Muscat, The Sultanate, represented by the

Ministry of Heritage and Culture, will host the fourth meeting of the

UNESCO International Network – the Silk Road Digital Internet Platform

during 28 to 31 October 2018. The Network aims to use potentials of

ICTs to increase awareness of the common heritage of Silk Road.

Rahma bint Qasim al-Farsi, Director General of Museums and

Focal Point in UNESCO’s International Network for Digital Silk Road

said in a press conference at the National Museum to unveil the

Sultanate’s preparations to host the meeting “The Sultanate,

represented by the Ministry of Heritage and Culture aims, through

hosting these meetings, to highlight its active role in the Silk Road

Platform, promote the good relationship between the Sultanate and

UNESCO and consider the Sultanate as the first Gulf and Arab country

to host the meetings of the UNESCO International Network”.

Al-Farsi added that the Ministry of Heritage and Culture as the

Sultanate’s representative in UNESCO’s International Network and Vice

-President of the International Network of Silk Road Platform aims at

highlighting the active role of the Sultanate in this platform and

potentials it can offer in this field and the future vision to take care of

the platform, as the meeting is held on the 30th Anniversary of the Silk

Road Project.

She pointed out that the official opening ceremony of the

meeting will be held under the patronage of Dr. Madiha bint Ahmed

al-Shibaniyah, Minister of Education, on Monday, 29 October at the

National Museum, in the presence of Hassan bin Mohammed bin Ali

al-Lawati, Advisor to the Minister of Heritage Affairs, Ann Paulini,

Director of UNESCO Regional Office in Doha, and Wang Xiaoping,

Member of the Leadership of the Chinese Ministry of Culture and

Tourism, representative of the People’s Republic of China in the


Rahma bint Qasim al-Farsi said that UNESCO International

Network meetings will be held at the Grand Millennium Hotel from

11:30 am to 6:00 pm with the participation of several countries, namely

Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Kyrgyzstan, China, Turkey, South Korea, Iraq,

Jordan, Portugal, Spain, Kazakhstan, Iran, Germany, Russia, Georgia

and Mongolia, as well as the management of the Silk Road Digital

Platform – UNESCO Regional Office, Ministry of Culture and Tourism,

Chinese Ministry of Culture and Tourism and China World Peace


She added that the meeting will be accompanied by a number

of activities, including an exhibition that will be held at the Grand Mall

on 28 October, the Chinese Exhibition of Silk, Tea and Ceramics will be

hosted by the National Museum on Monday, 29 October, and will be

organised by the China National Museum. The General Forum entitled

“Contribution of Sea Routes in the Development of the Common

Cultural Heritage” will be held at the Cultural Club on 30 October and

a trip to Nizwa Castle in the Governorate of A’Dakhiliyah on

Wednesday, 31 October.

For his part, Jamal bin Hassan al-Mousawi, Director General of

the National Museum, said that the Chinese exhibition “Silk, Tea and

Ceramics” to be hosted by the National Museum on 29 October, is

divided into five subdivisions: Home: China /Road: Transport and

Communication/ Technologies and Artwork/ Ceramics: The Ideal

Artwork/ and /Harmony: The Sensitive Life/.

Source: Oman News Agency