National Day in Oman in 2020

National Day in Oman in 2020
  How long until National Day?
This holiday next takes place in 347 days.
  Dates of National Day in Oman
2021 Oman Thu, Nov 18 National Holiday
2020 Oman Wed, Nov 18 National Holiday
2019 Oman Wed, Nov 27 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

When is Oman National Day?

Oman's National Day is November 18th. This date celebrates independence from Portugal control in 1650. This holiday is the start of a two-day break, as November 19th 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.

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 and in recent years both public holidays have been delayed until the end of November.

History of Oman National Day

Soon after Vasco Da Gama's voyage around the Cape of Good Hope 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 to 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 November 18th 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 every 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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