a hot climate and very little rainfall. Annual rainfall
in Muscat averages 100 mm (3.9 in), falling mostly in
January. Dhofar is subject to the southwest monsoon, and
rainfall up to 640 mm (25.2 in) has been recorded in the
rainy season from late June to October.
Arabic is the official language of Oman, and English and
Asian languages such as Hindi, Urdu, and Baluchi are
also widely spoken. Swahili is spoken by some, a legacy
of Oman's former East African presence. English is
widely used in business.
|Currency:||The Omani Rial, denoted by OMR, is the
official currency of Oman. One Rial is subdivided into
1000 Baiza. In January 2005, one Rial equaled 2.59067 US
Dollars, making it the fourth highest valued currency.
|Population:||The population of Oman in 2003 was
estimated by the United Nations at 2, 851, 000, which
placed it as number 134 in population among the 193
nations of the world. In that year approximately 2% of
the population was over 65 years of age, with another
35% of the population under 15 years of age.
|Capital City:||Muscat is the capital of Oman. It is
also the seat of government and largest city in the
Governorate of Muscat. As of 2008, the population of the
Muscat metropolitan area was 1, 090, 797.
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