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Arabic Word of the Day 71# [Journey in Arabia 13# - Oman Facts!]

Hey guys! Today we’re going to travel to an excellent tourist spot in Arabia! It is located in the south-eastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula in Western Asia… Can you guess what country it is? Yes, it’s Oman! [please tell me you know this country! If you don’t, you REALLY have to read on!]

There were so many interesting facts to choose from, but here’s what I picked out for you:

  1. The sultan of Oman–Sultan Qaboos Bin Said–is the longest-serving ruler in the Middle East. Born on November 18, 1940, he is the person behind the modernization of Oman. He took control of the Sultanate of Oman in 1970 on July 23rd. And he is yet to name his successor.

  2. Trade of fish, dates and some agricultural products along with tourism form a significant portion of the economy of Oman. Whereas its neighbours (United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Yemen) are solely oil-dependent economies.

  3. Oman is also one of the oldest human-inhabited places on the planet. It is estimated that humans have been living in the country for at least 106,000 years.

  4. It is also the oldest independent state in the Arab world.

  5. About 75% of the people living in Oman are Muslims.

  6. Oman’s first university, Sultan Qaboos University, opened in 1986.

  7. As per the 2014 census, Oman’s expatriate population comprises 43.7% of the country’s total population.

  8. Oman has 91.1% literacy rate.

  9. Birds from three continents–Asia, Europe and Africa–can be seen in Oman. Oman has been called ‘the best-kept secret in the world of birdwatching.’

  10. Muscat Clock Tower is the oldest monument in modern Oman.

  11. The national symbol of Oman has a pair of crossed Khanjars. This symbol is also used on the national flag and other government logos. It is a symbol of manhood and bravery. If you are interested in buying one, a real khanjar could cost you OMR 500.

  12. In Oman, almost all signs and writings appear in both Arabic and English.

  13. Interestingly, Oman is literally a terrorism free country. Another country where terrorism is non-existent is Qatar – as reported by the Global Terrorism Index (GTI) report.

  14. Believe it or not, Oman is a country where crime is also almost non-existent.

  15. Oman produces a whopping 900,000 barrels of oil per day.

  16. Omanis are also credited with being the greatest ship builders in the world.

  17. Apart from the local Omani people, the other people living in the country are from India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

  18. Mountain Dew is the top-selling beverage in Oman…And you would be amazed to know that Coca-Cola products are not found in abundance in the country. This fact again signifies the love of Omani people for Mountain Dew.

  19. Want to save some on taxes? You may want to work in Oman. Because Oman does not levy income tax. However, a small amount from workers’ earnings are paid towards social security.

  20. Omanis are also among the finest breeders of Arabian horses. Their horses are sold for hefty prices all over the world.[Arabic horses are the best! ;p]

  21. If you want to buy alcohol in Oman, you have to have a license to buy such beverages. Moreover, Omanis are allowed to spend no more than 10% of their monthly income on alcohol. [It’s ok, I’m sure none of you are planning to do so, it’s not good for you anyways!]

  22. Up until 1970, there were no hotels in the country. But today there are hundreds of hotels. Tourism is a major industry in Oman.

  23. In earlier times, Oman made a lot of money from the trade of incense

  24. Before Islam reached Oman, Omanis practiced Ibadhism. The people belonging to this sect practiced austerity and tolerance.

  25. It is a tradition in Oman to greet a visitor with a bowl of dates, qahwa (coffee with cardamom) and fruit. [“Qahwa” means coffee]

  26. Muscat, the capital of Oman, was occupied by the Portuguese for a period of 140 years (1508-1648). After the Portuguese, the Ottomans took control of Oman, only to be pushed out by the current line of leading sultans. However, it was once again occupied briefly by Persia, but it (Oman) finally succeeded in freeing itself. During this time, the country was also known as Muscat and Oman.

  27. Date palms are served with coffee in several of the Omani hotels.

  28. In Omani culture, Ramadan (the month of fasting) and other Islamic festivals are very important.

  29. Locals smoke traditional shisha. These are also known as hookah pipes or hubbly bubbly. However, their proper name is narghile. [I’ve heard people talk about shisha but what is it anyways?? :o]

  30. The Omani week ends on Friday. Omanis enjoy Thursdays and Fridays to their core. In the coming years, they are planning to shift their weekends to Friday and Saturday.

  31. Women-only souq is an open-air marketplace or commercial quarter in Western Asian and North African cities. (The equivalent Persian term is “bazaar” – Wikipedia.org) It takes place every Wednesday in the city of Ibra. Only women are allowed to participate in this open-air marketplace. Women sell and buy a variety of things, including jewellery and spices.

  32. Ornamented, decorated and embroidered doors are common in Oman, providing a popular attraction for visitors.

  33. Mesmerized by these interesting facts about Oman? Want to visit the country? Take a note: winter is the best time to visit this Arab country.

  34. It is customary in Oman for women to meet other women at the occasion of a birth in the family. While at the time of death, it is the men who attend the actual burial of a body.

  35. Pork is not consumed in Oman, as it is prohibited in Islam.

  36. The main meal of the day is consumed in early to mid-afternoon. It usually consists of a large serving of rice and a sauce made from tomato and fish or meat.

  37. Men wear turbans and caps that are generally embroidered.

  38. Oman also has one of the oldest marketplaces in the world – The Mutrah Souq. This marketplace has so many colorful little shops where you can buy bukhoor, frankincense (an aromatic resin used in incense and perfumes), silver khanjars, jewelry and many other exotic items.

  39. The Telegraph Island–a maddening island, which is also known as Jazirat al Maqlab in Oman–was used as a telegraph outpost for important communications between Britain and India between 1864 and 1869. The oppressive heat and the lonely atmosphere had made the soldiers mad when they were stationed at the football-field sized island. Thus, the outpost was abandoned in the mid-1870s.

  40. More than 100 tombs all shaped like beehives stand contumaciously on the hilltops of Northern Oman. These tombs are estimated to date from 3000 to 2000 B.C.E. In 1988, these tombs were declared a World Heritage Site. Together, these tombs form one of the largest prehistoric necropoleis (a tract of land used for burials) in the world.

  41. Migrating turtles. Thousands of turtles migrate to the Omani coastline each year. If you are interested in watching the turtles hatch, you may want to visit Ras Al Jinz, which is one of the prime locations for turtle watching. There, you have a chance to see different species of turtles, including the Green Turtle, the Loggerhead Turtle and the Leatherback Turtle.

  42. A component of the most valuable perfume in the world–Amouage–is produced and traded in Oman. It is known as Frankincense, and is available in its purest form for purchase for OMR 50 per bag.

I hope you’ve enjoyed these facts on Oman! I’d highly recommend this to be on one your next destination list as it is a beautiful country ;) If you just want to see how it looks like, or learn more facts on Oman, here’s the video to watch:

[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mw-gmjzN4Fw] Have a great night cya later guys! ;p

! تحية لاخوتنا في عمان

July 5, 2019

15 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ThE_oNe_MaStEr

Never knew those facts before! Thanks! ^-^

July 5, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SASSYandsisters.

No problem! ^.^

July 5, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AndresGarner

Oman seems like a very nice place! I honestly didn’t know it was that safe!

July 5, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SASSYandsisters.

It might be safer than the US, you never know ;p It has exceedingly beautiful natural views too! :D All I know for sure, is that it's safer than my home XD [flying shoes]

July 5, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AndresGarner

The U.S isn’t probably the safest place (at least where I live XD)

July 5, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SASSYandsisters.

:o Stay safe Andres! [We need a perfect guy in our clan or else it'll get too silly] XD just kidding! ;p

July 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AndresGarner

I am perfect?! Yay!!! Oh wait...I just read down and it said JK (LOL XD)

July 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RuwaydaAtH

No 29. Locals smoke traditional shisha. These are also known as hookah pipes or hubbly bubbly. However, their proper name is narghile. [I’ve heard people talk about shisha but what is it anyways?? :o]

Shisha smoking – also called hookah, narghile, waterpipe, or hubble bubble smoking – is a way of smoking tobacco, sometimes mixed with fruit or molasses sugar, through a bowl and hose or tube. The tube ends in a mouthpiece from which the smoker inhales the smoke from the substances being burnt into their lungs.

They smoke the out of these:

I only know what they look like because they sell them at the butcher's. ^-^

July 5, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AndresGarner

Those are fancy! (I don’t smoke or drink but that looks a lot better than just a plain cigarette.)

July 5, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RuwaydaAtH

Yup fancy indeed. As a kid when I saw them, I'd ask my dad if I could buy one or two but he would always say no. Now I realise why. XD

July 5, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SASSYandsisters.

Ohh I've never seen them before! I just heard ppl talk about it [don't ask me why ppl talk about it but yeah]... thanks! :D When I see that I'm sure to not buy it! False looks ;p

July 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ccf-Uk_2018

Thanks for doing these! They're interesting and I hope I can visit Oman one day and practise my Arabic with Omani people! :-)

July 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SASSYandsisters.

No problem! I'm sure after practice, you'll be amazing at Arabic! I'm so glad you're interested :) Have a Nice day! :) [or night]

July 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LauraThNe

Very helpfull tips. Thanks!

July 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SASSYandsisters.

You're welcome! I'm happy you found them helpful :D

July 6, 2019
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