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Sultanate of Oman
November 18, 2016
The Sultanate’s Embassy in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) organised an open day at Yas Mall in Abu Dhabi to mark the 46th National Day under the auspices of Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak al Nahyan, Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development.
Yas Mall, the leading destination for shopping, dining and entertainment of Abu Dhabi, paid tribute to Omani heritage in the celebration of the National Day through a series of cultural activities on the 18th of November to delight and engage local communities and tourists from across the region.
The event was entitled: Omani Open Day: “Oman and Emirates, the Soul of Friendship and Trustworthiness.”
Hundreds of Emiratis joined Omanis in celebrating Oman’s 46th national day. Traditional Omani dancers marched into the square beating drums and chanting songs of joy as they commemorated the traditions and bonds shared between the two neighbouring countries. Omani orators paid tribute to the leadership of HM Sultan Qaboos, who 46 years ago set the country on a new trajectory by laying down solid foundations for Oman’s prosperous future. Archive photos showing historical meetings between the UAE’s rulers and Sultan Qaboos over the decades also served as a visual testament of the long-standing alliance between the two Gulf nations.
“They are showing the people that Oman and the Emirates are the same – we’re all together,” said Yasser Al Junaibi, 36, an Emirati who attended the festivities with his Omani friend, Mohammed Al Mukha. “I brought my kids to show them our cultures. We want to be close.”
The unity and friendship shared between the two countries was emphasised by the leaders of the UAE. The President, Sheikh Khalifa, sent a cable to Sultan Qaboos congratulating him on the country’s anniversary.
Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak, Minister of Youth, Culture and Knowledge Development also attended the festivities, touring the various kiosks set up to display and sell Omani sweets, lotions, handicrafts and jewellery.
Emiratis taking part in the celebrations echoed the leadership’s devotion to their neighbour. “We’re all in the same area in the Gulf, also our culture is similar to their culture and traditions and I feel like they are as our relatives,” said Tasneem Al Hashmi, an Emirati volunteer at the Yas Mall celebration that paid tribute to Omani heritage. “This makes our relationship stronger.”
Omani musician Fatma Al Blushi said she was honoured to celebrate Oman’s national day in the UAE.