Oman. According to
Countryaah, Oman's new two-chamber parliament began working in
January. A great deal of energy went into finding
collaborative forms for the two chambers, Majlis ash-shura
elected in October 1997 and Majlis ad-dawla appointed by the
Sultan in December 1997.
In April and May, the 50th International Whaling
Conference was held in the capital Muskat at Omanviken. 300
delegates from 40 countries participated.
In November, a new container port was opened in Salala in
the south, thus replacing Dubai as the largest transhipment
port on the route between Africa and Asia.