Over the past five decades since ascending to the throne, late Sultan Qaboos had built the country and people. The Sultanate of Oman has been witnessing growth year after another till it became a prosperous nation today. Sparing no effort and leaving no stone unturned, the late Sultan sacrificed his time, effort and personal life to fulfil his promise to bring his fellow citizens a brighter future. He dedicated his life to build the new Oman, which is known today worldwide as a destination of peace!
On the other hand, announcing His Majesty Sultan Haitham bin Tarik as a successor to late Sultan Qaboos was a kind of relief to ensure the smooth transformation of leadership in the country. The speed and manner in which a successor was named could help project a sense of unity, continuity and stability of the nation. Thanks to the wise vision of late Sultan for laying the road map for the future of Oman and its people in such a wise and visionary way.
Announcing the successor, based on late Sultan’s recommendation, was a relief to Omanis. They all believed in the new Sultan as a great successor who could carry on the blessed Renaissance of the Sultanate of Oman and continue its legacy. What an emotional and inspiring moment it was to see the new Sultan ascending the throne. It was a moment of history repeating itself, mirroring the ascending to throne of late Sultan Qaboos on July 23, 1970.
Both Sultans gave hope of a better life for their people since their first day on throne. Here is the late Sultan’s promise to his fellow citizens, “My people, I will proceed as quickly as possible to transform your life into a prosperous one with a bright future.” Similarly, His Majesty Sultan Haitham bin Tarik addressed, “We will proceed along the path of development and we will continue the blessed renaissance march as the late Sultan wished it to be. Conscious of the immense responsibility, we reaffirm that Oman will always remain our supreme goal, in all actions and pursuits”.
On the other hand, both Sultans delivered a national call addressing the people of Oman to shoulder the nation-building responsibility with the government. The late Sultan addressed, over five decades, “We hope that everyone of you will do his/her duty in helping us to build the thriving and happy future that we seek for this country, because, as you know, unless there is cooperation between the government and the people we will not be able to build our country with the speed required to free her from the backwardness she has endured for so long."
In the same way, His Majesty Sultan Haitham bin Tarik addressed, “People of Oman, the trust thrust on our shoulders and the resultant immense responsibilities require us all to work together for the sake of our country’s magnificence, with a persistent resolve to promote it to the loftiest levels. This cannot be realised without your support and cooperation and combination of all efforts to achieve the desired supreme national goal. Your contribution to enrich all efforts of progress, development and prosperity will be highly appreciated”.
Since first dawn of the blessed Renaissance, Oman began to flourish in every corner. Remarkable changes have been witnessed in different spheres of life in the country. In view of that, Omani citizens have experienced rapid transformation, which made their lives shifting into a much safer, easier and prosperous one. The renewed Renaissance is continuing the march started over 52 years ago and rather it is building on the previous legacy of Oman. All of what has happened in the country over these years of the blessed Omani Renaissance marks the fruitful outcomes of both the leaders' great mission and wise vision.