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Omani Halwa

Omani Halwa is an essential element in weddings and engagement celebrations. Besides the importance of it as a local folklore, it has recently been popular in the Gulf. Especially in the summer season, due to the attracting climate for tourists in Dhofar Governorate and neighboring areas, therefore increasing the demand for Omani halwa. Moreover, the locals themselves are usually keen to purchase packages from time to time for different occasions as it was mentioned. The basic materials of Omani Halwa consist of sugar, water, starch, and some may contain mutton or cow meat, known as “Halwa Al Kabsh”. In later stages of heating, eggs are added, starch, rose water, cardamom and a few nuts, and some saffron. Despite the Sultanate's enormous openness to importing sweets from around the world, the demand for Omani halwa is increasing gradually. The Ministry of Commerce and Industry stresses the need to preserve the authenticity of Omani halwa in their traditional ingredients, as they represent the symbol of the authentic Omani traditions and lifestyle. The Ministry has issued its own standard specifications but has sought to convert them to Gulf specifications too. The local halwa industries are greatly adherent to the traditional taste, considering changing its approved specifications to distort it and infringing on its historical assets. Calling on Omani investors to initiate the establishment of real factories worthy of the quality of authentic taste abroad. In fact that there is a possibility of developing flavours, but maintaining the basic ingredients. Development is an important requirement to benefit from modern equipment in sweets manufacturing. According to the recent statistics of Oman's Ministry of Commerce and Industry, there are 33 Omani halwa factories and 890 shops selling it in Oman. There are four governates that are most famous in making Omani halwa, Nizwa, Nakhl, Barka and Hamra. However, they are offered in different regions too. The Omani Halwa is an old industry that has been passed down by generations and visitors to Muscat. It remains a symbol of ancient traditions, which has been closely linked to Omani history.

Photo credits:  Hamed Al Shabibi

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