Oman’s transformation

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Oman is an incredible country, the creation of one man, Sultan Qaboos, who took control of the country in 1970 at age 30.

Then a land of poor nomadic Bedouins with their camels, Oman transformed into the “Switzerland” of Arabia. It has safe water, beautiful roads, schools, hospitals, 24-hour-a-day electricity, and cities that are safe to walk in day or night. We saw no visible police or soldiers during our visit.

Beautiful new homes were everywhere — it was hard to find a building built before 1970 — and we saw no street people or beggars.

MARK STONE

Libertyville, IL

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Oman is an incredible country, the creation of one man, Sultan Qaboos, who took control of the country in 1970 at age 30.

Then a land of poor nomadic Bedouins with their camels, Oman transformed into the “Switzerland” of Arabia. It has safe water, beautiful roads, schools, hospitals, 24-hour-a-day electricity, and cities that are safe to walk in day or night. We saw no visible police or soldiers during our visit.

Beautiful new homes were everywhere — it was hard to find a building built before 1970 — and we saw no street people or beggars.

MARK STONE

Libertyville, IL