According to the Oman Met workplace, throughout the Eid holidays temperatures hovered about 40°C to 45°C. “The month of June is usually hot and it was no different this year. The temperatures hovered between 40°C and 45°C in and around Muscat. The rest of the country also saw temperatures around 40°C,” a Met official told Muscat Daily.
During the Eid holidays, it is typically a custom for numerous households to collect with relatives and buddies. “Our immediate and extended family comprises around 200 people and we arranged to meet up at parks, gardens to exchange greetings on the first day of Eid. This time, because the weather was hot, we met at one of the halls in Seeb. Since, it was too hot we decided to celebrate Eid indoors. We had to spend some money for the hall but we didn’t want to break the tradition of meeting and greeting our dear ones for Eid,” Salaah Abdullah, a Muscat resident, stated.
For numerous other people, farmhouses had been a excellent choice. “I could not meet many of my relatives on the first day of Eid, so I organised a get-together at a farmhouse in Musannah. Eid is the only chance we get to meet everyone together and we can’t waste the chance just because the weather is hot. Moreover, most of these farmhouses have swimming pools that offer respite from the heat,” stated Mohammed al Naamani.
Many other people planned their loved ones gatherings either at houses or at beaches in the evenings. “On the first day of Eid, I met my relatives at their house and later in the evenings we would just go out to the beach for some outdoor activities. Even though it was hot, we didn’t want to give up on our plans. However, we just wished the weather was cooler so that we could enjoy more,” Maulid al Dhawi, an Amerat resident stated.
Malls and cinema halls also had been a favourite with numerous. “I visited my relatives on the first day of Eid but other days I spent in the malls as it was too hot to travel outside. I also spent some of my time watching films. During the summers, malls are the perfect places to go,” Fuad al Farsi, a Ghubra resident, stated.
Information Source: Muscat Daily