(WatchDogReport.org) – There’s no doubt 2020 was a rough year for everyone. For the people of Oman, a Middle Eastern country that borders the Arabian Sea, it was especially difficult. They suffered a terrible loss just as the year was getting started.
On January 10, Oman’s Sultan Qaboos bin Said, 79, passed away from colon cancer complications. His death was a devastating blow to the world. He was the Middle East’s longest-serving monarch and is often credited with modernizing his country.
Qaboos’ rise to power was a rough one. In 1970, he staged a coup against his own father, succeeded, and ascended to power. Soon, he used oil revenue to build schools, roads, and a booming tourism industry. Most of all, he established relationships with countries like Saudi Arabia and Iran. In fact, in 2015, he hosted secret meetings between US and Iranian diplomats as the countries tried to agree on a nuclear deal.
His death left a hole in Oman and the rest of the world. He was truly a good human being. It should have been a sign that 2020 was destined to be a dumpster fire year.
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