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Birthday of Sultan Qaboos bin Said Celebrated in Oman

Sultan’s Birthday is a public holiday in Oman.

Sultan’s Birthday: November 19

Sultan’s Birthday is a public holiday in Oman.

On November 19, Oman celebrates its sultan’s birthday. The birthday of Sultan Qaboos bin Said coincides with Oman’s National Day and is celebrated as a public holiday in Oman.

History of the Sultan’s Birthday in Oman

Sultan Qaboos bin Said was born on November 19, 1940 in a place called Salalah. He attended a private university in England at the age of 16, and he joined the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst at the age of 20. After completing his studies at the academy, bin Said went on to serve in the British military where he “learned that discipline is not just something one imposes on others; it is something that one has, above all, to apply to oneself…”

After his father abdicated the throne, Qaboos bin Said became the fourteenth descendent to become the sultan. He changed the name of the country to Sultanate of Oman, wanting to give a stronger signal of political unity. Despite acting within the framework of an absolute monarchy, the sultan would go on to bring levels of reform and stability not seen in the country before.

The sultan was conferred with the International Peace Award in October 1998 by the National Council on US-Arab Relations, presented by former U.S. president Jimmy Carter.

Oman’s Sultan’s Birthday Traditions, Customs and Activities

The birthday of Sultan Qaboos is celebrated in grand fashion in conjunction with the country’s national day in Oman and is a national holiday. Camel races are organized accompanied by traditional dancing. The entire capital city of Muscat is lit up with colorful lights, and the buildings look their elegant best during the nights. The night sky is lit up by dazzling fireworks, and cutouts of the sultan can be seen throughout the country. The venues of the celebrations are not fixed and keep changing year after year.

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