It’s the proudest time of the year for Oman, a time when you’ll see red, green and white overshadowing all other colours in the Sultanate. But this year, National Day is all the more special as residents and citizens alike come together to celebrate 45 years of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Said Al Said’s rule.
Last year, His Majesty was out of country due to illness, but addressed the nation from Germany on the occasion of the 44th National Day. This year however, His Majesty the Sultan will be presiding over a military parade in Manah, near Nizwa, on November 18. He also delivered a speech at the opening of the 6th session of the Council of Oman, during which he expressed pride over the achievements Oman has made and praised the efforts of the council.
From fireworks and horse parades to light displays and decorated cars and homes, the 45th National Day was celebrated with passion and pride, and the festivities are set to stretch on into the weekend and next week.
Almouj Marina is hosting its first National Day Boat Decorating Competition, while visitors to The Walk will be treated to a special National Day concert today (Nov 19), showcasing the talents of young Omani musicians from 7.30pm-10.30pm.
As part of its celebrations for the 45th National Day, the National Bank of Oman is organising the “NBO National Parade” that will be accompanied by a live band. The parade will include floats and trucks, street performances, traditional dance, jugglers and giveaways for children.
City Centre Qurum and City Centre Muscat will also join in the fun, with international performers, choreographed gymnasts performing stunts and drumming recitals today.
On November 20, music lovers will have the chance to see and hear Omani singer Nasr al Sulaimi at City Centre Muscat, along with local artists, who will perform the country’s national anthem, as well as other well-loved hits.
In commemoration of the historic 45th National Day, the Central Bank of Oman issued a new commemorative RO1 banknote that came into circulation from Wednesday. The front side of the note includes a portrait of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Said Al Said and Al Alam Palace, while the back of the note features the 45th National Day logo, Sultan Qaboos University and desert white butterflies, which are native to Oman.