Culture

06.08.2021

F!kra - Your Next Stop

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We aim to make Oman’s heritage accessible and exciting to the youths, in a way that the amazing stories that are kept behind the old walls and doors of Muscat are never lost. Our ‘Muscat walking tours of the old city are the best way to appreciate the cosmopolitan rich history of Oman .. expelling the Portuguese and liberating the entire Coast of the Arabian Gulf; know more about the Golden Era of Oman and much more. Choose to do your tour in style … and experience the “Londony” a 1960s Land Rover .. an ‘Instagramable” experience for sure.

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21.07.2021

Culinary History of Oman

Posted by : Attifa Al Maskari

When we examine the cuisine of our fascinating country, we can see that it has a wide range of influences. Of course, the spice trade route influences our cuisine; it is rich in the greatest and most expensive spices, such as saffron, cardamom, cloves, and cinnamon, to name a few. The Sultanate of Oman was in charge of bringing clove to the island of Zanzibar, however, Persia, India, Asia, East Africa, and our neighbors are the key influences.

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26.06.2021

Benefits of consuming Frankincense

Posted by : Attifa Al Maskari

In particular (locally known as Luban), Omani Frankincense is legendary and primarily regarded as the world's finest Frankincense. Dhofar is the historical source of Frankincense, which famously traveled down the Silk Routes centuries ago to be exchanged in marketplaces as far away as China and the western Mediterranean. Frankincense is not only a spiritual and luxurious scent, but it is also a natural cure for a variety of diseases.

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22.06.2021

The Legacy Poetry Tradition

Posted by : Raya Al Maskari

The art of Taghroud, is considered as one of the traditional legacies, many of the Sultanate’s governorates are famous for, it is derived from the Bedouin environment and their culture. It comforts the departed on their camels or horses, as well as the camels and horses, and the falcons are also tamed with it at night. A meaning independent of the next verse in a creative and vocal harmony, which the poet performs in a loud voice according to the circumstance and situation, an extension of some of his words and rhymes.

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07.05.2021

The Magnificent Sidr

Posted by : Attifa Al Maskari

Although this tree was mentioned in the Holy Quran, and it has a historical story in the Bible, there are many people who do not know what this tree is. Not even what its benefits are!

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03.05.2021

Al-Ruwah art is practiced in the mountain by the residents in Musandam Governorate

Posted by : Attifa Al Maskari

Al-Ruwah art is practiced in the mountain by the residents in Musandam Governorate and is performed by all the tribes. It is considered an ancient art for its simplicity and lack of expediency, and the eloquence of its words. It is performed for recreation, entertainment and fun, relies on drums that are often made from sidr trees,

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30.04.2021

What Most Do Not Know About Henna

Posted by : Attifa Al Maskari

The Eastern nations knew henna since the old days. It was used for cosmetic and therapeutic purpose, and when the West turned to these benefits recently, it began to be used in a larger scale.

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23.04.2021

Rose water Industry in Jabal Akhdar

Posted by : Omanspire Team

Rose water manufacturing is a traditional craft that has been attached to the people of Al-Jabal Al-Akhdar for hundreds of years, as the green mountain rose water has become known for its quality and accuracy manufactured by following the traditional method considered by practitioners of this profession, which is the secret behind the quality and massiveness of this product.

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28.03.2021

What do you know about Shabanya ?

Posted by : Attifa Al Maskari

Shabanya is an annual custom that children celebrate so what do you know about it? It is an inherited annual custom which is celebrated in the fourteenth of Shaban in each Hijri year in the state of Sur, in South Sharqiya.

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14.03.2021

The manufacture of jewelry and silver artifacts is receiving great attention from the government

Posted by : Attifa Al Maskari

The manufacture of jewelry and silver artifacts is receiving great attention from the government, it has contributed to the development of handicrafts that represents one of the cultural and heritage features in the Sultanate.

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06.03.2021

Baba Deriaah - Terrifier of Seamen

Posted by : Hassan Al Maqbali

Baba Deriaah was a jinn who is attacking small ships and boats at night. He is known for his huge body and green fishy skin. The name itself is from the Persian culture and it means Father of Sea.

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27.02.2021

Preservation of Fish

Posted by : Iman Al Maskari

Historical accounts in the Gulf region depict the notable coexistence of people and the sea. Archeological expeditions have uncovered rewarding evidence of prehistoric ships, imported goods, the exploitation of maritime resources, and a wide range of mollies and fish remains from coastal sites in the Sultanate of Oman in the last three decades. Today, fishing communities that extend from Ras Musandam in the north to Dhofar in the south inhabits the Sultanate of Oman’s coastline.

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03.10.2020

Omanis Coexistence and Religious Tolerance

Posted by : Iman Al Maskari

Omanis are raised with the values of openness and acceptance of others. The deep-rooted and rich history of Oman has the answers as to how and why this was possible. Oman is where many cultures have merged in the past due to its unique geographic positioning. From this perspective, history played a role in the formation of the Omani identity.

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21.07.2020

Sacrifice to the Sea

Posted by : Hassan Al Maqbali

One of the myths is offering a sacrifice for the sea in a particular ritual when fishermen catch no fish. This ancient tradition is used to be part of Northern Omanis beliefs. They believed in the power of the sea as it is the main source of sustenance.

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01.05.2020

Sugarcane

Posted by : Ahmed Al Harthy

The wilayats of the Governorate of Al Dakhiliyah, such as Nizwa, Bahla, Manah, Al Hamra, and Izki, are known for having large areas (55 acres) for the cultivation of sugarcane. Farmers begin by preparing the land for sugarcane cultivation. This stage takes place at the beginning of April every year. After a full year of planting the crop, and specifically in March each year, the farmer begins preparing for the juicing of the canes, by cutting the canes and cleaning them from the dry leaves and crusts, tying them in packs to transfer it to one of the mills in the wilaya.

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07.10.2019

Pomegranate Harvest Season

Posted by : Abdullah A Yahmadi

People are preparing to harvest pomegranate fruits from different villages in Jabal Al-Akhdar during the last third of August and continue until the end of September, the peak is always in mid of September. The number of trees is estimated at about 27 thousand distributed over various villages. It produces about 645 tons of fruits .its considered one of the most important fruit trees in terms of economic feasibility and agricultural area in the mountain.

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11.08.2019

Khanjar of Oman

Posted by : Ahmed Al Harthi

Omani men are known for their pride and hardness. They have taken the dagger (Khanjar) as their slogan. The Omani dagger is the best proof of the Omani men's ingenuity in their designs, and the inscriptions in addition to the Omani dagger means a lot to the Omani men.

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07.08.2019

Omani Coffee

Posted by : Lubna Al Maskari

You haven’t experienced real Omani culture until you’ve been invited to the Omani Qahwa. Yes, this unique word means coffee, but there is so much more to it than a simple cup of brown, hot drink. It is a complete course of hospitality that reflects the exceptional essence of Omani heritage. Here are all the distinctive wonders you need to know about this splendid culture of Qahwa.

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15.07.2019

Falaj Irrigation System

Posted by : Raya Al Maskari

A falaj in Oman refers to water that runs through a channel dug in the earth. The source of falaj water is groundwater found in the subsoil or valleys. The falaj is an original Omani irrigation system, deep-rooted in the country’s land and history.

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03.06.2019

Laylat Al Qader (The Night Of Decree)

Posted by : Attifa Al Maskari

Laylat Alqader , the night in which God began the revelation of the Quran, it is in one of Ramadaan nights, the individual nights specifically from the 21st to the 29th. Muslims also believe that the first verses of the Holy Quran were revealed to the Prophet Muhammad - peace be upon him.

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03.06.2019

Ediyah

Posted by : Lubna Al Maskari

Eidiyah is a combination of two words, Eid and Hadiyah. Which is The Islamic celebration Eid, and Gift ( Hadiyah). Basically, it means that during Eid everyone gives out gifts especially to the children and elderly.

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29.05.2019

Azwat Fanjaa

Posted by : Lubna Al Maskari

The feast in Fanjaa is no different from the rest of the other states in Oman, but what distinguishes it (Azwa Fnjaa), which is considered an authentic traditional heritage maintained by young people before the fervor.

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20.05.2019

Qaranqashoh

Posted by : Lubna Al Maskari

In this social event, children in Oman and around the Gulf celebrate Qaranqasho by wearing traditional costumes and going door-to-door through their neighbourhoods singing songs and collecting sweets and halwa.

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03.05.2019

Jabal Al Alkdhar Roses

Posted by : Lubna Al Maskari

Between late March and the start of May, one stretch of undulating landscape of Oman’s green mountain is laced with the roses, which provide a feast for the senses. The landscape is a spectrum of colour, and cliffs laden with roses add to the palette of shades resplendent in around 90 rose orchards.

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27.03.2019

Why Wearing Burqa

Posted by : Lubna Al Maskari

The style and colour of burqa vary from region to region. In Buraimi and Musandam, women wear thin, gold coloured face masks. Women in Sharqiyah and Sharqiyah Sands use the same colour, but the masks are made of thicker material. Another marked difference is that the burqa is not flat like the northern style, but forms a kind of beak in the middle. In Al Wusta region, women prefer burqas made of thick fabric.

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26.03.2019

Celestial Bodies

Posted by : Hassan Al Maqbali

Celestial Bodies by its Omani author Jokha Al Harthy, after 9 years of winning the best Omani Novel, has been longlisted for the 2019 Man Booker International Prize. The novel set in Al Awabi village in Oman and it covers Oman from “a traditional, slave-owning society slowly redefining itself after the colonial era, to the crossroads of its complex present.”

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22.03.2019

Marriage Ritual in Oman

Posted by : Lubna Al Maskari

Many wonder, how are weddings organized in Oman? If you are a male foreigner. then you’d have a hard time finding out since men “in general” are not included in weddings as much as women are.

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16.03.2019

Hol Hol

Posted by : Lubna Al Maskari

Have you been to a traditional Omani birthday party before? If not, you are missing out. Those birthday parties are called Hol, Hol. But, it is a most significant celebration for a baby that just turned 1 year old, normally for other older kids, it's just a birthday party.

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11.02.2019

Al Mughayyad Art

Posted by : Eman Al Maskari

It's mostly used to congratulate the bride on her wedding

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19.01.2019

Omani DIY Beauty Tricks

Posted by : Lubna Al Maskari

Omani women have been using home beauty tricks for centuries. Until today, some of those tricks are still used! Not just at home, some parts of town, it is used in salons and beauty centres as well. It's hard to convince the majority into the new chemical world when you can always have everything natural and safe.

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16.01.2019

Coffee and The Rock

Posted by : Eman Al Maskari

In Siyak village, which is located in Wadi Bani Khalid, the villagers still gather under this uniquely shaped rock, on various occasions -up to this very day. The other unique quality of this rock is the engravings and writings that ages back to centuries.

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07.01.2019

Omani Top 12 Home Remedies

Posted by : Lubna Al Maskari

Just like in many cultures around the world, Omanis depend mostly on herbs, seeds, fruits and other natural ingredients as their home remedies solution. Until today, not many depend on conventional medicine, believing it is harmful over the long- term.

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01.01.2019

Deterring Extremist Thought

Posted by : Attifa Al Maskari

Terrorism and extremism thoughts have been away from Oman due to the combination of geographical, historical, cultural and political factors. Nonetheless, the most important factor is the awareness of Omani political, cultural and religious elites, they are bound by the basic principles of accepting the others and being able to live peacefully together.

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05.12.2018

The Intangible Cultural Heritage in Oman

Posted by : Attifa Al Maskari

Recently, Oman has announced the registration of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the country's most famous horse and camel ardhah on its cultural heritage list.

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27.09.2018

Frankincense of Oman

Posted by : Hassan Al Maqbali

The trade of frankincense had flourished for centuries and several civilizations and ports bloomed as a result of being main points of trading frankincense. One of these cities is Dhofar and its historical port; Samahram. This port had been for centuries the most important for frankincense in the area. Many famous historical figures imported this aromatic gum from Samahram including Alexander the Great. Abdul Qadir Al Ghassani, an Omani researcher, mentioned in one of his books that Alexander the Great had imported huge quantities of Frankincense from Arab lands.

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13.09.2018

Traditional Sports

Posted by : Hassan Al Maqbali

The traditional games reflect the cultures of the people, where they are influenced by the environment in which they are practised and they affect their environment as well, these games have their followers, fans and enthusiasts. Governments around the world encourage and support their local traditional games in order to preserve the national identity, preventing their disappearance in the modern technological boom and the influence globalization.

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05.09.2018

Grapes Kicks-Off

Posted by : Ahmed Al Harthi

It is the season of the grapes returns in Oman. As the grapes fruitage kicks off in the Niyabat of Jabal al Akhdar in Al Dakhiliyah Governorate, farmers are gearing up to sell their products in the markets.

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29.08.2018

Omani Traditional Female Dress

Posted by : Lubna Al Maskari

There are various types of women's costumes that differs from one region to another, though they are common in three basic pieces: * The headscarf (lissu - fattah) * The dress * The pants

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23.08.2018

Habta - Ancient Sultanate’s Legacy

Posted by : Iman Al Maskari

Habta activities cover every aspect of Eid preparation as livestock, vegetables, fruits, children toys, and other house hold items. People usually love to travel from one Wilayat to the other to attend Habta and to buy livestocks at auction. A calling is done for selling goats, cows, sheep and camels at auction providing a memorable scenario to enjoy this ancient legacy. Habta markets start after the Sunrise and continue till 11 AM and sometimes continues after that. The most loving part is an auction starting from Sheep or goat calling and after the auction calling for cows and camels.

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27.06.2018

Tabseel

Posted by : Hasan Al Muqbali

Some of these traditions are related to particular crops, and is considered part of the harvesting process. Oman is a country with several such traditions, a famous seasonal traditions is Tabseel; the tradition of boiling Bisr, yellow dates.

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17.06.2018

Razha

Posted by : Hasan Al Muqbali

Every Society has its own traditions that have been inherited from their ancestors. These traditions differ in their meaning and many of them are seasonal or related to certain events. One of the most famous and oldest traditions all across Oman is know as Raz’ha..

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13.06.2018

Omani Eid

Posted by : Hasan Al Muqbali

Greetings usually takes place from family then relatives and neighbors. The common greeting used around the world is asking for forgiveness from people for any thing done intentionally or not and wishing each other to witness the coming Eid in good health.

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11.06.2018

Habta Market In Sorur

Posted by : Hasan Al Muqbali & Abdullah Al a Yahmadi

Scenes from today’s traditional market of Al Habta in Suroor, located in Al Dakhilyia Governorate

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08.06.2018

Al Habta, Oman’s Seasonal Market

Posted by : Raya Al Maskari

Like every pre holiday season markets flourish with various types of products that differ from one season to another, in Islamic worlds there are several markets, some are permanent and others are seasonal.

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31.05.2018

The Spiritual month of Ramadhan

Posted by : Raya Almaskari

Like most Muslim countries, Ramadhan is the month where fasting takes place from sunrise (al Fajer) to sunset (Al Maghreb) .

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