One of today’s most progressive leaders, HM Sultan Qaboos bin Said Al Said assumed power on July 23, 1970 and was quick to set about modern reform.
Relieving Oman of the plights associated with the poverty and insurgency that had plagued the nation during the previous regime, one of His Majesty’s first measures was the abolishment of the imposed restrictions that had caused the migration of thousands of Omanis, along with the offering of amnesty to opponents of the former ruler. A mass Omani populace return ensued.
During His Majesty’s statement, broadcasted to the people of Oman on the day of his assent, Sultan Qaboos offered “I promise to dedicate myself to the speedy establishment of a modern government in no time. My first aim will be the abolition of all unnecessary restrictions that overburdened you… I will take the necessary legal steps to ensure the recognition of foreign powers and I am looking forward to the immediate support and the long-range cordial cooperation with all nations, especially with our neighbours, with whom we will conduct consultations for the future of our region.”
Indeed, the speedy establishment of a modern government being literally achieved in no time helped pave the way for much needed legal, educational and health reforms, along with the political promotion of the State to international concern. Sultan Qaboos’ continued drive for reform laid the foundations for a comprehensive economic, social, and cultural renaissance that, over the years, has promoted Oman well both within the region and internationally, thereby restoring the glories of the nation’s past and the greatness of its civilization.
Very much a people person, His Majesty has, via the placement of emphasis on the empowered and the spirit of participation in the building of a modern state as opposed to a regime, created the rule of law based on contribution and solidarity. As a result, the State’s legislative and executive establishments alike enjoy a matured relationship, as do the Government and the private sector: “Mutual understanding and enlightened thinking serve as the starting point for the advancement of Oman and an improved service to its people…”
This “enlightened thinking” has seen the roll-out of modern infrastructure and the development of Oman’s natural resources into a regional stalwart, translating plans into employment programs and targets into returns, however it is the empathy that Sultan Qaboos enjoys with his State that underlines the very fabric of the spirit of Oman.