At the time of the accession of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said in 1970, in a country which was the second largest in Arabia peninsula, there were only three boys' school, one fee paying hospital and five miles of paved roads.
The rate of illiteracy was high. Disease was widespread and infant mortality was common. Due to the lack of roads only sturdy four-wheel-drive vehicles could traverse the country. There was no seaport, so cargo had to be landed by lighter across the beaches.
A visitor returning to the country after 27 years' absence would not recognise it.
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