Sultan Qaboos Bin Said

His Majesty the Sultan is not only a monarch but a man who remains close to his people and is deeply loved by them. An enthusiast of the Arabian horse and outdoor activities who likes to stick to his traditions above the modernization and development of the country.

Since July 23 1970, with more than 40 years in power (the longest for any country located in the Gulf) his Majesty the Sultan has dedicated all his efforts and resources to undertake a period of development known to his people as the rebirth (An-Nahda).

Sultan Qaboos Bin Said
Sultan Qaboos Bin Said

Biography:

Son of the Sultan Bin Said Taimur, is born in Salalah on the 18 of November 1940.

When he is 16 years of age, he begins his academic and military studies (as an official) in the United Kingdom and later begins a cultural journey (travels to different countries).

In 1964 he returns to Oman and during 6 years he concentrates all his efforts in the study of Islam and the history of Oman.

After deposing his father in 1970, Sultan Qaboos opened up the country, embarked on economic reforms, and followed a policy of modernization marked by increased spending on health, education and welfare. Political reforms were eventually introduced.

In 1981 Oman became a founding member of the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council.

In 1997 Sultan Qaboos decreed that women could vote and stand for election (historically, voters had been chosen from among tribal leaders, intellectuals, and businessmen)

Qaboos bin Said has no children, so as the Constitution says the royal family should choose a new sultan within three days of the position falling vacant. If the royal family council can´t agree, a letter containing a name written by Sultan Qaboos should be opened in the presence of a defense council of military and security officials, Supreme Court chiefs, and heads of the two parliamentary advisory assemblies.

Achievements:

Has connected the country with a network of roads and highways (I have traveled on them and they are in perfect shape).

Promoting technology and more electrical wiring which has vastly improved communication between government and people, creating cultural awareness.

Creation of desalination plants which have supplied drinkable water and improvement of the irrigation system.

Improvement of ports, airports and industrial sites creating more business opportunities and new markets as tourism leveraging its strategic location within the Gulf countries.

Free Healthcare and new Hospitals.

Free schools and universities present in the most representative cities.

Museums (they represent the history of the country), cultural centers (main example is the Royal Opera House of Muscat) and the construction of great mosques.

Omanisation work means the monitoring of the rights and obligations of the Omanis and the increasing incorporation of women into the labor market and government institutions.