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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.


Oman News

Traditional markets hold fort
17 hours ago by Editor
Ramadhan, the month of fasting, symbolises a lot of practices and beliefs that have been followed in the Muslim community. It is not about merely restraining oneself from having food, but it also about trying to abstain from all kinds of evil and unlawful practices as preached in Islam.
During the first decade of the establishment of the Public Authority for Craft Industries (PACI), the Omani artisan sector witnessed a record growth in various areas of craft work and performance in the Sultanate, as per the Royal vision of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos to maintain craft traditions and enhance self-motivation to work in the sector. read more...
Oman will take on hosts Brazil today in their first match of the World Beach Handball Championship at the Brazilian city of Recife. read more...
Mansoor al Mahrouqi, one of Oman’s budding young sailing apprentices, added a wealth of tips and pointers to his racing know-how when he ended his 2014 ISAF Youth World Championships campaign in Tavira, Portugal this week. In his first world-class competition read more...
Bank Muscat, the flagship financial services provider in the sultanate, reiterated its commitment to participate in Salalah Festival 2014, the sultanate’s annual tourism and cultural celebration to be held from the second day of Eid al Fitr to September 6. read more...
Whether one is home or abroad, vacation or staycation, holiday plans have gone into an overdrive in Oman with workers set for a 10-day break. read more...
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