Oman con­tin­ues to pros­per

Muscat Daily - - NATION -

This was my 29th Na­tional Day cel­e­bra­tion in Oman. I have never missed Novem­ber 18 since I ar­rived in this beau­ti­ful land of peace and pros­per­ity.

It was really heart­en­ing to be part of the 49th Na­tional Day cel­e­bra­tions of Oman, to­gether with the large peace-lov­ing Omani com­mu­nity who equally val­ues and re­spects the rights of oth­ers and their sen­ti­ments.

One of the most mem­o­rable mo­ments in life dur­ing my al­most three decades here was when His Majesty the Sul­tan was con­ferred with Arab Man In­ter­na­tional Award a few years ago. It was a priv­i­leged oc­ca­sion for the peo­ple of Oman and the ex­pa­tri­ate com­mu­nity.

The sul­tanate has been con­tin­u­ously in­volved with the right in­ten­tions with an ob­jec­tive to bring sta­bil­ity at all lev­els of co­or­di­na­tion. This spe­cial recog­ni­tion pre­cisely high­lighted Oman’s role in the re­gion and proves that its peace com­mit­ment is be­ing recog­nised at all fo­rums, even be­yond the re­gion.

One would not have a sec­ond thought that sul­tanate’s peace ini­tia­tives have been greatly sup­port­ing the coun­try to main­tain ex­cel­lent ties with the rest of the world. As world strives for last­ing peace and sta­bil­ity, with this recog­ni­tion it is ob­vi­ous that Oman has a se­ri­ous and healthy role to play in help­ing early set­tle­ment of crit­i­cal is­sues.

Along with re­al­is­ing the coun­try’s tourism po­ten­tial, the Omani com­mu­nity has achieved suc­cess in em­u­lat­ing the chal­lenges of new age. The sul­tanate be­ing a na­tion that moves to­wards a path of tran­si­tion em­brac­ing the changes, it con­tin­ues to get recog­nised at many fronts, es­pe­cially on tourism and so­cio-eco­nomic fronts.

As is­sues per­tain­ing to hu­man rights are in fo­cus in this new era of con­flicts and dis­par­i­ties, sul­tanate too is in spot­light among world lead­ers and peace-lovers, es­pe­cially when the coun­try’s pol­icy of di­a­logue has worked well in sev­eral is­sues in the re­gion.

As the coun­try con­tin­ues to be recog­nised in the world for its peace ini­tia­tives, it is equally in­spir­ing and a bless­ing that its vast tourism po­ten­tial is also gain­ing mo­men­tum. As I have read quite a few books on Oman and its tra­di­tions, the most in­ter­est­ing part is the sul­tanate’s blend of tal­ents, en­tre­pre­neur­ial flairs and the spirit of valu­ing its rich past. Of my al­most three decades of life in Oman, the first Omani in­di­vid­ual I met was a per­son who be­lieves very much in tra­di­tions. I had the op­por­tu­nity to visit his home. It shows that vis­i­tors in this land of peace and pros­per­ity are re­spected and re­garded well.

Oman’s ef­forts to try to solve the prob­lems in many coun­tries are com­mend­able. It at­tracts peo­ple who be­lieve and re­spect the cul­ture and tra­di­tions of civil­i­sa­tions.

Ra­machan­dran Nair

Ruwi

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