When we wrote our article this morning on the Sultan of Oman, we were a little puzzled why no information was coming up – but we’ve found out that the name was not accurate, although we did have the right picture of the Sultan up.
His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Said
Here are some details we’ve been able to get:
The Sultan of Oman is Qaboos bin Said Al Said GCB GCMG GCVO who was born November 18, 1940 in Salalah. We suppose he gets Qaboos Bin Said for short.
He rose to power after overthrowing his father, Sa‘id ibn Taymur, in a coup d’état in 1970, and if the 14th descendant of the Al Bu Sa‘idi dynasty.
He is the only son of Sultan Sa‘id bin Taymur and is one of the 8th generation of the Al Bu Sa‘idi dynasty. He received his primary and secondary education in Salalah and at Pune, India and attended a private educational establishment in England from the age of sixteen.
At 20 he entered the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. After graduating from Sandhurst, he joined a British Infantry regiment, The Cameronians, and served in the 1st Battalion in Germany for one year. He also held a staff appointment with the British Army.
After his military service, Sultan Qaboos studied local government subjects in England and, after a world tour, returned home to Salalah where he studied Islam and the history of his country.
In 1976 Qaboos ibn Sa‘id married his cousin, Kamila, née Sayyidah Nawwal bint Tariq (born 1951), daughter of HH Sayyid Tariq ibn Taymur, but the marriage soon ended in divorce. He has no children, and rumors about his personal life may have affected his authority.
Qaboos ibn Sa‘id is an avid fan and promoter of Newcastle United 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 is particularly enthusiastic about the pipe organ.
The Sultan’s birthday, 18 November, is celebrated as Oman’s national holiday.
For six years prior to Said bin Taymur’s overthrow, Qaboos experienced virtual house arrest in the royal palace of Salalah. In July 1970, soldiers supporting Qaboos clashed with forces loyal to Said bin Taymur, and deposed him.
Qaboos maintains that his father abdicated the throne. The British government helped to consolidate Qaboos’ power. Qaboos acceded to the throne on 1970-07-23, moving to Muscat. There 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.
His net worth in August of last year was estimated at £590.1M but in the list of the The World’s Richest Royals in which he is listed at number 10, two places above Queen Elizabeth II, who is down as being worth only $349M. So he’s probably really worth a lot more than that – let’s just say he doesn’t seem to be short of money – which is good!
Political System in Oman
The political system which Qaboos established is that of an absolute monarchy. Unlike the situation in neighboring Saudi Arabia, Qaboos’ decisions are not subject to modification by other members of Oman’s family. Government decisions are said to be made through a process of decision-making by “consensus” with federal, provincial, local and tribal representatives, though critics allege that Qaboos exercises de facto control of this process.
More recently, Qaboos has allowed parliamentary elections (in which women have voted and stood as candidates) and pledged greater openness and participation in government. As yet, however, this parliament lacks substantial political power.
Qaboos’ supporters point to his relative success in governing the country. By Persian Gulf standards, Oman boasts good public order (it is an extremely safe country), middling prosperity (given its level of oil revenues) and a relatively permissive society.
Since he acceded to the throne, Oman has broadened international relations, allowed newspapers, established high schools, built highways, opened hotels and shopping malls and spends a substantial portion of its dwindling oil revenues on health care and education.
Full democracy, they say, might threaten these accomplishments.
He has the following palaces in Oman:
Al Alam palace (in Muscat)
Al Seeb Palace (in Muscat)
Al Hosn Palace (in Salalah)
Al Ribat Palace (in Salalah)
Bahjat Al Andhar (in Sohar)
Arzat (in Salalah)
Bait Al Baraka palace (in Muscat)
Al Mamorah Palace (in Salalah)
Al Shoumoukh Palace (in Nizwa)
Future Flat on Quayside (Newcastle Upon Tyne) ?
That’s quite a lot of information, but what comes across is he’s a wealthy individual – that’s for sure.
If the Sultan does become the owner of Newcastle United, and Alan Shearer the manager – we suppose Alan will need to call him “Your Majesty.”