Oman National Day around the world in 2019

Oman National Day around the world in 2019
  How long until Oman National Day?
This holiday next takes place in 33 days.
  Dates of Oman National Day around the world
2021 OmanNov 18
Oman Thu, Nov 18National Holiday
2020 OmanNov 18
Oman Wed, Nov 18National Holiday
2019 OmanNov 18
Oman Mon, Nov 18National Holiday
2018 OmanNov 18
Oman Sun, Nov 18National Holiday
2017 OmanNov 18, Dec 3, Dec 4
Oman Mon, Dec 4National Holiday
Oman Sun, Dec 3National Holiday
Oman Sat, Nov 18National Holiday
  Summary
Marks Oman's independence from Portugal in 1650

When is Oman National Day?

Oman's National Day is celebrated on 18 November. This public holiday celebrates independence from Portugal control in 1650. This holiday is the start of a two day break, as 19 November is also a public holiday to mark the birthday of the Sultan of Oman, Qaboos bin Said al Said.

If either of these days falls on a weekend, a substitute day may be observed and according to Royal Decree No. 27/2006, the actual dates of the holidays for the National Day may be modified to suit the public interest.

History of Oman National Day

Soon after Vasco Da Gama's voyage round the Cape of Good Hope and to India, the Portuguese arrived in Oman, occupying the region from 1507. The Portuguese fortified Muscat as used the town as a port from which to protect their trade routes to India.

Unhappy with how they felt the Portuguese were exploiting their presence in Oman, the powerful Al-Ya’ribi clan agreed a treaty with the British East India Company to allow the British to have rights in their ports. This weakened Portuguese control in Oman, and on 18 November 1650, Imam Sultan Bin Saif led a rebellion that expelled the Portuguese from Oman and its ports.

Did you know?

The independence from Portugal in 1650 means that Oman is the oldest independent state in the Arab world.

National Day events include parades, fireworks, camel races, an equestrian show, a marine festival and once very five years, a military show. The two day holiday means that many Omanis will take the opportunity to return to their home villages which means that traffic level on these days may be much heavier than usual.

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