Oman’s culture is deeply rooted in the Sultanate’s proud heritage and history of seafaring, trading and exploration. Today, old-standing traditions blend seamlessly with modern day living, with latest fashion and electronics brands sold alongside traditional hand-made crafts, jewellery, and even goats and cattle at souqs around the country; just as it has been done for hundreds of years.
It is this same blend of old and new that is also reflected in Oman’s architecture. Attractions such as The National Museum and Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque are perfect examples and must-visit destinations when in Muscat.
Despite Oman’s relatively rapid transformation to a modern society since His Majesty, Sultan Qaboos bin Said, ascended the throne in 1970, the country has never lost sight of its roots. Omani culture is embedded in nearly every aspect of daily life, from clothing to food, arts and crafts, to the way Omanis welcome visitors. Local culture and heritage continues to be carried out in many cases the very same way it has been for hundreds of years.