Qaboos Said
Sultan of Oman
Qaboos Said
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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Philip N. Howard: The Dictator's Dead Pool for 2013: Will China's Investments Pay Off in Political Clout?
Huffington Post - about 4 years
The world rarely mourns dead dictators. The death of an authoritarian ruler usually means chaos and more suffering for the people they ruled. A year ago I drafted a list of the aging and sickly dictators of this world whose days were numbered for natural reasons. Political enemies often work to end a dictator's tenure early. And a dead dictator can still seem to exert influence from beyond the grave; even they are mortal. A list like this is useful because it helps set into sharp relief the parts of the world where political order might quickly become precarious. Analyzing such a list can help identify the "predictable surprises" I've written about elsewhere. Here is a list of countries with authoritarian rulers who will be at least 70 years old next year. The list is ordered by who is toughest (with toughest at the top), and includes information about each ruler's age and the year they took over: Saudi Arabia: Abdullah Bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud, age 88, in power since 2 ...
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Sultan of Oman to be chief guest at Republic Day
The Times Of India - over 4 years
Sultan Qaboos Said bin Said, ruler of Oman, will be the chief guest at the next Republic Day, putting a seal on a bilateral relationship that is almost unique in the region.
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Oman to hold three-day Lord Ganesh festival
Bikyamasr - over 4 years
Oman to hold three-day Lord Ganesh festival. Shree Ganesh Festival, in its 28th year, will be celebrated in Muscat (Oman) from September 19 to 21. To be held in Muscat Shiva Temple, it will reportedly include Ganesh Pratishtapana, Panchamrita Abhisheka, Gana Homa, poojas, Vedic chants, Ganesh Sahasranama Smarane, Bharatnatyam/Odissi dances, traditional floral decorations, bhajans, Shukla Yajurveda Ghanam chanting, Veena recital, etc.; besides offering of laddu/modaka/chakkuli. Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, applauding the Oman Hindu community for organizing this elaborate Ganesh Festival, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, wished that all prayers of Oman devotees be answered on auspicious occasion of Ganesh-Chaturthi, which falls on September 19 this year celebrating the birth of Lord Ganesh. Rajan Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, urged the Oman seekers to undertake deeper study of Hindu scriptures as it would open another eye for them. A ...
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‘Sultan left €3,000 tip for hotel staff’
Cyprus Mail - almost 5 years
THE SULTAN of Oman, Qaboos bin Said al Said, who was holidaying at a Limassol hotel the last few days left Cyprus happy, according to one report, leaving a €3,000 tip for the staff and gold watches for the hotel’s managers.  According to yesterday’s Alithia, the Oman leader stayed almost a week at the luxury Le Meridien Hotel in Limassol.  The Sultan reportedly arrived last Thursday with a 200-strong delegation in two private Boeing 747s. Members of his entourage arrived earlier in a Lear Jet to prepare the grounds for his visit, overseeing the refurbishment of the fourth and fifth floors of the luxury hotel. A military C-130 transport plane also arrived from Oman bringing his two limousines, said the paper.  On leaving the hotel, he left tips of €3,000 to the staff, and gold watches worth €5,000 each to the managers of the hotel. Members of his delegation remained behind while the Sultan is due to return to the hotel in June after further trips to Europe, starting with Croatia.  ...
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Omani Sultan meets senior CPC official on ties - Xinhua
Google News - over 5 years
For his part, Qaboos said Oman attaches great importance to the friendly relationship with China, and is willing to enhance bilateral cooperation in energy, commerce, culture with the world's second largest economy to benefit the two peoples
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The smell of luxury - Malaysia Star
Google News - over 5 years
Amouage was founded by the late Sayyid Hamad Hamood Al-Busaidi, a senior royal, instructed by Sultan Qaboos Said Al-Said of Oman to create the world's most precious scent using Oman as inspiration. Amouage is an amalgam of two words, one Arabic and one
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Omani sultan steers his country away from Vvolence -- for now - AHN | All Headline News
Google News - almost 6 years
Far from threatening or demonizing the protest movement in his country as did other leaders in the Arab world, Qaboos said the demonstrators were "children of Oman who should be treated wisely." The oldest independent state in the Arab world,
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Qaboos bin Said al Said
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2015
    Age 74
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Article 6 of the constitution says the royal family should choose a new sultan within three days of the position falling vacant. If the royal family council fails to agree, a letter containing a name penned by sultan Qaboos should be opened in the presence of a defence council of military and security officials, supreme court chiefs, and heads of the two quasi-parliamentary advisory assemblies. Analysts see the rules as an elaborate means of sultan Qaboos securing his choice for successor without causing controversy by making it public during his lifetime.
  • 2011
    Age 70
    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.
    More Details Hide Details It is thus reasonable to expect that the younger generation will not accept from the next successor the same grip on power that the Sultan now has. Qaboos bin Said is an avid fan and promoter of classical music. His 120-member orchestra has a high reputation in the Middle East. The orchestra consists entirely of young Omanis who, since 1986, audition as children and grow up as members of the symphonic ensemble. They play locally and travel abroad with the sultan. Argentine composer Lalo Schifrin was commissioned to compose a work entitled Symphonic Impressions of Oman and the Sultan is particularly enthusiastic about the pipe organ. The Royal Opera House Muscat features the largest mobile pipe organ in the world, which has three specially made organ stops, named the "Royal Solo" in his honour. He was also a patron of local folk musician Salim Rashid Suri, making him a cultural consultant, in which role Suri wrote songs praising the Sultan and his family.
  • FIFTIES
  • 1995
    Age 54
    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.
    More Details Hide Details According to CBS News, June 19, 2011, Several protest leaders have been detained and released in rolling waves of arrests during the Arab Spring, and dissatisfaction with the state of affairs in the country is high. While disgruntlement amongst the populace is obvious, the extreme dearth of foreign press coverage and lack of general press freedom there leaves it unclear as to whether the protesters want the sultan to leave, or simply want their government to function better. Beyond the recent protests, there is concern about succession in the country, as there is no heir apparent or any clear legislation on who may be the next Sultan. Qaboos officially keeps Oman neutral, having contacts and normal relations with Iran while being an ally of western states like the United Kingdom and the United States. Oman has more normal relations with Iran than Arab States of the Persian Gulf, and is careful to appear neutral and maintain a balance between the West and Iran. As a result, Oman has often acted as an intermediary between the United States and Iran.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1976
    Age 35
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Tony Molesworth, Oman's former second-most-senior intelligence officer, and some Omanis believe Qaboos to be homosexual. Name! City! Area! Coordinates! Qaboos holds the following ranks: He has been awarded (° = Royal Ark):
  • TWENTIES
  • 1970
    Age 29
    There were few rudiments of a modern state when Qaboos took power in July 1970.
    More Details Hide Details The political system which Qaboos established is that of an absolute monarchy. The Sultan's birthday, 18 November, is celebrated as Oman's national holiday. The first day of his reign, 23 July, is celebrated as Renaissance Day. Oman has no system of checks and balances, and thus no separation of powers. All power is concentrated in the sultan, who is also chief of staff of the armed forces, Minister of Defence, Minister of Foreign Affairs and chairman of the Central Bank. All legislation since 1970 has been promulgated through royal decrees, including the 1996 Basic Law. The sultan appoints judges, and can grant pardons and commute sentences. The sultan's authority is inviolable and the sultan expects total subordination to his will.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He declared that the country would no longer be known as Muscat and Oman, but would change its name to "the Sultanate of Oman" in order to better reflect its political unity. The first pressing problem that Qaboos bin Said faced as Sultan was an armed communist insurgency from South Yemen, the Dhofar Rebellion (1962–1976). The sultanate eventually defeated the incursion with help from the Shah of Iran, Jordanian troops sent from his friend King Hussein of Jordan, British Special Forces and the Royal Air Force.
  • 1966
    Age 25
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Here he was kept isolated from government affairs, except for occasional briefings by his father's personal advisers. Qaboos studied Islam and the history of his country. His personal relationships were limited to a handpicked group of palace officials who were sons of his father's advisors and a few expatriate friends such as Tim Landon. Sultan Said would not allow his son to be involved with the developing planning process, and Qaboos began to make known his desire for change — which was quietly supported by his expatriate visitors.
  • 1962
    Age 21
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He also held a staff appointment with the British Army.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1940
    Born
    Qaboos was born in Salalah in Dhofar on 18 November 1940.
    More Details Hide Details He is the only son of Sultan Said bin Taimur and Sheikha Mazoon al-Mashani. He received his primary and secondary education at Salalah and Pune, India where he was the student of Shankar Dayal Sharma, the former President of India and was sent to a private educational establishment in England at age 16. At 20, he entered the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.
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