Oman declares public holiday for both the public and private sectors due to the weather
Oman has declared a public holiday for both public and private sector workers across most of the country on Monday, February 10, due to concerns over unstable weather conditions.
This holiday applies to the majority of the nation but excludes the Dhofar and Al Wusta governorates. The decision was announced by the state-run news agency ONA, emphasizing the importance of prioritizing safety amidst the current climatic conditions.
Additionally, it was previously communicated that both public and private schools in the country would remain closed on Monday, with the intention of resuming activities on Tuesday, February 13. This measure further demonstrates the government's commitment to prioritizing safety in educational institutions, where students and staff would potentially face risks associated with unstable weather conditions.
On Sunday, heavy rains were experienced in the northern governorates of Oman, including Muscat, A’Seeb, Bausher, Al Amerat, Quriyat, and Muttrah. The inclement weather prompted precautionary measures, such as the temporary closure of the Al Amerat-Bausher Mountain road to ensure the safety of motorists.
Similarly, the Governorate of A’Dhakhiliyah witnessed rainfall in the wilayats of Bidbid and Al Hamra, while the Governorate of South Al Batinah experienced rainfall in areas like A’Rustaq, Al Awabi, Nakhal, Wadi Al Ma’awil, Al Musanaa, and Barka. These rainfall events led to the overflow of some wadis, highlighting the potential risks posed by unstable weather conditions.
Overall, the decision to declare a public holiday and close schools underscores the government's commitment to safeguarding the well-being of its citizens and residents during adverse weather situations. By implementing precautionary measures and prioritizing safety, Oman aims to minimize risks and ensure the protection of its population.