An introduction to the Sultan of Oman - His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said
A new dawn arrived on 23 July, 1970, by way of Sultan Qaboos bin Said's accession to the throne, a leader who bridled at the suffering of his people and whose own ancestry bore the scars of long struggle.
Qaboos bin Said was born in Salalah in Dhofar on 18 November 1940, the only son of Sultan Said bin Taimur, the then ruler of the country. He spent the first 16 years of his life in Salalah, where he was educated, until his father sent him to a private educational establishment in England. At the age of 20, he entered Sandhurst Royal Military Academy as an officer cadet.
After passing out of Sandhurst, he joined a British Infantry battalion on operational duty in Germany for one year, followed by a staff appointment with the British Army. After military service, Qaboos studied local government in England and went on a world tour before returning to Oman in 1964. The following six years were spent in Salalah studying Islam and the history of his country and people. However, during this time, the Qaboos became aware of the poverty of his people and the poor standards of living to which they were subjected. On 23 July 1970, his father abdicated and Sultan Qaboos bin Said acceded to the throne.
Without delay, he invited those who had left Oman to return to their homeland, calling on them to join him in working together to improve the country. They were welcomed to participate in designing the course of the new nation, irrespective of their former inclinations, as it was “for God to forgive what had gone before. To this end, many exiles and once hostile forces became supportive and declared their intent to assist in the difficult struggle which lay ahead of them.
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