Beduin Women in Wahiba Sands of Oman

Omani Women Portraits

It was my first time visiting not only the Arabian Peninsula, but also the Middle East. Portrait is my new passion, and it is a great way to look through the culture I’m in. But I wasn’t sure if I could get much since I couldn’t speak Arabic and this was a totally new culture that I didn’t know much about. I knew especially it could be sensitive with women when it came to photography. With the help of wonderful Oman in Focus local team, we were able to get some great portraits through out the tour.

As I mentioned on my First Impressions of Oman post, Omani people surprised me with their wonderful hospitality and generosity. Most of the people we encountered welcomed us with big smiles and cheerful “Ah-salaam alaykum”. Different than other countries I’ve been, most of the people I met were men, at the market, at the beach, and at the stores. Markets full of elderly men; it is definitely a new culture.

But my favorite was capturing Omani women and their lives. It was such a privilege to even had a chance to photograph women in their traditional clothes. I asked many women and girls in the villages, but the opportunity was quite limiting with the language barrier and the character of the culture. We met most of the women at the welcome festival at Bait al Sarah (a village in Al Hamra), and Wahiba Sands.

Welcoming the visitors at Bait al Safah in Al Hamra
Welcoming the visitors at Bait al Safah in Al Hamra
A beduin woman of Oman in Wahiba Sands
A beduin woman of Oman in Wahiba Sands
A girl at Al Hamra
A girl at Al Hamra
Welcoming the visitors at Bait al Sarah in Al Hamra
Welcoming the visitors at Bait al Sarah in Al Hamra
A girl at Al Hamra
A girl at Al Hamra
Wekan Villabe
Wekan Villabe
A woman in Al Hamra
A woman in Al Hamra
A girl at a village
A girl at a village
Making traditional bread
Making traditional bread
A beduin women in Wahiba sands of Oman
A beduin women in Wahiba sands of Oman
Children at Al Hamra
Children at Al Hamra
Fry bread venter at old Muscat
Fry bread venter at old Muscat
A girl at Al Hamra
A girl at Al Hamra
Beduin women at Wahiba Sands of Oman
Beduin women at Wahiba Sands of Oman

13 thoughts on “Runaway Photo: Faces of Oman – Women”

  1. Amazing photographs! I’m currently in Abu Dhabi, although sadly heading back to Scotland tomorrow. I admired the traditional dress here from afar and didn’t quite muster up the courage to ask to take some photographs of the women, although I hope to on my next visit. It’s really lovely that you have captured the culture and tradition on your visit!

  2. I was following your trip through Oman on Instagram and was really hoping you would publish a photo post like this after your trip. These are amazing photos Juno. Thanks for sharing.

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