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Oman celebrates its 44th Renaissance Day with Peace and Prosperity

July 24, 2014 Destination Global No Comments Email Email

Today the  Sultanate of Oman celebrates the 44th Renaissance Day which marks the moment His Majesty Sultan Qaboos took to the throne and led the country on the road of four decades of peace and  prosperity.

9 HM QaboosThe day is a time for celebration for the people in Oman, to remember the huge achievements the country has made and look at how to continue this progress in the future. Renaissance Day is a time which celebrates cultural, philosophical and material gains in the country that might never have been seen
in history.

A United Nations Human Development Index recently placed Oman at the top of the list of countries that have made the biggest gains for their citizens in the past 40 years. This of course coincides with time His Majesty the Sultan steered Oman and his guidance is something that everyone in the country has benefited from. Stability and peace has been a priority too – hence, why Oman is currently ranked 59th on the World Peace Index, ahead of developed nations such as the USA, China and Greece.  Education, healthcare, security and social services have gone through nothing short of a revolution in the country. Before 1970, the country was one of the poorest in the world with no secondary schools, just a few primary schools, and infrastructure linking the whole country consisted of little more than 10 km of sealed road.

Al Riyam Look OutNow, huge industrial projects, ports, air links and free zones in Oman are linked internally with some of the best roads in the world, according to another index. It looks like Oman is set to cement its next step in its post-petrochemical economy. Oman’s ports and free zones in Sohar, Duqm and Salalah have shown how the country is looking to the future with confidence.

In the coming decade, Oman will not only have a string of industrial complexes along its coast, but also boast a world class infrastructure that will put the Sultanate in its natural place as a global trading power. Owing to geography and its position on the edge of the Arabian Peninsula, the country will once again become a gateway to Europe, Asia and Africa, replicating its former prosperity during the era of the spice trade, when goods such as frankincense left ports along the coast and brought in silks and gold from Asia.

Grand Mosque Kate CroucherThe development of the tourism infrastructure has also seen the number of international visitors grow to over 2 million. New international airports, cruise terminals and hotels will only add to this figure over the next decade.

Oil has obviously been an important driver of Oman’s recent wealth, yet it is what was done with the profits that underline the wise leadership of His Majesty and how the population as a whole has benefited. Omanisation, the nationalisation of the workforce, has had a massive impact on the oil industry, which has seen huge numbers of educated nationals working in a number of technical and engineering roles. This is being seen in other parts of the country’s economy thanks to a rapidly improving higher education system. That is not to mention the tens of thousands of young Omanis who have been sent abroad for higher education, and who have brought back with them fresh ideas and new skills.

Royal-Opera-House-2Yet it is easy to focus on the material gains the country has made, the huge hospitals, factories and universities that span the land, but another huge gain is Oman’s recognition of its traditions and path towards a cultural renaissance. The Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque represents the country’s adherence to spiritual heritage in times of modernisation. Its stunning aesthetics gives Muscat another contemporary landmark and also makes for a place of discussion and learning where Islam is treated with scientific investigation and vigour. The Royal Opera House Muscat is also a venue that brings in some of the world’s most celebrated musicians, singers and performers with beauty in every inch of its creation. It sets Oman on a path for the future, to unveil its traditions to the world and bring in brilliant ideas and inspirations from outside. This is what will help the next generation of youth to bring further achievements in the coming decades and continue the path of progress began by His Majesty Sultan Qaboos.

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