Oman National Day in Oman in 2019

Oman National Day in Oman in 2019
  How long until Oman National Day?
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  Dates of Oman National Day in Oman
2021 Oman Thu, Nov 18 National Holiday
2020 Oman Wed, Nov 18 National Holiday
2019 Oman Mon, Nov 18 National Holiday
2018 Oman Sun, Nov 18 National Holiday
2017 Nov 18, Dec 3, Dec 4
OmanMon, Dec 4National Holiday
OmanSun, Dec 3National Holiday
OmanSat, Nov 18National Holiday
  Summary
Marks Oman's independence from Portugal in 1650

Oman National Day in Oman

On the occasion of the 47th Glorious National Day and according to the Royal Orders of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said, it was decided that Sunday and Monday, December 3 and 4, 2017 will be official holidays for the employees of the ministries, public authorities and other departments of the state administrative apparatus.

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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