The sultan deposed his father in a bloodless coup …

On Saturday, hundreds gathered to mourn the death of Sultan Qaboos bin Said Al Said of Oman, the Arab world's longest-serving ruler.

Sultan Qaboos bin Said Al Said of Oman, the Arab world's longest-serving ruler, has died aged 79. Sultan Qaboos is the longest serving leader in the Arab world, as he has been in the office for nearly 48 years. The Sultan Qaboos Bin Said Bin Taimur Al Said was born in Salalah in Dhofar in southern Oman in 1940.

Oman's Sultan Qaboos bin Said, the Mideast's longest-ruling monarch who seized power in a 1970 palace coup and pulled his Arabian sultanate into … Over the course of nearly five decades, Sultan Qaboos bin Said, … He is the 8th descendant of the Royal Al Busaidi family, which was founded by Imam Ahmed Bin Said in 1744. Sultan Qaboos bin Said, who has died aged 79, was the longest-serving ruler in the Middle East, transforming Oman from a medieval backwater to … Sultan Qaboos had ruled the … Sultan of Oman dies: Reclusive Qaboos bin Said Al Said passes away 'from colon cancer' aged 79 after ruling for 50 years.
Sultan Qaboos bin Said in Doha, Qatar, in 2007.

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