Middle East Protests: Facts About Oman (PHOTOS)

02/28/2011 06:25 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

The deadly fervor shaking the Middle East has now spread to Oman, where demonstrators set fire to government buildings, a supermarket and cars as they demanded political reforms and the creation of new jobs.

Sultan Qaboos bin Said, the nation's dynastic ruler, has reportedly taken drastic steps to try to dampen his nation's unrest. On Saturday, he replaced six cabinet members and last week he boosted the minimum wage by more than 40 percent, the Associated Press is reporting.

Until this weekend, Oman had mostly been spared the unrest which has affected other Arab states in recent months. As the BBC is reporting, witnesses say two people were killed in the clashes, but the government has so far only confirmed one death.

View other facts and figures about Oman below. All captions courtesy of Reuters:

Facts About Oman