Sultan Qaboos bin Sa’id Aal Sa’id, the 14th descendant of the Al Bu Sa’idi dynasty, is a socially and politically active monarch, who has ruled for over 40 years as Sultan. Sultan Qaboos has revolutionized and modernized 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 Aal 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 757,000 barrels of crude oil per day in 2008, according to the US Energy Information Administration. 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 recognized 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.
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 neighboring countries, Oman has resolved all its border demarcation issues with all its neighbors, 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.
Sultan Qaboos has been recognized by organizations 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 neighbors.
The Sultan expressed his satisfaction with the efforts made by the government and the other state sectors in implementing the plans and programmes of development, as well as the vital projects that serve the citizens and alleviate their lives in their ...
Muscat: Sultan Qaboos Bin Saeed on Monday received Dr Ahmad Mohammad Al Tayeb, the Grand Imam of Al Azhar Al Sharif at Bait Al Barakah palace. The two discussed cooperation and exchanges between Oman and Al Azhar in religious areas. Al Tayeb ...
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, meets with Oman's Sultan Qaboos bin Said. View Photo. Associated Press - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, meets with Oman's Sultan Qaboos bin Said at Bait Al Baraka in Muscat, Oman, Tuesday, May 21, 2013.
MANAH — In co-operation with Sultan Qaboos Cultural Centre in Washington, Sultan Qaboos College for Teaching Arabic to Non-native Speakers in the wilayat of Manah in Dakhiliyah Governorate received 37 students, mostly from the United States.and more »
The London practice was approached to produce outline proposals for the neighbourhood of the Madinat Al Sultan Qaboos in the city centre. The 35,000sq m site currently features religious buildings, offices, restaurants and shops. Kamvari was inspired ...
This leads to a shortage, which affects other patients, according to Dr Salam bin Salim al Kindi, head of the department of haematology at Sultan Qaboos University Hospital (SQUH). Transfusion to accident victims is causing quick depletion of stocks.and more »
Thirty-one paintings by five fourth-year students of the College of Education's Art Education department at Sultan Qaboos University (SQU) are being displayed at the varsity's exhibition hall. The exhibition titled 'This is Me' was inaugurated on ...
MADHA Under the Royal directives of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Said, HE Nasser Bin Hamoud Bin Ahmed Al Kindi, Secretary-General of Royal Court Affairs, presided over the opening ceremony of Sultan Qaboos Mosque in the Wilayat of Madha in ...
Shaikh Ali bin Nasser al Mahrooqi, Majlis Ash'Shura Secretary General, said that the agenda for the meeting includes a presentation to be given by the Minister of Health about Sultan Qaboos Medical City, adding that the presentation is an initiative by ...
Muscat, May 19 (ONA)---In response to the royal directives of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Said to convert Sultan Qaboos Port into a tourist port, Dr. Ahmed bin Salim al-Futaisi, Minister of Transport and Communications today announced the approval of ...and more »
The Sultan responded quickly to the protests by ordering political reforms, creating 50,000 government jobs and providing a monthly benefit of $390 to the unemployed. The Sultan also instituted an elected legislative.
Moreover, massive popular demonstrations showed that the Sultan still commands at least 99% popular support in Oman.
The Arab Spring in Oman is effectively over.