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Ramadan: Facts and Etiquette for Non-Muslims

June 6, 2016

Ramadan: Facts and Etiquette for Non-MuslimsRamadan is the ninth month on the Islamic Calendar and is celebrated by Muslims as time when the first verses of the Holy Quran were revealed to the prophet Mohammad, peace be upon him. During this period, Muslims abstain from all food, drink, and pleasures between the hours of sunrise to sunset. Continue Reading

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Omani Business Hours

April 15, 2016

Omani Business HoursAfter five years living and working in the Sultanate, there is one thing that still catches me out: Omani business hours. Just the other day I set out to purchase one liter of spare oil for my magic carpeted ride. Sounds simple, right? Not so, because this American forgot that 2pm is sleepy time in Muscat. When will I learn? Continue Reading