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Tom and I enjoyed a lovely evening of “Christmas in Sonoita” last night. We visited with old friends and made new ones. This is a night in which our local businesses and our fire department open their doors after hours to thank residents for their support throughout the year and to treat us to
goodies and good conversation. While like-minded, adventurous people immediately caught our excitement over our soon-approaching trip to Oman, others greeted our plans with askance, and their concerned advice about the dangers began to flow.
Because of this, I have decided to share what we know about the level of danger in Oman. In an earlier post, I shared HM Sultan Qaboos’ firm rejection of violence and terrorism in all its forms. But now, I would like to share some concrete information. Below is an article which shared information from the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP). The article was published on Saturday, November 28, 2015, in the Oman Observer. The full citation is: http://omanobserver.om/sultanate-most-secure-country/?utm_source=hootsuite
The Sultanate of Oman has scored zero in the Global Terrorism Index (GTI), 2015, which means it enjoys the highest level of security against the threat of terrorism.
One direct quotation from this article about the terrorism report says:
” . . . the Sultanate has managed to prevent the occurrence of terrorist incidents through encouraging tolerance on both the domestic and global levels, the report emphasised that the Omanis are focusing on building the national while keeping away from destruction and conflicts.
This article continues (“Daesh” is one term used for ISIS):
“The report also said that no Omani citizen has joined Daesh attributing that to the citizens’ awareness and the government’s efforts in fighting extremism.”
But . . . How good are these statistics? How sure can we be that it represents a true picture? The Oman Observer anticipates this question:
“The GTI is based on data from the Global Terrorism Database (GTD) which is collected and collated by the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism. The GTD is considered to be the most comprehensive dataset on terrorist activity globally and has codified over 140,000 terrorist incidents. The Index is the third installment in a series of annual reports produced by The Institute for Economics and Peace, an international think tank based in Australia. The 111-page report used data from the University of Maryland-based Global Terrorism Database — one of the world’s most comprehensive sources of information about terrorism — to examine the evolution of global terror since 2000, with an emphasis on new data from 2014.”
Another site on the web, whose address I forgot to record (please forgive my plagiarism, whomever you may be) contained the statements below:
“Oman has dedicated itself to becoming a favorite tourist destination. With the combination of sun, sea and sand it has the primary ingredients necessary to made Oman tourism a high priority on every traveler’s list. The country has expanded its accommodations to include something for the traveler on a budget and the traveler for whom money is no object.
“Considering the location of Oman, potential visitors may ask about security. To date, no U.S. citizen or facility has been the victim of even the slightest act of terrorism. Visitors are urged to take normal safety precautions including registering with the U.S. embassy when arriving in Oman. Perhaps the greater danger comes from the weather. Travelers are urged to be prepared for the extreme heat . . .
“Oman is a friendly and inviting country. As in any foreign country, visitors should respect the customs of the people. Enjoy your stay and come back again soon!”
Maybe after we return home, you will decide to visit yourself! More coming later.