I am a world traveller & a mom of two, (8 & 6). I love to meet people, and am fascinated that there are 7 billion stories out there to be explored. I think Melbourne is the most happening city to live in with all the fun activities around town.
Have you been to Oman lately?
I have a deep and loving connection with the Middle East, as I spent ten years of my early life in a small country by the name of Kuwait, which became a household name after the Gulf War. The Middle East is a region that roughly encompasses Western Asia, bordering on Africa on the West and Europe on the North. The history of the Middle East dates back to ancient times, and throughout its history, the Middle East has been a major centre of world affairs. Needless to say, it has a rich and unique cultural heritage, which yearns to be explored by the world.
One of the Middle Eastern countries is The Sultanate of Oman - an Arab country situated on the southeast coast of the Arabian Peninsula. It borders the United Arab Emirates on the northwest, Saudi Arabia on the west and Yemen on the southwest. A small part of Oman, Al-Buraimi, an oasis, actually lies adjacent to its neighbouring country, United Arab Emirates, and I vividly remember driving through (no "border formalities" at that time, but a visa is required as of 2006) and feeling a stark difference in the architectural style of the buildings, clearly feeling I was in a different country. That, however, is the extent of my personal experience of travel to Oman, until perhaps now, when I will be able to experience a little bit of Oman right here, in Melbourne (read on if you would like to experience that too).
This Sultanate has a splendid cultural legacy that the Omani citizens in Melbourne feel proud to present to the local residents. It is for this reason the Omanis have united themselves under the umbrella of "Omani Students Society of Victoria"- Australia (OSSV). A non-profit organization, it aims to embrace all Omanis and provides them with "a feel of home" away from the hurdles of studies and university routines. More information about this organization can be found here.
One of the main considerations of the OSSV is to introduce the Omani Culture to the Australian Society. Therefore, the keen history and culture lovers will have an opportunity to visit an exhibition which will showcase the traditions of Oman, the people's culture and the modern Oman as well as presenting some of the Omani Food, Music and traditional Art.
The Exhibition will showcase the Omani culture, rich heritage, Omani Food and Hospitality, Oman Tourist attractions, and more. In addition, the OSSV is liaising with an Omani folklore musical band to perform at this vibrant event. Visitors to the exhibition will experience the exquisite Omani sweet (Halwa) and coffee and enjoy all-age various stage activities and performances such as the Omani Fashion Show with new trends and exclusive designs by a popular fashion designer, Zakiah Al-Mawali. Australian and Omani media will be present at a wide range to cover the event.
Free Omani Exhibition at Federation Square (Image courtesy OSSV website)