Sultan of Oman

Apr 10, 2010 | Tags: , | Category: 1 Middle East dictators, All, Dictators, Middle East Leaders

Qaboos bin Said Al-Said, Sultan of Oman

Qaboos bin Said Al-Said, Sultan of Oman(b. Salalah, Oman, 18 Nov. 1940) Omani; Sultan 1970 – From the age of 16, Qaboos was educated in Britain, first privately, then at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst. He subsequently served on an operational tour of duty with the British army in Germany.

On return to Oman, his domineering and reactionary father kept him a virtual prisoner in the southern city of Salalah for the next six years, while a major insurgency by Nasserist guerrillas raged in the surrounding Dhofar region. Sultan Said bin Taimur kept Muscat and Oman an isolated and economically backward society, in which slavery was still common and oil revenues were spent exclusively on defence. To defeat the uprising and modernize Oman required a change in government. To that end Qaboos deposed his father in a coup of July 1970 with British assistance and to general public acclaim. Oman’s armed forces were supplemented by Iran and Britain, military assistance was received from Jordan, Saudi Arabia, and the Emirates, and an astute policy which encouraged defections from the rebel forces was pursued. The insurgency was defeated in 1975 and the rebels pardoned.

Since 1970, increased oil revenues have been used to modernize Oman rapidly, but in a different way from that of other Gulf oil states. Limited oil reserves are conserved for as long as possible; after defence expenditure, oil revenues are used primarily to educate and employ a youthful population; modernization is pursued to ensure no adverse affects on Islam, on Oman’s Islamic traditions and culture, on the natural environment and on external and internal security. In 1991, Sultan Qaboos established a Majlis al-Shoura (National Assembly) which has become the most vigorous and effective of all such political bodies in the Arabian peninsula.

  • Khalid Durrani

    Hello sir,
    Sir i have some problem from the Oman Embassy.
    1. It`s very shame for the embassy of Oman in Pakistan that they change there address and can`t update on net.
    2. The number of the embassy used in Islamabad is limited form the set means when i call the phone is dead and when the office time off or Saturday & Sunday the phone alive.
    3. And there is no cooperation with the clients the watch man i think he never see the school and also the other staff.
    4. There is no sitting place for the visitors.
    there is too many complaints but i have no time for ex-plane that tomorrow i will go to the embassy of Oman first search then attested the paper of mine.
    Thanks for cooperate.

  • Fletcher Carroll

    I hope, once sultan Qaboos passes away in the future; several or more yrs. The next Sultan of Oman should follow sultan Qaboos’s past and current beliefs.