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Fishing Oman GT ( Giant Trevally ) weighing over 60 kg caught in south of Oman
Sport fishing in an authentic setting

See how you measure up against Giant Trevallies weighing over 60 kg, prepare your poppers and sharpen your fishing hooks!!!

Shore Fishing Oman : shore fishing on the coast, on the beach of Oman and catch Stingrays and Guitarfish weighing over 100 kg
Come and fish on a white sandy beach

Could you land a Stingray or a Guitarfish weighing over 100 kg, adrenaline and cramps guaranteed!!!

A Grouper weighing over 25 kg caught in the south of Oman by GT Oman Fishing, organization Fishing Charters Oman
Whether alone or in a group, come and experience Extreme fishing for yourself

Jigging is fun, slip on your shoulder harness, put on your gloves and lower your line, what’s keeping you from hoisting up that Grouper!!!

A Caranx ignobilis, or Giant Trevally, or GT weighing more than 50 kg caught in Oman
Your fishing rod at the ready, are you all set for some serious thrills?

Your reel’s locked, your stickbait dips into the water, 2 or 3 bites and then all hell breaks loose, you go head-to-head with over 50 kg of muscle: a Giant Trevally

An Amberjack weighing more than 15 kg caught in Oman by Fishing Southern Oman for a Shore fishing
You study the horizon, prepared for every eventuality

A possible catch in the offing, you cast at exactly the right spot and jackpot! Lots of commotion, and after a hefty struggle, an Amberjack weighing over 15 kg!!!

Sunset in the south of the Sutanate of Oman, at Salalah : Oman GT Fishing Charters or a Fishing trip Oman
Chill out while watching a beautiful sunset

After all the fighting and excitement, what better than to settle down on a terrace with a nice cup of tea!!!

Traditions and Customs

History

Since ancient Sumerian times, the region of Oman has been renowned for being at the heart of the production and commerce of incense. It was Islamized in the 7th Century and its culture, covering a wealth of arts and crafts, is very similar to that of other Muslim countries in the Middle East. Navigators and merchants have travelled through the country since ancient times, attracted by its many resources. Ruled over, in turn, by foreign peoples from the East, invaded by the Portuguese in the 16th Century, and subsequently a British protectorate until the 1970s, its turbulent history is reflected in its culture.

The Bedouins, a people originally from Saudi, have occupied the desert since at least the 4th Century. This proud nomadic people, very much attached to their traditions and traditional values, attach the upmost importance to the notion of hospitality. In Oman, you will come across Bedouins living in the desert, accompanied by their camels and settled in large tents in the middle of an oasis; Bedouins living in the mountains, living off date palms, and keeping the tradition of Arab chivalry alive; and Bedouin fishermen. The latter follow fish migrations and gather pearl oysters and abalone.

Legends

Legend has it that Sindbad, the famous sailor and hero of a thousand fantastic adventures, lived in Sohar in the north of Oman in the 10th Century. It has also been said that the vestiges of Sumhuram, in the south of the country, are actually the ruins of a residence which once belonged to the mythical Queen of Sheba. And there’s more – but don’t breathe a word to anyone – the ruins of Shisr are rumoured to be the vestiges of ancient Ubar, the legendary city of the Arabian Nights and the gateway to the secret site of Atlantis

Arts and Traditions

Traditional Arts and Crafts:

The excellence of Omani craftsmanship can be appreciated in various domains: silver and copperware; perfumes made from “luban” or incense; weaving and textile production; indigo dyeing; ceramics; and the manufacture of sweets and confectionery. The numerous souks and markets you will visit will give you an authentic insight into Omani arts and crafts.

Souks and Markets:

Souks and markets are at the very heart of Oman’s authentic tradition of craftsmanship and commerce. There are as many of them as there are things to buy: fish markets; incense, goat and arms souks; jewellery markets; “women only” markets; pottery markets, etc.

The Al-Husn souk in the centre of Salalah, specialized in the sale of incense and perfume, is one of the most authentic souks in the region. Here you can find the famed hujari, an extremely reputed white incense used to create famous fragrances like l’Amouage. Handmade perfume burners, incense burners and censors bear witness to the skill of the craftsmen.

Located 3 km from Salalah amid coconut trees, the souk in Al Hofah is particularly renowned throughout the country for the quality of its “luban”, and for its traditional textiles, costumes and goldsmithery.

The characteristic sight of the gold souk in Salalah won’t fail to dazzle you with its finely crafted jewellery, necklaces and bracelets, all in yellow gold and sparkling on the goldsmiths’ stalls.

Traditional Costumes:

The traditional dress for men, known as « dishdasha », consists of a large, long-sleeved robe, usually in white, enhanced by a chech or “muzzar” worn on their heads. Two accessories are added to this outfit for formal occasions: a walking stick called an “assa”, and the “khandjar”, which is a kind of dagger with a curved blade worn at the waist, slipped into their belts. The “khandjar” is the emblem of Oman - you will see it in many different places: on coats of arms, postal stamps, bank notes, etc.

Traditional Costumes for a man living in Oman
Yousef and a dromedary, moment of tenderness

he traditional costume for women consists of a dress worn over trousers, known as a « sarouel », and a hat called a « lihaf ». In their day to day lives, women wear lots of gold jewellery, a black dress or “abaya” and a “hijab” to cover their hair.

Music:

As a result of its history and the foreign influences on its territory, Omani music is related to Arabian, East African, Iranian and Portuguese music. At least 130 different styles of music or “funun” have been catalogued, with the emphasis being on rhythm. Music is very popular among the Omanis; they meet up regularly to play together. A wide range of instruments exist: lute-violins, flute-oboes and bagpipes, as well as numerous percussion instruments.

Poetic Art:

The tradition of singing or reciting poetry is very ancient and deeply rooted in Omani culture. It centres on heroism, courtly love, nature, wisdom and humour. After a hard day’s labour, it is Omani custom to gather round a cup of coffee to listen to music and to recite poetry. This oral tradition has lost none of its verve – the poets who memorise hundreds of verses and as many poems are testimony to this. It is in this way that the values of the past are handed down from generation to generation.

Omani traditions and craftsmanship can be found in many other domains: camel races; weaving using traditional methods; or collecting incense, an activity which you will have the opportunity of discovering. The annual festival of Khareef, which is held in the streets of Salalah in July-August, will plunge you into the very heart of traditional arts, with song, dance and theatre are all being showcased.

Cultural Heritage

There are four UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Oman:

  • Oman’s system of irrigation, dating from 4500 BC, is one of the oldest irrigation systems in the world
  • The archaeological sites of Bat, Al-Khutm and Al-Ayn, with their necropolises built in the shade of palm groves in the 3rd millennium BC
  • The Frankincense Trail in the province of Dhofar; an important site on the ancient Incense Road which ran from Egypt to Yemen and India from earliest antiquity
  • Bahla Fort, a fortresses dating back to the Middle Ages (12th Century), located in the heart of Bahla Oasis, not far from Jebel Akhdar

You will have ample opportunity to familiarize yourself with Oman’s rich cultural heritage, and with the many exceptional sites and monuments dotted around its territory – palaces, castles, mosques, ancient villages, ports, the Arabian Oryx Sanctuary (an endangered species close to the antelope family) – set in the heart of magnificent natural landscapes. You can also go to see cormorants and camels in Khor Rawri, or marvel at the sight of the Al Mughsayl geyser and the Raysut waterfall, all in the surrounding area.

Culinary Specialities

Omani cuisine is inspired by both Middle-East and Indian cuisine. Lebanese Mezze and Falafel, Indian biryani and tandoori and the national dishes of kabsa and makbous (spicy rice served with chicken, lamb or fish cooked in tomato sauce) will delight your palate. You can also taste Thai and Chinese specialities, as well as pizza, and of course….fresh fish! Whilst in the desert, you absolutely must taste some halwa, a rich desert made from saffron, almonds or walnuts, served with coffee! Of course, it would be impossible to visit Oman without enjoying the traditional beverages of tea – a legacy of British India – and Omani coffee. You can also refresh yourself with rosewater, renowned for its invigorating properties.

Hospitality

The Omanis, like all other Arab peoples, are legendary for their hospitality, and the Bedouins are particularly renowned for their generosity. It would therefore be very impolite to refuse the offer of a cup of coffee or a delicious sweet!

Political Profile

Oman is a parliamentary monarchy headed by the Sultan Qabus Ibn Saïd since 1970. Over the years, several reforms have been undertaken with a view to modernizing the country. In 1990, the Sultan established the Majlis ach-Choura, an elected advisory committee. In 2003, he instituted the right to vote by direct universal suffrage for over 21s. Voter participation in the election was high; over 70% of all registered voters turned out to elect 83 representatives, among them two women. Several women are members of the present government, notably in the Ministries of Education and Higher Education.

The Economy

Eighty percent of Oman’s budgetary revenue comes from the exploitation and sale of hydrocarbons, principally petrol and gas. This revenue has enabled the Sultanate to invest massively in its infrastructure, notably its schools, hospitals and road networks. Tourism constitutes the second main source of income, boosted by the construction of hotel and tourist complexes.

Populations and Languages

The majority of Omanis are Arabs, but there is also an important Baloch (Indian) minority in the country. In the south, notably in the Dhofar region, most of the inhabitants are Jabalis, a people of sub-Arabian origin and language. As in the other Gulf countries, immigrant workers come mostly from India, Pakistan and Iran.

The official language of the Sultanate is Arabic. English is widely spoken, as is Balochi, Urdu and various other Indian dialects.

Religion

Unlike all the other Muslim countries, in which the Sunnism and Shiism branches of Islam are dominant, the official religion of the Sultanate of Oman and of the Royal Family is Ibadite Islam. As for immigrants of Indian origin, the vast majority of them are practicing Hindus.

How to Dress

Although the majority of Omanis are Ibadi Muslims, which is a moderate Islamic strain, in Oman, as in most traditional Muslim countries, you are strongly advised to dress decently. Shorts and short sleeves are tolerated in extreme heat, but you should avoid short (above the knee) or tight clothes out of respect for your hosts, particularly in town. You should show the greatest of respect in and around places of worship.

Photos

It is advisable not to photograph anyone without having politely obtained their permission. You are strongly advised not to take photos of women. If you are hell-bent on doing so, you must first ask for their consent, as well as that of their father or husband! It is illegal to take photos of public, diplomatic or government buildings.

Topics to Avoid

We strongly advise you not to criticize the Sultan, the religion or the cultural and religious traditions of Oman

Ramadan

As a matter of respect, you should be particularly considerate of local practices and customs during the months of Ramadan. It is thus forbidden to eat, drink or smoke in public between sunrise and sunset.

Prohibited Substances

It is strictly forbidden to consume alcohol or to be drunk in public. A state of drunkenness can lead to arrest and would constitute an aggravating factor in the event of a road accident. Moreover, alcoholic beverages are not freely available, except in larger hotels and restaurants which hold a licence authorizing their residents to consume wine, beer or spirits on the premises. Please note that you are only allowed to take one bottle of wine or alcohol per person into the country – luggage is frequently inspected.

The possession, use and trafficking of illegal drugs is strictly forbidden and reprehensible. A foreign national arrested on any of these grounds can find himself facing a long prison sentence, before being expelled from the country.

Videos of a pornographic nature will be confiscated

Rules of Etiquette

In the interests of decency, make sure that you keep well out of sight if you have to relieve yourself out in the open. Keep it private!

A Potato Grouper caught in waters off the Al Hallaniyat Islands in the southern Oman during a fishing charters oman by GT Fishing Oman, it is no boundaries for extreme fishing !!!
An Amberjack caught in waters off the Al Hallaniyat Islands in the southern of the Sultanate of Oman during a gt fishing charters oman / fishing oman
A Brown-marbled Grouper caught in waters off the Al Hallaniyat Islands in the south of the Sultanate of Oman during a fishing oman with one thing in the head : no boundaries for extreme GT fishing by GT Fishing Oman


Fishing in Oman

All the mountings for fishing :

- GT or Giant Trevally

- Stingray

- Bluefish, Grupper, Amberjack, Tuna

Hitparade of «Trophy Fish» :

- GT / Giant Trevally

- Grouper

- Stingray

- Amberjack

- Tuna

Accommodations

- on the island of Al Hallaniyat

- in a room on the coast

- in private ' Hawar Lodge ' on the coast

- Camping in the wild