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Driving in Oman

People, if you are in Oman already, then you know “exactly” what I mean, but if you are about to arrive to Oman for the first time… then beware!!

Alright, the first thing you would notice when coming out of Muscat airport is –yes, the dusty weather and the inability to breath as freely, but that’s kind of expected and not the subject here– is your heartbeat jumping up every time the driver tries to cut off another car or you holding the door handle with both hands and very tightly.

I am sure -those who are already in Oman- that you have complained about this. You would get used to it eventually and start driving just as bad or hopefully not.

Since I don’t have an active driver license, I am always blessed with the curse of sitting in the seat next to the driver. Since I came back from the US, –where most people do not go over the limit– I have wondered many times if I would die in a car accident.

Here is a scenario in every car with an Omani driver…

An Omani driving a Corolla: My God I am in a hurry. These people are slow. Don’t they know the speed limit is 120. Why are they driving 125! They should go up to 130-135! Stupid! Stupid! –Tailgating the car in front and flashing the headlights- Screaming: MOVE YOU STUPID DONKEY, YOU DOG, YOU IDIOT –Omani curses sound stupid translated, but at least you know- The care in front moves, then next is the other one.

Again tailgating and flashing the headlights. Screaming: WHAT IS WRONG WITH THESE STUPID PEOPLE. JUST BECAUSE YOU HAVE A BMW DOESN’T MEAN YOU DON’T HAVE TO MOVE. YOU ARROGANT, STUPID, DOG, DONKEY, IDIOT – poor donkeys and dogs, they are in every curse-… MOVE. JUST BECAUSE YOUR CAR IS FANCY DOESN’T MEAN YOU OWN THE ROAD! IDIOT!

The BMW gives the DANGER signal only once. Meaning…. KISS MY ASS! lol!

Corolla guy: YOU, THE SON OF A DOG -supposed to be a major insult now! -YOU IDIOT, YOU ARROGANT! then tries something stupid, that endangers everyone there.

This is just a glimpse of the driving condition here. So, don’t be surprised. Driving bad is very similar to drinking coffee here… casual and an everyday thing! nothing major.. at all.

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Have you ever went to the City Center or the beach and saw Omani girls walking around with their bushy eyebrows and wondered…. why?

Well, here is the answer

In Islam, women are not supposed to pluck their eyebrows “they will be casted to hell”..
However, many “like some sects in Shi’a” say it is okay.. that is because it is not mentioned in the Qur’an but only in the Sunna “or prophet Mohammed’s sayings”..

Many people, especially from inner Oman, look at girls with waxed eyebrows as “bad girls”. Sometimes they are called “biatches” and other similar names. Some guys would not marry girls that have waxed eyebrows, others don’t care. The one theory these people have is that waxed-eye girls do that on purpose just to attract guys to them. Not that because the girl feels embarrassed from her bushy eyebrows, No! it’s always for the guyzzz…

The reason it is Haraam (against Islamic law) is because it is interpreted as changing God’s creation (altering it).

So, the next time you see a girl with bushy eyebrows… remember my post!

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