His Majesty, Sultan Qaboos bin Said
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Dawn of Islam
Al Bu Said Dynasty
H.M. Sultan Qaboos
Qaboos bin Said was born in Salalah in Dhofar on 18th November,
1940, the only son of Sultan Said bin Taimur (1932-1970) and the eighth
direct descendant of the royal Al Busaidi line, founded in 1744 by Imam
Ahmed bin Said.
Sultan Qaboos has received his
primary and secondary education in Salalah, and When he reached the age
of 16, his father sent him to a private educational establishment in England. At the age of 20, he entered the
Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst. After passing out of Sandhurst, he
joined a British Infantry battalion on operations in Germany for one year
and 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. Upon his accession to the
throne on 23 July 1970, he moved to Muscat where he declared that the country would no
longer be known as 'Muscat and Oman', but would be united as the 'Sultanate of Oman'.
Since this time, Sultan Qaboos has faced
many obstacles, not least than when he came to power. Oman today has an excellent health
service, a clear road network and many educational establishments for girls and boys, from
nursery levels, to university degrees.
Sultan Qaboos has described his situation thus:"I am working for Oman -
the country and its people...for me it is a delight to see my country
and my people in the situation I imagined from the very first day I
assumed power. I feel that I am a man with a mission rather than a man