Sultan Qaboos Dies

Well, the chap passed on in the knowledge he left Oman in peace and stability. May he RIP and be remembered for it.
Let's hope his successor can fit his shoes.
 
Considering the massive collection of porn films at the winter Palace near UAG,I would have thought him AC/DC.Whatever,RIP a great,dignified,ruler and moderniser.
 

"Sultan Haitham bin Tariq Al Said, 65 years old, has been sworn in after Oman’s Defence Council announced he would succeed the late Sultan Qaboos as ruler of Oman.

A tweet from an Omani Government account said that he had been sworn in "after a meeting of the family" and that the decision to appoint him reflected the wishes of Sultan Qaboos".
Does that mean that the family were unanimous in their choice and, on opening the envelope, were happy to find that their choice coincided with the Sultan's wishes?

Or that the family failed to agree and resorted to opening the envelope?

I would really hope that it was the former option.
 
So what is the new Sultan like? I haven't heard much on Sultan Haitham bin Tariq Al Said and his wiki page is "bare" to say the least. What direction will he go? will Oman stray one way or the other between the west and Iran or stay the sensible middle line it has been for the last 50 years?
 
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We never did find out why SSGT Sam had to leave Oman, but it must have been goo
Did SSgt Sam ever marry ?
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Yes. Produced two kids.
 

haloman

Old-Salt
I managed to rack up 6 tours in Dhofar between 1971 and 1977 and witnessed the changes that Sultan Qaboos wrought to his country. Civil development, education, universal suffrage etc. And all this whilst fighting a war in the early years and walking a political and religious tightrope amidst Middle East turmoil.
He wasn't afraid to make difficult decisions (eg. the bombing of Hauf in PDRY when it needed to be) and although he was an absolute and autocratic ruler, he genuinely strove to raise the living conditions of his people in a country which, when he deposed his father in 1970, was a 14th Century basket case.
He is to be much admired for what he achieved in Oman, a beacon of stability in the ME and a great friend of UK.
I met him on several occasions and always found him charming and self-effacing. The UK has lost a great friend. RIP.
 
So what is the new Sultan like? I haven't heard much on Sultan Haitham bin Tariq Al Said and his wiki page is "bare" to say the least. What direction will he go? will Oman stray one way or the other between the west and Iran or stay the sensible middle line it has been for the last 50 years?
He’s supposed to be of a similar mind to his predecessor when it comes to foreign policy, etc.

Pembroke College Oxford will be appointing him to an honorary fellowship ASAP in the hope of getting a donation, I suspect...

Does that mean that the family were unanimous in their choice and, on opening the envelope, were happy to find that their choice coincided with the Sultan's wishes?

Or that the family failed to agree and resorted to opening the envelope?

I would really hope that it was the former option.
It seems from local media that the family met and went straight for the envelope - a sort of ‘we’ll go with our distinguished late Sultan’s choice’ followed by a Oscars moment ... ‘and our new Sultan is <dramatic pause>...’

According to one of the local news sites, the family has three days in which to deliberate before going for the envelope option, but unless the announcement of the death was delayed, then it looks like the story that the family thought the obvious course of action was to open the envelope straight away may be correct.

I note that the Oman Times webpage is dominated by stories about Sultan Qaboos’ demise. And - ‘Prince Harry and Meghan to step back from senior royal duties’...
 

Fang_Farrier

LE
Kit Reviewer
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I enjoyed visiting Oman a few years back, although despite all the assertions of being very peaceful, the Police cars sitting around the back of various streets belied that with their "We could easy be an extra from Mad Max" look
 
Yes. Produced two kids.
Thats that theory blown then.
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Not necessarily, as we all should know. How many of us know guys who came out in their 50's and 60's or have ever heard of bisexuals? Not commenting on somebody I don't know... either way.
 
Yes. Produced two kids.
Thats that theory blown then.
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Well, maybe. The wife (or watever) and kids of Sam might have been a beard.*


*No offence intended.
 

muscat_diver

Old-Salt
I enjoyed visiting Oman a few years back, although despite all the assertions of being very peaceful, the Police cars sitting around the back of various streets belied that with their "We could easy be an extra from Mad Max" look
It used to be that all Oman taxi licences were held by ex Royal Oman Policemen (ROP) and that the franchise was part of the ROP Pension Fund. It was no secret that the taxis provide a great deal of intelligence to the "secret police". It was also amusing that every bar had a resident "undercover policeman" who stuck out like a sore thumb especially when drinking in national dress which was a big no-no.
 
I managed to rack up 6 tours in Dhofar between 1971 and 1977 and witnessed the changes that Sultan Qaboos wrought to his country. Civil development, education, universal suffrage etc. And all this whilst fighting a war in the early years and walking a political and religious tightrope amidst Middle East turmoil.
He wasn't afraid to make difficult decisions (eg. the bombing of Hauf in PDRY when it needed to be) and although he was an absolute and autocratic ruler, he genuinely strove to raise the living conditions of his people in a country which, when he deposed his father in 1970, was a 14th Century basket case.
He is to be much admired for what he achieved in Oman, a beacon of stability in the ME and a great friend of UK.
I met him on several occasions and always found him charming and self-effacing. The UK has lost a great friend. RIP.
Never met the guy, but it sounds like being around Arabist Brits in his formative years had a positive effect on an obviously intelligent and sensitive man.
I didn't have any experience to speak of with Arabs until I left the Army and worked in North Africa and Saudi. I made some very good friends and had little problem with anybody except "Urban" Saudis, Egyptians in general, and Libyan coppers ( and a virtually blind taxi driver sent to pick me up from Tripoli Airport once upon a time). My favourite crew members were Sudanese mainly, a lot of them had a smattering of English and usually had a grandad who had either worked for a British Administrator or had served in the Army under British Officers.
I kind of liked their attitude in many ways, weren't too keen on work, loved talking and telling stories, generous and loyal if they liked you ( which depended mainly on your ability to show respect and interest in their lives, and be able to do what they could, or at least make the attempt). Bit like squaddies really.
 
Qaboos was married, in fact his wife was a local Omai stunner. Trouble was he liked men rather than women. However being an enlightened Gay, he didn’t need to take the Stonewall route (and as indeed have many fellow Arrsers), and did not try and ram it down every bodies throat. He lived a dignified life, adhering to the religious rules and ensured that he was loved by his people. And I can imagine the morning period in Oman will be long and dignified (unlike the recent shenanigans over the Mad, bad Iraqi death machine) and his name will be venerated across the middle east. The succession will be smooth and without the rubbish that their African neighbours so often resort to.
Clearly his way of the world is a clear message, to our nascent Homosexual community, that you do not have to convert every dead famous historical figure and out them as a Poofter, in order to live a dignified acceptance for what you choose to be.
The 1970s called, they want their homophobia back.
 
A great (Middle Eastern) ruler and a deeply sad loss both for his Sultanate and our country. I hope his successor follows his example.
 
So what is the new Sultan like? I haven't heard much on Sultan Haitham bin Tariq Al Said and his wiki page is "bare" to say the least. What direction will he go? will Oman stray one way or the other between the west and Iran or stay the sensible middle line it has been for the last 50 years?

It looks like he will continue the same way as Sultan Qaboos
 

Cutaway

LE
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Yet all weekend it was constant anti trump vitriol on taageschau
The dilemma of a national public service news agency - should they send real news stories or political agendas ?

Looks like they took the BBC option.
 

ugly

LE
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Frankly boxhead tv is pump and their news even worse
 

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