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What to watch before leaving for Oman

To prepare your trip to Oman thoroughly, you have decided to immerse yourself in the cultural heritage of the Sultanate... but, you don't know where to start: here are few ideas.

To watch

If you are planning to spend some time watching a few good movies or even some good documentaries to perfect your cultural knowledge before leaving for your trip to Oman, you are very likely to be disappointed. In fact, 100% Omani films are almost non-existent. Here in the Sultanate, all of the popular films that the locals devour without moderation come either from Bollywood or Hollywood. Only a few rare local series or television films reach the public, but you will not be able to get hold of them before your departure. After a great deal of research and unshakeable perseverance, you might be able to dig up the best-known and most successful television film, which has even won a few awards. It's called "Nature of Oman" and stars two local celebrities, Farkhriya Khamis and Saleh Za'al.

To read

It is also quite difficult to find works of literature from a country where the censorship is so extreme. There are few authors and no editors, but you will still be able to find the novels of Badria al-Shahhi, the plays of Amina Rabi Salmin or the poems of Mohammed al-Harithi and Saïf al-Rahbi. Those aside, there is little to highlight in Omani literature.

In Oman

To listen to

Omani music is almost exclusively traditional. It is generally very instrumental and festive. Only the Bedouins sing a cappella, using only their voice to sing texts about daily life in the desert, or to the glory of a warrior or to the courage of a craftsman. To discover this traditional and ancient music, you must absolutely listen to the performances of the Royal Oman Symphony Orchestra. The sultan is deeply involved in this art and has devoted a great deal of energy to the preservation of this national and traditional cultural heritage.

David Debrincat
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Updated 24 November 2015
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