A camel race in Oman

Welcome to Oman, a small Arab nation in the Middle East. Sultanate of Oman is the safest country in the Middle East. Oman ranks high in the World Happiness Index and Global Wellness Index. Placed in the south-eastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula, it is one of the best places to travel in the world. Strategically placed at the opening of the Persian Gulf, it shares borders with the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Iran, and Pakistan. Oman stays a monarchy under the benevolent Sultan Qaboos Bin Said, who is the longest-serving sovereign in the Middle East. The country exudes an endearing allure of the quaint and the modern. You will find it a peaceful country with warm and friendly people and among the safest Arab countries. As the safest country in the Middle East to work, Oman has a high number of expatriates of various nationalities.

Traditions Of Oman
Omani traditional daggers on display at a Souq

Oman has a distinct Arabian culture preserved and handed over through generations. It combines the old-world charm as well as modern-day glamour in its routine life. Omanis greet you by shaking hands and say 'Salaam Alaykum' (peace be upon you!) and you have to respond with 'Wa Alaykum as Salaam' (upon you be peace!). Men wear the Omani dishdasha, a long outfit covering the body, with Kuma, an embroidered cap. For formal occasions, men wear a white dishdasha with a massar, a wool turban. As part of the traditions of Oman, men also wear a traditional dagger called Khanjar along with their robe during special occasions. Khanjar is the national symbol of Oman and is worn as a sign of their status. Women wear a black abaya, a long outfit which covers from head to toe, and a hijab to cover head and hair. In Salalah, women wear face masks as well along with abaya.

Omanis are known for their good nature and hospitality. It is part of culture of Oman to offer a bowl of dates, a cup of hot coffee called Kahwa, and fruits. The Kahwa is always served with the right hand, and it is impolite to refuse it. Old people consider it disrespectful to enter a home with shoes or slippers on. Remove it and place it at the door step before entering. The host often gifts the visitor incense and perfume as a parting present.

Did you know? Glimpse of Oman

Queen of Sheba's Palace was unearthed at the ancient city of Sumharam in Salalah. American archaeologist Wendell Phillips excavated it first in 1952.

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