20 Things That You’ll Witness In Muscat, Oman


1. You’ll see all the Omani Men wearing dishdash, their national dress with anklelength, collarless gown with long sleeves. The dishdash are usually white but you’ll also see men wearing brown dishdash. In addition to this they also wear a resplendent turban on their respective heads. And, you’ll find Omani women all covered with black cloth, with their “Hijab” on.

2. Sulatn Qaboos Bin Said Al Said, The Sultan Of Oman enjoys pinnacle social prestige from the people of Oman. You’ll notice his portrait hung in each and every Mall, Hotels, big or small shops etc. People Of Oman worship him. So, if you have anything against him, I’ll advice you to keep your mouth in your pocket :)

3. As far as perfumes are taken into consideration, Omani Men and Women are very passionate. Each time when you’ll pass any Omani men or women,  your nostrils will compel your mouth to say, “WOW” :)

4. Roads Of Oman are fabulous. Forget about ditches, you won’t experience any patches on the roads Of Oman.

5. Don’t get astonished if you see a door with a name plate,”The Prayer Room” anywhere in Oman. Oman is a Muslim eclipse piece of land in the world and in Holy Quran they are said to offer respect to Allah five times a day. So, you’ll see separate paryer rooms for men and women in every mall, petrol filling stations etc.

6. Petrol is very Cheap. If you ask for help to a good samaritan for one liters of water, he may say,”No” but his answer  for one liters of petrol would be YES*. Moreover, Petrol in Oman is not only cheap but also shares a unique relation with diesel. Diesel is more costly than petrol.

7. You’ll hardly notice any traffic police on roads but still they have one of the finest Traffic systems.

8. Oman is also for resplendent cars. Huge, massive and powerful cars are seen more.

9. The ‘Khanjar” which is the traditional dragger of Oman. It is similar to the Yemeni jambia. The khanjar is curved and sharpened on both edges. It is carried in a sheath decorated in silver, on a belt similarly decorated in silver fifigree.  A khanjar appears on the flag Of Oman as part of the national emblem Of Oman. (Source :Wikipedia).

10. You’ll perceive more Indians than the Omanis. Quit strange but true.

11. Zillions Of date trees.

12. The water and ectricity bill of a normal house in Oman is almost same. Water is costly and electricity is cheaper.

13. Since electricity is cheap, you’ll find AC everywhere.

14. You’ll find most of the shops or offices motionless or closed between 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM.

15. Zillions Of coffee shops.

16. You’ll also witness several women waiting for one Omani man outside malls. shops etc. Actually, they all are wives of that fortunate man.

17. Almost all the houses and buildings in Oman are painted white.

18. You’ll also have a glimpse of the Omani Flag which you’ll see waving on Government buildings, Schools, Colleges and Universities.

19. Mosques are good in numbers but there you can also find some Churches and Temples.

20. Last but no the least, 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. It can be flavoured with many different ingredients, such as nuts, rosewater or even chocolate. Lokhemat is another accompaniment to coffee, which are balls of flour and yeast flavoured with cardamom and deep fried until golden then served with a sweet lime and cardamom syrup. The sweetness of this dish often counteracts the bitterness of the kahwa. (Source: Omannet.com).

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Omani Men Wearing Dishdash, The National Dress of Omani Men

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Omani Women wearing Black Hijab, The National Dress Of Omani Women.

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Sultan Qaboos bin Said Al Said, The Sultan Of Oman

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Omani Khanjar, The National Emblem Of Oman

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A view Of Date Trees and Roads In Muscat, Oman. I captured the Image.

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A view of cluster of Houses in Muscat, Oman

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About Harshit Chauhan

I am a person, a dreamer who fly on the wings of dreams but don’t know how to achieve them. I am one of those who can do arduous tasks but at time fail to do the simplest of them. I envisage, concentrating on one particular thing as the dirty end of the stick and sometimes multitude say that i’m a patient of mood disorder . The whole enchilada, from soda to hock humanity say and ruminate that I’m perpetually in a scurry to effectuate something and I too consider them impeccable, for I want to attain stability in my metabolism, which presently is going through nadir, at the lowest ebb. Friends and other acquaintances eulogize me for my zany humor. I’m a avid reader and writer and presently I’m delving into blogging zeal ie. on http://harshitchauhan.wordpress.com/. My other chief passions apart from the above are travelling, eating, ruminating, listening to quality music, watching birds and clouds and being solitude. In short, I want to triumph my divine, limpid and creme de la creme intentions which I’m ensuing from past many gargantuan years and have made big sacrifices too. I pray, to take the Chequered flag and my relinquishments don’t go squander so that after so many damp squibs, I can witness my rest of life in its full glory.

Posted on March 1, 2013, in Travelogue and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 31 Comments.

  1. Thank you for the info.

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  3. Oman is indeed beautiful :)
    take care,
    Harshit Chauhan

  4. oman is a very country and very nice place.
    i have seen many places there.
    i visited oman in 2008.
    Arjun

  5. Hello Mr. Qais Alsabahi
    I am really glad for your comment:)
    # Most of the Omani Men have more than one wife….You cannot deny this fact and moreover…your saying…ie. ” the explanation of seeing several women waiting for one Omani man outside malls, is that usually families don’t prefeer that women go out alone, so if my mother and sisters want to go out shoping, my father will ask me to go out with them.” does not meet stipulation.
    # I visited “Khyber” Restaurant there and saw the owner fixing the incensesticks below the portrait of Sultan Qaboos bin Said Al Said, The Sultan Of Oman…so i ruminated hwe is worshiping him. Though, I may be wrong too, I agree.

  6. I enjoyed reading your article , but
    #it’s not true that most Omanis have more than one wife, the explanation of seeing several women waiting for one Omani man outside malls, is that usually families don’t prefeer that women go out alone, so if my mother and sisters want to go out shoping, my father will ask me to go out with them.
    #it’s not true that we worship Sultan Qaboos( we worship God) we owe his majesty Qaboos him a great respect because he is the leader of the Omani renaissance, read about Oman before Qaboos and Oman after Qaboos (1970) and you will know what I’m talking about
    #perceiving more Indians is only in some few areas not all muscat like Mutrah and Ruwi .
    thank you

  7. Manisha Rathore

    I love the concept of the above article.
    This was really very informative

  8. খুবই সুন্দর হয়েছে

  9. Very Informative :)

  10. Ankita Sharma

    Interesting :)
    Seems that Oman is a fantastic place to visit

  11. Yeah, certainly it is.
    One of my blog reader gave me the suggestion for this post and I too thought that it would be a fine claim to publish the same,
    BTY
    Thankx Meenakshi for your visit
    take care,
    Harshit Chauhan

  12. Meenakshi Sharma

    This is probably the most interesting post about Oman.
    You wrote very well about your visit but this is a post which describes the country well.
    take care
    Meenakshi Sharma

  13. Glad you visited and appreciated the Omani Women :)
    take care
    Harshit Chauhan

  14. Great information, Harshit and beautiful photos — especially of the Omani woman!

  15. Very Glad to receive your comment. I appreciate your endeavour,
    take care and keep visiting :)
    Harshit Chauhan

  16. Very enlightening. I love the pictures especially the ones with vibrant color. It is what I think of when I think of your country. I enjoyed your about page to especially when you say you can fly on the wings of dreams but don’t know how to achieve them. It’s beautiful imagery and very relate-able. To dreams and the journey they take us on!

  17. It is always a glad fleeing to see you here :)
    This was probably my last post about Oman, I am happy that you visited :)
    You can wear any types modest clothes over there but they only restrict you when you enter any mosque :)
    And as far as the “fortunate” man is concerned, almost all men in Oman are married to more than 1 spouse :)
    Again a truth about Oman or Muslims :)
    Rest Is fine,
    take care and keep faith
    Regards, Harshit

  18. Harshit, a fascinating post with pictures to match! It’s as close as I am likely to get to Oman anytime soon, especially since my clothing, although quite modest, apparently wouldn’t be acceptable there. Thanks for giving all these great details. When I read of the “fortunate” man with many wives, I couldn’t help but wonder whether any of the men I know would want more than one, as most of us keep quite busy living with only one spouse! :-) Thanks for posting again.

  19. Nice glimpse into Oman and dwellers :D

  20. Thankx for the praises :)
    I always love to learn the traditions of other countries.
    Glad you visited my blog.
    take care
    Harshit Chauhan

  21. Very nice pictures, it’s always interesting to see other countries and hear about their cultures. Thanks for sharing.

  22. I was quite sure that I’ll see you today :)
    Thankx for the comment. It was probably the last post on Muscat, Oman.
    The next time I’ll sojourn, I’ll write about that, but It will take time, I guess.
    From Next month, I’ll try to bestow you and other bloggers with a personal experience followed by book recapitulations.
    take care,
    Harshit Chauhan

  23. Your writing is very interesting and enjoyable to read.

  24. Very informative and interesting as always :)

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