However, the traditional dress and culture still exists and one of the most important
aspects of this culture is religion. Most of the people are Muslim so the weekend
in the country ran from Thursday to Friday, since Friday is Islam's holy day.
However, in 2013 the country shifted their non-working days to Friday and Saturday
to match neighboring countries, again a balance between modern work and tradition.
Despite the modern amenities and high wages in the country (compared to many countries
in the region, although generally lower than that of the Gulf Coast countries),
the people remain tied to tradition. The dress from centuries past remains, traditional
foods have not been replaced, architecture must be built in a traditional style,
and family and religion are the center of the lives of most people. Although the
work day hours have changed and camels have been replaced by cars for most of the
people, working, education, and everything is done for family and God.
Omanis proudly wear their "national dress" and can be spotted throughout
Arabia, yet they view their "Omani" lifestyle as simple and humble and
live in much the same way. Oman has been influenced by others
and others have influenced Oman, making the people open to different views and opinions,
making them welcoming and inquisitive, yet they don't seek change, but rather
listen intently as they remain confident in who they are. This past diversity and
changing world around them have made the Omani identity more firm in what it is
as it is truly based on the lifestyle and culture of the people. Ethnicity is not
a significantly important factor as Oman is incredibly diverse, but religion (Islam)
is important and helps contribute to the lifestyle and culture of the people in