NCSI) has released a publication titled “48 years of

Oman”.

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

Bin Said.

The book also reviews some of the achievements of the Sultanate

under the wise leadership of His Majesty the Sultan between 1970 and

2017.

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

programmes.

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

infrastructure.

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