Oman - Personal background
Qaboos bin Said al Said was born on 18 November 1940, in Salalah, Oman. He is the only son of Sultan Said bin Taymur who ruled over Oman from 1954 to 1970. Little is known about his early life as he was kept secluded within the palace walls by his father and grew up a shy and withdrawn child. He was educated by private tutors and later attended Britain's Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst. He obtained further military training in West Germany with a British regiment, after which he returned to London where he studied political science with private tutors. Upon returning to Oman in 1964, he lived under virtual house arrest until he became ruler.