With the introduction of satellite television technology in the late 1980s, Omanis became exposed to a greater choice of media outlets and satellite channels soon became significantly more popular than the state-owned Omani broadcasts. Oman’s media environment became even more diverse in 1997, when the government allowed the sale of foreign newspapers and magazines that had previously been considered critical of Oman or the sultan.
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Inspired by developments in Tunisia and Egypt, Oman was the centre of a modest version of the Arab Spring. From late February 2011 onwards, Omani citizens gathered at several roundabouts in the area of Sohar to protest against rising unemployment figures, cost of living and corruption among government officials, and to demand better working conditions and salaries.
In the past decades, Oman’s society faced radical upheaval, as did the rest of the Gulf region. Of course, change was profounder in urban areas compared to the rural regions. An extremely traditional society has become far more international in outlook. With the oil and gas revenues, Oman has managed to develop a remarkable material and immaterial infrastructure.
Modernization in Oman is meant to proceed in harmony with the preservation of national traditions, moral values and beliefs inspired by Islam. This principle, emphasized by the Sultan in most of his speeches and in his decisions, is relatively successful, as is acknowledged by inhabitants and visitors.