30 images Created 27 May 2011
Oman - Between Tradition and Modernity
In August 2020, Civilization, a Chinese geography magazine asked me if they could publish my images from Oman in an article about the country, which is located on the southeast coast of the Arabian Peninsula. I went back to my archieves in order to re-edit my work which I photographed in April 2011. Back then I was assigned to shoot a series of images about Oman, portraiting the people, the landscapes and the culture of the Sultanate, Sixty years ago, Oman was still one of the most underdeveloped countries in the world. After acceding to the throne in 1970, Sultan Sultan Qaboos bin Said al Said modernized the country while preserving its culture and traditions. He embarked on economic reforms and authorized expenditures on health, education, sustainable development, and welfare by using Oman´s oil revenue. Quaboos refers to Islam as being a religion of tolerance and peace and prohibits any extremism. Today Oman is regarded as the most peaceful country in the Middle East. The images were taken 2011 in Muscat and the areas of Sur, Nizwa, and in the desert around Wahiba Sands.