Video of return (departs plane at 0:50): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IRxFgMR0cGYVIDEO: His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said returns to Oman from Germany
Muscat: After 258 days, 36 weeks, or more than eight months, finally the Sultanate of Oman received the news it has waited so eagerly for.
There was nationwide jubilation as His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said came home on Monday to Oman after a successful eight-month treatment in Germany.
State television showed His Majesty's arriving at the airport followed by video clips of His Majesty that caught the attention of nation.
The news was confirmed by the Diwan of Royal Court which issued a statement, saying, "Encompassed by Allah's care, His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said returned to the dear homeland enjoying full health and well-being after His Majesty's successful completion of the medical programme in the Federal Republic of Germany, thanks be to Allah.
"On this overwhelming and happy occasion, the Diwan of Royal Court raises its utmost greetings to His Majesty and the loyal subjects of Oman, coupled with appealing to Allah to always safeguard His Majesty, maintain him a supporter and source of pride for Oman and its kind people, provide him with victory to continue the comprehensive development march witnessed by our dear nation under the wise leadership of His Majesty."
His Highness Sayyid Fahd bin Mahmoud Al Said, Deputy Prime Minister for the Council of Ministers, said, "We are blessed that His Majesty has returned to Oman. There are no words to describe our feelings.
"The joy the citizens are feeling reflects the love they have for their leader."Nation celebrates
Shopping malls and roads in Muscat, Sohar and Salalah were almost empty last night as most people stayed indoors to watch the television.
In the inner towns of the Sultanate, jubilation euphoria gripped as townsfolk in places like Barka, Saham, Ibri, Sur and Adam danced out in the open.
"We are going to celebrate the whole night. We are not going to sleep until after Al Fajr (dawn) prayers," Fareed Al Shamsi, a resident in Saham told Times of Oman over the telephone.
Some mosques performed special prayers in thanksgiving to the safe arrival of His Majesty as acknowledged by prayer leaders.
"After the Ishaa prayers, we did a special thanksgiving prayer in our mosque to thank god for the successful treatment of His Majesty," said Ahmed Al-Ghaithi, Imam of a mosque in Al Khoudh.
In Ibri, a throng of cars caused road congestions as drivers honked noisily and blared up the nation anthem and songs praising His Majesty, according to witnesses.
"I think we are here for a long night. I don't think anybody would sleep tonight in this part of Ibri," one of the residents there told Times of Oman.
In some parts of Muscat, residents put up the national flag on top of their roofs. Some put up lights of the national colours on the walls of their homes to mark the occasion. "I was prepared for this day. I had my lights ready. All I had to do was put them around my house and switch them on," Salim Al Abrawi, a resident of Al Khuwair, said.
In Salalah, residents said that celebrations kicked off as early as six in the evening once the news trickled in that His Majesty had arrived at Muscat. "They are dancing in the streets, beating drums, blowing trumpets and playing all kinds of instruments. Some restaurant owners are giving away free drinks and food. It is a huge party out here," Abdullah Al Yafei, a resident in Salalah said.
In Seeb, a group of young people riding on their motorbikes, waved Omani flags as they rode in the streets.
Text messages clogged up the mobile networks as delighted people exchanged pictures, video clips and good wishes to each other. Major telecommunication providers opened up extra bandwidth and increase speed to cope up with the high demands.
"Traffic is too much this evening. Demand has gone up with thousands of messages per minute. It is three times more than the normal rate but we are coping with extra bandwidth we are providing," an Omantel official who did not want to be identified told Times of Oman.http://www.timesofoman.co...urns-to-Oman-from-Germany