His Majesty the Sultan’s efforts have helped to build the nation and carry out the noble mission based on his deep confidence for the homeland and citizens. Omani citizens have been the focus of attention in all development efforts, plans and programmes during the past 48 years, in areas of education, healthcare, social training and culture. Over the past 48 years, the Omani Renaissance has borne fruit all over the country.
As part of the comprehensive development process witnessed by the country, His Majesty the Sultan presided over the meeting of the Council of Ministers in February and expressed his appreciation for the continuous efforts that led to growth in the economic and social dimensions for maintaining the basic level of services provided to citizens.
A joint meeting between the State Council and Shura Council was held in May emphasising the importance of constructive dialogue between the executive and parliamentary institutions of the state.
The State Council and Majlis A’Shura held joint sessions in June and July too.
Building capabilities of armed forces
At the domestic level, developing the Sultan’s Armed Forces was a priority of the Blessed Renaissance March. His Majesty the Sultan realised that security and stability are necessary conditions and a priority in nation building.
His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said, the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces has supported the national capacities of state’s institutions and the Joint Effort 10 Exercise was carried out in March with the participation of military, security and civil institutions of the state.
This is in preparation for the national exercise Al Shomoukh-2 in October and the Omani-British military exercise Swift Sword-3.
Implementation of fuel subsidy system
This year saw the implementation of the national fuel subsidy system to reduce the burden on those whose incomes do not exceed RO600 according to the regulations set by the Council of Ministers in late 2017. In June this year, the Council of Minister decided to increase the base of eligible categories of citizens by raising the cap to RO950 which will become applicable from August 1.
Thousands hired in the private sector
The Ministry of Manpower in cooperation with the private sector has provided jobs to 33,302 Omanis during the period from December 3, 2017 to July 11, 2018.
Diversifying income sources
The ninth five-year plan (2016-20) attaches great importance to diversify sources of income, including enhancing the role of the private sector to further improve the business environment and accelerate the implementation of privatisation programmes.
The focus is also on the development of small and medium enterprises, besides sectors such as manufacturing, transport, logistics, tourism, fisheries and mining.
The National Economic Diversification Program ‘Tanfeedh’ aims at achieving the sultanate’s vision towards economic diversification. The Implementation and Follow Up Unit published its annual report for 2017 and highlighted progress made in implementing projects in various sectors.
On the other hand, the commercial operations of new Muscat International Airport began on March 20. It is an important addition to the achievements of the modern Renaissance. The capacity of the airport is 12mn passengers annually.
Dialogue and peace
Since his accession to the throne in 1970, His Majesty the Sultan has adopted a clear policy based on right, peace, cooperation, tolerance, friendship, cooperation among nations and states and good-neighbouring principles. It is also based on the adoption of dialogue as a means for solving any disputes.
The sultanate continues its good efforts to enhance understanding and dialogue among states to resolve all regional and Gulf issues.
His Majesty the Sultan receives greetings
His Majesty the Sultan has received a cable of greetings from Sayyid Badr bin Saud bin Harib al Busaidi, Minister Responsible for Defence Affairs on the occasion of the Blessed Renaissance Day.
The text of the cable reads as follows: “Your Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said, the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, under the comprehensive renaissance and renewed giving, the sultanate celebrates the Blessed Renaissance Day, the 23rd of July, which has been a kickstart for glory and achievements. On this dear national occasion, it gives me, the courageous armed forces and personnel in the Ministry of Defence the pleasure to extend our sincerest greetings, appealing to Allah the Almighty to perpetuate on Your Majesty blessings of health and happiness.
“Your Majesty the Sultan since its start 48 years ago, the Blessed Omani Modern Renaissance has been moving ahead with firm and carefully studied steps to achieve its noble goals guided by Your Majesty’s wise vision and thought. Stemming from the national role of Your Majesty’s armed forces towards the Blessed Renaissance March has not been limited to the noble efforts to maintain the safety of this nation and its achievements, but rather to actively contribute to national development efforts and join hands with other government authorities in this development march.
“The adverse weather conditions, which affected the sultanate during the recent past affirmed the solidity of this Blessed Renaissance and the bond among Omanis. Their interaction with this emergency event has been honourable. Your courageous armed forces have dedicated all their resources and capabilities to contain the effects of this adverse weather condition, in cooperation with other state organisations and sectors.
“Your Majesty the Supreme Commander of Armed Forces, while we celebrate this joyful occasion, we are inspired by Your Majesty’s strategic thought to handle the new stage with firm steps and achieve further progress and prosperity. We renew the pledge of obedience and loyalty to Your Majesty and will follow the steps of Your Majesty, who made great achievements for this land. We appeal to Allah the Almighty to protect Your Majesty, grant you success and perpetuate on Your Majesty blessings of good health, happiness and a long life.”
His Majesty the Sultan also received a cable of greetings from Dr Yahya bin Mahfoudh al Mantheri, chairman of the State Council on the occasion of the Blessed Renaissance Day.
The text of the cable reads as follows: “Your Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said on behalf of the honourable members of State Council, its employees and myself, it gives me pleasure to express to Your Majesty the best and sincerest greetings on the 48th Blessed Renaissance Day.
“This day is a milestone in the history of this dear country and a cultural extension of its glorious history throughout ages. With the advent of the Glorious 23rd July, it illuminated Oman with light of glory and pride towards progress and prosperity as per the far-sighted vision of Your Majesty who has made a promise and fulfilled what promised; achieving a sustainable development that covers all fields in different parts of the sultanate.
“Your Majesty the Sultan the Blessed Renaissance March is going ahead in its way with full dedication and determination to achieve its noble goals. The sultanate, under Your Majesty’s wise leadership, enjoys a prominent presence in all regional and international platforms. The sultanate has also effectively contributed in promoting values of cooperation, tolerance and peace in the world. Your Majesty’s loyal subjects, under Your Majesty’s care, have the best record in giving in different fields of life.
“We thank Allah the Almighty for the bounties of prosperity, welfare, security and stability bestowed on our country. We also appeal to Allah for the return of this and similar glorious occasions while Your Majesty enjoying good health, well-being and a long life, and Oman and its people permanent progress, growth, security and welfare.”
His Majesty the Sultan also received a cable of greetings from Khalid bin Hilal bin Nasser al Ma’awali, chairman of Majlis A’Shura on the occasion of the Blessed Renaissance Day. The text of the cable reads as follows:
“Your Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said on this eternal occasion in the mind of every Omani; the glorious 23rd of July, on behalf of the members of Majlis A’Shura, its employees and myself, I am honoured to express to Your Majesty utmost greetings, thanks and gratitude, appealing to Allah the Almighty to safeguard Your Majesty and grant you good health, well-being and a long life.
“Your Majesty the Sultan the achievements made during the Blessed Renaissance years are sources of pride for every one living in this generous land. These achievements reflect the great national work and efforts exerted, as well as the optimum utilisation of human and physical resources. The Omani Shura march, whose pillars have been laid by Your Majesty, is moving ahead in the path as outlined by Your Majesty. Majlis A’Shura is carrying out its legislative and oversight powers and is joining hands effectively and sincerely with the government to serve the high interests of the nation and citizens.
“Your Majesty in terms of the foreign policy, Your Majesty has laid strong foundations and followed a clear approach towards the political vision of the sultanate. Your Majesty’s wise and balanced policies have earned Oman higher ranks of security, safety and stability. Thanks to this solid policy, the sultanate, which enjoys clear and known political weight, it also enhanced its political, economic and social relations with the various sisterly and friendly countries around the world.
“Your Majesty we pledge before Your Majesty to work with full dedication, sincerity, loyalty and obedience to Your Majesty. We appeal to Allah to bestow on Your Majesty bounties of health, happiness and a long life, and make days of the sultanate as days of joy under Your Majesty’s wise leadership. We appeal to Allah the Almighty for the return of this and similar glorious national occasions on Your Majesty for many years to come.”
His Majesty the Sultan also received a cable of greetings from Lt Gen Hassan bin Mohsin al Shuraiqi, Inspector General of Police and Customs on the occasion of the Blessed Renaissance Day. The text of the cable reads as follows: “Your Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said, the Supreme Commander, on behalf of personnel of the Royal Oman Police and myself, I am honoured to extend sincere greetings on the Blessed Renaissance Day, praying to Allah the Almighty to grant Your Majesty good health and happiness, Oman and its people continuous growth and prosperity.
“Your Majesty the Sultan, it is one of Allah’s blessings on Oman and its loyal people that this Renaissance since its first day helped Your Majesty and loyal Omanis in building their nation and continuing their great history and culture. Throughout the past years, Oman has enjoyed welfare; thanks to Your Majesty’s wise approach, which sought to bring happiness to the Omanis. Your Majesty the Sultan Your Majesty’s Police has been always up to the duty delegated to them. While carrying out this duty, they are guided by their instinct of love for their country and their realisation of the great efforts Your Majesty has exerted. We appeal to Allah the Almighty to bestow on Your Majesty blessings of health and happiness.”
Greetings from the Arab Parliament chief
Dr Mishaal bin Fahm al Salami, president of the Arab Parliament, congratulated His Majesty the Sultan on the occasion of the Blessed Renaissance Day.
In his message, Dr Salami stressed upon the importance of this occasion and the historic day on which the transformation of Oman was launched under the leadership of His Majesty the Sultan.
He expressed the appreciation of the Arab people for the achievements of the sultanate earned by moving on the path of development, uphold the values of justice and strengthen the pillars of the rule of law and institutions exhibiting sustainable pace of progress to achieve prosperity for the Omani people.