His Majesty Sultan Qaboos

Beloved father of the nation...
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With His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said’s passing on 10 January 2020, we look back in adoration on his great life – and the great guidance, vision and love that he had for the nation of Oman and its proud people. Your Majesty Sultan Qaboos: Your wonderful legacy will forever live in our hearts and minds…

Salalah: A gift to the nation

In November 1940, Oman’s southern city of Salalah witnessed a blessed birth and a gift to the nation of Oman. This was the gift of Oman’s future leader – His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said – who was destined to lead the people of Oman into prosperity and into fully realizing their potential as a great nation through much of the 20th century and into the new millennium. From this day forward, the date 18 November became known as Oman’s proud National Day in celebration of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said’s birthdate.

Birth of a leader…

Throughout his early years and into early adulthood, Sultan Qaboos received his education from a select group of teachers and mentors, both in Oman and abroad. As Oman’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs states, Sultan Qaboos began his education in Oman, after which he travelled to the United Kingdom for further studies in 1958. He then spent two years in a private school in Suffolk before joining the Sandhurst Royal Military Academy in 1960. Graduating after two years, he subsequently joined the Cameronians regiment – stationed in Germany at the time – and spent six months here as a leadership trainee. Then, after completing his military training within the British Army, he studied local government, completed training courses in management, and finally embarked on a worldwide cultural tour. Sultan Qaboos then returned to Oman in 1964 to spend time furthering his knowledge of Sharia law and of the history and civilisation of Oman.

Ascension to the throne…

As His Majesty Sultan Qaboos ascended to the throne on 23 July 1970, he immediately set about improving his people’s standard of living and transforming the now named “Sultanate of Oman” into the progressive economy and society that it is today, while further unlocking the great potential of the people of Oman in all areas of society. He also led the way in placing Oman’s rich traditions, heritage and historical identity at the forefront of the nation’s march into the modern era. Every year, the people of Oman continue to celebrate His Majesty Sultan Qaboos’ first day of reign as Renaissance Day, on 23 July.

Icon and symbol of peace…

As an enduring force of stability in the Middle East, and as a proponent of regional and international progress through diplomatic means and dialogue, His Majesty Sultan Qaboos will forever be looked upon as an international icon and symbol of peace.

A new millennium…

When His Majesty Sultan Qaboos commemorated the 30th anniversary of his leadership in 2000, he also celebrated what was the culmination of Oman’s development into a prosperous, progressive and stable modern state that was ready to face the challenges of a new millennium. At the same time, His Majesty Sultan Qaboos continued to ensure that the nation’s rich cultural legacy and the traditions of the Omani people would be preserved for Oman’s future generations.

His Majesty Sultan Qaboos: Father of the nation

Perhaps most prominently, His Majesty Sultan Qaboos was the beloved father of our nation. Thank-you our beloved Sultan Qaboos – you will live forever in our hearts and minds. May you Rest in Peace…

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