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Who was Qaboos bin said al said? Qaboos bin said al said Wiki, Bio, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Died and 03 Facts to Know

Qaboos bin said al said-03 Facts to Know

  • He was 79 years old
  • He was the only son of Sultan Said bin Taimur of Muscat and Oman
  • He was the fan and promoter of classical music.

Qaboos bin said al said-Biography

Qaboos bin Said Al Said (Arabic: قابوس بن سعيد آل سعيد‎) (18 November 1940 – 10 January 2020) was the Sultan of Oman from 1970 until his death in 2020. 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.

The only son of Sultan Said bin Taimur of Muscat and Oman, Qaboos received education in England and was a graduate of Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. He returned to Oman in 1966 and was placed under virtual house arrest by his father. In 1970, Qaboos ascended to the Omani throne after overthrowing his own father in a coup d’état, with British support. The country was subsequently re-named the Sultanate of Oman.

Qaboos bin said al said-Age

He was 79 years old.

Qaboos bin said al said-Early life

Qaboos was born in Salalah in Dhofar on 18 November 1940 as an only son of Sultan Said bin Taimur and Sheikha Mazoon al-Mashani.

Qaboos bin said al said-Education

He received his primary and secondary education at Salalah, and was sent to a private educational establishment at Bury St Edmunds in England at age 16. At 20, he entered the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. After graduating from Sandhurst in September 1962, he joined the British Army and was posted to the 1st Battalion The Cameronians (Scottish Rifles), serving with them in Germany for one year. He also held a staff appointment with the British Army.

Qaboos bin said al said-Education in England

After his military service, Qaboos studied local government subjects in England and then completed his education with a world tour chaperoned by Leslie Chauncy. Upon his return in 1966, he was placed under virtual house arrest in the Sultan’s palace in Salalah by his father. Here he was kept isolated from government affairs, except for occasional briefings by his father’s personal advisers. Qaboos studied Islam and the history of his country. His personal relationships were limited to a handpicked group of palace officials who were sons of his father’s advisors and a few expatriate friends such as Tim Landon. Sultan Said said that he would not allow his son to be involved with the developing planning process, and Qaboos began to make known his desire for change — which was quietly supported by his expatriate visitors.

Qaboos bin said al said-Personal life

Qaboos was a Muslim of the Ibadi denomination, which has traditionally ruled Oman. Although Oman is predominantly Muslim, Qaboos granted freedom of religion in the country and has financed the construction of four Catholic and Protestant churches in the country as well as several Hindu temples.

Qaboos bin said al said-Classical Music

Qaboos bin Said was an avid fan and promoter of 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. The Sultan was particularly enthusiastic about the pipe organ. The Royal Opera House Muscat features the largest mobile pipe organ in the world, which has three specially made organ stops, named the “Royal Solo” in his honour. He was also a patron of local folk musician Salim Rashid Suri, making him a cultural consultant, in which role Suri wrote songs praising the Sultan and his family.

Qaboos bin said al said-Marriage

On 22 March 1976, Qaboos bin Said married his first cousin, Kamila née Sayyida Nawwal bint Tariq Al Said (born 1951), daughter of Sayyid Tariq bin Taimur Al Said and his second wife, Sayyida Shawana bint Nasir Al Said. The marriage ended in divorce in 1979. She remarried in 2005. The marriage produced no heirs, and Qaboos bin Said has written secret documents naming the successor to his realm.

Qaboos bin said al said-Car Accident

In September 1995, Qaboos was involved in a car accident in Salalah just outside his palace, which claimed the life of one of his most prominent and influential ministers, Qais Bin Abdul Munim Al Zawawi.

Qaboos bin said al said-Illness

From 2015, Qaboos suffered from colon cancer, for which he received treatment.

Qaboos bin said al said-Causes of Death

On 14 December 2019, he was reported to be terminal with a short time to live after his stay for medical treatment in UZ Leuven and returned home because he wanted to die in his own country. On 31 December 2019, the Royal Court announced that Qaboos was in a stable condition.

Qaboos bin said al said-Death

He died on 10 January 2020 at age 79. The following day, the government declared three days of national mourning and said the country’s flag would be flown at half-staff for a period of 40 days.

Qaboos bin said al said-Military ranks

  • Field Marshal, Royal Army of Oman
  • Admiral of the Fleet, Royal Navy of Oman
  • Marshal of the Royal Air Force of Oman
  • Supreme Commander, Royal Oman Police
  • Honorary General, British Army