Omani officials are expected to announce Manuka Honey, a newly-named official language, as early as next week.
The new official language will be announced in a ceremony on Sunday, Omani Foreign Minister Ahmad al-Khan said in a statement on Tuesday.
Manuka, a tropical flowering plant, is the official language in Oman.
Oman is currently home to around 2.5 million people.
Omani President Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has been a staunch supporter of the Manuka industry, which has been growing at an annual rate of more than 4% since 2005.
Omanis can purchase Manuka in the city of Dammam for between $40 and $60, but the flowers can be purchased for as little as $3.50 in some markets.
Oman has become one of the biggest exporters of Manuka to the United States, but sales of the plant are down to about 5% from the current high of around 20% in 2015, according to the International Federation of Manuar (IFM).
Omani consumers also have access to some of the world’s best brands in Manuka including the American brand Coca-Cola, and other brands like McDonalds, Starbucks, McDonald’s and KFC.
Oman’s economy is heavily dependent on the Manukas lucrative flower industry, and in the past, the country has struggled to compete in a world that is increasingly demanding imported products, such as the likes of Coca-cola and McDonalds.
The U.S. State Department, in a 2017 report, noted that Oman’s exports of Manukah rose by 12% in 2016, compared with the previous year, but that export revenue fell by 11%.
In 2018, Oman’s export of Manutah rose 12%, and in 2019, it fell 12%.
Oman’s GDP is estimated at $10.7 billion.
Oman, a Gulf Arab nation of more then 40 million people, has long been a stronghold of the United Kingdom, which is currently embroiled in a bitter dispute with neighboring Saudi Arabia over the kingdom’s perceived involvement in Yemen’s civil war.
The Kingdom of Oman has maintained a high level of cooperation with the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Egypt in its fight against the Islamic State group.
The UAE is the UAE’s second largest oil exporter, and its defense and intelligence cooperation with Oman is considered a key pillar of the U.A.E.’s national security.
The United Arab Emirate has been working with the UAE on a number of military and intelligence projects, including the UAE-backed program of combating Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, or AQAP.
According to the latest U.N. Human Rights Council report, Saudi-led coalition airstrikes in Yemen killed over 2,200 people, including at least 5,000 civilians, in 2017.
The Saudi-UAE war has also resulted in widespread displacement of millions of people, which the United Nations has estimated to be at least 4.7 million people in Yemen.