Celebrations continued in the Gulf State of Oman on Tuesday (18 November) to mark the tenth anniversary of Sultan Qaboos bin-Said's rise to power.
GV Large crowd of Omani men dancing and singing at Wabi Kabir, Oman.
GV TILT DOWN TO Men singing and dancing.
CUs Men playing musical instruments. (2 SHOTS)
SV Men carrying rifles, marching and singing.
GV TILT DOWN FROM Poster of sultan TO men singing.
GV Crowds with mountain in background.
SV Young girls dancing.
SV & CU Men around fire.
GV Fireworks in night sky.
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Background: Celebrations continued in the Gulf State of Oman on Tuesday (18 November) to mark the tenth anniversary of Sultan Qaboos bin-Said's rise to power. The forty-year-old Sultan attended a mass display of Oman's military strength in Muscat while the Omani people celebrated in their own way in towns and villages throughout the country.
SYNOPSIS: At the end of the Sultan' first ten years in office, the people of Oman have much to celebrate. Before the young English-trained solider took control in a bloodless coup, Oman was one of the most backward countries in the Gulf region. The Sultan's eccentric father had rolled with an iron fist, even keeping slaves. But today, it is a very different story.
Oman's oil supplies have helped to produce a stable economy and finance and Army of forty-thousand men. And if attacked, the Sultan is prepared to use them. In the town of Wabi kabir, that message was underlined in the ancient war dance of Oman's mountain warriors.
Sultan Qaboos enjoys wide popular support among his people. Before the coup in 1970, there were no schools hospitals or paved roads and luxuries like radios were banned. The Sultan won the faith of the people with a massive modernisation programme that took Oman into the twentieth century. To coincide with the anniversary, Sultan Qaboos unveiled a new development plan costing more than seven billion Rials (21 billion U.S. dollars) a gesture that strengthened his popularity.
Despite the songs and dances, the celebrations were overshadowed by a warning about Oman's position in the explosive Middle East. Sultan Qaboos said instability in the Gulf region was a serious threat to word peace. He said Oman was a peaceful country, but it was equipped and ready to fight off any outside interference.