Sultan Qaboos bin Said al-Said, modern-day Oman’s founding father and the longest-serving Gulf monarch, has died, state media said.
Sultan Qaboos, who ruled Oman for more than four decades, is credited with transforming the country from a backward, divided and unstable state on the tip of the Arabian peninsula into a relatively modern and prosperous oil-driven economy.
n absolute monarch who stressed stability at home and neutrality abroad, his passing leaves a cloud of uncertainty over the political direction of the country, one of six in the Gulf Cooperation Council. The 79-year-old bachelor sultan had no children and he hadn’t publicly named an heir.
In a short obituary from the country’s state news agency, Oman said Sultan Qaboos died Friday “after establishing a comprehensive renaissance” over the fifty years since he became monarch.
“This renaissance resulted in a balanced foreign policy,” the obituary said. It didn’t give a cause of death; the monarch has suffered from an undisclosed illness for many years.
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Sultan Qaboos Bin Said Of Oman
Sultan Qaboos of Oman has left a rich legacy not only for his own country. Thanks to this man we have thousands of watches around the world engraved with an easy recognizable - the Omani Dagger, or what is known as the Khanjar. The Khanjar is an essential part of the Omani culture, and it has now become a coat of arms for luxury and uniqueness. Rolex, Patek Philippe, Audemars Piguet, Omega, IWC and others made the number of Khanjar special edition watches commissioned by Sultan Qaboos. I would like to pay a tribute to this special man.
Vintage Rolex Submariner 1680 yellow gold "Khanjar". Courtesy of goldentimeco.com
IWC Ingenieur "Khanjar". Courtesy of monacolegendauctions.com
(Clockwise from top left) Audemars Piguet Royal Oak A-Series "Oman", 5402 ST, Stainless steel, 1973; Rolex Submariner, 1680, 18k yellow gold, 1974; Patek Philippe "Jumbo" Nautilus "Oman", 3700/1, 18k white gold, 1978; Rolex Oyster Cosmograph "Oman", 6265, 18k yellow gold, 1973. Courtesy of Phillips Watches.