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Islam is the official religion of Oman. In coastal areas, the people have been exposed to outside cultures and influences for centuries due to maritime trading. Therefore, unlike in some of its neighboring countries, other religions and ways of life are tolerated. Alcohol is available to non-Muslims in hotels, Western tourists may wear shorts, and it is not uncommon to see Western women in bikinis on the beaches. However, visitors should keep in mind that what may be acceptable on a beach or in a hotel may not necessarily be acceptable on the streets. In public, female visitors should wear clothing that covers their shoulders and upper arms, and skirts that do not go above the knees.

Inland areas are much more conservative, and activities and styles of dress that are acceptable in the coastal areas are not appropriate.

Despite the openness toward other beliefs, Islam is nevertheless an important aspect in the lives of the citizens of Oman. Mosques are to be seen everywhere, from the largest cities to the smallest towns, and the call to prayer is heard throughout the country five times per day. Most Muslim women still wear the abaya, a full-length black covering. However, the hard-line fanatacism that is present in many Muslim countries is so far not present in Oman, and it is a safe country to visit in what can be a volatile part of the world.

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  • Updated Oct 5, 2007
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