Oman Cultural Guide

Culture and Etiquette

Do's and Dont's when in Oman

Foreigners are generally made to feel very welcome in Oman, although in return you’ll be expected to abide by Omani cultural norms. This remains a deeply traditional – and in many ways very conservative – country, and despite its openness to tourists.

Omani's are always friendly, and with a smile, wave or a cheery salaam aleikum this will usually break the ice and lead to a conversation.

Visiting traditional Omani villages, it’s worth remembering that you are entering what is generally considered the private space of the locals who live there. Exercise sensitivity when taking photographs and behave friendly.


Dressing appropriately is the most important thing to remember. Women should at most times wear loose clothing, with arms and shoulders covered. It is useful to carry a shawl to cover your hair in more conservative areas, such as when visit the Grand Mosque.


Expressions of overt anger and any raising of the voice should be strictly avoided, whatever the situation. Some hand gestures are seen offensive and sometime punishable under Omani law. 

Meeting People

Traditional Arabic greetings serve as an important highlight in the everyday Omani life – it is very elaborate and courteous. Invitations to visit an Omani home is also very common. Coffee and dates are also offered when visiting an Omani home.

Taboo Subjects

Omani's have a very strong sense of Pride in their country. Keeping conversation light and minimum is the best mode of communication. Usual topics would beyou country, age, marital status, number of religion, etc...

Women Travelers

Women traveling in Oman should experience few problems, however it is best to be accompanied by a friend or a guardian at all times. It is not advised to visit the suburbs at night or alone. 


Ahlan wa sahlan         

Sabah al khayr                  

Masa al khayr                     



Good morning

Good evening


Ahlan bik

Sabah an nur

Masa an nur

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