Omani Culture

National Day Celebration 2013

With its well-deserved reputation for hospitality, Oman welcomes visitors and expatriates with open arms. Characterized by its warm, friendly people, Oman is also distinctive among many Gulf countries for its tolerance. While Oman is a Muslim country steeped in tradition, expatriate residents enjoy a progressive culture as illustrated by a modern infrastructure and acceptance of religious differences and social habits. Foreigners are free to practice their own religion, alcohol is served in major hotels and restaurants, and the dress code is relaxed but appropriate. Women are not only able to drive and go out in public unescorted, they are a significant part of Oman’s workforce, and even populate Ministry and Consultative Council positions in the government.

Cultural Pursuits

Are you an avid historian, a cultural explorer, or just curious? There is a lot to love about getting to know Oman. Under the guidance of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said, Oman has managed to preserve its remarkable past while infusing the best of the modern world. Museums, Cultural Events, UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the Grand Mosque and examples of Oman’s defensive history are all available for inquisitive residents. The Omanis are fiercely proud of their country and heritage, and you’ll be hard pressed to find any citizen who won’t take the time to answer a question about this beautiful country.


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