Oman: The Essential Guide to Customs & Culture (Culture Smart!)
The Sultanate of Oman, long regarded as one of the moremysterious countries of the Arabian Peninsula, has only recentlyopened its doors to tourists. An ancient land, with a rich history,dramatic landscape, and diverse flora and fauna, Oman was largelycut off from the modern world until the accession to the throne ofSultan Qaboos in 1970. Since then this peaceful country hasdeveloped slowly but deliberately, placing a strong emphasis onretaining its cultural heritage while moving into the high-techera. Oman is home to Ibadhism, a conservative but moderate form ofIslam that is quite distinct from both the Sunni and the Shi’adenominations.In Oman, the family comes before all else. People place greatvalue on the time they can spend at home, and in relaxing andsocializing with friends. Their gentle pace of life contrastsstrongly with life in the West, and is reflected in the way theyconduct business. Traditional Arabic culture coexists cheerfullywith all the trappings of modern life.By examining the values, customs, and traditions of thisdistinctly Arabic country, Culture Smart! Oman offers an insightinto modern Omani life and culture—how they work and live, both inbusiness and at home, and how they are reacting to their new influxof foreign visitors.Whether you visit Oman for business or to explore its uniquelandscape, you will find the Omanis to be a gentle, warm, andhospitable people, who are happy to show their beautiful country tothose who treat it with respect. Ahlan wa sahlan bikum fi Oman!“Welcome to Oman!"