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Khanjar Knife, traditional Dagger of Oman

 

Oman is famous for its
Khanjar (knives), which are curved daggers worn for official
functions and weddings as part of ceremonial dress. Today
traditional clothing is worn by most Omani men. They wear an
ankle-length, collarless robe called a dishdasha that buttons at
the neck with a tassel hanging down. Traditionally this tassel
would be dipped in perfume. Today the tassel is merely a
traditional part of the dishdasha.

Women wear scarves and abayas. Some women cover their faces but
most do not. The abaya is a traditional dress and it is
currently having different styles. The Sultan has forbidden the
covering of faces in public office. On holidays, such as Eid
(holiday), the women wear traditional dress, which is often very
brightly colored and consists of a mid-calf length tunic over
pants.

A very important part of Omani culture is hospitality. If
invited into an Omani house, a visitor is likely to be greeted
with a bowl of dates, qahwa (coffee with cardamon or saffron and
fruit. The coffee is served fairly weak in a small cup, which
should be shaken to show that you have finished. The dates are
in lieu of sugar. Halwa and other sweets are often given at
celebrations such as Eids and weddings.

A legacy that has been passed on from generation to generation;
the art, the culture, the folklore and the artistry has to be
seen. But there is much more in the heart of Oman to explore:
the sense of respect for time, for people, and for nature. Come
and taste a part of Oman’s rich heritage, kept alive and
uncganged for generations. It may help you understand tomorrow a
little better.

For its size, Oman boasts an unprecedented number of
UNESCO-classified World Heritage Sites including Al-Blaid; site
of the ancient city of Zafar, Bat—with its tombs dating back
3,000 years, Bahla Fort, and R’as Al-Hadd; home to the rare
Green Sea Turtle.

Oman’s heritage features a prominent sea-faring tradition, as
one would expect from a country with 1,700 Km of coastline. Many
museums and galleries around the secluded and historic harbours
of Muscat and Muttrah illuminate the importance of the sea and,
indeed, of water generally, throughout Oman’s 5,000 year-old
history.

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