Explore the desert and beyond.
Oman presents a unique opportunity to explore themes like religion, environmental protection, and economics, and how elements like these interact. During a program, we seek to build a better comprehension of the faith of Islam, its contributions to world history and civilizations, the issues that affect the development of contemporary Muslim society, and the factors that shape and determine international politics and relations. Through a mixture of workshops, guided tours, observations, and interactions, we develop fact-based perspectives on this faith, practiced by over one fifth of the world.
The Basic Law of Oman considers the protection of the environment and prevention of pollution a social principle and responsibility of the State. We consider the means and methods by which this constitutional principle is carried out throughout the country, and the degree to which the nation is succeeding at preserving biodiversity, natural reserves, and ecosystems.
In the once-bleak desert, the discovery and exploitation of oil reserves has transformed the region into an area with per capita income among the highest in the world. While consumerism has become a way of life for some, the level of societal development has been highly unequal, creating major concerns around labor practices and environmental impact. We delve into the human geography of the region, looking to understand why and how people live in the Middle East
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