Traditional music and culture of Oman– A Significant Feature of Oman’s Cultural Identity

Over the years, as the Sultans of Oman have had a passion for music, it has been carefully preserved. It is also an essential aspect of Omani culture.

Omani Music – Photo by Julius Yls on Unsplash

History of Omani Music

If staying at a property such as the Oman Hotels take the time to visit the Oman Centre for Traditional Music. This is a great place to learn the history of Omani music. Furthermore, as Oman’s ancient melodies were composed anonymously their intellectual property rights are open to the public. Thus, it is easy to listen to these songs and also easy for anyone to perform them.

Culture of Omani Music

If staying at one of the Oman Hotels you would have had a chance to listen to Omani music. It would have then been obvious that this music was influenced by a variety of genres. That is because this music has a multi-ethnic background. This essentially means that it was influenced by the music and dance of Persia, India and East Africa.

Unique Aspect of Omani Music

Omani Music – Photo by Julius Yls on Unsplash

While music in the Arabic region has many similarities, the same could not be said for Omani music. That is because it has a rhythmic feature as this music has been composed according to the theory of rhythm. Another unique feature of this music is that it is often accompanied by a dance.

Importance of Music in the Omani Culture

In Oman, music plays an integral part of the education system as students are not only taught the history of music. Instead, they are also strongly motivated to learn the art of music. Thus, to further encourage individuals to learn music there are associations such as the Oman Oud Hobbyist Association.

Camel Racing in Oman – Speed of the Middle East

One of the first things that come to mind at the mention of the Middle East are the camels. These animals have been a part of the lives of the Arabs for centuries. Today they are even used for many recreational tourist activities. This traditional sport that is famous across the Middle East takes places in different locations at various times of the year. Oman is one of the countries that hosts these races, some of the venues that have specially laid tracks for such events are, As Seeb, Salalah, the Interior and Batinah regions.The camel races are similar to the horse races and one will be surprised at the facilities available at the stadiums that hosts these events. If you wish to witness this age old sport and considering to be close to one of the venues , Oman Hotels provide a range of choices across various locations of the country, they have been favourites of past travellers as they are regarded as top hotels in Oman.

The camels that take part in these races are categorised accordant to their age and compete on the specially built track. The average speed of the camels are about 64 KMPH. Over the years camel racing has become a professional sport in the region with tickets being sold as well as the camels are raised in special farms. There are intensive training programs which incorporate some of the most advanced technologies.However some people look at the sport as unethical and as a cruelty to animals. However the camels have been a vital part of the Arabian civilisation , used for transportation,food and clothing these animals are treated with the highest regard.

There are other countries that host camel races such as , Pakistan , Egypt , Mongolia.



Filled with wanderlust that seeks to explore distant shores and captivated by the colors and vibrancy of exotic cultures, Kanya Mae writes on the beautiful, exciting, and enchanting wonders of the world. She is a writer who not only has a passion for travel, but also has a background in fashion, art and media. Google+