Today’s the day – the 48th National Day of Oman – and there’s no better way to soak in the fervour than to indulge in some of the activities.
When: November 18
It’s like being there – but not quite. While the 48th National Day Parade that will be presided over by His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Said and other dignitaries will take place on November 18, the event can only be attended by a select few. So, your next best bet would be to turn your television screens to Oman TV, which will broadcast the action live. You can catch the Sultan’s Armed Forces (SAF), the Royal Guard of Oman (RGO), the Sultan’s Special Force (SSF) and the Royal Oman Police (ROP) take part in the military parade, too.
When: November 18
Time: 8:00 p.m.
Location: Al Amerat and Al Khoudh
You wouldn’t want to miss this one – it only happens once every year: on the National Day of Oman. These fireworks will paint the nation’s patriotism in innumerable colours to light up the night skies, and aims to imbue a sense of oneness among all living together in harmony in the Sultanate.
When: November 18
Time: All day long
Location: City Seasons Hotel Muscat
The highways will be packed with enthusiastic residents and so will the malls and parks. But, there’s still hope for those who want to sit down for a peaceful meal with their loved ones – the Seasons restaurant at the City Seasons Hotel Muscat. They’ll do you one better, too: you’ll receive an instant 48 per cent discount on your bill on those days. For table reservations call: 24394825 / 24394863 or drop an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
A seemingly never-ending shoreline, belts of mountains that run from North to South, and caves that rewrite the course of human history aside, Oman will now steal the baton for tourism in the GCC from its brothers in the wake of another new feature exclusive to the Sultanate: wetlands.
In the new book titled, ‘Barr Al Hikman: Shorebird Paradise in Oman’, the Ministry of Environment and Climate Affairs and Shell Development Oman have come together to endorse the biodiversity of Oman’s Al Wusta Wetlands – a home to several kinds of rare water bird species and a staggering 300,000 kinds of other birds.
During the book’s launch, Chris Breeze, Shell’s Oman Country Chairman, said: “Having visited Barr Al Hikman, I am delighted that Shell has been able to collaborate on this book and that we can celebrate Oman’s 48th National Day with this publication. The Sultanate enjoys a wonderfully diverse landscape and is home to many different water bird species. Further, this book is a vital piece of research and will ultimately contribute to sustainable development and promote Oman as a tourist destination.”
If this book won’t catch the attention of the nature-mongers and passing tourists, then we don’t know what will.
It’s good news for commuters! The Royal Oman Police (ROP) has allowed you to decorate your car for a limited time.
Remember Paul Walker’s Toyota Supra sports car, complete with fiery decals and a sharp orange paintjob, from the iconic ‘Fast and Furious’ movie franchise that you always wanted? Well, forget about it – because all that will leave you with is a hefty fine.
While the ROP will allow you to alter the look of your car, there are a few tips to follow to stay within the law:
1) The stickers and paintings on the car must be relevant to the National Day – duh!
2) These decorative stickers must not block the line of vision of the driver. If you can’t see the road from your windshield, stay away from the roads. We don’t want you to end up on YouTube (or worse, in hospital) for ploughing your car into a tree.
3) Don’t create a kit car out of your trusty sedan – the ROP must be able to identify the colour and look of your car. Besides, adding more stickers or re-painting your car in Ferrari red won’t make you go any faster.
4) Avoid fabric-based decorations, unless of course, you want to start a bonfire with your car.
5) Do not modify your number plate. There’s no plausible way to explain to the ROP why the ‘9’ in your number plate looks like a ‘3’.