Exactly a year ago, Sultan Qabus bin Said overthrew the rule of his father to become leader of the oil-rich state of Oman.
GV Muscat, decorated streets with flags over buildings (3 shots)
SV Sultan Qabus arrives in landrover in ceremonial uniform
LV Sheikhs watch
SV Helicopters fly over
SV Sultan takes salute at military parade
SCU Troops in ceremonial dress march past
LV PAN civilians parade past
Ground to Air helicopter arrives at Zib village
GV PAN crowd awaiting Sultan around tents
SCU Sultan walks past crowd and seated in tent (3 shots)
SV Crowd with flags
SV Camels prepared for racing
LV Camel racing in progress
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Background: Exactly a year ago, Sultan Qabus bin Said overthrew the rule of his father to become leader of the oil-rich state of Oman. At the weekend, the Sultan celebrated the first year of his rule, taking the salute at a dawn parade of military units and civilians near the capital, Muscat. Later, Visnews cameraman Ralph Izzard followed the Sultan out to the nearby village of Zib, where the three-days of celebrations took a more traditional turn -- including camel racing.
SYNOPSIS: A year ago, Sultan Qabus bin Said overthrew his father's rule to become leader of the Arab Gulf state of Oman. Over the weekend, flags in the capital, Muscat, marked the first anniversary of the Sultan's coming to power.
Sultan Qabus, trained at the British Military academy of Sandhurst, were ceremonial scarlet uniform when he drove out to take the salute at a parade of military and police units.
There was also a flypast of helicopters, which have done a valuable job this summer fighting an outbreak of cholera in the oil-rich state.
Since the summer temperature here can soar up to a hundred and fifteen degrees Fahrenheit, the parade was held at dawn. Besides the military, youth organisations also took part. After overthrowing his father last year, Sultan Qabus promised to bring Oman out of what he called "its backward state" and bring it into the modern world.
But as the three-days of celebrations continued at the nearby village of Zib, the emphasis was firmly on tradition -- despite the fact that the Sultan fled in by helicopter.
Sultan Qabus had exchanged his military uniform for more tradition dress -- appropriate for a programs of festivities that included camel races. Relatively little has been heard from Oman since last year's coup. One of the new Sultan's first priorities was to try and stimulate growth, by lifting restrictions on building and travel. The thirty-year-old Sultan also promised improved communications -- including television -- while appealing to exiled Omanis to return and serve their country.