An old Omani steers a boat across the scenic canyon in Wadi Shab, near Muscat

Sultanate of Oman is a small Arab nation. It is one of the best places to travel in the world. Placed in the south-eastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula, it nestles amid the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, and Yemen. It shares marine borders with Iran and Pakistan. Oman stays a monarchy under the benevolent Sultan Qaboos Bin Said, who is the longest-serving monarch in the Middle East. The country exudes an endearing charm of the quaint and the modern. You will find it a peaceful country with warm and friendly people. It is a safe place to travel in the Middle East. Oman has a high number of expatriates of various nationalities. And who knows, you may run into your long-forgotten schoolmate after all.

Traditions Of Oman
A traditional red rug in Oman with an Arabian design

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. 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.

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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