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Kintec colleagues in our Muscat office recently celebrated Oman National Day with traditional Omani food and music.
November 18th, National Day, this year marked the 369th anniversary of Oman’s independence from Portugal. It was also Sultan Qaboos bin Said's 49th National Day as Sultan of Oman, and his 79th birthday.
As the oldest independent state in the Arab world, Oman has a lot of history to celebrate, including one of the world’s earliest inhabited cities at Al Wattih, dating back 10,000 years. In the 18th century, the Omani Empire stretched all the way down to the east coast of Africa.
Sultan Qaboos bin Said rose to the sultanate in 1970, ushering in a new era of Omani history, beginning with shortening the name of the country from the Sultanate of Muscat and Oman to simply Oman. Sultan Qaboos bin Said also introduced the country’s first written constitution and has overseen Oman becoming a modern and prosperous nation.
National Day is part of a two-day holiday to celebrate the rich Omani history and their national pride with parties and festivities, including feasts, parades, and fireworks across the country. From large cities like Muscat to small villages, everyone gets involved.