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Candidacy to Sultan Qaboos Culture And Arts Contest Extended To October

Muscat, May 18 (ONA) --- The Sultan Qaboos Higher Centre for Culture and Sciences has announced the extension of candidacy period for the centre’s 9th Culture and Arts Contest till October 2020 due to the exceptional conditions undergone by the Sultanate and the world at large as a result of coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.           The announcement was published on the official Twitter account of the contest. Application for candidacy to the contest’s current round continues till 8 October 2020.  --- ...

Regional Forum for Liaison Officers of Pan-Arab Architectural, Urban Heritage Observatory Meets

Muscat, May 14 (ONA) --- The Culture Department in Arab League Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organisation (ALECSO) held a videoconferencing meeting to discuss the exceptional situation experienced by Arab countries and countries of the world, as well as the effects of Covid-19 pandemic on the state of preserving heritage sites and cities.   The forum included two sessions. In the first session, Eng. Karim al-Hendili, Culture Program Officer at the UNESCO Office in Morocco, spoke about the role of UNESCO in supporting efforts to plan the future of urban heritage sites in the ...

The Sultanate Participates in Arab Culture Ministers Meeting

Muscat, May 11 (ONA) —- The Sultanate, represented by the Ministry of Heritage and Culture participated today in the extraordinary meeting of the Arab Culture Ministers via video conferencing.         The meeting was held to discuss impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the heritage and culture sectors and the procedures that have been taken to face the repercussions on the two sectors, in addition to the mechanisms for setting a unified post-pandemic Arab strategy.         During the meeting, Salim bin Mohammed Al Mahrooqi, Minister of ...

SAF Museum Displays Original Copy of Late Sultans Letter to Royal Family

Muscat, Mar.18 (ONA) ---- In implementation of the Royal directives of His Majesty Sultan Haitham Bin Tarik, the Supreme Commander to give an original copy of the letter of late Sultan Qaboos Bin Said to the Royal family council, through the Defence Council, the Sultan's Armed Forces (SAF) Museum is honoured to display the letter.       Visitors of SAF Museum can view the letter, which is displayed at the hall allocated to present the military achievements during the reign of late Sultan Qaboos Bin Said Bin Taimour.     It should be noted that SAF Museum ...

SAF Museum Closes Gates before Visitors

         Muscat, Mar 16 (ONA) --- The Sultan’s Armed Forces (SAF) Museum today announced the closure of its gates before visitors from tomorrow (Tuesday) till further notice.           The move comes in line with efforts undertaken by the Sultanate and similar action initiated by some institutions and facilities to help limit the spread of coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic and safeguard public health. --- ...

Frankincense Land Sites, Salut Archaeological Park Close Doors due to Coronavirus

            Salalah, Mar 16 (ONA) --- All Frankincense Land Sites included in the World Heritage List (Al Baleed Archaeological Park and Frankincense Land Museum - Samhram Archaeological Park – Wabar Archaeological Park), in addition to Salut Archaeological Park in the Wilayat of Bahla will remain closed before visitors from tomorrow (Tuesday) until further notice, Office of Adviser to His Majesty the Sultan for Cultural Affairs announced.             The move comes to maintain safety of all, given ...

The National Museum Board of trustees Meets

   Muscat, Mar.08 (ONA) ---- The National Museum’s Board of Trustees held its sixth meeting today, chaired by Salim bin Mohammed al- Mahrouqi, Minister of Heritage and Culture - Chairman of the National Museum’s Board of Trustees.    The meeting reviewed the implementation of the board's recommendations in its fifth meeting, in addition to discussing six other main themes, among them the approval of the annual report for 2019, the final audited account for 2019, the approval of plans and programs of action related to cultural diplomatic relations or ...

Maritime History Hall Inaugurated In New Look

Muscat, Mar.08 (ONA) ---- The National Museum today inaugurated the Maritime History Hall in its new outlook.  It also launched the trial version of the hall’s official website, both in Arabic and English, the “Card of Friends of Oman’s Museums”.  The ceremony was held under the auspices of Sayyid Shihab bin Tarik al-Said, Adviser of His Majesty the Sultan.  Maritime History Hall’s inauguration comes as part of a program to develop a narrative of fixed museums and their main components.  The Museum focused on its efforts to determine the ...

‘Man On Oman’ Documentary On Display Tomorrow

         Salalah, Mar 8 (ONA) --- Upon the directives of His Majesty Sultan Haitham Bin Tarik, Sayyid Mohammed bin Sultan al-Busaidi, Minister of State, Governor of Dhofar, will preside over the screening of a display titled “Movement of Oman on Land of Oman” at Samhram Archaeological Park here tomorrow (Monday).           The documentary, which resounds over one of the hills of Samhram archaeological sites—with acoustic effects on the background—spans the history of Oman through the ages till the ...

Royal Opera House Cancels Events Due to Coronavirus

Muscat, Mar 8 (ONA) – Due to the global outbreak of coronavirus and, to safeguard the health of its visitors, the Royal Opera House Muscat (ROHM) has announced the cancellation of its 2019-2020 programme of events and concerts through March and April 2020. ROHM also suspended all tourism tours, scheduled both in ROHM and Musical Arts gallery, till further notice. ROHM noted that the prices of tickets can be refunded by email within one or two days, adding that ticket prices are refundable for a period of 5 to 14 bank days. ROHM is looking forward to starting its new season of ...

Patterns and Symbols: Heritage of the Belarusian Ornament Exhibition to Open Tomorrow

     Muscat, Mar.04 (ONA) ---- An exhibition entitled 'Patterns and Symbols: Heritage of the Belarusian Ornament' will open tomorrow at the headquarters of the National Museum, under the patronage of Dr. Madiha bint Ahmed al- Shaibaniyah, Minister of Education and Deputy Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the National Museum.    The exhibition highlights the patterns and forms of traditional Belarusian motifs and their historical and cultural importance to the Belarusian people, and stands for their meanings and implications, which embody noble ...

Heritage and Culture Minister Receives Belarussian Counterpart

         Muscat, Mar 4 (ONA) --- Salim bin Mohammed al-Mahrooqi, Minister of Heritage and Culture, Chairman of National Museum’s Board of Trustees, received today Dr. Yuri Bondara, Belarus Minister of Culture, who is currently on an official four-day visit to the Sultanate within the context of Oman-Belarus Cultural Days programme taking place here from 4 April to 31 May.          During the meeting, discussion covered topics listed on the memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed by Oman and Belarus, notably enhancing ...

Over 15K Tourists Visit Land of Frankincense, Salut Archaeological Sites

Salalah, Mar 2 (ONA) --- The number of visitors to Land of Frankincense sites in the Governorate of Dhofar and Salut Archaeological Site in the Wilayat of Buhla in A'Dhakiliya Governorate during last January stood at 15590, according to statistics from the Department of Frankincense Land Sites at the Office of His Majesty the Sultan's Advisor for Cultural Affairs.         Al Baleed Archaeological Park and Frankincense Land Museum received 5154 visitors, Samahram Archaeological Site received 3039 visitors while Wadi Dokka received 2543 visitors, Wabar ...

Photographic Society of Oman Honors Winners of Iqra Photography Competition

Muscat, Feb.27 (ONA) ---- On the sidelines of the 25th Muscat International Book Fair, the Photographic Society of Oman, affiliated to the Ministry of Arts Affairs held at the Oman Convention and Exhibition Center, a ceremony to honor the winners of 3rd Iqra International Photography Competition.  The competition was held for the third year in a row , sponsored by International Federation of Photographic Art (FIAB), the UNESCO, the Ministry of Information, the Ministry of Arts Affairs, and the Main Organizing Committee of the Muscat International Book Fair.    The honoring ...

Seminar on Children, Future Media Concludes

Muscat, Feb 27 (ONA) --- The 3rd edition of “Children and Future Media “seminar was concluded today. It recommended the need to adopt the talents and creations of children and include those creations and talents in their electronic materials. It emphasized the importance of preparing and training existing cadres to present the media, especially electronic media for children in a correct and informed manner.             The two-day seminar was held at Oman Convention and Exhibition Center as part of the activities of the ...

Third Edition of French Week from 12 March

            Muscat, Feb 26 (ONA) --- Activities of the 3rd edition of the French Week in Muscat will kick-off on the 12th of March 2020. The 10-day event is organized by the French Embassy here.              Renaud Salins, French Ambassador to the Sultanate, said in a press conference at the French embassy today that this round of the French Week focuses on French culture, cuisine and business.            The event will enhance relations between the ...

Children and Future Media Seminar Kicks off

              Muscat, Feb 26 (ONA) --- The 3rd seminar on Children and Future Media kicked off at Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre today. The two-day seminar is part of the activities of the 25th Muscat International Book Fair.              The opening ceremony was held under the patronage of Sayyeda Dr. Mona bint Fahd al-Said, Assistant Vice-Chancellor for International Cooperation at Sultan Qaboos University, Chairperson of Children First Association. She delivered a speech ...

Information Minister Meets with Ambassador for the Francophone

     Muscat, Feb.23 (ONA) ---- Dr. Abdul Munim bin Mansour al-Hasani, Minister of Information and Chairman of the Organizing Committee of Muscat International Book Fair, met this evening with Amir Fehri, Ambassador for the Francophone at Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre.    At the beginning of the meeting, the Minister of Information welcomed the guest and said that the Muscat International Book Fair is one of the most important child-friendly exhibitions as it holds events that meet children's scientific, cognitive and recreational needs, noting the ...

Information Minister Meets Thai Official

          Muscat, Feb 23 (ONA) --- Dr. Abdulmonam bin Mansoor al-Hasani, Minister of Information, Chairman of the Main Organizing Committee of Muscat International Book Fair met Dr. Perapong Manakit, Commissioner of the Thai National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) at Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre today.           The two sides explored aspects of media cooperation between the two friendly countries and means that guarantee promoting such ...

Information Minister Receives President of French Publishers Association

           Muscat, Feb 23 (ONA) --- Dr. Abdulmonam bin Mansoor al-Hasani, Minister of Information today received Vincent Montagne, President of French Publishers Association, Chairman of Paris International Book Fair, who is attending activities of 25th version of Muscat International Book Fair.           The two sides reviewed relations between the two friendly countries. They also discussed aspects of cooperation between the French Publishers Association and cultural institutions in the Sultanate, ...

Sayyid Fahd Receives Chairman of Paris International Book Fair

             Muscat, Feb 23 (ONA) --- Sayyid Fahd bin Mahmoud al-Said, Deputy Prime Minister for the Council of Ministers today received Vincent Montagne, Chairman of Paris International Book Fair, President of French Publishers Association, who is currently visiting the Sultanate as a guest of honour in the 25th version of Muscat International Book Fair. The guest conveyed greetings of French officials along with best wishes of further progress and growth to the ...

Diploma on News Sources, How to Deal with Them Kicks off

          Muscat, Feb 23 (ONA) --- A diploma on “News Sources and How to Deal with Them” began at the Ministry of Information today. Eight employees from the Ministry of Information are taking part in the ten-day diploma.               The diploma is organized by the Ministry of Information, in cooperation with Ma’rif Al Ulum Center for Higher Education and Training Services, aims to introduce press sources and their role in reporting news, and the importance of diversifying sources to ...

The Sultanate Participates in International Vilnius Book Fair in Lithuania

              Muscat, Feb 20 (ONA) --- The Sultanate, represented by the Ministry of Information, is participating in Vilnius International Book Fair that is being held in Lithuania 20 to 23 February 2020.             This participation aims to highlight various Omani publications, as well as the cultural, historical and literary heritage of the Sultanate, in addition to increasing the activation of cultural communication with various countries of the ...

The Sultanate Uses Nuclear Technologies to Preserve Heritage

       Muscat, Feb 18 (ONA)---- Dr. Nasser bin Said Al-Jahwari, Associate Professor at the Department of Archeology in Sultan Qaboos University, gave a presentation on Oman's cultural heritage, its importance and the Sultanate’s role in preserving it using all available technologies, including nuclear and radiological technologies that do not cause damage for artifacts.       This came during the second meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency to review and evaluate the performance of the regional technical cooperation project on ...

Muscat Book Fair to Focus on Oman Renaissance Philosophy

Muscat, Feb 17 (ONA) --- Dr. Abdulmonam bin Mansoor al-Hasani, Minister of Information, today held a press conference during which he outlined programmes of the 25th round of Muscat International Book Fair, which will take place from 22 February to 2 March 2020.               Speaking in his capacity as Head of Muscat International Book Fair Committee, Dr. Abdulmonam said, “It is under the directives of His Majesty Sultan Haitham Bin Tarik that Sayyid Shihab bin Tarik al-Said, Adviser to His Majesty the Sultan, will preside over ...

OHSRP Steering Committee Meets

Muscat, Feb.12 (ONA) ----The Steering Committee of the Omani Cultural Heritage Strategic Research Program (OHSRP) held its first meeting for this year at the building of the Public Authority for Radio and Television.  The meeting was chaired by Dr. Abdullah bin Nasser al- Harrasi, Chairman of the Steering Committee.    The meeting discussed the proposals submitted by the research teams in the projects approved by the committee in its previous meetings, namely the Language Heritage Project, Place-Related Tales and Legends Project, and the Omani Trade and Industry ...

Agreement Signed to Survey and Document Meteorites

   Muscat, Feb 11 (ONA) --- The Ministry of Heritage and Culture today signed an agreement with Natural History Institute of Bern, Switzerland, to survey, document and study meteorites. The agreement was signed by Heritage Under-Secretary Salim bin Mohammed al-Mahrooqi, while Beda Hofmann, Head of Earth Sciences Department, Natural History Museum of Bern, signed the agreement on behalf of the Swiss side. Dr. Ali bin Farah al-Kathiri, Consultant in the field of meteorites at the Ministry of Heritage and Culture, said that the agreement is an extension of cooperation between ...

"Reimagine Teaching to Maximize Student Learning” Conference Kicks off

       Muscat, Feb 10 (ONA) --- The Centre of Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) at Sultan Qaboos University (SQU) organized the 1st Conference on Teaching and Learning “Reimagine Teaching to maximize Student Learning”.          The official opening of the conference was held today at SQU under the patronage of Dr. Hamad bin Said Al Oufi, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries.         The purpose of the conference is to exchange transformative research and innovative classroom practices ...

Exploring Cultural Intersections Conference Concludes

       Muscat, Feb 9 (ONA) --- The Department of English Language and Literature at Sultan Qaboos University (SQU) concluded its 4th International Conference on Language, Linguistics, Literature and Translation.       Themed ‘Exploring Cultural Intersections’, the conference brought together scholars, researchers and practitioners in the four areas from different countries. As many as 90 papers were presented to an audience of more than 200 people from 25 countries. The conference featured the following three renowned keynote ...

Omanpost Stamp Reads as “Jerusalem, Capital of Palestine”

             Muscat, Feb 9 (ONA) --- Omanpost today issued a new postal stamp reading as “Jerusalem is the Capital of Palestine”.             The new stamp is launched to reaffirm the Arab world’s support for the Palestinian cause and reflects ongoing cooperation with the Arab Permanent Posts Committee founded by the Arab League in 1954.              The stamp carries the image of Dome of the Rock—the most prominent Islamic ...