Who was Sultan Qaboos bin Said al Said?



Sat, 11 Jan 2020 - 02:31 GMT


Sat, 11 Jan 2020 - 02:31 GMT

Oman’s late Sultan Qaboos bin Said al Said - Reuters

Oman’s late Sultan Qaboos bin Said al Said - Reuters

CAIRO - 11 January 2020: Arab and international worlds mourned the death of Oman’s Sultan Qaboos bin Said al Said, who died on Saturday at the age of 79. Sultan Qaboos took over power from his father in July 23, 1970. He is the only son of Sultan Saeed bin Taimur bin Faisal Al Said from Muscat and Oman.

After announcing his death, the Omani Defense Council immediately announced, in its first measure, that Sultan Haitham bin Tariq Al Said assumed the position of the new Sultan of Oman.

The succession decrees require opening closed messages that specify the choice of the succeeding sultan after three days.

The 1996 law stipulates that the ruling family will choose a successor within three days of the throne being vacated.

In the below lines, et provides information about late Sultan Qaboos:

Qaboos, born in Salalah on 18 November 1940, received his primary and secondary education at Salalah then travelled to study in England at a private school at age 16. He entered the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. After graduating from Sandhurst in September 1962, he joined the British Army and was posted to the 1st Battalion The Cameronians (Scottish Rifles), serving with them in Germany for one year. He also held a staff appointment with the British Army.

Qaboos was briefly married to a first cousin. They had no children and divorced in 1979.

The sultan was previously diagnosed with colon cancer. He was believed to have been in poor health in recent months and travelled to Belgium for a medical checkup in December.

The eighth Sultan of Oman is considered in the direct hierarchy of the Al-Busaid family, founded by Imam Ahmed bin Saeed in 1741 and whose memory remains respected in Oman as an enlightened warrior and administrator, who also succeeded in uniting the country after years of civil war.

Sultan Qaboos won a number of prizes, most notably International Peace, the necklace of the Isabella Catholic Order, the Knight of the Grand Cross of the Order of St. Michael and St. George, the Knight of the Royal Victorian Medal, the Medal of the Grand Cross of the Order of the Chorus of Honor, the Thin Scarf.

He implemented many development projects to raise the standard of living of the Omani citizen. He inaugurated many schools and hospitals while Oman had only three schools and no more than two hospitals in Muscat and Salalah in the beginning of 1970.

Besides his position as Sultan of Oman, he also served as Prime Minister, Minister of Defense, Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, Minister of Finance, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Chairman of the Supreme Council for Planning, and President of the Central Bank.



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