MUSCAT: National Bank of Oman (NBO) has hosted a celebration to commemorate the return of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said to the sultanate with the wider community.

The bank and its employees as well as their respective families joined hands with the community to express their loyalty for His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said and celebrated his safe return home at a special and festive evening in Qurm on Thursday.

The event started with the crowd singing the national anthem and reciting a prayer for His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said. It also included recitation of poetry, special dedications to His Majesty the Sultan from children attending the event, in addition to a host of exciting activities for families and children such as face painting of the Omani flag, Henna, balloons, free halwa, Omani coffee, popcorn, cotton candy and ice cream and stage games, as well as a traditional band that performed and celebrated with the crowd.

In addition, and to reiterate the bank’s pride and joy in Oman, the first 1,000 visitors to the event were provided with the opportunity to decorate their cars with free patriotic stickers comprising images of His Majesty the Sultan and Oman’s flag to express their loyalty and love for the nation’s beloved leader.

Ahmed al Musalmi, CEO of National Bank of Oman, said, “National Bank of Oman has introduced a series of initiatives over the course of the month to celebrate the return of our nation’s wise and visionary leader, His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said, and to express our collective pride and happiness with the community.

“On behalf of the entire bank, I extend our best wishes to His Majesty the Sultan. By bringing optimism and happiness across the full spectrum of society, His Majesty the Sultan continues to inspire us all with his wise and visionary leadership.”

Musalmi added, “We are proud to be part of the nation-wide celebrations to commemorate the joyous return of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said, and we are honoured to be joined by our community to mark this momentous occasion. We remain strongly committed to supporting our nation’s economy and strategic objectives: For you and for our beloved nation.”

As part of its month-long festivities, National Bank of Oman demonstrated its pride in the sultanate and His Majesty the Sultan by holding several celebrations across its branches and divisions, which also included the introduction of various initiatives to provide the community with a platform to express their happiness.

SOURCE: Muscat Daily