Sunday, October 7: Often, people who are considering coming to work at the University of Nizwa write to me through my blog to ask various questions about life at the university. One question people ask me is what people wear to work. In order to avoid having to answer these questions on an individual basis, I decided to write a post about how teachers dress.
For the women, the general rule is that women should be modest, cover their shoulders and wear pants or skirts that fall below the knee. Some of the women teachers are Muslim and cover their hair. Others are not, and they do not cover. Some women are Muslim and don’t cover. It is an individual choice. It is not required.
The men generally wear collared shirts, or long tunics, or dishdashas if they are Omani. Some men even go so far as to wear ties. Shorts, frayed jeans or sloppy T-shirts are generally not acceptable.
This is just a sampling of different teachers and what they wear, as I cannot put pictures of every single teacher on my blog. Teachers generally keep the heat in mind when they dress, sticking to lightweight cotton fabrics. Many people wear sandals year round here, although many people wear close-toed shoes as well.