Oman’s monarch, Sultan Qaboos bin Said died after having ruled the country for nearly five decades. He was succeeded by Sayyid Haitham bin Tariq al Said as Sultan of Oman.
- Qaboos bin Said Al Said (1940 – 2020) was the Sultan of Oman from 1970 until his death.
- A fourteenth-generation descendant of the founder of the House of Al Said, he was the longest-serving leader in the Middle East and Arab world at the time of his death.
- As Sultan, Qaboos implemented a policy of modernization and brought an end to Oman’s international isolation.
- His reign saw a rise in living standards and development in the country, the abolition of slavery, the end of the Dhofar Rebellion and the promulgation of Oman’s constitution.
- In 2004, Government of India honoured him with the Jawaharlal Nehru Award for International Understanding.
Important Info :
- Oman is one of the six countries in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). The other members include Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Qatar and Bahrain.
Source : Indian Express