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Traveling in Oman


Oman is developing in a wise and considered manner. Much thought and planning seems to have  
gone into laying the groundwork for Oman’s development. It is evident in the city landscaping, which  
is beautiful - even the placement of sculptures along the corniche (the mosaic walkway along the  
ocean front) are done in an artistic manner.

Muscat also has beautifully landscaped grounds for large events. This is where the International  
Festival of Handicrafts and the Omani Heritage Festival are held. These are places that whole  
families can come to and enjoy together.

One of the misconceptions of the Middle East that Westerns seem to have, is that Islamic women go  
around in dark or drab abeyas or chadors all the time. This is quite untrue. Covering oneself in  
public and with strangers is one thing but women of the Middle East love beautiful colorful clothes.  
This is as true in Syria and Jordan as it is in Oman and the rest of the Middle East. They also have  
innovative designers. Here is a photo of an evening gown covered entirely in peacock feathers and  
photos of many of the other glamous gowns women of the Middle East wear.

If you have already read our CURRENT section, then you have been introduced to Hamid and  
Salim. Although they live in the further outposts of Omani desert within a large extended family  
compound (with 20 camels- so they tell us) they drive a SUV, speak very good English, have  
internet and cable television. In Oman we saw the best selection of television programming we’ve  
seen anywhere. They have over 400 channels and none of it gratuitous violence or insulting to  
one’s intelligence.

Again, Westerners should keep in mind that Oman has no oil wealth and no resources except the  
ocean. Whatever, they have they have from work, planning and common sense.

Last, but not least we’ve heard that Oman is going to be home to an extended IIT campus from India,  
where some of the best computer programmers and entrepreneurs in the world come from. We look  
forward to hearing about the new Omani computer industry.
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