The eldest son of Sultan Haitham bin Tariq Al-Said has become Oman‘s first Crown Prince. Appointed by the Sultan as his successor, Dhi Yazan bin Haitham will be the Sultanate’s first-ever Crown Prince following constitutional amendments approved by Sultan Haitham.
The announcement was made on January 11, when the Sultanate marked the first anniversary of Sultan Haitham bin Tariq’s selection as the successor to Sultan Qaboos bin Said, following his death on January 10, 2020.
On Monday, Sultan Haitham bin Tariq had issued a decree which set a “specific and stable mechanism” for succession, allowing for the appointment of a Crown Prince for the first time. While there was no mention of the Crown Prince’s name by official media, it implied that the Crown Prince would be Sultan Haitham’s oldest son Dhi Yazan bin Haitham. Under Article 5 of the new Fundamental Law, the Sultan’s throne “is passed on to the eldest of his sons, then to the eldest of the latter’s sons, and so on.”
The new Crown Prince was born in 1990 and has a bachelor’s degree in political science from Oxford University in Britain. He had been the second secretary in the Omani embassy in London, and later in August 2020 when on to become the Minister of Culture, Sports and Youth in the first government formed by his father.
Another law issued by Sultan Haitham bin Tariq also emphasises the role of the state in guaranteeing more rights and freedoms for citizens — including equality between men and women.