His death was announced by the state-run Oman News Agency via its official Twitter account. The royal court immediately declared three days of mourning.
The exhibition was to be held at the Kigali Convention Centre bringing together food and beverage vendors, clothes brands, aluminum, and asphalt manufacturing companies and construction companies from Oman.
The exhibition was organized by The Public Authority for Investment Promotion & Export Development (Ithraa) in partnership with The Public Establishment for Industrial Estates (Madayn).
The organizing committee of the OPEX exhibition announced that due to the sudden death of the Sultan and after discussion with Oman government authorities, the OPEX will be cancelled until further notice.
However, the OPEX organizing committee announced that new dates for the exhibition will be announced within the shortest delay.
The OPEX is expected to attract up to 250 vendors and serve as a discussion platform for investors from Rwanda and Oman.
Omani Products Exhibition was launched in 2012 and Kigali will host the 10th exhibition that will showcase a variety of products and services manufactured in Oman and that are exported in more than 140 countries around the world.
Maymuna al Adawi, Ithraa’s Director of Export Facilitation had previously said that Rwanda’s economic performance is impressive given that most income does not provide from agricultural exports but from impeccable service provision that contributes to a continuously improving economy.
“We see great investment potential in Rwanda and we are confident the Omani Products Exhibition will be successful.”
Oman News Agency mourned the death of the 79-year old Sultan in a Twitter message which read “His balanced policy of mediating between rival camps in a volatile region had earned the world’s respect.”
As part of the mourning, Oman flags will be taken down in homage of the late Sultan for 40 days.