Oman, A Pearl Of Wisdom In Middle East Under Sultan Qaboos

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Rameez Makhdoomi                                    Qaboos

We have seen over the past decade Arab world burning with civil wars and external aggression against it. The turf war between Saudi Arabia and Iran has wrecked havoc from Yemen to Syria and USA intervention destroyed ancient civilization of Iraq and Libya.

But one country that has stood Island of peace and a pearl of wisdom is Oman. The country, officially the Sultanate of Oman is an Arab country on the south-eastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula in Western Asia. Its official religion is Islam.

Holding a strategically important position at the mouth of the Persian Gulf, the country shares land borders with the United Arab Emirates to the northwest, Saudi Arabia to the west, and Yemen to the southwest, and shares marine borders with Iran and Pakistan.

The coast is formed by the Arabian Sea on the southeast and the Gulf of Oman on the northeast. The Madha and Musandam exclaves are surrounded by the UAE on their land borders, with the Strait of Hormuz (which it shares with Iran) and Gulf of Oman forming Musandam’s coastal boundaries.

Under the sane leadership of Sultan Qaboos Oman has tried its level best to heal the wounds of burning middle east and preferred to douse fires rather than to ignite them from Syria to Yemen Oman has maintained this peaceful and progressive policy .

Sultan Qaboos took Oman to new levels of peace, prosperity and progress . After succeeding his father in 1970, Sultan Qaboos opened up the country, embarked on economic reforms, and followed a policy of modernisation marked by increased spending on health, education and welfare. Slavery, once a cornerstone of the country’s trade and development, was outlawed in 1970.

Oman is a member of the United Nations, the Arab League, the Gulf Cooperation Council, the Non-Aligned Movement and the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation.

It has sizable oil reserves, ranking 25th globally. Nevertheless, in 2010 the UNDP ranked Oman as the most improved nation in the world in terms of development during the preceding 40 years.

Oman has been ranked the fourth safest country in the world for visitors, according to a newly released World Economic Forum (WEF) report.

Under Sultan Qaboos Oman has emerged as one of the most peaceful countries of the world.

Oman along with some of the GCC states continue to be ranked high in the 2018 Global Peace Index (GPI) released by the Sydney-based Institute for Economics and Peace.

The foreign policy of Oman under Sultan Qaboos is so dynamic that The Sultanate of Oman has always taken care to maintain a balance in its relations with Saudi Arabia and Iran, which has enabled it to act as a peace maker and earned it wonderful reputation.

Sultan Qaboos is the longest serving Arab leader, having held the office since 1970.Just few weeks back Oman’s government has planted more than one million fruit trees as it seeks to ensure its food-security in the future, and at the same time wean itself from foodstuffs exported from overseas.

The move is part of a plan to increase food security in the nation.

Be it the model of internal governance or the key matters of foreign policy and the burning issues of food security the nation of Oman is shinning on all the given parameters.

Above all Oman is standing tall by giving message of coexistence to entire world which is much needed in these times of mayhem and growing global violence.

Oman under Sultan Qaboos is a worth appreciating example from which other nations can learn many positive lessons.

(The writer is a freelance Journalist, TV Debater and can be reached on [email protected])

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