Renaissance Day in Oman

July 23 is Renaissance Day in Oman. It celebrates the ascension in 1970 of Sultanos Qaboos bin Said al Said who overthrew his father in a bloodless coup. Said the elder had begun his reign in 1932 and was a feudalistic and isolationist ruler.

Upon taking the throne his son embarked on a massive modernization campaign which provided electrification, telecommunications, schools, hospitals and even Catholic and Protestant churches and a Hindu temple.

Qaboos died in January 2020 without an heir. Haitham bin Tariq, Qaboos’s cousin and Oman’s Minister of Culture became sultan on January 11, 2020.

هيثم بن طارق CC BY-SA.4.0

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