Oman

Strategically located at the mouth of the Persian Gulf, Oman once vied with Britain and Portugal for influence in the region. The oil- and gas-rich nation is among the most stable in the Middle East. Its sultan, Qaboos bin Said al Said, is the longest-ruling leader in the region. Like other Arab nations, it is now trying to diversify its economy while navigating growing tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran.

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