Oman – A “Model” Country

  I really like this model of Oman that I saw in front of an unnamed school I visited recently.  (In Arabic it reads, “Together for the sake of Oman“.)  I like how there is an attempt to accurately show the mountain range heights instead of just making a flat model.  It got me thinking about this word, “model“.  Of course in this case it means “a miniature representation” but then again, it can also mean “something taken as worthy of imitation“.  How true of Oman for the countries in this region!  We have Yemen (which seems to be stuck in the stone ages) to the southwest of Oman in conflict with religious fanatics in recent days.  Then, we have Saudia Arabia which is extremely intolerant of other religions to the west and Iran across the Gulf of Oman to the northeast which is seeking nuclear weapons and vows to wipe Israel off the map.

Oman, on the other hand, “has been ranked as the second most peaceful Arab country (Qatar is 1st) by the highly rated Global Peace Index 2009 (which you can see here) and 21st in its rankings of 144 countries.  The rankings were based on data collated by the renowned Economic Intelligence Unit (EIU), which took into account such indicators as political stability, crime levels, defence outlays, size of the prison population, and so on.”  This quote is from an article that you can read in full here.

The neighbors of Oman could definitely look to the “model” of Oman.  Freedom, security,  and a peaceful lifestyle- O MAN!

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4 responses to “Oman – A “Model” Country

  1. Great little reflection there, so true about your place as a peaceful, responsible country in the midst of others who have various issues at present.

  2. Thanks for the comment, “other Andrew”.
    Oman’s not a bad place to live. 🙂

  3. Dear Andy,

    Just to introduce myself, my name’s Ellie Kirby and I’m writing on behalf of the Global Peace Index (GPI).

    The GPI is a ground-breaking piece of research in the study of peace, which not only ranks nations by their peacefulness but also seeks to identify the drivers of peace.

    Now in its fourth year, the Index is produced by the Institute for Economics and Peace, a global think tank dedicated to the research and education of the relationship between economic development, business and peace. It is collated and calculated by the Economist Intelligence Unit.

    I’ve read your blog, and thought that you might be interested in learning a bit more about the Index. We’re getting in touch to alert you to the fact that the next Global Peace Index will be launched on June 8th 2010.

    We’ll be providing you with further information closer to the time – unless you tell us that you’d rather not hear from us again – but thought you might appreciate the heads-up in the meantime.

    You might want to join us on Facebook too:

    http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Global-Peace-Index/92288319748?ref=ts,

    And follow us on Twitter:

    http://twitter.com/GlobPeaceIndex.

    If you’ve got any thoughts or questions about the Index, our methodology, or our organisation, please get in touch and let us know. We hope you find our research interesting and informative, and look forward to sharing this year’s findings with you in a few weeks’ time.

    Best wishes,
    Ellie Kirby

  4. Dear Ellie,
    Good to hear from you! I look forward to hearing your findings in a few weeks’ time.
    Peace! 🙂
    Andy

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