He created social unity
I was deeply saddened to hear of the demise of Sheikh Essa bin Mohammed Al Zedjali, chairman of MPPH and editor-in-chief of Times of Oman. The Times of Oman has been a very close friend of the Sri Lankan community and thereby Sheikh Essa bin Mohammed Al Zedjali, who played a key role to bring our community and the Times of Oman group together over the years. Sheikh Zedjali was a pioneer in English journalism and his demise has left an unfixable vacuum in the media. We convey our condolences to the bereaved family and his media colleagues. We pray for eternal peace for Sheikh Essa bin Mohammed Al Zedjali. May his soul rest in eternal bliss.
Asoka Girihagama, ambassador of Sri Lanka to the Sultanate of Oman
One behalf of the officers and staff of the Embassy of the Philippines, I wish to express heartfelt condolences to the family and loved ones of Essa bin Mohammed Al Zedjali. We join the people of the Sultanate of Oman in mourning his demise.
Mr Zedjali was appointed as Philippine Honorary Consul General in Muscat on November 1988 and served until October 1992. Throughout his term, he showed his unwavering support for the development of Philippines-Oman relations and had a deep concern for the welfare of Filipinos in the Sultanate. Even after his service as Honorary Consul General, his ties with the Philippines remained strong as he continued to be a friend to the Philippine embassy. Through his beloved Times of Oman, we express our deepest condolences. May he rest in peace.
Joselito A. Jimeno, Philippine ambassador to Oman
It was indeed a very sad news to know that Essa Mohammed Al Zedjali has passed away. I had the honour to know this noble man since 1982. He was very fluent in many languages i.e. English, Urdu, Persian, Balushi, and of course, Arabic. He was in diplomatic services prior to establishing the first private daily English and Arabic newspaper in Oman with a publishing house. He was also a pioneer and a leader in Omani media for freedom of expression within social, political and cultural norms of society. I also had the opportunity to have informally discussed many a time, his viewpoints on various regional and international issues. He was an acknowledged writer and thinker in the entire Gulf countries for his viewpoints which were regularly published since April 2000. His articles were also regularly published in Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Lebanon and Pakistan. Essa Zedjali was always a strong advocate of Palestine's cause and used to feel pain for the killing of innocents.
On a personal level, we found him a very humble and kind human being and a great philanthropist. He regularly hosted his staff and friends at his lush farm located in Al Hail, and let their families and children enjoy at the swimming pool at his garden with birds and animals. Essa Zedjali had a very high intellect and a sharp sense of humour with a wit of class.
Apart from journalism, he was always a sponsor of social and academic activities organised by the expatriate communities. He was honorary counsel general of Philippine government in Sultanate of Oman for many years, prior the opening of their embassy in Oman. He had a soft corner for poor expatriates, who work hard and contribute to the development of Oman. Unfortunately, his very close personal friends like Abdullah Moosa and then his cousin Abdul Rasool Kassim Al Zedjali also passed away recently. May Allah Almighty rest their souls in peace and we will always miss Essa Al Zedjali.
Arshad Ali Khan,
Senior Legal Consultant, Value Commercial Services
I am a Pakistani doctor who has lived and worked in Oman for 34 years. Please accept my heartfelt condolences on the sad and untimely demise of Sheikh Essa bin Mohammed Al Zedjali. I frequently met Sheikh Essa on social occasions and had the honour to interact with him. In this hour of grief, I share his family's loss. In his demise, Oman has lost one of its most illustrious sons. His commitment to truth, his dedication to impartiality and the charisma of his personality contributed greatly to the freedom, impartiality and balance which is the hallmark of the Omani media today. May Allah the Almighty grant his family the strength to bear this great loss and may the departed soul rest in eternal bliss and peace.
Dr Asif Ali Mansuri
In the death of Mr. Essa Mohammed Al Zedjali, Oman has lost one of its great sons. We all deeply mourn his sad demise. Indeed, this loss is synonymous to the disappearing of a glittering star from the face of Earth. I extend my heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family. May Allah Almighty grant him eternal peace and enhance his status in the
Asif Kiani, chief engineer, Strabag