Sultan Qaboos appoints a second Deputy Prime Minister.

Sultan Qaboos who as well as being Oman’s Head of State is also the country’s Prime Minister and Foreign, Defence & Finance Minister. The country has had a Deputy Prime Minister H.H Sayyid Fahad bin Mahmood Al-Said who frequently chairs cabinet meetings whose members include the Cabinet Ministers responsible for Foreign, Defence & Financial affairs.

Sayyid Asa’ad bin Tariq Al Said (Left)
Sayyid Asa’ad bin Tariq Al Said (Left)

On March 2nd Continue reading “Sultan Qaboos appoints a second Deputy Prime Minister.”

President Rouhani to visit Sultan Qaboos on Wednesday 15th February

Iran is rapidly become a key element in Oman’s economic and political future. On Wednesday 15th February 2017 Iranian President Rouhani will pay a brief visit to Sultan Qaboos in the morning before flying to Kuwait, which is the next chair of the GCC. Both Oman and Kuwait have important Shia Muslim populations, in Kuwait these are focused in business; my employer in Saudi whose family is Shia being perhaps the largest private company in Kuwait.

President Rouhani to visit Sultan Qaboos
President Rouhani to visit Sultan Qaboos

In Oman however Continue reading “President Rouhani to visit Sultan Qaboos on Wednesday 15th February”

Sultan Qaboos opens the Council of Oman

in Manah

Sultan Qaboos spoke at the opening of the Council of Oman in Manah today at his palace Hisn al Shumoukh.

 The video shows Continue reading “Sultan Qaboos opens the Council of Oman”

Sultan Qaboos at Council of Ministers

in Muscat Oman

Today Sultan Qaboos bin Said presided over the Council of Ministers meeting at Bait Al Barakah.

sultan qaboos presides over council of ministers oman
sultan qaboos presides over council of ministers oman

He reviewed Oman’s relations with its neighbours, the nations Education and the current Economic situation. He also Continue reading “Sultan Qaboos at Council of Ministers”

Opinions about Oman

in a volatile region

Giorgio Cafiero, contributes articles to a number of media organisations about the Arabian Gulf (yes as we are in Oman it’s not the Persian Gulf at the moment). After some analyses of the background of foreign fighters by ‘The International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation and Political Violence’ (an organisation created by various academic institutions)  in Syria he noticed there were none from Oman. In his article in the online Huffington Post he notes that “unlike other Gulf Arab monarchies, hard-line Wahhabism/Salafism is not

Red Bull 5Pics opening
Red Bull 5Pics opening

a pillar of Muscat’s Continue reading “Opinions about Oman”

Sultan Qaboos lays foundation stone for the ‘Oman Across Ages Museum’

in Manah

Sultan Qaboos has laid the foundation stone for the new ‘Oman Across Ages Museum’.

Sultan Qaboos lays foundation Stone for the ‘Oman Across Ages Museum’
Sultan Qaboos lays foundation Stone for the ‘Oman Across Ages Museum’

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Celebrations for the return to Oman of Sultan Qaboos

at Oman’s Royal Opera House

The welcome return to Oman of Sultan Qaboos has been celebrated throughout Oman. Probably nowhere as spectacularly as at the Royal Opera House.

Royal Opera House Sound and Light welcomes Sultan Qaboos home.
Royal Opera House Sound and Light welcomes Sultan Qaboos home.

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Sultan Qaboos Talks live on Oman TV

from Germany

Sultan Qaboos, who has been in Germany for Medical Treatment has given a ‘live’ broadcast from there, in which he thanks people and

Sultan Qaboos
Sultan Qaboos

institutions in general, explaining Continue reading “Sultan Qaboos Talks live on Oman TV”

Mina Qaboos hosts the yacht Pelorus David Geffen’s beautiful ship, here for Ramadhan

Berthed in Mina Sultan Qaboos,

David Geffen’s yacht Pelorus in Mina Sultan Qaboos
David Geffen’s yacht Pelorus in Mina Sultan Qaboos

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Oman Tattoo 2010

for Sultan Qaboos

It was nice to watch the Oman Tattoo which is one of several large scale events for the 40th National Day in Oman.

Apart from the superb mass marching there was a night time parachute drop – and some of the parachutists managed to land on the bright spot.

Parachute descents for the Oman Tattoo
Parachute descents for the Oman Tattoo

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Queen Elizabeth and Omans Horses

with Sultan Qaboos

It was so nice to get an invitation to the horse event that Sultan Qaboos had organized for Queen Elizabeth during her visit into Oman .

Horse Race for Queen Elizabeth in Oman
Horse Race for Queen Elizabeth in Oman

 

It was at the same small Royal Cavalry area in which Continue reading “Queen Elizabeth and Omans Horses”

Queen Elizabeth Oman Welcome

for her state visit

Driving from Bait al Baraka the Queen passed along the Corniche with the Royal Standard fluttering in the wind.

Queen Elizabeth waves from front car on way to the Palace in Muscat
Queen Elizabeth waves from front car on way to the Palace in Muscat

The Queen was then given a welcome at Al Alam Palace in Muscat by Sultan Qaboos during her state visit to Oman

The Queen, Sultan Qaboos & Prince Phillip
The Queen, Sultan Qaboos & Prince Phillip

In contrast to the Continue reading “Queen Elizabeth Oman Welcome”

Queen Elizabeth arrives in Oman

for a really special welcome

Arriving into Muscat Oman at 8pm last night The Queen & Prince Philip were welcomed by Sultan Qaboos.

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip are welcomed by Sultan Qaboos
Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip are welcomed by Sultan Qaboos

Sayyid Haitham the Minister of Heritage and Culture who is behind the Queens left shoulder will be her escort.

The Queen is staying with the Sultan in his home Continue reading “Queen Elizabeth arrives in Oman”

National Day 2010 Oman

is getting closer

There are three chains of petrol station in Muscat

Sultan Qaboos picture at Oman Oil
Sultan Qaboos picture at Oman Oil

For the National Day on 18th November two have pictures of Continue reading “National Day 2010 Oman”