|Population growth rate
||24.00 births per 1,000 residents
|Overall life expectancy
|Men life expectancy
|Women life expectancy
|65 years and above
||1.22 M / F
||15.07 residents per kmē
|As-Sib 284,877, Bawshar 187,871, salala
155,309, Matra 150,067, suhar 129,759, Al-Buraymi 60,174, sur 48,634,
Al-'Amarat 47,383, Al-Khaburah 42,119; Masqat 20,272
|72% Omanis, 28% foreigners
|Ibadhi Muslims 75%, Sunnis, Shiites, Hindus
|Human Development Index (HDI)
People in Oman
Most of the Omanis are Arabs and come from the Arab
world. Tribes from southern and central Arabia
immigrated in the pre- Islamic period. But the
different tribes fought bitterly for a long time. The
Arabs were followed by Indians, Persians and Africans.
Who are the guest workers and why are they in
Guest workers come to the locals, mainly from India
and Pakistan. These immigrated mainly at the time of the
oil boom that hit the country in the 70s of the last
century. But many workers from abroad are now employed
in construction or in the field of tourism. Mean jobs
are mostly taken over by these people, who are often
completely without rights and exploited. Better paid
skilled workers come from Arab countries or from Europe,
such as England.
Who are the Bedouins?
Even if their number
is small, some residents still live as Bedouins in Oman.
They move through the country with their herds of
animals and whenever the pastures are grazed, they move
on. About two out of 100 people living in Oman are still
Bedouin. You can find more about the life of the Beduins
under Everyday life / Beduins.
Languages in Oman
Most of the people in Oman speak Arabic.
Religions in Oman
Oman is a Muslim country. 88 out of 100 people are
Muslims of the Ibadi Islamic denomination. They see
neither the Sunnis nor the Shiites as legitimate
representatives of Islam and have their own