Sultanate of Oman, is an Arab country on the southeastern coast of the
Arabian Peninsula. Holding a strategically important position at the
mouth of the Persian Gulf. The coast is formed by the Arabian Sea on
the southeast and the Gulf of Oman on the northeast. The Madha and
Musandam exclaves are surrounded by the UAE on their land borders, with
the Strait of Hormuz (which it shares with Iran) and Gulf of Oman
forming Musandam's coastal boundaries.
From the late 17th
century, the Omani Sultanate was a powerful empire, vying with Portugal
and Britain for influence in the Persian Gulf and Indian Ocean. At its
peak in the 19th century, Omani influence or control extended across
the Strait of Hormuz to modern-day Iran and Pakistan, and as far south
as Zanzibar (today part of Tanzania, also former capital). Over time,
Oman's dependence on British political and military advisors increased,
although the Sultanate never became a British colony. In 1970, QABOOS
bin Said Al-Said overthrew his father, and has since ruled as sultan,
but he has not designated a successor. His extensive modernization
program has opened the country to the outside world, while preserving
the longstanding close ties with the UK and US. Oman's moderate,
independent foreign policy has sought to maintain good relations with
its neighbors and to avoid external entanglements. [R1]
"The first – and
until 1970 only – post office in Oman is opened in 1864
in the city of Muscat. It is part of the British Indian postal system
and uses the stamps of British India.
In 1944 a set of stamps is issued
specifically to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the ruling Al
Busaid dynasty. These being overprinted British Indian stamps.
When India gains independence in 1947, the post office, for a short
time, is run as part of the Pakistani postal service using stamps of
Pakistan. In 1948, the British Postal Agencies in Eastern Arabia
take over the postal service in Oman. The Agencies are set up to
service several countries in the region. The basic issues of the
Agencies are stamps of Great Britain overprinted in the regional
currency, the ‘value only’ issues. The Agencies function until the
postal services are taken over by local postal authorities – in Oman in
1966. Oman issues stamps from 1966 in the name of Muscat &
Oman and from 1970 as Oman." [R2]
far (2020) there are no Paleontology or Paleoanthropology stamps issued in
of Oman, shown on the left side are the first illegal stamps ever,
issued in September 1980 .
These stamps considered illegal as it
was issued by some rebel groups and used to raise a funds , these
stamps were issued under the names 'State of Oman' and ' Dhufar'.
Since than many companies and inviduals print out stamps with various
prehistoric animals, mostly dinosaurs, by name of exist and one
exist countries to make easy money from inexperience collectors.