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The Flag

The National Flag of Oman was adopted by Royal Decree on 17th December 1970 and updated by Royal Decree on 22nd May 2004.

The flag is rectangular and consists of three horizontal bands of white, green and red, with a vertical red band on the left (hoist) side that contains the National Emblem of Oman in white.

Explanation of the colours

The white colour depicts the conviction of the Omani people in peace.

The red band is from the old Omani flag which was all red. It symbolises the battles fought by Omanis to evict foreign invaders from the country.

The green band represents the fertility and greenery of the land. 

The Emblem

The National Emblem consists of a sheathed Khanjar (a traditional curved dagger) and belt, superimposed on two crossed swords.

It originates from the middle of the eighteenth century when it was adopted as the royal crest of the Al Bu Said dynasty and subsequently became the national emblem.

The swords and dagger represent the traditional weapons of the Omani people. The Khanjar and belt are still worn by Omani men as part of ceremonial dress on formal occasions.

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Oman National Anthem

Salute to The Sultan is the National Anthem of Oman. First composed in 1932, the lyrics were rewritten in 1970 when His late Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said came to power. The lyrics were further revised in 2020 when Sultan Haitham bin Tarik succeeded Sultan Qaboos.

O Lord, protect for us our Majesty the Sultan

And the people in our land,
With honour and peace.

May he live long, strong and supported,
Glorified be his leadership.

For him we shall lay down our lives.

May he live long, strong and supported,
Glorified be his leadership.

For him we shall lay down our lives.

O Oman, since the time of the Prophet
We are a dedicated people amongst the noblest Arabs.

So ascend to the apex of the heavens
illuminate the cosmos
rejoice and relish in prosperity.

Press the ‘Play’ button to listen to the National Anthem.