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OMAN POPULATION AND CULTURE

POPULATION
Approximately 2 million. Around of 1.5 million are Omani Nationals. The remaining are expatriates from India. Asia, Other Arab countries, Europe & USA.

RELIGION
Islam - predominantly Ibadhi origin.

LANGUAGE
Official Language is Arabic. Other languages spoken include Urdu, Swahili & Baluchi. English is widely spoken and along with Arabic is the common business language. Most hotel staff speak German and French as well.

CULTURE
Like all Arab countries, The Arabic Islamic culture dominates the life style in Oman. However, being an international market, people of various nationalities are also present.

NATIONAL DRESS
Men – Dishdasha (Robe), Kimah (Cap), Mussaar (Turban)
Women – Jallabia (dress), Sirwal (trousers), Thobe (overdress cloak), Lahaf (head shawl), Abaya (black cloak)
Women generally leave their face and hands exposed while in the desert, women of Bedouin tribes wear a mask called a Birqa.