Businesses see brisk sales of National Day mementos
Both citizens and residents are in an upbeat mood to celebrate the 48th National Day, with buildings and streets all over Muscat being decorated with national flags and decorative lights to mark the occasion.
This has given both retail giants and small businesses an opportunity to improve sales.
Consumers as well as businesspersons who Muscat Daily spoke with said the mood is positive due to the good health of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said as well as the improving economic situation in the country following the economic downturn that swept through the oil producing countries including the sultanate.
“Everyone in Oman is excited about the National Day because it is the time to remember and recognise what we have achieved in the last 48 years and I can see a lot of significant changes,” said Obaid al Khaldi, 58, a government retiree who has seen the sultanate grow from scratch.
“The National Day is special for us this year because His Majesty the Sultan is in good health and this adds to the great mood to celebrate the 48th National Day with great vigour,” he added.
According to merchants in Muscat, sales of mementos, such as Omani flags and National Day decorations are at peak season.
“This is a good time for business. I enjoy selling National Day items because I can put a smile on people’s faces during such a time. I make approximately RO40 per day from National Day mementos,” said Aslam Mohammad, a shopkeeper in Muttrah Souq.
Such items are also available in hypermarkets and supermarkets. “Evey year in November, business is good for National Day mementos. People enjoy this month and many like to buy new clothes that are in red, white and green - the colours of national flag,” said a hypermarket attendant who wished to remain anonymous.
Car accessories shops are also doing brisk business with many - young and old - customers decorating their vehicles. ROP has issued regulations mandating vehicles can be decorated with stickers related to the occasion for the period between November 4 and 30.
“Many people have started to come to get their vehicles decorated with National Day items. I decorate five to six cars daily and I can make up to RO100 a day. National Day is a good time for our business,” said Anvar Mohammad, a car decoration shop attendant.
As part of the celebrations, fireworks displays will be held in Amerat and Seeb in Muscat governorate on November 18.