MUSCAT: Alarms were set for Sunday morning and it will be back to work mode for most citizens and residents in Oman after enjoying the long five-day Eid Al Adha holidays.
The blessed Eid Al Adha was celebrated across the Sultanate with gaiety and fervour as citizens held family get-togethers and exchanged Eid greetings.
The Eid Al Adha holidays began on June 27 and continued till July 1. The famous Omani dish Shuwa was the most sought during the holidays as families and friends enjoyed the feast.
A large rush was witnessed at the Muscat International Airport on Saturday as people returned from a short break from neighbouring countries and home countries. Cooler destinations up the mountains of Jabal Akhdar and Jabal Shams and neighbouring areas of Al Hamra had a good footfall while Salalah, where the Khareef season has begun, also saw a good number of visitors from Oman and neighbouring UAE.
“It was a nice break to enjoy with family. Eid Al Adha is the biggest festival for us and we caught up with our extended family members in our farm in Barka,” said Mohammed Al Balushi, a government sector employee.
During the Eid Al Adha holidays, ROP stepped up monitoring on the Muscat-Salalah highway where a tragic car accident was reported that led to the death of six, which included a family of four from India and two from Yemen.
As the holidays end, it is time to return to work for K Abhishek, a sales executive, who spent his holidays by spending a couple of nights at Jabal Akhdar. “We thoroughly enjoyed the cooler climate up there. It was quite busy as a lot of people decided to enjoy the pleasant weather in Jabal Akhdar,” said Abhishek.
Vehicular traffic witnessed a significant increase on Saturday evening hours as citizens and residents started arriving in the capital city after spending Eid Al Adha holidays.
Shopping malls and hypermarkets were also packed as people purchased essentials to prepare themselves for work from Sunday. The rush of people resonated with the exchange of Eid greetings - a sign that the festival zest was still present.