The Arabs of Oman

The tiny hamlet of Bilad Sayt lies beneath the shadow of the 9,934ft. Jebel Shams mountain, the highest peak in Oman.
Extended family members from Rabkoot village near Salalah, Oman enjoy a rest from the afternoon heat while chewing on chunks of frankincense resin.
Amam, 24 poses for a portrait in the northern port city of Khasab, Oman.
Three Omani boys enjoy a swim in the ocean adjacent to an old dhow in the Arabian Sea port town of Mirbat.
A group of boys play a dusty game of soccer next to an abandoned house near Al-Hamra in central Oman.
Ayah, 4 and Amar 13, from Rabkoot village near Salalah, Oman play with an air hose.
A group of boys play together at dusk next to a car being washed in Nizwa, Oman.
Yaqeen 6, poses for a portrait in Nizwa. Only young girls venture outside in public without a burqa in Oman.
A small street and mosque stand out as evening falls on the seaside town of Sur, Oman.
Two Omani men have a lively conversation at sunset above Bedouin camps in the Wahiba Sands district of Eastern Oman.
Sunset falls over Nizwa, Oman and its historic fort built between the years 1649 to 1661.
A group of Omani men from Sur chat and have snacks in the early evening hours.
A shopkeeper in the Salalah souk in Southern Oman sells different types of incense kept in large containers and burned in small clay pots. The most popular is local frankincense.
An elderly Omani man from Sant village poses for a portrait.
Camels, other farm animals, food, clothing and other supplies are bought and sold at the Sinaw market every week in Central Oman.
An Omani man hurries down a set of stairs at the Nizwa market. Clay pots and urns both functional and decorative are often found in this part of the country.
Traditional curved Arab khanjar knives, hatchets, walking sticks, ammunition and other weapons are sold openly at the Salalah gun market in Oman.
Fishermen in a small skiff approach their dhow ship moored below an old watchtower. New dhows are still built in Oman following traditional methods at a shipyard in Sur.
A fisherman spreads his catch of sardines out to dry in the desert sun near Taqah, Oman.
Immigrant guest workers such as these fishermen from Pakistan and India working in Al-Mughsayl augment the labor pool in Oman as well as other countries throughout the Persian Gulf.
A father and his young son throw bread to hungry sea birds in the Muscat, Oman harbor.
Amar, 13 poses for a handsome portrait in Rabkoot village near Salalah, Oman.
A series of rocky and dusty mountains typically found throughout the country rise one after another in the Batinah district of Oman.
Immigrant guest workers such as this road construction crew from Pakistan and India working near Wadi Tiwi augment the labor pool in Oman as well as other countries throughout the Persian Gulf.
An elderly man hurries along a dirt path to pray at a nearby mosque in Sant, Oman.
Visitors examine the highly stylized Mihrab in the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque in Muscat, Oman. The Mihrab indicates the direction of the Kaaba in Mecca Saudi Arabaia, hence the direction Muslims should face when praying.
Visitors come to Salalah, Oman to pray at the tomb of An Nabi Ayub also known in the bible as Job. A rival tomb in Lebanon also claims to be the final resting place of the same biblical patriarch.
Hassan from Rabkoot village near Salalah believes that he is over 100 years old, but lacks a birth certificate like many Omanis from his generation. His fearsome gaze is highlighted by the use of eyeliner, an Arabic fashion that is rarely seen on younger men today.
A typical rural Arabic cemetery lies in a stark valley deep in the hills of the Musandam peninsula in Northern Oman.
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