Yesterday, the people of Dhofar were in a festive atmosphere. Children and students celebrated and held mass prayers during the day time. Suddenly, in shops all over the town in Salalah flags, gadgets and clothes in the national Omani colours were for sale. Cars with pictures of the current leader Sultan Qaboos appeared on the streets.
The reason for this festive mood was the four minutes Royal Speech of Sultan Qaboos Bin Said on the National Television from his residence in Germany on the occasion of the 44th Anniversary of the National Day. Officially the National Day is celebrated on the 18th of November and is also the day when people in Oman honour the ‘Architect of the start of the Modernization’ of the country. A major project, still in progress, that started in 1970 when Sultan Qaboos took over power and touch all aspects of life of the people in the Sultanate. Only this time and for the first time, the current leader Sultan Qaboos will not be in the country on the official day.
Following the full text of the speech as published by Oman News Agency:
“In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful. Peace be upon the Almighty’s Messenger, Prophet Mohammed, and upon his family, companions and those who pursue the righteous path of faith until the Day of Judgment.
“It is our pleasure to greet you while our dear homeland is, on these blessed days, about to celebrate the 44th Anniversary of its Triumphant Renaissance which is progressing in accordance with the firm foundations and pillars that we have laid down, right from the first day of the blessed march. We offer thanks and praise to the Almighty Allah for the guidance and virtues with which He has endowed us so that we could take this march forward for the building of a modern, well-founded state, advancing in full determination towards a bright future that is promising of progress and prosperity.
“We are delighted to express our congratulations to you all on this happy occasion, which, this year, it has been the Almighty’s divine will that the anniversary coincides with the time when we are abroad for the reasons you know. Praise be to the Almighty, for he has realized good results that require us to proceed with the medical program in the forthcoming period.”
“We would like to express our profound delight and extreme thanks to you for the heartfelt prayers and sincere sentiments which you have demonstrated. We pray to the Almighty Allah to protect all the loyal citizens of Oman and guard you all under His divine care, as noble and as loyal as you have always been.
“We would also like to salute our courageous Armed Forces-with all its formations and in all gorges of the dear homeland-for their commendable national role which has always earned our full appreciation. We reaffirm our continuous will to provide the Armed Forces with all equipment to enable them to perform their sacred duty of defending the territories of the nation and safeguarding its achievements.
“We pray to Allah, the Almighty, to lend us His assistance and support us with success in all that serves the progress and prosperity of Oman!”
Today, in all the local newspapers one can see and read how the people in Oman celebrated the Royal Address.
Muscat Daily: Muscat Celebrates Royal Adress
Oman Daily Observer: Citizens share emotions on His Majesty’s address