Muscat, The Sultan Qaboos Higher Centre for Culture and Science today announced the winners of the Sultan Qaboos Award for Culture, Arts and Letters at its eighth session 2019, which is allocated this year to Arabs in general in the fields of sociology studies in the Culture branch and Arab music in the Arab Arts branch and Travel Literature in the Arts branch.

Habib bin Mohammed al- Riyami, Secretary-General of the Sultan Qaboos Higher Centre for Culture and Science, said at the press conference to announce the winners of the award: The Sultan Qaboos Award for Culture, Arts and Letters is an annual award that is alternatively given every two years, once is given to Omanis only and at another time given to Arabs in general. The ward has become a valuable indicator of the cultural, artistic and literary situation at the local and Arab levels.

He added that the award included this year three areas for Arabs in general: studies of sociology, Arab music and travel literature.

He pointed out that in the field of sociology studies for the branch of culture, the award of this field has been withheld, and in the field of Arab music for the branch of arts the award has been given to Egyptian Singer Ali Ibrahim Ali al- Haggar, and in the field of Travel Literature in the Arts branch the award is given to Basim Mohammed Furat of Iraqi nationality resident in New Zealand.

Habib bin Mohammed al- Riyami, Secretary-General of the Sultan Qaboos Higher Centre for Culture and Science, said that the total number of applicants who met the requirements of this session reached 157,

78 candidates in the field of sociology studies, 27 candidates in the field of Arab Music and 52 candidates in the field of travel literature.

The Sultan Qaboos Award for Culture, Arts and Letters is the most prominent cultural event in Oman, which enjoys wide interest and participation both locally and internationally.

This award comes as part of the royal care of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Said in the intellectual and knowledge achievement and an emphasis on the historical role of the Sultanate in the consolidation of cultural awareness; as the most important chain of human civilization progress, and a support from His Majesty for intellectuals, artists and writers.

The application process started on Sunday, March 3rd, 2019 until Thursday, August 15th, 2019.

Source: Oman News Agency