On the southeast coast of the Arabian Peninsula lies a land that extends its borders to the Persian Gulf; Oman. The country’s remarkable geographical positioning, history and culture have been factors that have drawn people to Oman. In a land where tradition meets new-fangled ways, Bedouin families attempt to safeguard their traditional lifestyles.
A Different Lifestyle
To meet these culture-bound families, you may need to make a reservation at Desert Nights Camp which is located within proximity to where the Bedouin tribes camp. Once you camp at a hotel in Wahiba Sands, the Bedouin way can be explored first-hand by conversing with their people. Although the government has made attempts to move these families to the cities with the motive of bringing people together, the connectivity and loyalty to the tribal way of living summons them back to their desert camps.
The Interior of Their Homes
Most possessions of Bedouin families are little and often portable. While they make a living by hosting visits in the desert for tourists, the lifestyle redefines simplicity. The sandy floors of their houses are carpeted as they slumber on handwoven cushions for comfort. A wooden dresser, a trestle table and a few chairs are the only solid pieces of furniture that can be found in a Bedouin home.
Meeting the Family
While most families of the Bedouin tribe are reluctant to experience the fast-paced city life, some have discovered a balance between both, moving from their town-home and desert camp. Hospitality among the Bedouin families is no short of a heart-warming welcoming, regardless of their simple and minimalistic lives. Tourists are often greeted with coffee and dates with lessons on Omani coffee culture.
The Love for Handicrafts
Some Bedouin families have set up handicraft stalls consisting of scarves, bags, bracelets, bookmarks and chains, some of which are crafted by these family members. As a gesture of appreciation for their generosity, most visitors purchase the little colourful objects that catch one’s eyes at a glance.