Special Edition: Oman: a new dawn
On April 11, Sultan Qaboos bin Sa’id, the ruler of Oinan, visited the United States—an event that underscored both Oman’s re-emergence from a century of isolation and the world’s renewed interest in Oman.
Omans important location—at the mouth of the Arabian Gulf, through which much of the world’s oil now passes—is, of course, a key reason for the reawakening of world interest in Oman and news stories and magazine articles normally focus on this factor. This special issue of Aramco World Magazine, however, covers the reawakening within Oman itself, or, as Sultan Qaboos puts it: Oman’s "new dawn’
To provide such coverage, contributing editor John Lawton made two swings through Oman with photographer Tor Eigeland, a veteran contributor to Aramco World. Eigeland also flew to Washington D.C. to cover the sultan’s visit with President Reagan. Other material came from Paul Lunde, a contributing editor, Barbara Wace, thought to be the first woman journalist ever to be admitted to Oman, Dale Eickelman, associated professor of anthropology at New York University, and Joseph Fitchett of the International Herald Tribune. — The Editors