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H.M. Sultan Qaboos bin Sa’id Aal Sa’id

Sultan of Oman

Sultan Qaboos bin Sa’id Al Sa’id, the 14th descendant of the Al Bu Sa’idi dynasty, is a socially and politically active monarch who has ruled Oman for over 40 years as Sultan. Sultan Qaboos has revolutionised and modernised Oman, transforming it from a poor, isolationist nation into a land closely linked with the African continent and devoted to economic development, regional stability, and religious tolerance.

 


Leader of Omani Sultanate

Sultan Qaboos Al Sa’id reigns over a country strategically situated in the Gulf region. Oman has a stake in the crude oil market due to the Strait of Hormuz, which connects the Gulf of Oman to the Persian Gulf and the Arabian Sea, producing over 918,500 barrels per day in 2013, according to the official Oman new agency.

Historically, Oman is significant as one of the only countries with a large population of Ibadi Muslims and as the most authoritative state in the Ibadi movement—one that is recognised as one of the oldest schools of Islamic thought.

Beacon of Islam

Sultan Qaboos has helped build or restore thousands of mosques at his personal expense, the grandest being the Sultan Qaboos Mosque, which can accommodate up to 20,000 worshippers. The Sultan is a discreet but strong supporter of moderate Islam and has created a unique Islamic culture in Oman that has carefully combined the best of traditional Islam with the benefits of the modern world. Sultan Qaboos has promoted culturally-specific Islamic dress, art, architecture and education, and is a keen advocate of environmentalism. This quiet, measured rise has made Oman a hidden pearl of the Islamic world.  

Personal Leadership

The Sultan has raised the Omani standard of living by building up Oman’s school system, health care, infrastructure, and economy. He cites political participation as one of his major long-term goals. Within the last two decades, he has introduced political reforms; including a bicameral representative body, a basic law, universal suffrage, and a supreme court. Moreover, despite Oman’s relative lack of oil and gas compared to other Gulf States, the Sultan has invested his country’s wealth so wisely that all citizens are guaranteed free education up to the doctoral level (should they qualify); free health care; free land; soft loans for building homes; jobs and social security for the disabled, orphans and widows. Furthermore, unlike neighbouring countries, Oman has resolved all its border demarcation issues with all its neighbours, has no foreign debt and has a Sovereign Wealth Reserve Fund of over 30 billion Riyals (about $100 billion). Oman is thus arguably the best administrated country in the Islamic world, if not in the whole world.

International Leader

Sultan Qaboos has been recognised by organisations such as the United Nations and the National Council of US-Arab Relations for his leadership in the Persian Gulf region. In 2008, he presided over the GCC Summit, where he was commended for his ongoing efforts toward political and economic cooperation amongst the GCC states. Sultan Qaboos has made an effort to strengthen ties between Oman and Iran, as well as the strategic partnership between Oman and India—showing the Sultan’s foresight in carving foreign policy independent of that of his Arab neighbours.

 

1650 The year in which the Sultanate was established thus making it the oldest independent state in the Gulf.
5.1%Oman has the lowest government debt among Gulf Arab oil exporters at a mere 5.1 percent of its annual economic output in 2010.
363The number of years since the founding of the Sultanate (1650), thus making it the oldest independent state in the Gulf.
Winners of Sultan Qaboos Award for Culture, Arts and Literature - Oman Daily Observer
2013-11-12 20:08:26

MUSCAT — The names of the winners of Sultan Qaboos Award for Culture, Arts and Literature for this year in Contemporary Thought Issues, Music and Classical Arabic Poetry were announced yesterday. Habib bin Mohammed al Riyami, Secretary-General ...

Sultan Qaboos Award for Culture, Arts and Literature results - Oman Daily Observer
2013-11-10 19:39:36

MUSCAT — Habib bin Mohammad al Riyami, Secretary General of the Sultan Qaboos Higher Centre for Culture and Science will hold today a press conference to announce the results of the second session of the Sultan Qaboos Award for Culture, Arts and ...and more »

Sultan Qaboos receives letter from Saudi Monarch - Bahrain News Agency
2013-11-07 13:03:05

Muscat, Nov. 7. (BNA) -- Sultan Qaboos bin Said of Oman has received a letter from the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdulla bin Abdulaziz Al Saud pertaining to ways of bolstering the solid bilateral relations in various fields, as well as ...

Sultan Qaboos receives letter from Cypriot President - Bahrain News Agency
2013-11-05 17:39:11

Nicosia-Nov5(BNA)His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said of Oman today received a letter from Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades dealing with bilateral relations. This came as President Anastasiades received Omani Minister Responsible for Defence Affairs ...

Winners of Sultan Qaboos prize for environmental preservation unveiled - Middle East Online
2013-10-25 10:17:39

On the 22nd of October, the jury of the Man and the Biosphere Programme (MAB) of the UNESCO unveiled winners of Sultan Qaboos Award for Environment Preservation for 2013. Dr. Madiha bint Ahmed Al Shibaniyah, minister of education and chairperson ...

Qaboos urges young Omanis to seize opportunities - gulfnews.com
2013-11-13 10:42:27

Muscat: Omani leader Sultan Qaboos Bin Saeed has urged the nation's youth to seize opportunities made available to them by the state. Addressing the Council of Ministers' meeting on Tuesday at Bait Al Barakha, he asked Oman's younger generation to ...

Emir holds talks with Sultan Qaboos of Oman - Peninsula On-line
2013-10-29 10:14:44

MUSCAT: HH the Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani and His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said of the Sultanate of Oman held a session of official talks at Bait Al-Baraka Palace in the Omani capital, Tuesday. The talks tackled mutual cooperation ...

Sultan Qaboos environment prize winners announced - Oman Tribune
2013-10-23 01:03:40

The Sultan Qaboos Prize for Environment Preservation is a biennial award launched by His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Said during his speech at the Unesco headquarters in 1989 during a visit there. The prize comes in recognition of the role played by MAB ...and more »

Contract signed for extending Sultanate's continental shelf - Oman Daily Observer
2013-11-13 19:34:31

... Climate Affairs, the Ministry of Transport and Communications alongside with Sultan Qaboos University and Royal Oman Police. He pointed out that the continental shelf is the real and natural extension of the Sultanate's lands inside the seas and ...

ESO conducts Inter-College Environmental Public Speaking Competition - Oman Daily Observer
2013-11-12 14:50:54

“Green Students” from Sultan Qaboos University for 'Technology Owes Ecology an Apology', and “Environmental Journalist” from Sultan Qaboos University for 'Global Challenges — Local Solutions'. Habiba Marashi, Chairperson of EEG, praised the ...

“I am working for Oman – the country and its people… for me it is a delight to see my country and my people in the situation I imagined from the very first day I assumed power. I feel that I am a man with a mission rather than a man with authority.”
“One of Oman’s firm principles is co-operation with all states and nations on the basis of mutual respect, mutual interest and non-interference in the affairs of others"

Birth: 18 November 1940 (Age: 73)

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Influence: Leader of 2.9 million citizens and residents of Oman

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“One of Oman’s firm principles is co-operation with all states and nations on the basis of mutual respect, mutual interest and non-interference in the affairs of others"
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1650 The year in which the Sultanate was established thus making it the oldest independent state in the Gulf.
5.1%Oman has the lowest government debt among Gulf Arab oil exporters at a mere 5.1 percent of its annual economic output in 2010.
363The number of years since the founding of the Sultanate (1650), thus making it the oldest independent state in the Gulf.
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