Word on the street: Celebrating Renaissance Day
Public opinion on the streets of Muscat
What does Renaissance Day mean to you?
Widad Abdul Rahman al Raisi
Private sector employee
Renaissance Day is considered the best day in the history of Oman, when the country moved from the age of darkness to the era of light and sunshine. It is considered a timeless day because His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said took over the rule of Oman. All members of the community celebrate by distributing gifts to the poor to share their joy.
Saqr Khamis al Hashemi
The Blessed Renaissance Day is a landmark day in the history of Oman. The sultanate has witnessed a rapid development in social, economic, educational, health and cultural fields since this day. The country is still undergoing further development by following the aspirations and ambitions of its citizens under His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said.
Abdul Malik al Kharusi
Private sector employee
On the Blessed Renaissance Day, Oman stands proud of His Majesty the Sultan, who built Oman and laid its strong foundations. He has not just worked in strengthening the country but also built bridges of friendship with countries across the world. I celebrate this day with the distribution of roses and flags to citizens and residents.
Saleh al Mawali
Renaissance Day is a milestone in the modern history of Oman. It marks progress in fields such as education, health and the economy in the sultanate. On this day, we also see the traditional Omani dance forms such as Alazi, Alayalah and Taghrodah at various places.
Waheed al Hooti
Renaissance Day is the reminder of glad tidings for the people of Oman as after this day in 1970, Oman has been making steady progress in all spheres of life. The level of development and progress in such a short span of time has been so astounding that even the UN took note. In 2010, the UN ranked Oman as the most developed nation in the world in terms of development in the last 40 years.
What are the most important achievements of Oman in the last 48 years?
Sameer Abdullah al Ghafri
Sales and marketing engineer
Oman is growing rapidly in this digital era with the implementation of new technologies and strategic plans in almost all sectors. The sultanate’s efforts towards eGovernance have done it good in many fields. Getting a passport today is a five-minute job as compared to the earlier cumbersome process.
Lumees Nasser al Falahi
Roads, flyovers and highways have been one of the best developments of the country. I have been in Oman for the last few years and have seen several changes. The pace of these developments is indeed praiseworthy and calls for full appreciation of the governance. The new airport also adds to the list with its grandeur and facilities.
Nahir al Alawi
The new Muscat airport and the rapid development of national carrier Oman Air are the biggest achievements of the country. The world-class airline is known for its service and networks. Also, the health sector has developed by leaps and bounds (public and private hospitals) providing the best technology, infrastructure and service.
Khalid al Sulaimi
Over the past decades, Oman has achieved a lot across all fields. Perhaps, the biggest achievement is Oman’s relations with other countries which has made it a popular tourist destination. This has also contributed to improving the economy and promoting investment opportunities. Significant progress has also been made in various sectors under the leadership of His Majesty the Sultan and this is an indication of the bright future.
Oman has seen significant rapid development in the transportation and IT sectors. There has been a great improvement in transportation system and many new roads have also been constructed. The new airport is the icon of the country’s development. Technology has also seen great progress and Oman has left no stone unturned to take advantage.
Luai al Yahyae
The education sector has grown significantly with the opening of many universities and colleges. The courses offered are also diverse and not limited to just medical and engineering fields. One also sees more PhD courses now. The cultural sector too has witnessed a boom with the government renovating old forts and castles across Oman by maintaining their true identities.
What changes would you like to see in Oman over the next five years?
Isam Moosa Alzadjali
In the next five years, I would like to see Oman using more technology. I would like to see the healthcare system more strong. Technology helps to make things happen faster and easier. We have already begun our voyage but I feel we should be more aggressive. A lot of apps have been introduced to make things easier for us but this is not enough.
Oman is making a lot of effort to boost tourism. I feel there is a lot more to be explored. In the next five years, I would like to see Oman as the top tourist destination of the world. Nature has blessed Oman and if it utilises its resources well, it can generate more revenue.
In the next five years, I would like to see a big drop in the accident rates reported in this country. Though the figures have fallen, more work needs to be done. Every life is precious. Speed limits on some roads have been reduced, but drivers need to follow the traffic rules religiously. People should stop using mobiles while driving and use indicators while changing lanes.
Hassan al Duhli
Whether it is the foreign policy or local governance, the leadership of Oman continues to make wise decisions. I would like to wish citizens and expatriates a happy Renaissance Day and hope the country continues to make rapid development strides.
Shamis Hamood al Rashidi
I would like to see Oman move away from its role as a consumer and become a producer. We wish to reduce our dependence on hydrocarbons. Oman’s strategic location and abundance of raw materials should be utilised well.
I would like to see the sultanate move forward on the same path like in the past 47 years. Oman is a haven of peace, security and stability in the turbulent region. I congratulate the government and His Majesty the Sultan for making this possible. I wish the country remains on its course.