What are International Days?
International days are occasions to educate the public on issues of concern, to mobilise personal will and resources to address global problems, and to celebrate and reinforce achievements of humanity.
Oman’s 50th National Day
The year 2020 is a special day for Oman as it celebrates its 50th Renaissance. This date celebrates independence from Portugal control in 1650.
If either of these days falls on a weekend, a substitute day may be observed.
According to Royal Decree No. 27/2006, the actual dates of the holidays for the National Day may be modified to suit the public interest and in recent years both public holidays have been delayed until the end of November.
Abdulmalik Al Balushi, CEO of Oman Post, said, “Guided by the late His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said, Oman planted the seeds of growth 50 years ago with a dream to create a sophisticated globalized economy and today, it is harvesting a healthy crop that promises continued progress led by His Majesty Sultan Haitham bin Tariq.”
He added, “The 50th National Day marks a very special anniversary in as we celebrate the outstanding achievements of our late and beloved leader, the late His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said. The competition aims to bring to the forefront a longlist of milestones throughout Oman’s renaissance by presenting them through the eyes of the people and turning them into commemorative stamps that can be enjoyed by all. We have chosen a set of themes that reflect various aspects of the Sultanate’s development, including life, society and the economy, and they will serve to remind us of our remarkable progress and of our prosperous future.”
Why Do We Mark International Days?
SustainableOman, as a supporter of the SDGs and Oman Vision 2040, has embraced them as a a powerful advocacy tool. Each international day offers many actors the opportunity to organise activities related to the theme of the day.
SustainableOman makes an international day, in addition to the Sultanate’s special days, a part of our awareness building campaign.