OMAN’S PROGRESS BASED ON BALANCE BETWEEN HERITAGE AND MODERNITY: SULTAN QABOOS BIN SAID

Achievements thru stable, phased, careful steps, Oman committed to cooperation with all states

Zahid Malik

Tuesday, October 05, 2010 – Salalah—His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said in his royal address to the Council of Oman at Al Hisn Hall in Hay Al Shatti here reviewed his country’s journey to progress and prosperity.

He said, the Sultanate is celebrating the 40th anniversary of its progress, during the course of which, its achievements in many fields are plain for all to see. “We have changed the face of life in Oman, enabling it to assume a position of eminence at both regional and international levels. His Majesty added “Oman has been able to realize much of what it had aspired. Everything has been achieved within a precise balance between preserving the best elements of our heritage, in which we take pride, and the demands of the present day which require us to adapt to the spirit of the modern age” Oman’s progress corresponds to its civilization, modern science and technology, benefiting from the latest developments in various spheres of public and private life.

HM the Sultan was presiding over annual convention of the Council of Oman.

His Majesty the Sultan said, “the building of this modern state to which we aspired was achieved with God’s assistance. The road to achieving it was not easy and accessible. There were tremendous difficulties and many obstacles.” He said, thanks to God’s blessings, along with the diligent hard work and dedication by all sections of society – men and women – and for their absolute faith in God’s assistance and guidance, we overcame all the difficulties and obstacles.

His Majesty said, high percentage of modern state building has definitely been achieved in the way we envisaged, thanks to God’s grace. This was made through stable, phased and carefully studied steps that built the present and paved the way to the future.

His Majesty pointed out that “one of Oman’s firm principles is cooperation with all states and nations on the basis of mutual respect, mutual interest and non-interference in the affairs of others, as well as, our non-acceptance of interference in our affairs by others.”

He affirmed his great care for the development plans in order to build a community of prosperity, science and knowledge. HisMajesty pointed out that “a percentage of these development programmes, in which we take pride, has been implemented in various parts of the Sultanate.”

His Majesty the Sultan said, in a view of the development that has taken place in Omani life, and the positive changes that society has undergone, the legal and judicial systems had to be upgraded and modernized to keep pace with the latest developments. Accordingly, the laws and statutes, necessary for that purpose, were promulgated, culminating in the Basic Law of the State. He stressed the importance of safeguarding and protecting them so that the “next generations can continue along the blessed path with the support and guidance of the Almighty God”. He saluted and appreciated all who contributed to the building of a modern state in Oman and participated in realizing its achievements and remained vigilant and alert to protect it. His Majesty, the Sultan, particularly referred to the Armed Forces, and all the administrative and security services in this regard.

Following is the text of the Royal Speech Before The Opening of the Annual Session of the Council of Oman:

In the Name of God, the Compassionate and Merciful.

Praise be to God who bestowed His grace and blessed our endeavour and crowned it with success, and may blessings and peace be upon Prophet Mohamed and upon His family, companions and those who followed his guidance.

Honourable Members of the Council of Oman

Dear Citizens

Our gathering in the city of Salalah today as we prepare to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Renaissance has undeniable symbolic significance because it was from the Governorate of Dhofar that Oman’s modern Renaissance began and it was there that the first steps were taken towards the achievement of its hopes. And here we are today, in this splendid land, celebrating the 40th anniversary of its progress, during the course of which its achievements in many fields are plain for all to see and have changed the face of life in Oman, enabling it to assume a position of eminence at both regional and international levels. It was from here that we gave our first speech, during which we expressed our determination to work towards the creation of a modern state and to take the country forward in many different fields to the best of our ability. Since then we have embraced every means to enable us to achieve what we had promised. Praise and thanks should be offered to God, the Most Sublime, the Almighty, for the fact that Oman has been able to realize much of what we had aspired towards. Everything that has been achieved within a precise balance between preserving the best elements of our heritage, in which we take pride, and the demands of the present day which require us to adapt to the spirit of the modern age – while at the same time corresponding to its civilization, modern science and technology and benefiting from the latest developments in the various spheres of public and private life. Although the building of this modern state to which we aspired was achieved with God’s assistance, the road to achieving it – as you all know – was not easy and accessible. There were tremendous difficulties and many obstacles. However, thanks to God’s blessings, along with the diligent hard work and dedication by all sections of society – men and women – and for their absolute faith in God’s assistance and guidance, we overcame all the difficulties and obstacles.

Honourable Members of the Council of Oman

Dear Citizens

A high percentage of modern state building has definitely been achieved in the way we envisaged, thanks to God’s grace. This was made through stable, phased and carefully studied steps that has built the present and paved the way to the future.

Oman has a deep-rooted history and firm principles established ages ago and, praise be to God, what we have done is to confirm these principles, and express them in modern-day language. One of Oman’s firm principles is cooperation with all states and nations on the basis of mutual respect, mutual interest and non-interference in the affairs of others as well as our non-acceptance of interference in our affairs by others. The attention we have paid to development plans in order to build a community of prosperity, science and knowledge has been considerable and, praise be to God, a percentage of these development programmes, in which we take pride, have been implemented in various parts of the Sultanate. What is certain is that with the development that has taken place in Omani life, and the positive changes that society has undergone, the legal and judicial systems have had to be upgraded and modernized to keep pace with the latest developments. Accordingly, the laws and statutes necessary for that purpose were promulgated, culminating in the Basic Law of the State.

Honourable Members of the Council of Oman

Dear Citizens

By referring to the above we did not merely intend to remind you of the achievements that have taken place in this our dear country, because they are plain for all to see and no further proof of them is needed. What we have wished to do is to stress the importance of safeguarding and protecting them so that the next generations – sons and daughters of Oman – can continue along the blessed path with the support and guidance of the Almighty God.

Honourable Members of the Council of Oman

Dear Citizens

On this dear occasion we salute and express our appreciation to all who have contributed to the building of a modern state in Oman and participated in realizing its achievements and remained vigilant and alert to protect it. Here we particularly refer to our Armed Forces, and all the administrative and security services.

“Our Lord upon You we relied and turned in repentance and to You is the return. Our Lord bestow upon us mercy from thyself and facilitate for us our affairs in the right way.”

May God grant You success and may peace be upon You and the Mercy of God and his Blessings.

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