Lance Richardson Writer & Photographer


Before 1970, Oman was a languishing backwater with next-to-no healthcare facilities or sealed roads, three formal schools for 600,000-plus people, and few diplomatic ties with the outside world. Today, by contrast, there are hundreds of schools, a dozen universities, 58 hospitals, and a life expectancy of 74 years (up from 49 years in 1970). The country now has such a strong international standing that the United Nations Development Programme, surveying a 40-year period in 2010, called it the ‘most improved’ nation from a list of 135 candidates.

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