Evening prayer at the campsite of the Hamad Haraiz Harsousi Bedouin tribe. An excellent example of Harsousi tribal existence: this tribe, being a smaller on e, has been pushed into the harshest region of the Wahiba Sands desert. Oman, by James L. Stanfield.


Alila Jabal Akhdar - Oman

Soaring 2,000 meters above sea level in Oman’s Al Hajar range, Alila Jabal Akhdar is a stunning design-led mountain retreat with majestic gorge views, a fabulous spa, and sumptuous accommodation arranged over two floors. Inspired by the country’s rich culture and history, the resort’s stylish suites are decorated in dark wood and stone, with inspiring local artworks and sleek contemporary touches. The classy restaurant offers mouthwatering Arabic-inspired cuisine along with dramatic mountain vistas. A seductive infinity-edge swimming pool and a wonderful lounge add to the charm and character of this exceptional property.

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Omani women wearing Khanga, West Asia © Olivier Blaise

Khanga or kanga originated in Zanzibar from the Swahili people, East Africa. Khanga is a garment similar to kitenge, worn throughout the African Great Lakes region and are also often referred to as lesos. .Towards the eastern part of the region, phrases/proverbs in Kiswahili are traditional, while in central areas phrases in both Kiswahili and Lingala are popular. One of the longer edges of the mji features a strip which contains a message in Swahili, or less commonly in Arabic or Comorian. Other countries which produce their own Khangas write the Khanga messages/names in their main languages: in Madagascar, East Africa where they are known as lambas, they feature ohabolana, traditional proverbs written in Malagasy; they are also produced in Zambia and Malawi. [x] When many Omanis left Zanzibar after the revolution they had already adopted the use of Khanga and took this tradition with them to the Oman. 



A bunch of Arabian horses of Oman during a driving demonstration that took place at the Royal Cavalry Horse Show in 2009. The demonstration was for the 2009 WAHO conference. At the risk of morphing into Captain Obvious, that’s a lot of horses hitched to one wagon.

Desert mountains tower over whitewashed walls of a mosque and minaret behind a shopping and hotel district on the shores of the Gulf of Oman, by Jason Edwards.