Oman

Omanis are friendly people and are very helpful to tourists. In turn, tourists should respect the ways and traditions of the Omani people.

Omanis are proud of both their country’s rapid progress and their heritage as one of the great sea-faring nations. Excellent schools and hospitals, good governance, and on-going infrastructure improvement are all important characteristics of this once introverted and closed nation.

Talk

Arabic is the national language, however most Omanis will speak good to excellent English, and particularly so in major tourist areas and cities. In the southern Zufar (Dhofar) region, a Semitic language called “Jibbali” is spoken. Swahili and Balushi are languages spoken by ethnic minorities in Oman especially in the capital Muscat. The presence of large number of Malayalees expatriates from Indian state of Kerala, has made Malayalam a prominent language. The historical presence of Indian traders has meant that Hindi is understood in some urban areas. An English-speaking traveller should have no language difficulties unless he or she really travels “off the beaten track”.

(source: Wikitravel)

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