Omani Bullfighting: Where the Bulls Do the Fighting
Oman is perhaps the only country in the Persian Gulf and the Arab world in which bullfighting is carried out. In the interiors of the country, temporary bullrings are set up for the events. Al-Batena area is prominent for such events. Wide audiences turn up to see the events unfold.
Omani bullfighting is, however, not a violent event.
The origins of bullfighting in Oman are unknown, though locals believe it was brought to Oman by the Moors who had conquered Spain. Its existence is also attributed to Portugal which colonized the Omani coastline for nearly two centuries.
Barka (Oman), January 2007. Bullfighting official. Photo Lars Plougmann