Haitham bin Tariq

Haitham bin Tariq
Sultan Haitham bin Tariq Al-Said.jpg
Haitham during his first speech as the new Sultan of Oman
Sultan of Oman
Reign 11 January 2020 – present
Predecessor Qaboos bin Said
Born (1954-10-13) 13 October 1954 (age 65)
Muscat, Muscat and Oman
Spouse Ahad bint Abdullah bin Hamad Al-Busaidiyah[1]
Issue Theyazin bin Haitham Al-Said[2]
Bilarab bin Haitham Al-Said
Thuraya bint Haitham Al-Said
Omaima bint Haitham Al-Said
House Al Said
Father Tariq bin Taimur [ar]
Mother Shawana bint Hamud bin Ahmad Al-Busaidiyah[3]
Religion Ibadi Islam

Haitham bin Tariq Al Said (Arabic: هيثم بن طارق آل سعيد‎, transliteration: Haitham bin Ṭāriq Āl Saʿīd; born 13 October 1954)[4] is the Sultan of Oman, having succeeded his cousin Qaboos bin Said on 11 January 2020.[5] He previously served as Minister of Heritage and Culture in the Sultanate of Oman.[6][7]


Haitham bin Tariq attended Pembroke College, University of Oxford, graduating from the Foreign Service Programme (FSP) in 1979.[8] Haitham's father was Tariq bin Taimur, son of Sultan Taimur bin Feisal. His half-brother Asad bin Tariq is the deputy prime minister.

He is described as "outward-looking and Western-oriented".[9]


A sports enthusiast, he served as the first head of the Oman Football Association in the early 1980s.[10] He served as the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for Political Affairs from 1986 to 1994, and later appointed as the Secretary General for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (1994–2002).[11][12] He was later appointed as the Minister of Heritage and Culture in March 2002 and later chaired the national census committee in 2003.[13] He usually represented Oman abroad in a diplomatic capacity;[14] in 2016, he personally welcomed Prince Charles and Camilla on a visit to the country.[15]

He is also chairman of the committee for the future vision of "Oman 2040″ along with being honorary president of the Oman Association for the Disabled.[16]

His record in government under Qaboos has been described by The Economist as poor.[9]

Sultan of Oman

After the death of his first cousin Sultan Qaboos on 10 January 2020, Haitham bin Tariq was named by the royal family and Qaboos's will as Sultan of Oman the next day and took an oath before an emergency session of the Council of Oman in Al-Bustan.[17] Oman state TV said the former sultan's letter was opened by the Defence Council and his identity was announced shortly thereafter.[18] As sultan, he also holds the positions of prime minister, supreme commander of the armed forces, minister of defence, minister of finance, and minister of foreign affairs.[19] In his first public speech, he promised to uphold his predecessor's peace-making foreign policy and to further develop Oman's economy.[15][20]


Styles of
The Sultan of Oman
National emblem of Oman.svg
Reference style His Majesty
Spoken style Your Majesty
National honours
Foreign honours



  1. ^ Royal Ark
  2. ^ Royal Ark
  3. ^ Royal Ark
  4. ^ Rulers
  5. ^ "Oman's new ruler Haitham bin Tariq takes oath: newspapers". Reuters. 11 January 2020. Retrieved 11 January 2020.
  6. ^ "Cabinet of Ministers". Oman News Agency. Archived from the original on 31 March 2015. Retrieved 31 March 2015.
  7. ^ Appointing a Minister of Heritage and Culture, Royal Decree No11/2002, issued on 14 February 2002, published in issue 713 of the Official Gazette
  8. ^ "Haitham bin Tariq appointed new ruler of Oman". Arab News. 11 January 2020.
  9. ^ a b "Sultan Qaboos, ruler of Oman for almost 50 years, has died". The Economist. 11 January 2020.
  10. ^ "New Oman ruler chosen by agreement, or secret letter". France 24. 11 January 2020. Retrieved 11 January 2020.
  11. ^ Oman, Ministry of Legal Affairs (1986). Royal Decree No. 2/86. Official Gazette.
  12. ^ Oman, Ministry of Legal Affairs (1994). Royal Decree No. 110/94. Official Gazette.
  13. ^ Valeri, Marc (2009). Oman: Politics and Society in the Qaboos State. C. Hurst. pp. 97, 124. ISBN 978-1-85065-933-4. Retrieved 12 January 2020.
  14. ^ "Haitham bin Tariq appointed new ruler of Oman". Arab News. 11 January 2020. Retrieved 11 January 2020.
  15. ^ a b "Oman's new ruler Haitham bin Tariq promises good ties with all nations". Arab News. 11 January 2020. Retrieved 12 January 2020.
  16. ^ "The New Sultan of Oman: Haitham Bin Tariq Al Said". gulfnews.com. Retrieved 11 January 2020.
  17. ^ "Sultan Haitham Bin Tariq Al Said succeeds Sultan Qaboos of Oman". gulfnews.com. Retrieved 11 January 2020.
  18. ^ "Oman names culture minister as successor to Sultan Qaboos". AP NEWS. 11 January 2020. Retrieved 11 January 2020.
  19. ^ Haitham bin Tariq sworn in as Oman's new sultan
  20. ^ Hubbard, Ben (11 January 2020). "Oman's New Sultan Vows to Continue Country's Peacemaking Path". The New York Times. Retrieved 12 January 2020.
  21. ^ Royal Ark
  22. ^ Royal Ark
Haitham bin Tariq
House of Al Said
Regnal titles
Preceded by
Qaboos bin Said
Sultan of Oman