Oman is now entering uncharted waters. After fifty years of strong governance, albeit originating from a military coup, Sultan Qaboos Al Said is gone and the country has a newruler, for many the first in their lifetime. Given that Qaboos’ cousin, Haitham Al Said, was swiftly appointed to the throne – as much driven by his name being the Sultan’s personal choice as to secure a quick and peaceful succession – there will, in the short term, be political continuation and a sense of ‘business as normal’. However, this succession could not have come at a more tense or difficult time for the Middle East region and across the coming months the traditionally neutral, calm Oman could find itself at the centre of the world’s attention in more ways than one.
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