Oman is seeing a rise in its temperature and rainfall patterns, as well as the spread of tropical cyclones, but a man of the evening was on hand to tell the story.
“The man of Oman is the most powerful, if not the most important, force in the region,” said Rizwan Sajjad, a research fellow at the Australian National University’s Centre for Climate Change Research.
Oman has been experiencing a massive drought since the summer of 2018, which has caused severe flooding and forced thousands of people to flee their homes.
Rizwan and his colleagues are now trying to identify where exactly the drought is most severe.
They are also mapping the rainfall patterns and how the drought has affected the land.
Scientists have estimated that the Omani people are currently experiencing between 0.5 and 1 per cent more rainfall than they did last summer, while the country is seeing 1.8 to 2.8 cent less rainfall than normal.
The new research shows the Omanis are actually experiencing more extreme droughts than the people in the West.
And it is not just the desert regions of Oman where the drought and flooding are most severe, the region is also seeing some of the worst rainfall in the Middle East.
In the past few years, there have been severe floods and droughting in the Arabian Peninsula and in Yemen, which are both affected by the drought.
But there has been a resurgence of rain and drought across the region in the past two years, with parts of the Middle-East seeing more rainfall and more severe droughthes.
At the moment, Oman is experiencing more than 50 per cent less rain than it did in 2016.
As a result, the country has been in a severe drought, and the Oman International Meteorological Centre (OMC) has warned that there is a 50 per one-in-100 chance of an increase in flooding by the end of the year.
There is no easy solution for Oman.
It needs to take measures to protect its infrastructure and people.
But it also needs to focus on managing its water resources, and diversify its economy.
If the country continues to be affected by droughty conditions, the impact will be felt far beyond Oman.