Muscat: Watch the UK’s Royal Air Force Red Arrows paint the sky over Muscat, or watch artists paint the faces of your children in the malls. Grab a mocktail, rock–climb or watch a laser show - our handy guide to National Day weekend has something for everyone.
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With Oman’s National Day less than 24 hours away, your Times of Oman has compiled an indispensable guide to the events and attractions coming up this weekend, starting from tonight.
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Jam-packed with offers, deals and activities for everyone, there has never been a better time for the people of the Sultanate to come together for a holiday weekend in praise of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said on National Day and to celebrate his birthday.
Split over four days of fun, Thursday through Sunday, our list includes special offers from some of Oman’s best known companies like Omantel, Oman Air and Ooredoo.
Economy class tickets boosted to business class and deals on phone data mean you can wish everyone a happy National Day or even pay them a visit.
Hotels, restaurants, resorts and the Royal Airforce are all competing for your company this weekend, as well as cake. Lots and lots of national day cake.
Check out the events here:
November 17 | Thursday
Traditional bands, skating displays and handicrafts exhibition Venue: Tilal Al Qurum Complex
Celebrate the National Day with Alargan Towell Investment Company at their building opposite Qurum Park with activities like dog shows, skating displays, traditional bands and handicrafts exhibition and children’s activities including henna, stalls and gifts.
National Day evening of celebration
Venue: Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa
Time: 5pm onwards
Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa will host the celebration, where in-house guests, families and children will be welcomed to celebrate National Day with an evening of activities and performances at the resort’s Al Midan Amphitheatre. Also during this celebration, the talented chefs at the resort will be unveiling their 46th National Day cake to mark the occasion.
Omani folk dancing, poetry,school performances
Venue: Markaz Al Bahja
In the presence of the guest of honour, His Highness Syed Doctor Adham Bin Turki Al Said, the event will include a local school performance and poetry recitation, plus performances by an Omani Folk Dance Band. The event will showcase the 46th National Day cake cutting ceremony.
National Day march-past by Omani band and high tea, mocktails
Venue: Al Bustan
Time: All day
National Day march-past featuring Omani band, Omani high tea from 2-5 pm with special mocktails (OMR 15 for High Tea), Omani special buffet from 7pm to 11pm for OMR 26.
November 18 | Friday
Venues: Al Amerat, Al Seeb, Salalah
The fireworks in Al Amerat will be organised at the Al Amerat Heights, in Al Seeb at Wadi Al Khoudh and at the Municipal Entertainment Centre in Salalah.
Venue: Royal opera House Muscat
Enjoy the laser ballet at the Royal Opera House and prepare to get there early to avoid the jams
'Oman in LEGO Bricks'
Venue: Avenues Mall
Families can build a giant map of Oman made entirely of more than 200,000 LEGO bricks from 5pm – 10pm on Friday. Two certified LEGO master builders have been flown in from the United Kingdom to oversee and facilitate the construction of the Oman LEGO Map. Additionally, there will be kids’ workshops and competitions involving 400,000 LEGO bricks, as well as 1,500 Omani Flags made from LEGO bricks to be given away.
Venue: Muscat City Centre
Time: 10am until 9pm
Kidszone face painting, kite making, cookies and games
Venue: Markaz Al Bahja
A treat for all the family but especially for the children. Henna, face painting, kite making, cookies decorating with National Day icing, conducting games and much more...
National Day brunch
Time: from 12:30
Venue: Millennium Resort Mussannah
Special National Day Brunch (OMR 18) from 12:30 to 3:30pm, with soft drinks and pool access.
National Day buffet
Venue: Intercontinental Hotel
Time: 7pm onwards
Special Oman National Day Buffet, OMR 19 excluding tax
Venue: Wadi Kabir Crystal Suites Hotel
Melodious and romantic songs of Indian films since 1949 by Indian singer Shital Kumar Sawant.
Entertain the children
Venue: Al Masa Mall
Kids entertainment, gift vouchers, fun and games
November 19 | Saturday
Bikers in Qurum
Venue: SABCO Centre
200 Bikers from all over Oman will gather in front of SABCO Centre - Qurm.
There will be a DJ music and refreshments.
Trekking at Ra's Al Khayran
Venue: Ra's Al Khayran
For early risers who fancy a National Day challenge. Special rates for the holiday.
November 20 | Sunday
RAF Red Arrows
Venue: Over the
Time: 2pm onwards
The RAF Red Arrows show will be one of the highlights of the weekend. The InterContinental Muscat will be at the centre of the show and gearing up with food, fun and great views.
Venue: Anantara Jebel Akdhar
Children from a local school in Jabal Akhdar will celebrate the occasion with a local performance along with Omani staff. Additionally there will be a Geocaching activity organised for children from the school as well as our guests by our recreation team.
Oman Air is celebrating the country’s 46th National Day with the launch of a Facebook competition for three lucky winners to receive return flight tickets from Muscat to Europe, India or the GCC. Oman Air is welcoming photo submissions via its Facebook page that demonstrate the ‘My Oman National Day’ theme of celebrations, decorations, costumes, the Omani national flag, community gatherings and special events. The contest is open till November 30 and winners will be announced on or around December 4. There are no age restrictions for participating in this exciting contest, so take your camera and start capturing the joyous moments of the 46th National Day.
To celebrate Oman’s 46th National Day, Oman Air, the national carrier of Oman, is offering 46 passengers free upgrades from Economy Class to Business Class, as well as access to the Business Class lounge at Muscat Airport. The promotion will run between the November 17 and 20.
On the occasion of celebrating Oman’s National Day whilst also commemorating 46th year of His Majesty’s accession, Omantel is offering a National Day promotion which will be valid for ONE day, allowing all our prepaid / postpaid customers to opt-in to get free nation-wide calling minutes, free mobile data and complimentary Makasib points.
Offer - Validity
Data (MB) 1970 - 1 Day (18/11/2016)
National Calls (Minutes) 18 - 1 Day (18/11/2016)
Makasib Points 46 Ooredoo
In celebration of Oman’s 46th National Day, Ooredoo has announced a fantastic celebratory offer for all its mobile customers on Shahry, Mousbak and Shababiah. For 3 days, on 17, 18 and 19 November, Mousbak and Shababiah customers will benefit from double credit when they recharge by RO 5 and RO 10. Shahry customers, regardless of which plan they are on, will receive an amazing 4.6GB of data for free, to use between these dates.
Indian Schools will also be celebrating their National Day of the Oman. “Each school plans their own celebrations,” said Wilson V. George, Chairman, Board of Directors, Indian Schools in Oman.
Bangladesh Social Club
Bangladesh Social Club will celebrate National Day in style at Al Falaj Hotel on December 1, 2016. “There will be cultural event where various artists will perform from 8.30 pm onwards,” President of the Bangladesh Social Club Muscat, Mohammed Shafiqul Islam Bhuiyan, said.
Weeklong celebration of H.M. Sultan Qaboos birth day and 46th National Day, with events organized in the 7 cities of Oman from 18-25 November.
Students to celebrate at Penn. State University
The Omani Students club at Penn. State University in Pennsylvania is also celebrating this weekend. At 12:30pm on Saturday, Omani students will host their event to mark Oman’s 46th National Day in the Alumni Hall. The Omani Students club has stressed that all are welcome to the celebration. They invite anyone interested to, “Make sure to let your friends know about it and join us for a taste of Oman’s culture and food”.