The exhibition tells the story of Oman’s historical and cultural evolvement over the years and coincides with the annual commemoration of World Heritage Day to celebrate the heritage and cultural diversity in countries around the world.
Hassan bin Mohammed bin Ali Al-Lawati, Director General of Archaeology and Museums- Ministry of Heritage and Culture, said, “This exhibition is part of the ministry’s efforts to introduce a large number of archaeological sites spread across the Sultanate. As we continue to invest our efforts in the discovery and care of these sites, such projects will add more cognitive balance to archaeological and historical heritage nationwide. The exhibition is a great opportunity for visitors to learn and experience some of the rarest finds in the history of the country.”
The exhibition will be open to the public from 17 April to 17 May 2013 and will showcase vivid imagery from across the country charting the stages of its history. Beginning with the first presence of mankind in Dhofar about 150,000 years ago and focusing on the Magan civilisation period in the early Bronze Age (2700-2000 BC), there are also visuals of tribal gatherings during the early Iron Age (1300-300 BC) up to the modern stage of history and civilisation achievements in Oman with a focus on human efforts to adapt to complex environments in the country. The exhibition displays a diverse range of environmental scenarios from mountains and oases to deserts and seas, which have transformed Oman from a barren land where wealth was scarce to the prosperous civilisation it is today with its contrasting environments.
On the occasion, Nawras CEO, Ross Cormack, said, “We are committed to enriching the lives of people in Oman and it is our great pleasure to support and shed light on the richness and wealth of the Sultanate’s history and the growth of its civilisation. We are delighted to partner with the Ministry of Heritage & Culture to bring history to life through these incredible visuals which reflect the beliefs, customs and knowledge of such a diverse community.”
Nawras Chief Strategy Officer, Sheikh Abdulla Al Rawahy, added, “Our fruitful national heritage is testament to the unique journey Oman has taken over the years. Through this creative installation, we can all experience and appreciate the efforts made in preserving these memories for future generations. Nawras will continue to play a vital role is conserving our rich culture and educating people on where we were and where we are today.”
Since its inception in 1976, the Ministry of Heritage & Culture continues to contribute to a number of sectors and events related to the cultural heritage of the Sultanate of Oman, in order to preserve and enhance the Omani identity and establish a sense of pride and belonging.
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