Oman’s National Day: Global Celebrations

Oman’s National Day takes place every year on November 18.  It is also the birthday of Sultan Qaboos and the country holds camel races and traditional dancing marking the events.  Indeed, no place in Muscat or Oman remains undecorated – the entire city is lit up with festivity and fanfare, as well of course, as the traditional fireworks.  Each street is lined by cutouts of the birthday boy as well as Oman’s royal flag. So let’s take a brief look at how other countries mark the occasion.


Oman’s UN Permanent Delegate, Her Excellency Liotha Bint Sultan Al Musgiriah, hosted a reception in New York.  Naser Abdulaziz Al Nasr, Head of the General Assembly, UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, various journalists and diplomatic corps were also there.


A reception in Berlin took place in recognition of Oman’s National Day.  Hosted by Her Excellency Dr Zainab Bint Ali Al Qasmiah, Ambassador of the Sultanate to Germany, representatives from the German Union for Trading, ministries, Oman-German friendship Association, Arab-German Society, the German Union for Trading, Omani Air executives, Arab-Germany Chamber for Commerce and Industry Sec. Gen., Germany’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and other executives and professionals were also in attendance.


A reception in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, was hosted by Malaysia’s Sultanate Ambassador, HE Aflah Bin Suliman Al Taei, and had as its honorary guest, the Deputy Minister in the cabinet, Datok Haji Ahmad Maslan.  Diplomatic corps’ heads, executives, students and academics were also in attendance.

The Netherlands

At The Hague, there were celebrations for Oman’s Day too, held under the auspices of the Sultanate’s Ambassador to the Netherlands, HH Sayyid Mohammed Bin Hareb Bin Abdullah Al Said.  Members of Parliament, judges, senior officers, ruling family representatives and more, were in attendance.

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