By: Kaushalendra Singh
SALALAH: The residents of Salalah decided to spend their weekend differently and perfectly by taking part in the rally to show loyalty to His Majesty Sultan Qaboos, who is back in the country after successful treatment in Germany. This was one of the biggest rallies held in Salalah.
The rally that started from the Grand Mosque culminated at the main gate of the Al Husn Palace. The rally was led by Sayyid Mohammed bin Sultan bin Hamoud al Busaidy, Minister of State and Governor of Dhofar, along with Shaikh Khalid bin Omar al Marhoon, Minister of Civil Service; Dr Rasheed bin Safi al Huraibi, Chairman of the Tender Board, Shaikh Abdullah bin Saif al Mahrouqi, Deputy Governor of Dhofar, dignitaries drawn from all over Dhofar Governorate and a large number of residents drawn from all walks of life.
The route, Al Nahda Street, was blocked from all sides for smooth sailing of the rally, as thousands of people took part in it. The crowd swelled with participation of enthusiasts and their merger in the main rally at every inter-junction right from the ROP signal up to the main gate of the Al Husn Palace.
Since the rally was planned in advance, the participants were seen in best of their attires in Omani national dresses, while a large number of them from the mountain villages chose to express their loyalty to His Majesty the Sultan with folk arts, dances and bands exclusive to their tradition and culture. Many took part in the rally mounted on their horses and camels as well.
Every participant had some national symbol or the other and without fail they were having a picture of His Majesty either on their mufflers, posters in their hands or specially designed caps for the occasion.
Women and children were looking very elegant in their Omani dresses singing soft folklores of Dhofar. The rally was divided in groups but uniquely, beating of drums, pipes and other traditional musical instruments were supporting the songs of other groups.
There was huge participation from expatriate communities, clubs and associations. Indian, Sudanese, Pakistani, Bangladeshi, Somali, Egyptian and many others sections participated in the rally through their representative clubs, while different wings of sports clubs took part in the rally dressed in their club uniforms.
A brief poetry recitation was also held at the main gate of the Al Husn Palace, as everyone was seen in a festive mood.
All through the route there was arrangement for water, while some enthusiasts distributed sweets among the participants. An umbrella of clouds and sudden cool breeze, however, made the rally very smooth and none of the participants were seen sweating or running for water.
More functions are lined up in coming days in different wilayats of Dhofar. Mirbat is hosting an open day on Saturday in which there would be various activities whole day ranging from dance, music, sports and fishing activities.
SOURCE: OMAN DAILY OBSERVER