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Oman has a long and storied history as a seafaring port. Once a prosperous nation, it attracted many invaders over the years, and has recently again emerged as a modern nation with voting rights for all its citizens. Omanis are friendly and open, and are proud of their country.
Lifestyle and Family
The nuclear family in Oman is very close. They either live with each other or nearby. They are a constant in eachother’s lives. Though traditionally the father makes decisions and the mother cares for the child, recently more and more women are going to school and entering the workforce.
Teen Life and Sports
Sports are male dominated. Women rarely play, and watch from a section that is separate from the men. Soccer is very popular, both to play and to watch, but most other sports are spectator sports. Some of the famous spectator sports in Oman are camel racing, bull fights, and horse racing.
With every meal there is some sort of meat or fish served with rice. The meat and fish is usually spiced, the favorite being curry. The majority of the food the country consumes is canned and is imported. However, vegetables and fruits are locally grown. The younger generation is starting to steer away from the traditional foods and dish and started to consume Western foods like hamburgers and pizza.
Language and Religion
Arabic is the official language of Oman. The country has been Islamic since AD 630.