Oman labour ministry declares Renaissance Day holiday on 23 July

Holiday for public and private sectors to mark Renaissance Day, celebrating HM Sultan Qaboos bin Said's ascension to the throne

HM Sultan Qaboos Bin Said.
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HM Sultan Qaboos Bin Said.

Oman’s Ministry of Manpower, the top labour authority in the sultanate, has declared 23 July, 2019, as its national Renaissance Day holiday for employees in the public and private sectors.

According to Times of Oman, Renaissance Day is observed to mark the day HM Sultan Qaboos bin Said ascended to the throne of Oman in 1970.

In an Arabic-language tweet, Oman’s labour ministry said: “HE Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Abdullah Al Bakri, Minister of Manpower, issued a decision to set the date of the blessed Renaissance [Day] on 23 July for employees of private sector companies and institutions.

“Employers and employees may agree to compensate the leave if necessary, during which all employees of the private sector [will] take this blessed occasion to convey to HM Sultan Qaboos bin Said the highest wishes and greetings.” 

A video published by the Omani daily on 11 July stated that Ali Javed, the ambassador of Pakistan, would celebrate Renaissance Day 2019 in Oman.

The Pakistani Embassy in Oman planned an “onboard reception on the navy ship Shahjahan at Muttrah Port” to begin its celebrations on 15 July.

Artists from the Asian country are also expected to perform in Muscat to mark the 49th Omani Renaissance Day with Pakistan Festival, which will be held on 26 July, 2019, at Muscat’s Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre, the daily reported.

In a separate report on 15 July, Times of Oman said that Oman’s National Museum would offer free admission to adult visitors on 23 July to mark Renaissance Day. 

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