Oman - Culture
Shaking hands is the most common greeting in Oman. When invited to dine with Omani people, it is polite to accept refreshments when offered and it is advisable to use the right hand when eating and drinking. (The left hand is regarded as unclean). One should avoid showing the soles of their feet or shoes as this may cause offense. Shorts should never be worn in public and beachwear should only be worn at the beach or at the pool. Tight-fitting clothing should be avoided.
During Ramadan, it is advisable not to eat, drink or smoke in public places during daylight hours. Finally, “no photography” signs exist in certain areas and should be respected.
The official language of Oman is Arabic with English and Asian languages such as Hindi, Urdu and Baluchi being widely spoken. As a result of the East African presence that once existed in Oman, Swahili is spoken by some.
Oman is a predominantly Muslim country including Shi’ite, Sunni and Ibadi strands of Islam. Ibadi Islam is practiced by 60% of the population making Oman the only country in the world with a Ibadi majority. A further 16% of the population are Hindu with the remaining population following minority religions.
Oman Travel Information
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Learn about the history and culture of Oman, the must-try food and drink, and what to pack in your suitcase. Read about Oman's nature and wildlife, weather and geography, along with 'Country Quickfacts' compiled by our travel experts. Our globetrotting tips, as well as our visa and health information will help ensure you're properly prepared for a safe and enjoyable trip. The only way you could possibly learn more is by embarking on your journey and discovering Oman for yourself. Start exploring… book one of our Oman tours today!
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