Qaboos bin Said al Said

Qaboos bin Said al Said

Sultan of Oman
Born Nov 18, 1940

Qaboos bin Said Al Said is the Sultan of Oman and its Dependencies. He rose to power after overthrowing his father, Said bin Taimur, in a palace coup in 1970. He is the 14th-generation descendant of the founder of the Al Bu Sa'idi dynasty.

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    Huffington Post - Dec 31, 2012
  • Sultan Of Oman To Be Chief Guest At Republic Day
    The Times Of India - Nov 01, 2012
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    Bikyamasr - Sep 13, 2012
  • ‘Sultan Left €3,000 Tip For Hotel Staff’
    Cyprus Mail - Apr 26, 2012


Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Qaboos bin Said al Said.


1940 Birth Qaboos was born in Salalah in Dhofar on 18 November 1940. … Read More


1962 21 Years Old 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. … Read More
1966 25 Years Old After his military service, Qaboos studied local government subjects in England and then completed his education with a world tour chaperoned by Leslie Chauncey. Upon his return in 1966, he was placed under virtual house arrest in the Sultan's palace in Salalah by his father. … Read More
1970 29 Years Old 1 More Event
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. … Read More


1976 35 Years Old On 22 March 1976, Qaboos bin Said married his first cousin, Kamila, née Sayyida Nawwal bint Tariq Al Said (born 1951), daughter of Sayyid Tariq bin Taimur Al Said and his second wife, Sayyida Shawana bint Nasir Al Said. The marriage ended in divorce in 1979. She remarried in 2005. … Read More


1995 54 Years Old In September 1995, he was involved in a car accident in Salalah just outside his palace, which claimed the life of one of his most prominent and influential ministers and his right-hand man, Qais Bin Abdul Munim Al Zawawi. … Read More


2011 70 Years Old …  Moreover, the question raises whether also the next successor will keep the same absolute power in his hands or whether he will decide to separate State powers, given that although Oman has been largely untouched by the 2011 Arab Spring, unrest has kept on sweeping through the country throughout 2012 and 2013. … Read More
2015 74 Years Old …  Although Sultan Qaboos returned to Oman on 23 March 2015 and state officials as well as the Sultan himself have repeatedly tried to assure the population over his health, uncertainty still remains and the question of his succession is giving way to all sorts of speculations. … Read More
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