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Happy 43rd National Day to the Sultanate of Oman!!!

Image(Great pic from the twitter account of Oman Tourism!)

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Oman is a wonderful place to live!  Mabrook to all Omanis and to His Majesty for another year of great prosperity and progress.  Long live the Sultan!


Royal Opera House Muscat Celebrates National Day 2013!

ImageThat’s my attempt..and here’s a pic from the Royal Opera House Muscat facebook page:ROHM on National Day

National Day Celebrations 2010

My place of employment (which shall remain unnamed) had a National Day Celebration Event that included: live making of traditional Omani handicrafts, traditional Omani games, traditional dances, recitations of Omani poems and a buffet of Omani cuisine!

Our male Omani students who organized the dancing were all proudly wearing their Khanjars.

Several of our students had these bullet belts on which is pretty cool!

Drums are an important part of many Omani dances to keep the timing as they chant/sing.

In case you were wondering what the blade itself looks like within the Khanjar!

That is a small shield (or “buckler“) our student is holding.  Up until this point, I had only seen these in a museum! (Bait Al Zubair to be exact)

Some of our students singing: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AC0mPCyjt-s  And here is some singing plus “dancing”:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HG731X49BsE  Interesting!  🙂

This was one of the traditonal items for sale.  It’s a traditional powder (all natural) used as make-up.

Would you believe that this powder is used as shampoo?!

As you can see, it’s not only Omanis who are in a celebratory mood these days!  Several teachers could be seen sporting the latest “I love Oman” pins and such!

The Omani buffet was a wondeful way to end the afternoon of celebration!

This was something new for me.  This is “Harees”, a traditional Omani barley porridge.  It doesn’t look like much but boy was it ever good!

A BIG THANK YOU to all our colleagues and students who did an outstanding job organizing the National Day celebrations at my workplace!  I’m sure that Omanis have been preparing similar events around the country during these historic days in the Sultanate.  Congratulations to the Sultan and to all the people of  Oman!!!

Oman’s 39th National Day! Happy Birthday, dear Sultan…

“I promise you to proceed at once with the task of creating a modern government.  My first task will be the immediate abolition of all the unnecessary restrictions on your daily lives.  My people, I will proceed without delay to transform life into a prosperous one with a bright future.  Every one of you must play his part towards this goal.  Our country in the past was famous and strong.  If we work in unity and cooperation, we will regenerate that glorious past and we will take our rightful place in the world.”  This is part of the famous speech that Sultan Qaboos gave to his people July 23rd in 1970 after taking over power from his father.  He has made good on his promise to Omanis and his popularity among the people is the highest of any leader in the Persian Gulf.  Today, November 18th, is his birthday and the 38th “National Day” celebration of Oman.  Portraits of Sultan Qaboos are found in virtually every business in Oman.  To give you an idea of just HOW popular and loved he is by Omanis, here are a number of photos showing the streets and businesses of Muscat lit up in celebration of his birthday, his rule and of the progress Oman has achieved under his leadership.  The Golden Tulip Hotel  The pedestrian overpasses and intersections have had such lights up during the past week and are usually accompanied with giant pictures of Sultan Qaboos.  What’s a celebration without fireworks, right?!  🙂   These fireworks were at Qurum Park. Here’s a short vid: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QA48ecPOX5k  Another video of National Day fireworks: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FddnjJbNN8A  One bonus about Sultan Qaboos having his birthday on Nov. 18th is that it puts the expat community in “the Christmas mood” a little over a month before Christmas! 🙂  Looking through my dirty windshield stuck in bumper to bumper traffic!  The Ramada Hotel all decked up for the Sultan’s birthday  Al Khuwair  Sultan Qaboos Street in Al Khuwair looking towards Ruwi  The Porsche showroom proudly displaying the Omani colors   Royal Flight near Muscat International Airport

These are just a few examples of the decorations up for Oman’s 39th National Day celebrations.  Oman has definitely come a long way in the 39 years of his leadership.  Congratulations to all Omanis and a happy 69th birthday to Sultan Qaboos!

Happy Omani National Day!

I thought this silly photo of myself from my recent trip to Salalah would be appropriate to post on Oman’s 38th National Day. November 18th marks the birthday of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Said. The Sultanate marks National Day every year on November 18, but the holidays are traditionally given later. (on Nov 25-26 this year making it a 4 day weekend next week; Tues-Friday!)