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Sunaynah is located in Oman
Location in Oman
Coordinates: 23°36′N 55°58′E / 23.600°N 55.967°E / 23.600; 55.967Coordinates: 23°36′N 55°58′E / 23.600°N 55.967°E / 23.600; 55.967
Country  Oman
Region Ad Dhahirah Region
Time zone Oman Standard Time (UTC+4)

Sunaynah or As Sunaynah (Arabic: السنينة As-Sunaynah) is a village in Ad Dhahirah Region, in northeastern Oman. It lies along the Muscat-Sur Highway (Highway 21), north of Abu Silah and south of Al Qabil. The hamlet of Harmuzi lies to the southwest.[citation needed] The village contains a substantial area of greenery and is described "remote, even by Omani standards".[1] The village is reportedly occupied by the Al Nuaimi tribe; in the 1960s the tamimah of the Al Nuaim was reported to be 'Ali ibn Hamuda of the Al Bu Khuraiban division, who lived at Sunainah.[2]


Oil is found nearby in the Sala field and began mass commercial production in February 1984,[3] although mention of oil drilling in the area was discussed back in the 1970s.;[4] the Sunaynah concession is operated 65 per cent by Occidental Petroleum Oman and 35 per cent by Gulf Oil Oman as of 1985.[5]Chevron was said to have "offered its 18.2 per cent holding in Sunainah acreage".[6] In the mid 1980s, test drilling by Occidental Oman, a subsidiary of the US' Occidental Petroleum Corporation, identified a potential output of 15000-20000 barrels a day from its Sunainah concession.[7]

In March 2004, a 72-F fibre optic cable was laid from Sunaynah to the district capital of Ibri by the Oman Telecommunications Company.[8]


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  2. ^ Kelly, John Barrett (1968). Britain and the Persian Gulf. 1795-1880. Clarendon P. Retrieved 11 May 2011. 
  3. ^ The Petroleum economist. Petroleum Press Bureau. March 1985. Retrieved 11 May 2011. 
  4. ^ Standard Chartered Bank (1978). Standard chartered review. Standard Chartered Bank. Retrieved 11 May 2011. 
  5. ^ ṿe-Afriḳah, Mekhon Shiloaḥ le-ḥeḳer ha-Mizraḥ ha-tikhon (1985). Mideast file. Learned Information. Retrieved 11 May 2011. 
  6. ^ Country profile: Oman, the Yemens. The Unit. 1991. Retrieved 11 May 2011. 
  7. ^ Collard, Elizabeth (1986). Middle East economic digest. Middle East Economic Digest, Ltd. Retrieved 11 May 2011. 
  8. ^ MEED. Economic East Economic Digest, ltd. 2004. Retrieved 11 May 2011.