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Brotherhood of Oman wow the crowds

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: December 03, 2012

By Gill Roberts

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IT was full of Eastern promise and it certainly didn't disappoint.

More than double the expected number of people flocked to Swansea University for a showcase on Omani culture to celebrate Omani National Day.

The event was attended by the ambassador of the Sultanate of Oman, Sheikh Abdulaziz Al-Hinai, along with hundreds of other guests including students from across the UK.

City centre shoppers were also given a glimpse of the Middle East with dancers putting on a display of traditional dancing in Castle Square.

The university's international and overseas officer Mahaboob Basha said they were overwhelmed by the number of people who attended the evening bash.

"More than 900 people came," he said. "We did not expect that many, but people brought their families with them.

"We had people come down from Newcastle and Edinburgh.

"It was a fantastic success. The ambassador said it was the best event he had witnessed in his diplomatic career."

The students of the Omani Society hosted the event after their bid was chosen among a number of other proposals across the UK.

Amur Alnasseri, president of the Omani Society, who is studying a PHD in global human resources at the university, said they had only expected around 400 people to turn up. "It was wonderful," he said. "Each year we celebrate the day in a different city. Last year it was London and next year it will be Leeds."

Neath Port Talbot Mayor Martyn Peters said it had been a magnificent evening.

He said: "I am a frequent visitor to Oman as my daughter lives and works over there. We are going over later this month and we hope to meet up with a few people we met at the event."

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  • Neathboy234  |  December 06 2012, 2:49PM

    GretaCarboI always thought it was Maurice Gibb who they were paying homage to. I'm gutted now!

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  • GretaCarbo  |  December 06 2012, 2:30PM

    What about Maurice Dancers who worship Maurice, the pagan god of futility?

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  • gengis  |  December 06 2012, 1:47PM

    I beg to differ, it all stems from those mystical sufi people called the Dervishes and their twirling and a'whirling. If only they could sit still and achieve "fana" peacefully and quietly instead of jumping about all over the place...

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  • Gwyddno  |  December 06 2012, 1:25PM

    These dancers from Oman are wholly responsible. Just like the purges, gulags, persecutions and political killings in the Soviet Union were all orchestrated by the Bolshoi Ballet.

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  • Kaiser_Macsen  |  December 06 2012, 1:08PM

    DNFTT

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  • Neathboy234  |  December 06 2012, 12:09PM

    Hadoken868686 how do u feel about the brotherhood of man, U remember them. "Save all your Kisses for me, save all your kisses for me...

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  • Neathboy234  |  December 06 2012, 11:05AM

    Hadoken376467 yes i think you have said enough, now be a good little boy and goose step off somewhere else lol. The thing about the right that use to confuse me was when they said they were certain there was going to be a race war. I found out how they were so certain. It was they who were going to start it. Thankfully for us they could only muster 2 skinheads, and old man and his dog lol lol

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  • Neathboy234  |  December 06 2012, 9:17AM

    "Hadoken848422 seems to have gone, good

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  • Neathboy234  |  December 05 2012, 10:48PM

    Hadoken333322 Brevik did what he did because he was a madman, and more than that a sad madman with no friends. No doubt to u he is a hero,,

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  • DubaiTaff  |  December 05 2012, 9:51PM

    Maxmin, firstly your post put the blame for the problems on the side of the Palestinians, based on your comment ' Hamas continued to rain down rockets on Israel while at the same time trumpeting the avowed intention of wiping Israel off the map'. A few points if I may: Hamas does not represent Palestine, it is in legimate ruling power (i.e. voted in) in the Gaza strip, whilst Fatah is in legimate power in the West Bank, and acts for the Palestine state at the UN as defacto leader of the Palestinian National authotity (set up in 1993 to push for statehood). Israel assassinated Ahmed Jabari on Novemeber 14th which started the retaliation by Hamas - in other words Israeli started the latest spat, not the other away around. A similar thing happened in July 2006 when Israel invaded Lebanon and battled with the Hezbollah in the south. On both occasions the western media place Israel as the innoocent party, when both times they have been the aggressor. One rocket is wrong, and any death should be mourned. I do not condone, like any sane person, the use of weapons of war on civilian targets, irrespective of reasons for it, but since the 'Iron Dome' defence system was put in place there is hardly any rockets that get through to Israel anyway and most land knowhere near populated areas and those that do land cause very little (pothole size) damage as they have no warheads - see pictures 5 and 12 on link http://tinyurl.com/ctfnzln By sharp contrast Israeli rockets leave craters behind after they have taken out whole buildings (see pictures 14 and 15 on the same link) - they rockets do have warheads attached, and for follow up they use gun ships and F17's. The word 'rocket' therefore should be understood properly in this conflict, they are not the same! Israel has ignored nearly 100 UN resolutions, the same resolutions are vetoed by the USA and often the UK. take a look at the USA and UK politics at any time since WW2 and see how many Jews are in key roles. I am an atheist and therefore am on neither side in this discussion - Muslim or Jew, however you do not have to scratch very deep from the surface across the leaders, and the 'king makers (politicians and bankers) behind them, to find what religion is really pulling the strings across the world. The UK and the USA governments do not act for the many people of their respective governments in this instance, they act for the few.

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