A ruler who put his country first

Published on: Jan 10, 2021

Citizens and residents share their cherished memories of late His Majesty Sultan Qaboos.

Architect of Oman’s modernisation

By Mohamed Abdullah Mohamed al Khonji

Chairman, United Finance Company

As we pay homage to our beloved Sultan Qaboos on his first death anniversary, we recall with profoundly grateful hearts his tremendous and longstanding leadership as the Architect of Oman’s blessed Renaissance. During his five-decade-long reign, he laid the foundations for the growth of a strong and prosperous country that today stands justifiably proud among the GCC and other developed countries.

A champion of peace and goodwill, he was also acclaimed internationally for his espousal of cooperation and reconciliation.

In passing on the baton of leadership to his chosen and worthy successor His Majesty Sultan Haitham bin Tarik, the late Sultan Qaboos has ensured that his formidable legacy will continue to be a force for good for the nation and its people.

Ensuring this continuity between the era of the late Sultan and the new reign of His Majesty Sultan Haitham bin Tarik is Vision 2040 – a blueprint for development that bridges the two eras. In his capacity as Chairman of the 2040 Vision Committee, His Majesty Sultan Haitham bin Tarik oversaw the formulation of this roadmap. Thus, it is only fitting that the goals set out in this long-term strategy are being crystallised under his astute leadership.

Taking a cue from the 2040 Vision, we are proud to have embraced many of these pillars, notably in support of youth entrepreneurship, SME development, local community advancement and Omanisation. We applaud His Majesty’s government on the adoption of 2040 Vision and are heartened by its commitment to strengthening the role of the private sector in serving as a true partner in national development.

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