GLOBAL CONNECTIONS: the Near/Middle East
July 23, 1970: Sultan Qaboos takes over control of Oman from his father and ends the country's isolation from the world.

As sultan, Qaboos holds absolute power over Oman and makes all important decisions. Both sultan and prime minister, he heads the foreign, defense, and finance ministries. After a period of Omani isolation from the rest of the world, Sultan Qaboos bin Said opens up the country to the rest of the world.

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Between 1932 and 1970, Said ibn Taimur ruled Oman and impressed on it his own myopic vision.

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In 1970, Qaboos bin Said took control of Oman.