Oman celebrates 47th National Day
Pakistan and Oman enjoy excellent and cordial relations and both the countries share a common vision of peace and prosperity of the entire region. Federal Minister for Religious Affairs & Inter-Faith Harmony, Sardar Muhammad Yousaf noted this while attending as Chief Guest a reception to mark Nation Day of Oman at Serena Hotel. Ambassador of the Sultanate of Oman Al Sheikh Mohammed Omar Ahmed Al Marhoon had hosted a grand reception for Pakistani friends, members of diplomatic community, religious scholars, students and Omani citizens.
The venue was decorated with colorful banners and portraits of Sultan Qaboos bin Said al Said. Omani nationals expressed their love and loyalty to Sultan in unequivocal terms. They also prayed for health and long life of His Highness.
On the occasion, Oman flags, artifacts, books on rich heritage and tourism sites of Oman also attracted the attention of the guests. Ambassador of Saudi Arabia Nawaf bin Saeed Al-Malki, Ambassador of Qatar Saqr Bin Mubarak Al-Mansouri, ambassadors and diplomats of the majority of Middle East countries, European countries, South Korea and others were there to greet Oman ambassador and staff of the Embassy on this auspicious occasion. Senator Rehman Malik, Chairman CDA Sheikh Anser Aziz, Dr Jamal Nasir, Executive Editor of Pakistan Observer Mr Gauhar Zahid Malik and Mr Omer Malik were also present on the occasion.
Oman-Pakistan bilateral cooperation is multi-sectoral ranging from economy, trade, education to energy and business sectors. The bilateral trade volume is around of $4000 million. The Pakistan-Oman Joint Investment Company promotes trade between Oman and Pakistan. The countries also cooperate militarily, with joint exercises and defence procurement. Oman is the nearest Arab country to Pakistan and both share a maritime boundary with each other. Gwadar was formerly part of Oman but was sold to Pakistan on 8 September 1958. It was integrated within Balochistan on July 1, 1977 and became a full sub-division of the Gwadar District. There are over 85,000 Pakistanis working in Oman. It was in 2010 the UNDP ranked Oman as the most improved nation in the world in terms of development during the preceding 40 years. A significant portion of its economy involves tourism and trade of fish, dates, and certain agricultural produce.
This sets it apart from its neighbors’ largely oil-dependent economies. Oman is categorized as a high-income economy and ranks as the 74th most peaceful country in the world according to the Global Peace Index.