The Sultanate of Oman is situated in the southeast of the Arabian Peninsula. It borders the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Yemen. Its coast extends for 3,165 kilometers with an area of 310,000 square kilometers. It is the third largest country in the Peninsula with a population of 4,177,221 (2,332,243 Omanis and 1,844,978 expatriates). The national’s capital is Muscat. Oman is divided into eleven governorates; Muscat, Musandam, Dhofar, Al-Buraimi, Al-Batinah North and South, Ash-Sharqiyyah North and South, Al-Wusta, and Adh-Dhahirah. These governorates are divided into a further 61 administrative divisions or provinces referred to as wilayats.
Oman is a modern monarchy ruled by His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Said. The Omani legislature is the bicameral Council of Oman, consisting of an upper chamber, the Majlis Ad-Dawlah (Council of States) and a lower chamber, the Majlis Ash-Shoura (Consultative Council). The members of the Majlis Ad-Dawlah are appointed by the Sultan and have advisory powers only. The members of the Majlis Ash-Shoura are elected by popular vote. All citizens over the age of 21 are granted the right to vote. Oman is categorized as a high income economy and the Oman Rial is pegged to the US dollar (1 Rial - 2.6008 dollars). The country is politically stable and one of the most peaceful countries in the world. It is recognized by the United Nationals Council as the safest country in the Gulf.
A significant part of Omani culture is hospitality. Omani’s welcome guests with dates, qahwa (cardamom flavoured coffee) and fruit. During celebrations such as Eid, Halwa and other traditional sweets are shared. The national dress for men is the dishdasha and can be worn with a mussar (a type of turban) or a kummah (informal cap), an Assa (a cane or stick) and a Khanjar (traditional curved dagger worn at formal events and holidays). The national dress for women is distinctively regional and includes vibrant colours and embroidery but is most often worn only for special occasions. More commonly, Omani women wear an Abaya (loose black cloak) and the Hijab (head scarf).
The Sultanate of Oman is a strategic partner of India in the Gulf and an important interlocutor at the Gulf Cooperation Council (AGCC), Arab League and Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) fora. Oman also accords a high priority to its ties with India. The two countries across the Arabian Sea are linked by geography, history and culture and enjoy warm and cordial relations, which are attributed to historical maritime trade linkages, intimacy of the royal family with India and the seminal role played by the Indian expatriate community in building of Oman, which is acknowledged by Omani Government.
Visits at the highest level have been exchanged frequently between India and Oman. President Dr. Shankar Dayal Sharma (1996) and Vice-President Shri Krishna Kant (1999) visited Oman. Four Prime Ministers have visited the Sultanate: Shri Rajiv Gandhi (1985), Shri P. V. Narasimha Rao (1993), Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee (1998) and Dr. Manmohan Singh (2008). His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said Al Said visited India in 1997. Ministerial level visits have taken place regularly. H.E. Yousuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah, Minister Responsible for Foreign Affairs visited India in February 2014 and again on June 2014 to greet the new Indian leadership after the general elections making Oman the first nation to have sent a high-level dignitary after assumption of the power by the new Government. Minister of State for External Affairs visited Oman in May 2014 for bilateral engagement. H.E. Dr. Ali bin Masoud Al Sunaidy, Minister of Commerce & Industry visited India during October 2014 for the Joint Commission Meeting. Minister of Petroleum and Gas, Oman had visited India in April 2014. External Affairs Minister of India paid an official visit to Oman from 17-18 February 2015. Minister of State for External Affairs (MJA) visited Oman to attend the 5th India-Arab Partnership Conference, 14-15 December 2016. Minister Responsible for Foreign Affairs Yousuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah, visited India on 2-3 April, 2017.
The summit is planned to promote around the world to attract the right participants from targeted sectors . Any national and International organizations within the targeted sectors can become one of the alliance partners/sponsors of the summit. Following are the benefits of Alliance partners .
1] Logos and web address of all alliance partners will be published in all the catalogs/literature banners posters and publications of the summit including in all media announcements.
2] Prime stall of 18 sqmtrs will be allocated for all alliance partners
3] 10 VVIP seats will be allocated for all alliance partners
4] 2 Hour presentation opportunity will be given to all alliance partners
5] Alliance partners can lead any of the panel discussions of their choice
6] Sponsorship fees of delegates OR 10,000/. [Ten thousand only ]