Oman Cultural Exchange and Arabic Language Study
How has Oman’s unique geographic location and culture had an influence on Middle East policy and global diplomacy?
Students on the ESW trip to Oman were guests of the Center for International Learning—an institution specializing in the teaching of Arabic and Middle Eastern studies. Two houses were used by Barrie School students and chaperones during their stay.
Students took three hours of introductory Arabic each day, followed by trips to places such as the Royal Opera House, the National Museum, archaeological sites, beaches, the Grand Mosque, and several restaurants serving Indian, Persian, Arab, and African foods. Students and chaperones had consistent access to translators, docents, internet service, and American embassy contacts.
Oman is situated in the Middle East—bordered in the Northwest by the United Arab Emirates and other moderate nations of the region. It is also bordered by Saudi Arabia to the west and Yemen to the south. The people of Zanzibar, Tanzania, India, Pakistan, and Persia contribute to the collective Omani bloodline. Ethnic diversity has encouraged religious diversity; people of all religions are allowed to practice religion freely in Oman. Oman is an ally of the United States and has been instrumental in brokering political agreements that serve the interest of peace and security in the world.