Ethnic, sectarian, or linguistic conflict rarely occurs in Oman although tribal disputes are not unknown.The contemporary urban character of Omani culture has strong ties to Indian Mogul architectural style.Private residences reflect the culture's concern for gendered space.Most Omani homes have formal rooms for men and their visitors, while women generally socialize in each other's private quarters.About half the Omani population belongs to the Ibadi sect of Islam and a similar number belong to mainstream Sunni Islam.There are several small communities of Shia Muslims.
Minority groups speak Arabic as well as their own languages at home, and English is widely spoken as a second language. The national symbol employs a pair of crossed khanjars, the traditional daggers that all Omani men wore until recently (and still wear on formal occasions).Population growth is estimated at nearly 4 percent per year. Arabic is the principal language spoken by Omanis, who have spoken it since the immigration of Arab tribes nearly two millennia ago.The Omani dialect generally is close to modern standard Arabic, although coastal dialects employ a number of loanwords from Baluchi, Persian, Urdu and Gujarati (two Indo-Aryan languages), and even Portuguese.I don't have any expensive tastes or habits (that being said I've not been let loose in the gold souqs yet! Is shipping stuff over worth it e.g flat screen telly, kitchen utensils etc Thank you all for your help in advance.Various peoples in Oman use regional names such as Dhofari, which identifies them as being from the southern region of Oman, or Zanzibari, which identifies them as having close links with East Africa and at one time Zanzibar. Although Oman has existed as a distinct nation for several thousand years, the modern state—the Sultanate of Oman—is a creation of the last two centuries.Other contemporary constructions are more eclectic in style.