It has been in the news for some time that the chief guest for 2013 Republic Day of India will be His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Said, Sultan Of Oman. External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid will officially communicate the decision to Oman Foreign Minister Yusuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah, who will be attending the Indian Ocean Rim Association for Regional Cooperation (IOR-ARC) meeting in Gurgaon on November 2. India is also expected to present the sultan with the Jawaharlal Nehru Award for International Understanding, which was announced for him in 2004.

The Sultanate of Oman is a strategic partner in the Gulf and an important interlocutor in the bilateral, AGCC and OIC contexts. Oman also accords a high priority to its ties with India. India and Oman are linked by geography, history and culture. Both countries enjoy warm and cordial relations, which can be ascribed to historical maritime trade linkages, intimacy of the royal family with India and the seminal role of the Indian expatriate community in the building of Oman, which is acknowledged by the Omani Government.

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The Indian community in Oman is regarded to be among the prosperous communities in the country. At present, the Indians constitute almost 14% of Oman’s total population i.e. 2.3 million, as it is the largest expatriate community in this country. The Indians in Oman belong to various professions and businesses. Almost 25% of them are unskilled workers, 30% of them comprises semi-skilled and 35% are the skilled ones. The rest 10% consists of professionals such as engineers, bankers, financial experts, managers/executives and businessmen. There are around 2,000 Indian doctors in Oman, who work in different hospitals and healthcare centres of the country.



Some of the best-known names in Oman’s business include Gujaratis like Pankaj Khimji and Ramdas Khimji , who run huge retail centres, auto dealerships and construction companies. They belong to the Gujarati community who settled in Oman hundreds of years ago and are now influential businessmen.The majority of the Indians in Oman come from South India, constituting almost 80% of all Indians living in the country; out of these, there are Malayalis who alone account for 60% of the population. The high professional calibre of the Indians is quite obvious from the fact that the Indian companies have come to hold a quite distinct position; a number of joint venture projects have already been accomplished and many are still in the process.(Stats from,   Ministry of national economy)