What is Renaissance Day? Why is it celebrated in Oman?

Renaissance Day was a public holiday in Oman on July 23rd. In April 2020, when a Majesty Sultan Haitham bin Tarik issued a Royal Decree setting on public holidays, it was reported that Renaissance Day is now canceled. Renaissance Day praises the inauguration of the reign of Sultan Qaboos Bin Said in 1970.

This public holiday recognizes the anniversary of the day Sultan Qaboos bin Said al Said ascended the throne in 1970 and set an aim to end Oman’s isolation.

Qaboos bin Said al Said is the child of Said bin Taimur, who became the sultan of Muscat and Oman in 1932. Said bin Taimur was an exceptionally conservative, self-willed, stubborn, and doubtful ruler, which negatively affected the nation’s development. By the late 1960s, he had become inconsistent and neurotic in governing the nation.

His child, Qaboos bin Said al Said had been educated abroad, however, on his arrival to the country in 1966, he was virtually set under house arrest within the Sultan’s Palace by his dad, declining to let Qaboos take part in any decisions about the nation.

In 1970, his child Qaboos staged a successful coup and banished Said to the UK. Qaboos joined Muscat and Oman into a solitary state and named it the Sultanate of Oman. He propelled broad changes planned for consummation Oman’s isolation and building up the nation. Because of these changes, Oman started to prosper. Radical changes were gotten industry, education, health, infrastructure, trade, agriculture, and all parts of social life while protecting the country’s rich culture and heritage.

The day Qaboos bin Said al Said became Sultan of Oman is viewed as the start of his reign is called ‘Renaissance Day’, denoting the start of the change of Oman from a poor, inward-facing country to a rich, modern state. The anniversary of the coup was proclaimed as a public holiday, Renaissance Day.


Dan Zinman

Dan Zinman started his career as an astronomer and college professor and quickly expanded into popularizing the understanding of science and scientific discovery. He did this through writing books, essays, and articles. He is contributing by writing news articles for
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