The Gulf Sultanate of Oman celebrated its national day on November 18, with a military parade, speeches and other festivities.
GV Huge crowd stands in stadium at Muscat
SV Oman Sultan Qaboos bin Said stands on balcony with officials to take salute
GV Military band playing
SV Sultan salutes as other dignitaries are seated behind him
GV Cannons fire salute from hillside nearby
GV Military band parades, watched by Sultan Qaboos bin Said; band is followed by troops marching in formation (8 shots)
SV Sultan Qaboos salutes as troops march past (3 shots)
GV Aircraft fly in formation overhead (2 shots)
SCU Sultan Qaboos bin Said addresses crowd who applaud him (ARABIC SOT)
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Background: The Gulf Sultanate of Oman celebrated its national day on November 18, with a military parade, speeches and other festivities. An address by the country's leader, Sultan Qaboos bin Said, stressed the need for Oman to reduce its dependence on oil revenues. In a nationwide broadcast, the Sultan said Oman must diversify and broaden the economic base by exploiting its rich variety of natural resources. The Omani ruler attended national day celebrations in the capital, Muscat. Here, he took the salute from contingents of the armed forces and watched a fly-past of aircraft, as thousands of his subjects cheered him. Sultan Qaboos bin Said declared 1983 to be National Youth Year in Oman and said next year's national day celebrations would concentrate on this theme of youth opportunities. The Sultan took power in 1970 when he overthrew his father in a bloodless palace coup; he then began a liberalisation of the regime and increased spending on development.