The coastal city of Oman is home to the world famous Al Jazerah Cultural Center. Built in 1960 this historic palace is Oman’s most visited attraction with over five million visitors every year. It is located in Muscat and can be reached by a long drive or an overnight flight. Its history is as colourful as its scenery and it is here that you will experience some of Oman’s great traditions and cultures.
One of the most popular events in Oman is the Festival of Culture, which is normally held in late April. This is an enormous festival with activities like folk dancing, flower and plant shows, cooking competitions, poetry reading and camel racing. The festival is really popular among Omanis so if you are going to attend, make sure that you plan it in advance. The dates of the festival change every year so it is a good idea to check back each year to see if it is still on. There are many other cultural events throughout the year but it is a shame if you missed them when you were there in Oman.
The other major cultural experience that you should not miss in Oman is to go toinar with your family to witness a traditional Omani ritual. Atinar is a special event that is organized as part of the Islamic calendar. You will go from one town to another talking to local Omanis and receive teachings and songs from them. This is one of the most popular events in Oman and it lasts for a week. This is the perfect chance for you to see the local Omani culture up close and to experience the traditional lifestyle of Oman.
Omanis are passionate about food so do not miss out on one of the most exciting experiences of the festival: the Fish Offerings. A typical Omani celebration will feature a gathering of local Omanis where people prepare special dishes just for the festival. You should make sure that you prepare yourself with a full stomach before attending such an event because there will be plenty to eat and there are usually hundreds of locals competing for the best dishes. The price for this experience varies according to what you have prepared. Usually it is less expensive than a night in a fine restaurant.
One of the things that you need to enjoy fully during your experience in Oman is the smell of the spices and the taste of the local Omani foods. If you do not like the smell of spices then it would be best to avoid this occasion. Omanis pride themselves on their cuisine does not differ from the one in any other country. Taste some of the finest local food and enjoy the tradition and culture of Oman.
There are plenty more activities that you can enjoy during your trip to Al Jazer. Make sure that you plan your trip well in advance and do not forget to plan for a good holiday package to help you enjoy the festival in style. Make sure that you do not forget to plan for a cheap flight to Oman and enjoy your trip in the country. It will surely make your trip a great one. Thus, enjoy your trip to Al Jazer and wish you all the best for your cultural experience in Oman.