Al Mahanad Al Badi, 28, an English teacher from the Batinah Coast, is working towards a post-graduate scholarship for study in the US. ‘There’s one thing I really like that Sultan Haitham mentioned. He said: “We’re going to invest in people,” and if he does, that would be great. I am optimistic,’ he adds. All photos Reem Mohammed / The National
Mariam Al Shehhi reminisces on the days before Sultan Qaboos. 'Everyone helped the other and if you had nothing and I had something, I gave it to you.' She would travel for two days over gravel roads to give birth at a hospital in Muscat. Her fourth child was born after 1970 at a hospital in the city of Sohar near her home. Men travelled abroad for work. Al Shehhi's husband sailed the trade routes of the Indian Ocean and survived a shipwreck off Mombasa.
Rashid Al Badi discusses the future of Oman with his two sons at their family home in Saham. He remembers when he first heard of Sultan Qaboos, at the age of 5. His father had explained what the news meant for his country at the time: ‘It means now we can build houses, we can own land, and there will be schools’
Azan Al Badi, 26, one of Rashid’s sons and a mechanic, told us that he hopes the new regime will bring further employment and vocational training opportunities to his home country
The Al Badi family drink tea together a ttheir family home in Saham
Al Shehhi’s granddaughter, Rahma Al Balooshi, 23, completed a degree in the UK in July and has returned to her hometown of Saham on the Batinah coast. 'At the beginning I was not accepting the idea that I would stay here forever,' she said. 'I am young and everything I need, I can find easily in the UK. Let’s talk about, for example, transportation. I do have my driving licence but I’m not allowed to be out after 10 or 11 o’clock at night.' She volunteers at hospitals in the cities of Sohar and Muscat. 'I just want to be independent. I mean, financially. I want to stay in my own apartment.'
Saeed Moosa Al Baloshi, outside Al Suwaiq’s governor’s office, where condolences are offered to the wali
Dr Abdullah Saleh Al Oraimi, 52, also outside Al Suwaiq’s governor’s office. 'Of course, we come here to the wali’s office to make it simple,' he said. 'We cannot go together to the palace in Muscat, you know we are more than 4 million Omanis ... We know some difficulties will come and as Omanis we’re all behind Sultan Haitham. Sultan Qaboos, he built the infrastructure of this country, but technology needs to be modernised. We have to adopt to new technology or we will be left behind.'