Tuesday, January 25
02:26 AM

Baba Qaboos lives on in our hearts


Muscat – The Late Sultan Qaboos bin Said laid solid foundations for a renaissance in Oman, establishing basic infrastructure that earned accolades from the international community. For this very reason, and many more, Sultan Qaboos will never be forgotten, especially during this time of the Renewed Renaissance.

Baba Qaboos initiated a social and economic system based on justice. The best way to eternalise the good deeds of the late sultan is to preserve his achievements and build on them and this is what is happening in the sultanate under the leadership of His Majesty Sultan Haitham bin Tarik.

Sultan Qaboos may be gone from our sight but has never been away from our hearts. In January two years ago, our hearts were saddened deeply by his loss. But we are all glad that he left us with fond memories. His footsteps will forever be a torch that we, his children, will use throughout our lives in our march into the future.

Baba Qaboos spread optimism amongst us and being a confident leader, he taught his people to have confidence in both him and themselves. We are forever grateful for all the efforts he put in for his people and the country’s progress, and making it one of the safest and most beautiful places in the world. Thanks to all that he did, Oman feels like home to many.

Sultan Qaboos’ exceptional leadership abilities and planning brought about a radical transformation in the sultanate in the life of each individual living here. Citizens and residents, alike, consider the hardships, lack of proper basic requirements and proper transportation and communication as things of the past because of him.

Many will forever remember Baba Qaboos for Oman’s development which has been remarkably rapid. When he came to power, Oman had no proper roads, basic amenities or health institutions, but since then, the sultanate has grown and developed manifold.

In his first speech on July 23, 1970, Sultan Qaboos said, “I promise you to proceed forthwith in the process of creating a modern government. My first act will be the immediate abolition of unnecessary restrictions on your lives and activities. My people, I will proceed as quickly as possible to transform your life into a prosperous one with a bright future. Yesterday it was complete darkness, and with the help of God, tomorrow will be a new dawn on Muscat, Oman and it its people.”

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