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STRONG establishments in a modern State usually catch up with the movement of the modern age at a calculated pace. Here is the Sultanate of Oman celebrating its 45th National Day at a time the Omanis, under the guidance of their Sultan, managed to take great civilization leaps throughout the years. Their success is attributed to the level of confidence and sincerity between the Sultan and his people. It is manifested in the enormous national obligation which makes his country the source of his pride.
In 1970, Sultan Qaboos took the reins of leadership in a country that lacked institutions, road, transportation and schools. Its treasury was almost empty so Sultan Qaboos vowed, before his people and the world, to transform Oman and put it along the lines of advanced countries. This is what he said in the first news report about him after becoming Sultan ذ a long interview I did with him and was published in Al-Seyassah daily. It included his vision and 45 years after the interview, the Sultanate is now witnessing the fulfillment of his vow.
Moreover, Oman, in light of the vow made 45 years ago, achieved remarkable rates in its fight against corruption; as well as in development, education, health, security and social tolerance which are the basics for a State in this modern era.
Last year, this man, who never missed National Day celebrations, could not bear the pain of being far from his people during the celebration; but the doctors and the statesmen asked him to complete his treatment so he can return to his people fully recovered and in good health. It was painful for him but he agreed.
Perhaps, the prayers of Omanis for his quick recovery made him overcome the minor illness. Perhaps, the expression of love and honor between him and his people made it possible for him to be among them today; launching a new phase of nation-building. This is the completion of his 2040 vision for Oman with the aim of benefiting from economic and social developments in the local, regional and global spectra.
Perhaps, some might see the nation-building process in the Sultanate as slow, but as the saying goes, “Slowly but surely.” This means slow in pace but achieving the desired results. In other words, “the calculated step makes you reach the desired destination.” Here it is once again, the Oman that is capable of confronting any storm or crisis being witnessed by the Arab world through the patriotic spirit made stronger by the policies of a man who cares for nothing in life but the welfare of his nation.
Indeed, there are many achievements for which Oman deserves to celebrate its 45th National Day. The most interesting aspect of this occasion is the presence of Sultan Qaboos bin Said al-Said amongst his people. This is in addition to the renewal of the vow to work towards building the nation.
In his speech at the opening of the sixth Oman Assembly a few days ago, he said, “We are continuing with our blessed course of growth with a great deal of determination. This can never be achieved except through concerted efforts to work in the interest of everyone.”
This is the real challenge for Omanis who have never failed in facing national challenges throughout the past decades. They have been behind their Sultan as they skillfully and meticulously built their country which has become an Arab capital that every Arab is proud of.
By Ahmed Al-Jarallah – Editor-in-Chief, the Arab Times