There are so many things that make up Omani daily life. Come and experience them at Six Senses Zighy Bay. Book 60 days or more in advance and enjoy a special 10 percent savings on the Best Available Rate during your whole stay.
Qahwa, or Omani coffee, occupies a special place in Omani society. The aromatic scent of freshly brewed coffee bridges the gap between people and fosters friendship among them. People always use the Qahwa session to greet each other and exchange pleasantries. Each region has its own distinctive style of doing it. Those in northern regions exchange pleasantries before inviting the guests for the coffee.
Qahwa etiquette is, first eat Halwa before drinking Qahwa. If you give the cup straight to the person, he will pour some more coffee into your cup. If you don’t want coffee any more, you have to shake the cup and give it back.
This humble fruit makes up 78 percent of the crops produced in Oman, and it is considered a pioneering project in the Sultanate due to the expected outcome it will achieve economically, socially, environmentally and on a nutritional level. According to data from the Diwan of the Royal Court, Oman is home to nearly eight million date trees, which produce about 350,000 tons (approx. 350 million kg) and more than 325 varieties of dates per annum.
The khanjar is a traditional dagger originating from Oman, which is worn around the waist by men for ceremonial occasions. It is a short curved sword shaped like the letter “J” and resembles a hook. It can be made from a variety of different materials, depending on the quality of its craftsmanship. It is a popular souvenir among tourists and is sold in souqs (local markets) throughout the region. The khanjar is a national symbol of the sultanate and is featured on the country’s national emblem and on the Omani rial banknote.
Omani women pay attention to intricate details when it comes to their presentation and one essential accoutrement is henna. Artistic henna creations have adorned the hands and feet of ladies for centuries. These days, it is not just a treatment enjoyed by brides; henna is applied anytime there is occasion to express joy and jubilance. The hue of the stain depends on the kind of natural henna used.
The kumma and massar, two forms of headdress, are both a large part of Omani men’s national dress. Because of the sultan’s work to maintain the cultural heritage of Oman, people not only wear these traditional garments often, but are incredibly proud of them and the patriotism they represent.
The kumma is a made-to-measure, embroidered cap that has small holes throughout the embroidery to keep the head cool in the hot Omani sun. The massar is an embroidered wool turban which is worn tied neatly around the head. Some tie it over a kumma to give the massar more structure.
Shua is the nation’s favorite main course. It is a typical Omani delicacy prepared only on very special occasions. Eid is probably the most common occasion hence it being known as the meat festival. The method of preparing shua is elaborate. The meat is marinated with spices and then wrapped in sacks made of dry banana or palm leaves. These sacks are then placed into the underground sand oven, which is covered with a lid and sealed so that no smoke escapes. In some villages, the meat is cooked for 24 hours while in others it is believed that meat tastes better after 48 hours. The meat becomes extremely tender and is infused deeply with spices and herbs before cooking to give it a very distinct taste, usually served with rice.
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