On each Thursday it is typical for my host family to get together with extended family, normally on my host dad's side. When it's really hot out (aka any month but December and January and maybe February), we go to someone's house for lunch. But right now, because of the relatively cooler weather (for all y'all Wisconsinites... it's 70 F right now and it's about 9:30 pm Muscat time) we go to the beach for lunch and have a mini-potluck. We bring chairs and laugh at silly tourists in Speedos and eat lots of food. And my host uncles try to persuade me to marry an Omani guy, get an Omani passport, or go into business in Oman. Preferably all three, I think. After we're finished eating, we drink tea and eat some sort of dessert.
It's a beautiful place at the beach--I think that a lot of tourists come to Oman just because of how gorgeous Oman's beaches are. They cover thousands of kilometers, and by beaches I mean sand and ocean and palm trees.
Here are some pictures from the beach: