Traditions and Beliefs
Omani Culture is deeply rooted in its Arab traditions and Islamic religion. Majority of Oman follows Ibadhism, a particular form of Islam developed in the Sultanate. Oman also has followers of different Muslim divisions like Sunnis and Shias. Omani culture are not only tolerant of other Islamic sects but towards also other faiths who are allowed freedom to worship.
The Omani people are well known for their hospitality and offers of refreshment. To be invited into someone's home will mean coffee (kahwa), a strong, bitter drink flavoured with cardamom, and dates or halwa, a sticky sweet gelatinous substance which is made from brown sugar, eggs, honey and spices.
The national dress for Omani men is a simple, ankle-length, collarless gown with long sleeves called the dishdasha. The colour most frequently worn is white, although a variety of other colours such as black, blue, brown and lilac can also be seen.
Omani women have very colourful costumes which vary from region to region. The main components of a woman's outfit comprise of a dress which is worn over trousers (sirwal) and the headdress, called the lihaf.
Education In Oman
Starting from three schools in Pre-1970s, Sultanate of Oman, under the able rule of H.M Sultan Qaboos has achieved great progress in the field of education.
Media in Oman
This section gives links to the major news publications and magazines in Oman.
Ministry of Sports, which was formed in 2004, is responsible for promoting the sports activities in the Sultanate. Oman has hosted a number of important sports events in the recent past and the Asian Beach Games is scheduled to be held in Oman in December 2010.