On the 18 November of this month, His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Said Al Said will celebrate his 75th birthday,
and his 45th year of reign in the Sultanate. And the entire country will mark the day with what should be a very
special National Day celebration of the great legacy that their esteemed ruler continues to leave every year.
In 1940, His Majesty Sultan Qaboos was born to the late Sultan Said Bin Taimur in Salalah, in Oman’s southern Dhofar Governorate. This made him a direct descendant of the founder of the great Al Busaidi dynasty, which was the dynasty that originally created the Sultanate in the 1600s.
Now, 75 years later, the 18 November of this month is set to be a truly joyous occasion in Oman. As a show of their affection for their leader, on the days leading up 18 November, His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Said’s image and the Sultanate of Oman’s colours and flag will begin to appear on everything from cars, to social media pages, to flags, cakes, t-shirts, street signs, and inside restaurants, shopping centres, and businesses and boardrooms. Then, on the day itself the streets of Oman’s cities will be packed with people celebrating the life of their Sultan. With plenty dancing, singing and fireworks included.
A leader is born
As a young boy, and then growing up in the 1950s, the story goes that Sultan Qaboos received personal tuition from a select group of teachers and mentors (both in Oman and abroad), until he was ready to be sent to the United Kingdom in 1958 to attend a private educational institution in Suffolk, England; then to study military sciences at the prestigious Royal Military Academy in Sandhurst in 1960; and then to finally spend more time in the UK studying local government systems.
When His Majesty officially ascended to the throne in 1970, his statesmanship, leadership and his vision for transforming his country into something truly special was brought to life, and he immediately set about implementing development projects with the aim of improving his people’s standard of living and transforming Oman – which he renamed The Sultanate of Oman, into the progressive economy and society that it is today.
The passionate leader of the people
His Majesty Sultan Qaboos is well known for his passion and personal interest in many areas of life. Among these are his love of music and the arts, his love and appreciation of the political and philosophical ideas and writings of history’s great thinkers, his love of the sea and Oman’s maritime tradition, his passion for equestrian activities, and many other things.
A National Day to remember
This month’s National Day in the Sultanate should once again be a day to remember – and a day when the people of Oman, and the rest of the world will express their love, loyalty and appreciation for everything that His Majesty has done over the last 45 years of his rule. And also, their acknowledgment that His Majesty has laid the foundations for a modern country that keeps pace with the development the rest of the world, and at the same time, ensured that Oman’s rich cultural heritage and the values of its people remained.
National Day – a Renaissance Day
One of the other important days of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Said in Oman, and which is held every year on 23 July, celebrates what was His Majesty’s first day of reign on 23 July 1970.