Oldest King in the World
Majority of men has dreamt of being a King at least once in their lives. It is given that being a King means being almighty, the strongest, and the most interesting benefit, the most powerful. But aside from the power and royalty benefits of being a King, there also comes the great responsibility. Responsibility to lead a nation or kingdom and ensure that all sides will be in good hands while having the power. This article will tackle about the oldest king in the world, his life before and after getting the power of being a king, and inspiring information about what he did during his leadership.
The world’s oldest king was born in Ras Al Khaiman where he grew up in an Islamic Arabic environment with his father Sheikh Mohammad bin Salim who ruled the emirate from 1917 – 1919. His name is Saqr bin Mohammad Al Qassimi, the recorded oldest reigning King/Monarch at the age of 90 .He enjoyed playing cricket and horseback riding in his college days and also participated in lots of academical activities. But as a member of a royal family, his first days in school was not easy due to security reasons. Saqr recived both academic and religious education and later entered a semi-regular school in Ras Al Khaiman to study reading, writing as well as mathematics principles.
Saqr bin Mohammad Al Qassimi became the ruler of Ras Al Khaimah (Now one of the United Arab Emirates) on July 17, 1948 by overthrowing his uncle and father in law Sheikh Sultan bin Al Qassimi in a coup detat. Under his rule, Ras Al Khaima joined the UAE in 1972. He was the only leader of Ras al khaima who insisted that his kingdom must join the United Arab Emirates that sooner led them to economical boom as investors and tourists became welcome to their land.
Saqr bin Mohammad Al Qassimi is a typical Arab leader with an average height and body mass especially when he was at his early 30’s. He was wearing a traditional sultan suite that most middle eastern leaders wear in special occasions, particularly in global conferences. His determination as a young man destined to be a ruler of his homeland was noticed by his superiors and it was noted that during his college days, he already had acquired the reasoning equivalent to a Sheikh (may refer to as vice president) being a fate as the successor of his homeland’s government.
Saqr bin Mohammad Al Qassimi led a bloodless coup d’ etat that ended the reign of his then ruling uncle and father in law. He worked hard to consolidate his rule particularly among the Bedouins from the south, the low land mountaineers from the east, and a combination of a group of highland non-Arab pygmies known as the Shihuh and other tribes from the north. But like any other governments, some of his colleagues refused to Ras Al-Khaimah’s accession to the UAE when it was formed on 2 December 1971 due to a series of disputed lands with Iran, but his power as a ruler prevailed.
He also has a reputation as a supporter of women’s rights and a western reformer and his wife,Sheikha Fawqai Al Qasam is also an active campaigner for women’s issues.
Saqr became ill for several months and died on October 2010. Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, his successor posted a web video proclaiming himself as the new ruler of Ras Al Khaiman shortly after Saqr’s death. They announced a 40 days mourning period for the former ruler’s death as well as for the whole family.