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The Sultanate of Oman

Oman and Britannia. SJ Dodgson MJoTA 2013 v7n2 p0807

Oman is a quiet country, not much in the news. Muslim, oil-rich, in the desert, peaceful. The news feeds on this page are all about concerns of populations at peace. Thus week is the end of Ramadan, and a festival is starting. The Oman tourist bureau has a slogan "beauty has an address. Oman".

Oman grabbed my attention because the US government has shut down 19 of its embassies throughout the Middle East and Africa, including Oman.

Oman? I thought. Why? And while I was thinking that, I went to the Indian store where I buy tea and ginger, and found a packet of chocolate biscuits made in Oman, with the brand name Britannia.

The biscuits were a surprise. That told me the British had been there, and I wanted to find more. I wanted to find out how African migrants are treated, how women are treated. And who makes the chocolate biscuits.
  Read at right. Now you know.
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Flag, map and information from Wikipedia

Oman is an oil-producing country at the mouth of the Persian Gulf and is bordered by the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Yemen and shares a marine border with Iran.

Oman was never part of the British Empire, but the country was under British influence. It is a stable country with a population of under 3 million, of whom about 30% are foreign workers.

Frankincense is native to Oman. It grows on the frankincense tree.

Oman still has diplomatic ties to Iran, which is a neighbor.
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Britannia Biscuits from their website

"The story of one of India's favourite brands reads almost like a fairy tale. Once upon a time, in 1892 to be precise, a biscuit company was started in a nondescript house in Calcutta (now Kolkata) with an initial investment of Rs. 295. The company we all know as Britannia today.

....By 1910, with the advent of electricity, Britannia mechanised its operations, and in 1921, it became the first company east of the Suez Canal to use imported gas ovens. Britannia's business was flourishing. .... during the tragic World War II, the Government reposed its trust in Britannia by contracting it to supply large quantities of "service biscuits" to the armed forces."

"In March 2007, Britannia Industries Limited formed a Joint Venture with the Khimji Ramdas Group... in the Middle East. Britannia and its Associates have acquired a significant stake in Dubai based Strategic Food International Co. LLC and Oman based Al Sallan Food Industries Co SAOG. The two companies are key regional players in the biscuits, wafers and cookies segment in the GCC markets and export their products across the world."
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