Cultural Info: Oman

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Oman is the oldest independent state in the Arab world and is considered a leader in Middle East diplomacy and foreign policy. The Al-Said family has ruled Oman since 1744.

Oman is the only country where Frankincense trees grow wild. Frankincense trees are used in perfume but also embody Omani culture, history, sociology and geography. 

Oman's top trade exports are fish and dates. Whereas Oman's neighbors, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Yemen mostly export petroleum products.

Oman is also one of the oldest human-inhabited places on the planet. It is estimated that humans have been living in the country for at least 106,000 years.

It is a tradition in Oman to greet a visitor with a bowl of dates, qahwa (coffee with cardamom) and fruit. The main meal of the day is consumed in early to mid afternoon. It usually consists of a large serving of rice and a sauce made from tomato and fish or meat.

Thousands of turtles migrate to the Omani coastline each year. Visitors travel to the Ras Al Jinz to watch Green Turtles, Loggerhead Turtles and the Leatherback Turtles. Oman also is home to one of the largest turtle sanctuaries. 

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