National Day is a special time in Oman. The whole country celebrates, and it feels like every year the celebrations get more intense, maybe it’s just me. In reality, His Majesty Sultan Qaboos is getting older, and with every year that passes, the nation celebrates our benevolent leader maybe for the last time. Last year was extra special.
On this day in 2015 we celebrated 45 years of rule by Sultan Qaboos. During his reign, Oman became a modern, tolerant nation with good quality roads, education, and healthcare. What made 2015 extra special was that in 2014 Sultan Qaboos was in Germany being treated for an undisclosed medical condition. This was the first time he missed a National Day celebration in Oman. The nation still celebrated, but it wasn’t the same.
So, today, the 18th of November, we celebrate not only the 46 year reign of Sultan Qaboos, but also his improved health, and his birthday.
Happy National Day to everybody!