Muscat: 79-year-old Sultan of Oman, who ruled country since 1970, dies


Muscat, Jan 11 (IANS): Oman's Sultan Qaboos bin Said Al Said, the Arab world's longest-serving ruler, has died aged 79, state media reported on Saturday.

"The Diwan of Royal Court announces mourning and disrupts the official work of the public and private sectors for three days and flags at half-mast in the next 40 days," Xinhua news agency quoted the state TV public channel as saying on Twitter.

The Sultan, who ruled Oman for almost half a century, was unmarried and had no heir or had designated successor, according to media.

Last month he returned home after undergoing medical checks and treatment in Belgium. There were reports he was suffering from cancer, the BBC said in a report.

At the age of 29, Sultan Qaboos in 1970 deposed his father Said bin Taimur in a bloodless coup with British support and using its oil wealth, he then set Oman on a path to development.

According to the sultanate's Basic Statute, the Royal Family Council, comprising about 50 male members, should choose a new Sultan within three days of the throne falling vacant.

If the family cannot agree, members of the defence council and the chairmen of the Supreme Court, the Consultative Council and the State Council will open a sealed envelope in which Sultan Qaboos secretly recorded his choice and enthrone that person.

The sultan is the paramount decision-maker in Oman and also holds the positions of prime minister, supreme commander of the armed forces, minister of defence, minister of finance and minister of foreign affairs.

 

  

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  • mrs,a.f.dsouza,, kundapura/mumbai.

    Mon, Jan 13 2020

    Rip Sultan of Oman. I am touched by his gesture when our late president S D Sharma visited Oman. Guru dakshina.

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  • Peter Lewis, Kalmady/ Udupi

    Sun, Jan 12 2020

    RIP, His Majesty Sultan Qaboos.

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  • Crasto, Udupi

    Sat, Jan 11 2020

    RIP😔

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  • Kudla Stories, Kudla

    Sat, Jan 11 2020

    May the sould of His Excellency, rest in peace. Reading the eulogy here, it is guaranteed that he was a noble man. A man who ruled for so long and did good to his country and the population, irrespective of religion and nationality. There are a lot of politicians in our country, who need to understand that the focus should be that of development and not religious and political divide.

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  • Madhu sudan, Kadri

    Sat, Jan 11 2020

    Great leader........ May his soul rest in peace

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  • David Pais, Mangalore

    Sat, Jan 11 2020

    sultan kabus bin said worked hard 4 da betterment of Oman & 4 da betterment of its citizens. rip

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  • Agnello, Mangalore

    Sat, Jan 11 2020

    He took over a country which was just a village and transformed it into one of the most modern, environmentally friendly country in the world.When you drive in Muscat you feel you are driving in a garden city and not a desert. And it is not a concrete jungle like Dubai and Singapore. The citizens of the country are very modest and very friendly. Sultan Qaboos loved his people and people adored him. I have never seen any world leader unviresally liked like him. Oman is a country with limited resources and should be a benchmark how to productively use these resources for great and sustainable infrastructure.Wish his successor HM Haitham well. Hope he takes Oman to greater heights based on platform of universal brotherhood whose foundations were laid by Sultan Qaboos

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  • Santosh Kumar, Mangalore

    Sat, Jan 11 2020

    Sultan Qaboos was an outstanding leader, who transformed Oman into a modern country within short period. It is sad day for all of us who lived in Oman. R.I.P

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  • McQueen, Mangalore

    Sat, Jan 11 2020

    You hit the nail on the head...... Very Sad day indeed for those associated with Oman...

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  • stany d souza, kadri udupi muscat

    Sat, Jan 11 2020

    A GREAT LEADER
    sad news for all of us may his soul
    Rest in peace
    STANY NANCY PEARL DEEPAK N PRITESH
    MUSCAT

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  • H.A.Sayed, Udupi - Muscat

    Sat, Jan 11 2020

    RIP
    HM Sultan Qaboos bin Said ...

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  • Hussain, uchil

    Sat, Jan 11 2020

    Innaliiha alai wainna ilahirajuun
    A Great leader, an intelligent planner, in the world there is no other leader like HH sultan Qabous He is to go to see is people one in a year the program is called as "meet the people"and We INDIA lost our sincere Friend

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  • Anand R, Mangalore

    Sat, Jan 11 2020

    Such a noble ruler who developed Sultanate like anything in a short span of time.

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  • HENRY MISQUITH, India

    Sat, Jan 11 2020

    We lost one of the wisest and able leaders of the world who was the founding father of a modern country called Sultanate Of Oman. Rest in peace Sultan Qaboos.

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  • Valerian Peres, Gurpur Kaikamba / Muscat

    Sat, Jan 11 2020

    His Majesty Sultan Qaboos was a great visionary, peace lover and a great just ruler of Oman. May Almighty grant eternal peace to his noble soul.

    A great Architect who planned, designed the new Era of Oman and for the people of Oman. A gentle ambassador of PEACE, who led the country OMAN to the path of progress.
    You will not find such a great and wonderful Sultan and a second country like Oman for its natural beauty and the just and kind hearted Omani people. We shall miss you our Dear Sultan Qaboos Bin Said forever. You will be remembered forever.
    May The Almighty God grant him eternal rest and peace for his soul and looking for a similar dynamic leader for Oman to continue the aspirations of citizens and people living in Oman.

    Our heart felt condolences to all the Royal Family Members, Diwan of Royal Court, members of the Defense council and the Chairmen of the Supreme Court, the Consultative Council and the State Council and all the Citizens and Expats in Oman.

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  • Herman D Souza, Mumbai

    Sat, Jan 11 2020

    Its indeed a sad news loosing such a dynamic leader.

    A great visionary , Ambassador of PEACE, who led the country OMAN to the path of progress.
    You will not find a second country like Oman for its natural beauty.
    May Almighy god grant him eternal peace and looking for a similar dynamic leader for Oman to continue the aspiartions of citizens and people living in Oman.

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  • Wilson Pinto, Neerude /Muscat

    Sat, Jan 11 2020

    His Majesty Sultan Qaboos was a visionary, peace lover and great ruler of Oman. May Almighty grant eternal peace to his noble soul.

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  • McQueen, Mangalore

    Sat, Jan 11 2020

    Eternal rest grant unto him o Lord, let perpetual light shine upon him, may his soul rest in peace, Amen.
    A great leader indeed, who took the nation towards development

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  • Santan Mascarenhas, Kinnigoli/Mumbai

    Sat, Jan 11 2020

    RIP the ruler of Oman.
    When Indian President Shanker Dayal Sharma went to Oman on an official visit, this Sultan came to the airport to receive him, though according to their protocol, Sultan was not going to receive PM and Presidents at the airport. When the plane landed, he climbed the stairs and went to our President and greeted him. and came down behind the president respectfully.
    After getting down, he signaled the driver to go and drove the President to his palace himself.
    Later, when asked, why he did so, he replied, "I did not go to receive the President, but my teacher." While studying at Poona University, Shanker Dayal Sharma was his professor.

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  • Charles, Karkala

    Sat, Jan 11 2020

    Very sad news that H.H. Sultan Qaboos of Oman is no more. Indeed a great loss for the nation of Oman and its people but world at large. He was a great man and commanded immense love and respect from every resident of the great country Oman. May Almighty God grant eternal rest to the departed noble soul.

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  • Nelson DSouza, Mangalore

    Sat, Jan 11 2020

    RIP

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  • sense_Shetty, Mangalore

    Sat, Jan 11 2020

    Great Leader ..Always stood for peace ..Was secular by nature ..Officially allowed establishment of Temple and church in the entire gulf region over 50 years ago..unlike the other counter parts...in this region.
    God bless him ..Indians in Oman loved this man ..Interestingly ..he studied in Pune in India ..and was a student of Ex president ..Shankar Dayal Sharma ..

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  • Abdul kader,, Vidyanagar , KASARAGOD.

    Sat, Jan 11 2020

    RIP Sir, of course he is a great leader gulf countries.

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  • Viraj Holamoge, Udupi-Oman

    Sat, Jan 11 2020

    Really a great soul. Very shocking to hear this news. RIP.

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  • Ashwin S Suvarna, Padubidri/ Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

    Sat, Jan 11 2020

    May his soul rest in peace 🌷🙏🌷

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  • Ivan Saldanha-Shet, Mangalore. Rosario

    Sat, Jan 11 2020

    Sad news. A great ruler and charismatic personality who did the world a lot of good. May the Almighty bless his soul and give Oman another ableand just ruler.

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  • Dennis Alvares, Secunderabad

    Sat, Jan 11 2020

    May his soul rest in peace .his majesty was a great ruler.condolence to the citizens of Oman.

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  • Stanley T H Fernandes, Milagres Muscat

    Sat, Jan 11 2020

    Very sad news. Sultan Qaboos was a great Visionary and dynamic Ruler. Developed the Sultanate from nothing to a most modern country. Gulf/Middle East & Rest of the world leaders admired & respected him for his friendly and wisely policies. Great loss to Sultanate of Oman.
    May his Soul Rest In Peace.
    Stanley T H Fernandes
    Muscat- Oman

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  • Anthony Fernandes, Thottam/Muscat/USA

    Sat, Jan 11 2020

    May his Soul rest in Peace. The people of Oman and all expatriates in Oman will miss this great ruler.

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  • Mangalurian, Mangaluru

    Sat, Jan 11 2020

    Death of Qaboos bin Said marks the end of a very long chapter. Despite his many struggles against the rebels, he provided a very stable and development-oriented Government for exactly 50 years. Omanis have lost a great leader.

    Within the GCC, being Ibadi, he stood out from the others. He avoided getting into any wars with anyone.

    He has always remained a very good friend of India, even to the extent of many military-level arrangements.

    Just for the record, his father Said bin Taimur was exiled to Britain in 1970 where he died two years later (1972).

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  • Max and Jessie Rasquinha, Mangalore, Houston/Dallas, Texas, U.S.A

    Sat, Jan 11 2020

    Late Sultan Qubz of Oman was a very pragmatic leader, well educated and well acclimatized with so many challenges relating to the Persian Gulf region from the time he took over from his father thru a peaceful transition.

    Sultan Qubz has witnessed so many changes throughout the Persian Gulf region for so may decades, yet he managed the affairs of his Sultanate professionally and smoothly in spite of the fact that the Sultanate was situated in a most strategic and sensitive area of the region.

    He managed the affairs of his Sultanate very peacefully and cautiously by keeping everyone happy and satisfied. Sultan Qubz had vast experience of the region, and he kept everyone happy by learning how to satisfy them in their individual as well as group needs.

    Oman is a peaceful place. Oman has in possession a great group of intellectuals who will know their future role in that sensitive region. The times are tough and sensitive, but the people of Oman are smart and intelligent, and they will know their future role to keep their people happy, and the place hopefully will remain safe and prosperous.

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  • Vasant Raj, Mangalore / Abudhabi

    Sat, Jan 11 2020

    Rest In Peace...

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  • Nelson Pinto, Udupi/ Oman

    Sat, Jan 11 2020

    Rest in peace.....
    We love u..... We miss u always....
    We love Oman....
    Eyes are filled with tears....

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  • Wilfred J. Lewis, Matpady-Brahmavar/ New York, USA

    Sat, Jan 11 2020

    Qaboos bin Said, a Phenomenal Ruler, who developed Sultanate of Oman. His name is secure in the history.

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  • Mumtaz arshad, Oman / Mangalore

    Sat, Jan 11 2020

    Inna lillahi vainna ilahi Rajivoon ..May his soul rest in eternal peace. Ameen .

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  • Sharon Alva, Muscat

    Sat, Jan 11 2020

    Really sad to loose such a great leader. Condolences to the entire nation and residents of oman

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  • Don, Mangalore

    Sat, Jan 11 2020

    He was a great man, and a great ruler. He was greatly loved and he will be greatly missed.

    May he rest in peace.

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  • Flora Dsouza, Kalmady/Jerimeri-Mumbai

    Sat, Jan 11 2020

    May his Soul rest in peace...

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Sat, Jan 11 2020

    India lost a Friend.
    RIP Qaboos bin Said ...

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  • Sandesh, Mangalore

    Sat, Jan 11 2020

    Rest In Peace the King of Oman. My most sincere condolences to the people of Oman.

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  • Roshan, Sohar OMan

    Sat, Jan 11 2020

    Very sad news he has been a great visionar and developed Oman into one of the best places in the ME. Will be a great loss for the country and I hope his wisdom remains! 🙏 Our deepest sympathy to the nation Oman and their people.

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  • ummar, mangalore

    Sat, Jan 11 2020

    Innaliiha alai wainna ilahirajuun

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