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Oman Builds Industrial Outpost in Desert to Escape Oil Trap

On a stretch of barren coast 550 kilometers (345 miles) south of the capital Muscat, workers at a ship repair yard swarm over cargo vessels from around the world, labor that will help to determine Oman's fate in an era of cheap oil. The yard, owned by the government's Oman Drydock Co. and operated by South Korea's Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co., is far from the country's industrial areas in the north. But it's at the center of the biggest single...

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