OMAN..ALIEARIA’S ULTIMATE DREAM DESTINATION & QABOOS

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VOLVO COMMERCIAL (A commercial written for Qais & TANYA)

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THEN HOOVER DAM OR BUST…SO I CAN FINALLY BE WHERE I DREAM TO BE

QUAD CITY TRAIN & QABOOS (I love Dubai, Oman & my soulmate twin flame Qais)

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Come on, ride the train Woo woo, hey, ride it, woo woo Come on, ride the train It’s the Choo Choo, ride it, woo woo
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Come on, ride the train, it’s the Choo Choo train Come on, ride the train, it’s the Choo Choo Ride it, woo woo Come on, ride the train, it’s the Choo Choo train

Ah, ah, ah, ah, ah I think I can, I think I can I think I can, I think I can

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Way deep down south, where we play this game It’s them Quad City DJs and you We call it the train So if you wanna ride your thing Just come on down the train

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We gonna rock, ooh, Lord, just jump aboard, baby So get your next of kin, your sister and your friend Pack it up now, Choo Choo, ride on this, Choo Choo And, boo, you need to stop faking, and come on with me

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I wanna take you home with me, to be alone with me And I can see you wanna hide it, come on, just divide it And please don’t knock it, until you ride it So to all of you girls, you know, I’m calling your name

Michelle, Tamika and Tanya Wanna ride this train, ride out now

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Come on, ride the train, hey, ride it, woo woo Come on, ride the train, hey, ride it, woo woo Come on, ride the train, woo woo, hey Ride it, woo woo
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Come on, ride the train Woo woo, hey, ride it, woo woo Come on, ride the train It’s the Choo Choo, ride it, woo woo

Come on, ride the train, it’s the Choo Choo train Come on, ride the train, it’s the Choo Choo Ride it, woo woo Come on, ride the train, it’s the Choo Choo train

If you feel like dancing Well, come on, it’s up to you We got the sound to keep you getting down, down The train is coming through

Ah, ah, ah, ah, ah I think I can, I think I can I think I can, I think I can

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Ah, ah, ah, ah, ah I think I can, I think I can I think I can, I think I can
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I can smell them tranquil breezes from a mile away Graduated from Booze, up to allazay Baby, you looking tough to death Got your weave done right, it’s on so tight Now it’s on tonight, yeah, yeah

Right about now it’s about that time for me to holler Girl, I wanna waller in the back of my Impala Woo, don’t need no tickets for this thing Just jump on in, let me hit them switches on the train And it ain’t no thing, it’s all the same

Get on the train tracks Here we go, so get on the floor And put a hump in your back So pack your bags, come on, get ready, say what? We’re coming through your town Move your arm up and down And make that choo choo sound, like this

Ride that Choo Choo, woo woo Come on it’s the Choo Choo, woo woo Come on it’s the Choo Choo train

If you feel like dancing Well come on, it’s up to you We got the sound to keep you getting down, down The train is coming through

Ah, ah, ah, ah, ah I think I can, I think I can I think I can, I think I can

Ah, ah, ah, ah, ah I think I can, I think I can I think I can, I think I can

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Qaboos bin Said Al Said (Arabic: ﻦﺑ ﺪﻴﻌﺳ لآ ﺪﻴﻌﺳ سﻮﺑﺎﻗ , Balochi: ﺪﯿﻌﺳ ﺲﺑﺎﻗ ﻦﺑ ﺪﯿﻌﺳ لآ , Qābūs bin Sa īd Āl Sa īd; born 18 November 1940 [1] ) is the Sultan of Oman. He rose to power after overthrowing his father, Said bin Taimur, in a palace coup in 1970. He is the 14th-generation descendant of the founder of the Al Bu Sa’idi dynasty. [2]

Early life

Qaboos was born in Salalah in Dhofar on 18 November 1940. He is the only son of Sultan Said bin Taimur and Sheikha Mazoon al-Mashani.

He received his primary and secondary education at Salalah and Pune, India where he was the student of Shankar Dayal Sharma, the former President of India and was sent to a private educational establishment in England at age 16. [3] At 20, he entered the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. After graduating from Sandhurst in September 1962, he joined the British Army and was posted to the 1st Battalion The Cameronians (Scottish Rifles), serving with them in Germany for one year. He also held a staff appointment with the British Army. [4]

After his military service, Qaboos studied local government subjects in England and then completed his education with a world tour chaperoned by Leslie Chauncey. Upon his return in 1966, he was placed under virtual house arrest in the Sultan’s palace in Salalah by his father. Here he was kept isolated from government affairs, except for occasional briefings by his father’s personal advisers. Qaboos studied Islam and the history of his country. His personal relationships were limited to a handpicked group of palace officials who were sons of his father’s advisors and a few expatriate friends such as Tim Landon. Sultan Said would not allow his son to be involved with the developing planning process, and Qaboos began to make known his desire for change — which was quietly supported by his expatriate visitors. [4]

Rise to power

Qaboos acceded to the throne on 23 July 1970 following a successful coup against his father, with the aim of ending the country’s isolation and using its oil revenue for modernization and development. [5] He declared that the country would no longer be known as Muscat and Oman, but would change its name to “the Sultanate of Oman” in order to better reflect its political unity.

The first pressing problem that Qaboos bin Said faced as Sultan was an armed communist insurgency from South Yemen, the Dhofar Rebellion (1962–1976). The sultanate eventually defeated the incursion with help from the Shah of Iran, Jordanian troops sent from his friend King Hussein of Jordan, British Special Forces and the Royal Air Force.

Reign as sultan

Sultan Qaboos meets with United States Vice President Dick Cheney during Cheney’s visit to the Middle East in 2002.

There were few rudiments of a modern state when Qaboos took power in July 1970. [4] The political system which Qaboos established is that of an absolute monarchy. The Sultan’s birthday, 18 November, is celebrated as Oman’s national holiday. The first day of his reign, 23 July, is celebrated as Renaissance Day.

Oman has no system of checks and balances, and thus no separation of powers. [6] All power is concentrated in the sultan, [6] who is also chief of staff of the armed forces, Minister of Defence, Minister of Foreign Affairs and chairman of the Central Bank. [6] All legislation since 1970 has been promulgated through royal decrees, including the 1996 Basic Law. [6] The sultan appoints judges, and can grant pardons and commute sentences. [6] The sultan’s authority is inviolable and the sultan expects total subordination to his will. [6]

In September 1995, he was involved in a car accident in Salalah just outside his palace, which claimed the life of one of his most prominent and influential ministers and his right-hand man, Qais Bin Abdul Munim Al Zawawi.

According to CBS News, June 19, 2011,

Foreign policy

Qaboos officially keeps Oman neutral, having contacts and normal relations with Iran while being an ally of western states like the United Kingdom and the United States.

Oman has more normal relations with Iran than Arab States of the Persian Gulf, and is careful to appear neutral and maintain a balance between the West and Iran. [8] As a result, Oman has often acted as an intermediary between the United States and Iran. [9][10]

Ideology

Qaboos is a Muslim of the Ibadi denomination, which has traditionally ruled Oman. [11] He has financed the construction or maintenance of a number of mosques, notably the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, as well as the holy places of other religions.

Sultan Qaboos Prize for Environmental Preservation

Through a generous donation to UNESCO in the early 1990s, he funded the prestigious Sultan Qaboos Prize for Environmental Preservation, to afford recognition to outstanding contributions in the management or preservation of the environment (see [3] ). The prize is awarded every 2 years since 1991.

Succession

Unlike the heads of other Arab States of the Persian Gulf, Qaboos has not publicly named an heir. This has become a particular relevant problem, after the sultan has spent eight months in Germany for medical treatment of an alleged cancer. Although Sultan Qaboos returned to Oman on 23 March 2015 and state officials as well as the Sultan himself have repeatedly tried to assure the population over his health, uncertainty still remains and the question of his succession is giving way to all sorts of speculations. [12] Article 6 of the constitution says the royal family should choose a new sultan within three days of the position falling vacant. If the royal family council fails to agree, a letter containing a name penned by sultan Qaboos should be opened in the presence of a defence council of military and security officials, supreme court chiefs, and heads of the two quasi-parliamentary advisory assemblies. [13] Analysts see the rules as an elaborate means of sultan Qaboos securing his choice for successor without causing controversy by making it public during his lifetime. [13]

Qaboos has no children; there are other male members of the Omani royal family including several paternal uncles and their families. Using primogeniture, the successor to Qaboos would appear to be the children of his late uncle, Sheikh Tariq bin Taimur Al Said, Oman’s first prime minister before the sultan took over the position himself (and his former father-in-law). [14] Oman watchers believe the top contenders to succeed Qaboos are three of Tariq’s sons: Assad bin Tariq Al Said, the personal representative of the Sultan; Shihab bin Tariq, a retired naval commander; and Haytham bin Tariq, the Minister of Heritage and National Culture. [13][15] First Deputy Prime Minister Fahd bin Mahmud al-Said, a distant cousin of the Sultan, and Taimur bin Assad, the son of Assad bin Tariq, are also mentioned as potential candidates. [13] The problem is that none of the above seem to have the necessary capacities to rule Oman, since Sultan Qaboos, differently from the other Persian Gulf countries, has relied more on the business elite than on family members, who have been excluded from key positions, to secure his power over the country. His successor will have to strive to secure the same legitimacy that the current Sultan has managed to gain. Moreover, the question raises whether also the next successor will keep the same absolute power in his hands or whether he will decide to separate State powers, given that although Oman has been largely untouched by the 2011 Arab Spring, unrest has kept on sweeping through the country throughout 2012 and 2013. It is thus reasonable to expect that the younger generation will not accept from the next successor the same grip on power that the Sultan now has. [12]

Personal life

Qaboos bin Said is an avid fan and promoter of classical music. His 120-member orchestra has a high reputation in the Middle East. The orchestra consists entirely of young Omanis who, since 1986, audition as children and grow up as members of the symphonic ensemble. They play locally and travel abroad with the sultan. [16] Argentine composer Lalo Schifrin was commissioned to compose a work entitled Symphonic Impressions of Oman [17] and the Sultan is particularly enthusiastic about the pipe organ. [18]

The Royal Opera House Muscat features the largest mobile pipe organ in the world, which has three specially made organ stops, named the “Royal Solo” in his honour. [19] He was also a patron of local folk musician Salim Rashid Suri, making him a cultural consultant, in which role Suri wrote songs praising the Sultan and his family. [20]

On 22 March 1976, Qaboos bin Said married his first cousin, Kamila, née Sayyida Nawwal bint Tariq Al Said (born 1951), daughter of Sayyid Tariq bin Taimur Al Said and his second wife, Sayyida Shawana bint Nasir Al Said. The marriage ended in divorce in 1979. [21] She remarried in 2005. [22]

Tony Molesworth, Oman’s former second-most-senior intelligence officer, and some Omanis believe Qaboos to be homosexual. [23][24][25][26]

Palaces

Super yachts

Military ranks

Qaboos holds the following ranks: [32]

Field Marshal, Royal Army of Oman

Admiral of the Fleet, Royal Navy of Oman

Marshal of the Royal Air Force of Oman

Supreme Commander, Royal Oman Police

Honorary General, British Army Foreign honours

He has been awarded (° = Royal Ark): [32]

Grand Star of the Decoration of Honour for Services to the Republic of Austria (Austria, 31 March 2001) ° [33]

Member 1st Class of the Order of Al Khalifa (Bahrain) °

Member of the Royal Family Order of the Crown of Brunei (Brunei, 15 December 1984) °

Grand Collar of the Order of the Nile (Egypt, 1976) °

Grand Cross of the Legion of Honour (France, 31 May 1989) °

Grand Cross Special Class of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany (Germany)°

Jawaharlal Nehru Award for International Understanding (India, 2004 – award yet to be presented) [34]

Recipient of the Star of the Republic of Indonesia, 1st Class or Adipurna (Indonesia) °

Grand Collar of the Order of Pahlavi (3 March 1974) (Iran) °

Commemorative Medal of the 2500th Anniversary of the founding of the Persian Empire (Iran, 14 October 1971) [35]

Knight Grand Cross with Collar of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic (Italy, 22 April 1974) ° [36]

Grand Cordon of the Order of the Chrysanthemum (Japan) °

Collar of the Order of al-Hussein bin Ali (Jordan) °

Collar of the Order of Mubarak the Great (Kuwait, 28 December 2009) °

Collar of the Order of Merit (Lebanon) °

Honorary Recipient of the Order of the Crown of the Realm (DMN) (Malaysia, 1991) ° [37]

Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Netherlands Lion (Netherlands, 2012)

Recipient of the Nishan-e-Pakistan, 1st Class (Pakistan) °

Collar of the Order of the Independence (Qatar) °

Recipient of the Badr Chain (Saudi Arabia) °

Decoration 1st class (December 1971) and Collar (23 December 2006) of the Order of Abdulaziz al Saud (Saudi Arabia) °

Member 1st Class of the Order of Temasek (Singapore, 12 March 2009) °

Grand Cross of the Order of Good Hope (South Africa, 1999) [38]

Knight of the Collar of the Order of Isabella the Catholic (Spain, 13 December 1985) °

Collar of the Order of Umayyad (Syria) °

Collar of the Order of Independence (Tunisia) °

Collar of the Order of Etihad (Order of the Federation) (UAE) °

Honorary Knight Grand Cross of the Order of St Michael and St George (GCMG) (United Kingdom, 8 July 1976) °

Knight of Justice (KStJ, 8 November 1976) and Bailiff Grand Cross (GCStJ, 19 March 1984) of the Venerable Order of Saint John (United Kingdom) °

Honorary Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order (GCVO) (United Kingdom, 28 February 1979) °

Honorary Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath (GCB) (United Kingdom, 18 March 1982) °

Recipient of the Royal Victorian Chain (United Kingdom, 27 November 2010) ° Ancestry

Ancestors of Qaboos bin Said al Said

16. Turki bin Said

8. Faisal bin Turki

17. an Ethiopian suri

4. Taimur bin Feisal 18. Thuwaini bin Said

9. Aliya bint Thuwaini Al Said

19. Ghaliya bint Salim Al Busaidi

2. Said bin Taimur 20. Salim bin Thuwaini

10. Ali bin Salim

21. a daughter of Qais bin Azzan Al Busaidi

5. Fatima bint Ali Al Said 22. Barghash bin Said

11. Aliya bint Barghash Al Said

23. Moza bint Hamad Al Said

1. Qaboos bin Said Al Said

12. Ali Al Mashani

6. Ahmad bin Ali Al Mashani

3. Mazoon bin Ahmad Al Mashani

See also

List of current heads of state and government

Current reigning monarchs by length of reign

List of current state leaders by date of assumption of office References

1. ^ Al Sa’id, Qaboos (1940–) –Personal history, Biographical highlights, Personal chronology, Influences and contributions, The world’s perspective, Legacy . Encyclopedia.jrank.org. Retrieved on 14 July 2011.

2. ^ “Qaboos bin Said”. Webster’s Concise Encyclopedia. 1. New York: Gramercy Books. 1998. p. 520.

3. ^ Tribute to His Majesty

4. ^ a b c Allen, Calvin H.; Rigsbee, W. Lynn (2000-01-01). Oman Under Qaboos: From Coup to Constitution, 1970–1996 . Psychology Press. pp. 28–29, 34. ISBN 9780714650012.

5. ^ PROFILE-Oman’s Sultan Qaboos bin Said . Forexyard.com (2011-03-25). Retrieved on 14 July 2011.

6. ^ a b c d e f “Country Report: Oman” .

7. ^ “The world’s enduring dictators: Qaboos bin Said, Oman” .

8. ^ Slackman, Michael (16 May 2009). “Oman Navigates Between Iran and Arab Nations” . The New York Times.

9. ^ Gladstone, Rick (September 4, 2013). “Iran’s President to Speak at the U.N.” . NYT. Retrieved August 31, 2016.

10. ^ http://www.economist.com/blogs/pomegranate/2013/08/iran Iran: A visit from the sultan

11. ^ Though Ibadhis are the majority in Oman, with Sunnis a minority, exact percentages are unavailable; 75% for the Ibadhis is often cited, while the Sunnis, followed by a small amount of local Shiites and foreign Hindus, Christians, and others make up the remaining 25%. [citation needed]

12. ^ a b “Sultan Qaboos Is Back, but Uncertainty Remains – Fanack Chronicle” . Retrieved 12 July 2016.

13. ^ a b c d Dokoupil, Martin (24 May 2012). “Succession Question Fuels Uncertainty in Oman” . Reuters. Retrieved 2 August 2012.

14. ^ HH Prince Sayyid Tarik bin Taimur al-Said . Freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestr y.com. Retrieved on 14 July 2011.

15. ^ “The Question of Succession” . Muscat Confidential. Retrieved 2 August 2012.

16. ^ Trofimov, Yaroslavth (14 December 2001). “Oman has oil, but it had no orchestra”. Wall Street Journal: A6.

17. ^ [1] Archived 17 December 2005 at the Wayback Machine.

18. ^ “Carlo Curly & Mathis Music” . Archived from the original on 16 December 2008. Retrieved 7 December 2006.

19. ^ [2] . Times of Oman; “In the Eye of Beauty – An Ode to the Organ” 11th December 2014; retrieved 24th December 2014.

20. ^ Margaret Makepeace (November 26, 2013). “The Singing Sailor – Salim Rashid Suri” . Untold Lives Blog. British Library. Retrieved November 30, 2014.

21. ^ Joseph A. Kechichian (December 17, 2010). “Sultan Qaboos Bin Saeed: A democrat visionary” . Weekend Review. Gulf News. Retrieved 4 October 2012.

22. ^ “oman9” . Retrieved 12 July 2016.

23. ^ Christopher Ling (18 Mar 2011). “6 (Salacious Scandals)”. Sultan In Arabia: A Private Life. Random House. ISBN 9781845968311. “Indeed, virtually since his accession to the throne of Oman, the assumption of homosexuality has pursued Sultan Qaboos relentlessly…”

24. ^ Brian Whitaker (2006). Unspeakable Love: Gay and Lesbian Life in the Middle East. University of California Press. pp. 76–78. ISBN 9780520250178. “…only three Omanis have discussed this subject with me openly…All three agreed that the sultan is generally believed to be homosexual by Omanis…”

25. ^ Blythe Camenson (1991). Working in the Persian Gulf: Survival Secrets for Men and Women: the Real Story. Desert Diamond Books. p. 79. ISBN 9781880602003. “The ruler of Oman, the unmarried Sultan Qaboos, for example, is reportedly homosexual; stories of his exploits have traveled widely throughout the Gulf.”

26. ^ Abdel Razzaq Takriti (2013). Monsoon Revolution: Republicans, Sultans, and Empires in Oman, 1965–1976 (illustrated ed.). Oxford University Press. p. 218. ISBN 9780199674435.

27. ^ Top 100 . Yachtspotter.com (2010-07-27). Retrieved on 14 July 2011.

28. ^ Access Perpetual Wellbeing in Excess: Sultan Qaboos’s extravaganza . Inequalityreduced.blogspot.com (2009-01-01). Retrieved on 14 July 2011.

29. ^ Central and South Asia . Saudi Aramco World. Retrieved on 14 July 2011.

30. ^ Sailing Yacht – Zinat al Bihaar –Oman Royal Yacht Squadron –Completed Superyachts on Superyacht Times .com . Superyachttimes.info. Retrieved on 14 July 2011.

31. ^ Motor Yacht – Al-Noores – K. Damen – Completed Superyachts on Superyacht Times .com . Superyachttimes.com. Retrieved on 14 July 2011.

32. ^ a b The Royal Ark, Oman genealogical details, p.9

33. ^ “Reply to a parliamentary question about the Decoration of Honour” (pdf) (in German). p. 1441. Retrieved November 2012. Check date values in:

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34. ^ HM deserves much more than awards and medals . Times of Oman

(2007-01-28). Retrieved on 14 July 2011.

35. ^ “Grand State Banquet” . Retrieved 12 July 2016.

36. ^ Italian Presidency Website, S.M. Qaboos bin Said Sultano dell’Oman –decorato di Gran Cordone

37. ^ “Senarai Penuh Penerima Darjah Kebesaran, Bintang dan Pingat Persekutuan Tahun 1991.” (PDF).

38. ^ 1999 National Orders awards Archived 12 October 2012 at the Wayback Machine.

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