By: Joseph Benny

MUSCAT: The air is festive and the atmosphere colourful, dominated by the national hues of red, green and white. Like every year, National Day decorations are not limited to street illuminations.

Citizens push the limits in car decorations for 45th National Day

The display of patriotism and love for His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said is on almost every vehicle. With Oman celebrating the 45th National Day, creativity has touched new heights – from handprints in colours of the flag covering a car to freehand painting adorning another.

What’s ‘trending’ is the National Day emblem. The motto this year – when His Majesty the Sultan also returned home from Germany – is ‘go all out’.

Muttrah resident Issac Yousif al Harbi has made sure his entire car is covered in National Day paraphernalia. “There are stickers all over my car. I went to the car decorations shop again to add more elements,” he said.

Hamal al Farsi, a Sur resident who has been decking up his car every year, says he is following the trend this time. “This is a way of expressing love for my country and its leader, His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said. I do this every year and this time, it’s bigger because it’s the 45th National Day.”

The most in demand this year, are of course, portraits of His Majesty the Sultan and the National Day emblem.

Young Mohammed Nassar al Mukhaini’s car has a photo of His Majesty the Sultan with the caption, “My Hero My Sultan”. “Most of my friends have decorated their cars. I am following suit.”

Expatriates too have joined the bandwagon and are showing their gratitude to the nation’s leader. “I have decorated my car to show my love and loyalty to this country,” says N Hamza, a private sector employee. “I have been in Oman for quite some years, so this country and its leader are beloved to me.”

Jiju Kamal, from Tibah bint Talib Abdullah al Belushi car decorating company, said, “The cost varies from RO6 to RO200 depending on the scale of decorations.”