Culture and Dress Code

Traditional Dress of Oman & Dress Code for Foreigners

As a tourist in Oman, your journeys lead you across gorgeous desert landscapes and bustling city streets, meeting friendly locals along the way. The traditional attire of the country is both intriguing and functional, and Oman has a unique culture that has blended many regional influences into its fold. The Sultanate of Oman is an Arab country located on the southeastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula. Oman is a conservative Middle Eastern Muslim country.

Omani traditions and values are reflected in the dress code of the Omani people. Tradition largely contributes to the way Omani nationals dress. The dress code for both genders is conservative, and the vast majority of Omanis, particularly those living in rural areas, dress modestly.

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Why Should I Follow the Omani Dress Code?

The Omani people are amicable and accepting. They will generally not speak up against foreigners or comment on the way they dress. However, it is always important to show respect to local culture in complying with local habits and traditions to the extent possible. This applies to any country and especially those with such strong traditions as Oman.

As a general rule, avoid wearing revealing clothing in public places. Wearing low-cut tops and short skirts will attract the wrong sort of attention, and you may quickly feel uncomfortable.

What Should I Wear in Oman?

Expectations are somewhat different when it comes to men and women. Dress codes are less strict for men, although Omani will usually not appreciate it if men wear shorts or singlets. It is, therefore, advisable to always wear long-sleeved tops and pants when visiting Oman. Swimsuits should be reserved for the beach. Oman’s shopping centers usually display signs showing the expected dress code. In rural areas, dressing conservatively is a must.

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Men: What Clothes to Pack When Visiting Oman?

Expectations are somewhat different when it comes to men and women. Dress codes are less strict for men, although Omani will usually not appreciate it if men wear shorts or singlets. It is, therefore, advisable to always wear long-sleeved tops and pants when visiting Oman. Swimsuits should be reserved for the beach. Oman’s shopping centers usually display signs showing the expected dress code. In rural areas, dressing conservatively is a must.

What Should Female Tourists Wear in Oman?

Women visiting Oman should preferably wear loose clothing. It is essential to have arms and shoulders covered at all times. Strapless shirts and dresses are not acceptable. In addition, skirts should reach at least beneath the knee. Long skirts and dresses comply perfectly with the local dress code. In a mosque, women must wear shirts with long sleeves covering wrists and long pants or skirts that cover the ankles. In addition, women must have their hair covered with a scarf in a mosque. The official swim attire for women varies enormously from place to place. However, it is best to be prepared to swim in a T-shirt and shorts reaching the knees.

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