How we loved our National Day
November 24, 2018 | 8:13 PM
by Times News Service
The nation’s roads were packed as people celebrated the day with great happiness and joy. -Photo by Shabin E.

#ReadersResponse: Expats in the Sultanate of Oman have taken to wishing their Omani brothers and sisters well for the future on the occasion on the country’s 48th National Day, which was celebrated among locals and residents alike last Sunday.

The nation’s roads were packed as people celebrated the day with great happiness and joy, as flags fluttered in the sky and red, white and green fireworks studded the night sky.

“Congratulations on Oman National Day by the people of Pakistan,” said Kashif Khan. “A shower of blessing for the 2018 National Day of Oman,” added Zahid Saeed. “My best prayers to all on the occasion of Oman’s National Day, with true love to all, from the time of my arrival in Oman in 1980, until now. To stay in Oman is to love and enjoy the peace in this truly beautiful country.”

“Happy 48th National Day to all. I love Oman,” added Morena Jastina, with Abu Bakkar adding, “I pray that Inshallah, the Sultan of Oman be blessed by God for many more years. By the grace of God, we’ve now had 48 years of the National Day in Oman.”

Expats who had left Oman also had fond memories of National Day, with Oman being a nation conducive to living a peaceful and non-controversial life, thanks to the foundations of peace and tolerance on which this modern nation-state was built.

“I loved living in Oman as an American expat from 2003 to 2005. It is truly a beautiful country and a wonderful people,” recalled Beth Self, as Marilou Salcedo Pobre chipped in with, “happy National Day to all Omani nationals, God bless all in this beautiful, peaceful country.”

Photo by Shabin E.

“Love and prayers to His Majesty,” said Lhou Baluyut, echoing Salmaan Sameer’s wishes which read, “Happy National Day to all of Oman. God bless HM Sultan Qaboos with long life and good health,” which seemed to correlate with Girish Edathitta’s opinion of “Oman is the most mature country in the GCC.”

Irrespective of the country of origin, good wishes poured out unequivocally from expats from all over the Sultanate, who wasted little time in conveying their best wishes for His Majesty Sultan Qaboos and the country.

Edna Cadampog added, “God bless Oman, our second home. Happy National Day Oman,” alongside Krishna Koli, who said, “Happy National Day Oman. May God bless His Majesty with long life and good health”. Danish Maruf said “Oman is one of the safest countries in the Gulf. I really love Oman,” as Shelbi Alappatt said, “Long live His Majesty Sultan Qaboos and his countrymen.”

Photo by Shabin E.

Philippine national Jocelyn May Cornejo added, “Happy 48th National Day Oman, all the best,” echoing Habeeb Rahman’s sentiment of “God bless our Oman and His Majesty Sultan Qaboos,” with Muneer Hussain saying, “Happy National Day to everyone in the Sultanate of Oman.”

The government of Oman had declared a three-day holiday for National Day, and work resumes today, on 25 November.

“Lovely wishes to the Omani people, and long live His Majesty. Let’s all pray for him, and may almighty God bless him and the people of Oman,” said Krishnamoorthy Hariharan, with Mohameed Sukkur saying, “Happy 48th National Day to Oman. Congratulations to His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said, and I wish him a healthy and long life.”

“Oman is a symbol of peace. His Majesty Sultan Qaboos is a great man, and I wish Omanis and Oman a great future ahead,” added Abilash Sivakumar. “This is an excellent country for expats and is like our second home. Happy National Day.”

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