Who is Sultan Qaboos of Oman? Wiki, Bio, Age, Family, Death Cuase, Career

Sultan Qaboos bin Said Wiki – Bio

Oman named a new ruler Saturday, hours after it announced the death of Sultan Qaboos bin Said, state media reported. Qaboos bin Said Al Said 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 at the time of his death.

Sultan Qaboos Age

He was 79 years old.

Sultan Qaboos Family and Education

He was only son of Sultan Said bin Taimur and Sheikha Mazoon al-Mashani.

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.

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.

Cause of Death

From 2015, Qaboos suffered from colon cancer, for which he received treatment. 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 in Belgium 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; however, 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.

The Oman cricket team were scheduled to play the United Arab Emirates in Muscat on 11 January 2020, but the match was cancelled following Qaboos’ death.

Qaboos did not have children or a direct heir at the time of his death. The Omani Constitution calls on the royal family to choose a new sultan within three days.

 

 

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