Rise of the crown princes: Oman heir joins youthful Gulf royals

Oman, ruled by the legendary Sultan Qaboos for half a century until his death last year, now has an heir apparent aged just 30, part of a new generation of powerful young Gulf royals. In a region long dominated by aging emirs and kings, the rise of a fresh crop of crown princes is stirring excitement among youthful populations in the Gulf states. Their roles are linked to ambitious reform programmes designed to wean the countries off their dependence on oil and create diversified economies with more employment opportunities. “There is a real appetite for 30-something leadership in several coun…

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