Strange statement in the LP guidebook "Oman, UAE and Arabian Peninsula"
Replies: 5 - Last Post: Dec 16, 2012 10:17 AM Last Post By: Larzh
Dec 1, 2012 10:14 AM
Dec 1, 2012 11:02 AM
Dec 2, 2012 1:34 AM
2Ditto what Jennifer said - I think its purely and simply a privacy issue, akin to most westerners not wanting tourists with cameras trooping round their back garden on a daily basis. I dont think there is any specific religious or social distance issue.
I thought it was worth adding this link which doesnt answer your question, but does give you a bit of background info:
Dec 2, 2012 7:25 AM
Dec 11, 2012 8:23 AM
Regarding "historic Shiite district of Lawataya", what I've heard from the local people before is that only until some years before, the district was exclusive and only for Lawataya people, and even other Omani tribes couldn't enter.
So that's why the district is surrounded by high walls and there's gate, named "Bab Al-Lawataya (Al-Lawataya's gate)" exists, which is nowadays kept being opened. They seem to be conservative and maybe they'll not welcome to be taken photos (as the district is just like normal residental area, not for sightseeing). So in case if you entered by mistake, there'd be no problem but if you'd like to take photos, please be sure to ask their permission before doing, with respecting their usual life. Hope the above will give you some idea about the area. Thank you.
Dec 16, 2012 10:17 AM
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