Forgotten Histories | HH Sayyid Majid bin Hamud Al-Said

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 The forgotten Prince – HH Sayyid. Majid bin Hamud Al-Said

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HH Sayyid Majid bin Hamud bin Muhammad bin Said bin Sultan bin Ahmed bin Said Al-Said of Oman and Zanzibar.

With 9 brothers and an untold number of sisters, Majid bin Hamud was often overshadowed by his eldest brother HH Sultan Ali bin Hamud Al-Said.

On every Royal family tree the Sayyid (Prince) is left more as a footnote than a crown, but what is the fascinating story to this forgotten Prince?

Born in the Omani Empire to a large family, Majid was always destined to live in his brother’s shadow.

Taking two wives and fathering 11 children Majid shied from the public light and to this day very little is known about him.

He is credited however, with forging peace treaties between the Omani Empire, Ottoman Empire and Persian Empire.


Of HH Sayyid Majid bin Hamud’s 11 children several of his sons left the Omani Empire to marry in the Ottoman and Persian Empires, forging long lasting unities that remain to this day.

In 2018 Oman remains a very close ally of both Iran and Turkey.

The youngest of his sons, HH Sayyid Sahibzada. Aladdin bin Majid Al-Said was awarded his own Sanjak (Principality) within the latter days of the Ottoman Empire. He ruled the district long after the collapse of the Ottoman Empire in the 1920s.

Aladdin bin Majid took two wives, one of Pashtun nobility and the other from the Ottoman Empire’s western reaches.

Lasting Legacy 

Lasting peace and alliance with Iran and Turkey that remains to this day.

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Caleb Simmons
Caleb Simmons | Journalist Since: 2003 | New York - Abu Dhabi - London - Barcelona