Sunday, November 18, 2012

The 42nd National Day Of Oman

The celebration of the National Day of Oman takes place every year on November 18 commemorating independence from the Portuguese in 1650. It also coincides with HM Sultan Qaboos Bin Said Al Said birthday, (born November 18, 1940) adding significance to the occasion.

His Majesty, Sultan Qaboos Bin Said Al Said
Sultan of Oman

History of the National Day

After Islam flourished in the region, the tribes of Oman chose a Muslim spiritual leader thus marking its first ruler. While substantial surveillance from neighboring areas seizes interest with Oman, the population remained relatively independent.

In 1507, Portugal who was engaged in their spice trade with India took notice and realized the ports along the coast of Oman as valuable stopping and trading points in their Indian trade routes. They seized control of the ports of Muscat and Sohar followed by the rest of the coast of Oman.

The lucrative trading became an eye-opener for both British and Dutch. Unsatisfied with the Portuguese exploitation of resources in Oman, the Al-Ya’ribi clan convinced the British East India Company in 1646 to ink a treaty wherein British merchants are guaranteed legal and religious rights while operating in the Oman’s domain. The treaty effectively weakened the influence of Portugal in the region.

On November 18, 1650, Imam Sultan Bin Saif led an uprising that effectively expelled Portugal from Oman and its ports. As independence has been secured, Oman is generally recognized as being the longest continually independent Arab state in modern history.

Celebrating the National Day

Oman’s independence from the Portuguese and HRH Sultan’s birthday is celebrated on November 18. Fireworks displays, images of the Sultan, and Oman’s flag can be seen during the observance. The celebration’s significance focuses on the development HM Sultan Qaboos have made for the people of Oman. Images of HM Sultan Qaboos and the Royal Flag of Oman lined the streets and highways throughout the country.

The Royal Flag Of Oman

Oman National Day in PDO – Fahud Upstream Facility

Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) the premier hydrocarbon exploration and production company in the Sultanate of Oman; takes part in the country’s 42nd National Day celebration with the traditional morning march from PDO Fahud main building rhythmically marching towards the festivity garden where the customary trivial program follows. The march is accompanied by a local band thumping traditional Omani rhythm from Rahmani class rhythmic instruments while the mainstream participated-in by staffs from PDO and contractors alike, bear Oman flags and portraits of HM Sultan Qaboos.

Click on the presentation for more highlights of this year's celebration:

I would like to take this opportunity to greet my Omani colleagues on this glorious occasion, the 42nd National Day of Oman and wish the nation and its citizens a prosperous year ahead under the leadership of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Said Al Said.

Credits: Tripadvisor, Wikipedia, Oman Center for Traditional Music, Petroleum Development Oman

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