Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Third Annual Omani Cultural Day

Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Third Annual Omani Cultural Day

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The Middle East Institute's (MEI) third annual Omani Cultural Day took place June 11 at the Washington, DC-based institute's Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center (SQCC). The event featured a variety of experiences, from food to music to traditional Omani arts and crafts.

Food offerings included different types of Arabic mezze, such as hummus, kibbe and tabouleh, as well as many samplings of meat and rice dishes. Ripe dates and various sweets appealed to guests with a sweet tooth, followed by or sipped with traditional Arabic coffee served in the small Arabic coffee cups known as finjans.

Visitors to the arts and crafts section, located in the SQCC's upper level, not only could hear a talk on the traditional art of henna, but have beautiful designs skillfully applied to their own hands by some of the Omani women participants. On view in another section of the building were traditional Omani clothes, jewelry, and artifacts. Wall-mounted displays educated viewers about Oman's various regions, providing a brief historical and geographical overview of each. …

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