Muscat, The Research Council (TRC), represented by the Strategic Program for the Cultural Heritage of Oman, organized a seminar on 'Cultural Heritage: Investment and Sustainable Development' at Oman Institute for Oil and Gas at Innovation Park Muscat. The seminar was held under the patronage of Eng. Siham bint Ahmed al-Harthy, Director General of Real Estate Development at the Ministry of Housing, in the presence of those interested and specialized in cultural heritage from specific institutions and sectors.

The seminar opened with a brief review of the annual plan and objectives of the program by Nasser bin Hamdan al-Ismaili.

Ahmed bin Mahad al-Ma'ashani, Director General of Heritage and Culture in Dhofar, then gave his opening remarks in regards to the importance of cultural heritage in Oman. He maintained that investing and developing cultural heritage is vital for the rise of the Omani individual and the Omani society.

Following the opening ceremony, the seminar kicked off with three major sessions. The first session titled as 'Cultural Heritage and Identities' which was moderated by Dr. Mohammed al-Mahrouqi. The session included talks by Dr. Nasser al-Saqri from the Ministry of Education who discussed the role of cultural heritage in preserving national identities, and Ahmed Zaouche, Programme Manager at UNESCO Regional Office for GCC and Yemen, who elaborated on the impact of the inclusion of cultural heritage on the World Heritage Lists in regards to national development and identities.

As for the second session themed 'Cultural Heritage and Sustainable Development' it was moderated by Dr. Wafa al-Shamsi and included two speakers. The first speaker for the second session was Dr. Ahmed al-Rabaani, Director of Omani Studies Center, with the participation of Huda al-Dayeri, a PhD student at the College of Education at Sultan Qaboos University (SQU, and Amal al-Azri, Director of the Internal Quality Audit Department at SQU. They gave a presentation titled as Cultural Heritage and Sustainable Development in the Sultanate of Oman: Reality and Problems. On the other hand, the second presentation was about the experiences of some institutions in activating the development and sustainability of cultural heritage, and it was presented by Wadha al-Shakili, researcher from the National Museum.

The last session concluded under the moderation of Dr. Yousef al-Shehhi called 'Investing in Cultural Heritage'. It included a presentation by Eng. Saeed al-Saqlawi, Chairman of the Omani Society for Writers and Literati, about the role of architecture in preserving the national identity of the Sultanate. Furthermore, Hamad al-Mashrafi, Founder of the Data Mining Company, gave a presentation on The Reality of Cultural Heritage Investment in the Sultanate of Oman while Salam al-Reyami, a specialist from the Diwan of Royal Court, presented lastly on Modern Technologies and Investment of Cultural Heritage.

Source: Oman News Agency