HM Sul­tan Qa­boos loved horse rid­ing, astron­omy

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The late His Majesty Sul­tan Qa­boos bin Said had a num­ber of hob­bies, in­clud­ing horse rid­ing, shoot­ing and astron­omy.

Speak­ing about his hob­bies, His Majesty Sul­tan Qa­boos once said, “Since my early child­hood, I have had a strong love for horse rid­ing. I was put on a horse back when I was just four. Since then, I con­tin­ued to see horse rid­ing as a hobby that fits my nat­u­ral pen­chant to ad­ven­ture. But my prac­tice of this hobby dropped to min­i­mum lev­els due to my ever-ex­tend­ing sched­ule of du­ties. No mat­ter what, horse rid­ing re­mains close to my heart.

“Shoot­ing is also one of my best hob­bies, be­ing a trained mil­i­tary man. Shoot­ing con­sti­tutes a ma­jor pri­or­ity for any­one who has an in­ter­est in mil­i­tary ac­tiv­ity and who lived in a so­ci­ety like Oman’s whose peo­ple take pride in be­ing able to take up arms when nec­es­sary. In fact, I have a flare for try­ing any new firearm, which might be a ri­fle, a ma­chine gun or a tank. But tra­di­tional shoot­ing with a pis­tol, a shot gun or even a cross­bow re­mains my best dis­trac­tion.”

His Majesty Sul­tan Qa­boos added, “There are other hob­bies that in­ter­est me, like walk­ing, which has re­mained one of my best pas­times since child­hood. I

get com­fort in walk­ing, par­tic­u­larly be­fore go­ing to bed. I like to go for a walk along the beach. In ad­di­tion to be­ing one of the best ex­er­cises for one’s body, walk­ing also of­fers a chance for med­i­ta­tion.

“I also like pho­tog­ra­phy, which I see as an ex­ten­sion of my life­long hobby of draw­ing nat­u­ral scenery. How­ever, present con­di­tions and time con­straints give lit­tle scope for prac­tis­ing such hob­bies. Read­ing, which was among my favourite hob­bies, has be­come part of my work. It is dif­fi­cult for me to con­tinue to read what I like (as a hobby), as fo­cus has shifted to read­ing within the purviews of work and ev­ery­day life con­cerns.

“Also, as an ama­teur, I play tennis if I get the time. I of­ten watch in­ter­na­tional tennis games on TV, and I like to fol­low up ath­let­ics on me­dia chan­nels. Astron­omy re­mains among my best in­ter­ests: Stargaz­ing and planet watch­ing con­tinue to at­tract my at­ten­tion.”

I also like pho­tog­ra­phy, an ex­ten­sion of my hobby of draw­ing nat­u­ral scenery

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