This page was created to showcase the various small and big, local and expat, male and female who have built this beautiful country. It is a collective effort put in by countless individuals to take this nation to the next level. While some take it to the next level and beyond, there are some who see into the future and start building today. It takes great amount of courage, commitment and sacrifice to be a visionary. His Majesty is that very individual who broke the barriers of suppressed past and brought people of this country together to build a flourishing modern homeland.
Born on the 18th November 1940, in the ancient city of Salalah, Oman received a child who was to carry the glorious future of the Sultanate in his hands.
Sultan Said bin Taimur father of His Majesty chose to give his son one of the oldest and almost unknown names, a name of that would be etched with honor and pride in the history of Oman and the world “Qaboos”. His Majesty is the 8th Sultan of Oman in the direct sequence of the Al Busaidi, a family that was founded by Imam Ahmad bin Said in 1744 AD.
His Majesty Sultan Qaboos began his early education in Oman, and he was then sent by his father Sultan Said Bin Taimur to United Kingdom in 1958 for further studies. He spent two years in a private School in Suffolk and joined the Sandhurst Royal Military Academy in 1960. He graduated after two years and joined the Scottish Rifles, which was then stationed in Germany. After completing his military training within the British army in Germany, he studied local government, and completed training courses in management, and embarked on a worldwide cultural tour. He returned to Oman in 1964, then spent most of his time furthering his knowledge of Sharia law and of the history and civilization of Oman.
Qaboos acceded to the throne on 23 July 1970 following a successful coup against his father, with the aim of ending the country’s isolation and using its oil revenue for modernization and development. He declared that the country would no longer be known as Muscat and Oman, but would change its name to “Sultanate of Oman” in order to better reflect its political unity.
The first pressing problem that His Majesty faced as Sultan was an armed communist insurgency from South Yemen, the Dhofar Rebellion (1962–1976). The sultanate eventually defeated the incursion.
There were few rudiments of a modern state when Qaboos took power in July 1970. The political system which Qaboos established was that of an absolute monarchy that continues till day and is one of the longest in the region. The Sultan’s birthday, 18 November is celebrated as Oman’s national day. The first day of his reign 23 July, is celebrated as Renaissance Day.
A highly-skilled leader, His Majesty Sultan Qaboos has spearheaded the country’s development, successfully combining Oman’s great history and heritage with modern methods, tools and technology. His Majesty’s vision continues to provide a long-term outline for modernizing the Sultanate in response to the changing global realities of the 21st century. Oman has been a model for establishing an unwavering level of peace and economic prosperity based on integrating the available resources to best serve the interests of everyone. Oman continues its pursuit of sustainable development through a stable economic framework, diversification, and the enhancement of human development, while increasing the strength and competitiveness of the private sector.
Thanks to his selfless, tireless efforts, Oman now stands proudly with other nations on the world stage, and has become a well-respected member of the global community.