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SPE­CIAL COR­NER FOR LATE SUL­TAN QA­BOOS

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The Na­tional Mu­seum is set­ting up a spe­cial cor­ner named af­ter late Sul­tan Qa­boos. The ini­tia­tive comes as part of ef­forts to de­velop the mu­seum’s nar­ra­tive art, which is con­sid­ered among in­no­va­tive pil­lars of doc­u­men­ta­tion and which aims to en­rich the ex­pe­ri­ence of vis­i­tors to this lead­ing cul­tural ed­i­fice. Ja­mal bin Has­san al Mu­sawi, Sec­re­tary­gen­eral of the Na­tional Mu­seum, said: “This cor­ner will im­mor­talise this tow­er­ing per­son­al­ity in Omani his­tory (Sul­tan Qa­boos) and per­pet­u­ate his mem­ory in the hearts and minds of Oma­nis and ex­pa­tri­ates. It will con­vey, al­most com­pre­hen­sively, all the as­pects of life of late Sul­tan Qa­boos, both as an Omani and as a Sul­tan. It is sched­uled to in­au­gu­rate the Sul­tan Qa­boos Cor­ner by the end of this year.”

This cor­ner will im­mor­talise this tow­er­ing fig­ure in Omani his­tory (Sul­tan Qa­boos) and per­pet­u­ate his mem­ory in the hearts and minds of Oma­nis and ex­pa­tri­ates. It will con­vey, al­most com­pre­hen­sively, all the as­pects of life of the late Sul­tan Qa­boos, both as an Omani in­di­vid­ual and as a monarch

JA­MAL AL MU­SAWI Sec­re­tary-gen­eral, Na­tional Mu­seum

MUS­CAT: The Na­tional Mu­seum is set­ting up a spe­cial cor­ner named af­ter the late Sul­tan Qa­boos.

The ini­tia­tive comes as part of ef­forts to de­velop mu­seum nar­ra­tive art, which is con­sid­ered among in­no­va­tive pil­lars of doc­u­men­ta­tion and which aims to en­rich the ex­pe­ri­ence of vis­i­tors to this lead­ing cul­tural ed­i­fice.

Ja­mal bin Has­san al Mu­sawi, Sec­re­tary-gen­eral of the Na­tional Mu­seum, said, “This cor­ner will im­mor­talise this tow­er­ing fig­ure in Omani his­tory (Sul­tan Qa­boos) and per­pet­u­ate his mem­ory in the hearts and minds of Oma­nis and ex­pa­tri­ates. It will con­vey, al­most com­pre­hen­sively, all the as­pects of life of the late Sul­tan Qa­boos, both as an Omani in­di­vid­ual and as a monarch. It is sched­uled to in­au­gu­rate the Sul­tan Qa­boos Cor­ner by the end of this year, un­less ad­verse con­di­tions in­ter­vene other­wise, given the ex­cep­tional con­di­tions un­der coro­n­avirus (Covid-19) pan­demic.”

Al Mu­sawi pointed out that the Na­tional Mu­seum was hon­oured by the Royal or­ders is­sued by His Majesty Sul­tan Haitham bin Tarik to trans­fer Royal ‘sul­tani an­tiques’ to the Na­tional Mu­seum and make them avail­able to mem­bers of the public.

Al Mu­sawi ex­plained that steps are un­der­way to es­tab­lish the Sul­tan Qa­boos Cor­ner, which will show­case the most soughtafte­r “Let­ter 1” – or what was of­ten re­ferred to as “The Will”, ad­dressed by the late Sul­tan to the Royal Fam­ily Coun­cil. It is the first unique rar­ity re­ceived by the Na­tional Mu­seum. It will be on show in the State Sym­bols Sec­tion of the mu­seum.

“Cur­rent ac­tion fo­cuses on the stage of in­ter­nal equip­ping, in­clud­ing the forg­ing of show boxes. This will be fol­lowed by the stage of de­sign­ing and fix­tures for Royal sul­tani items.

Al Mu­sawi added that a mi­nor, first-of-kind cor­ner named “Ar­mitage” will be es­tab­lished at the mu­seum. It will be a minia­ture expo show­cas­ing relics from the Is­lamic civil­i­sa­tion in Rus­sia and it will run on for one year, re­new­able for a sim­i­lar du­ra­tion.

“Mean­while, close co­or­di­na­tion is un­der­way with Lou­vre Abu Dhabi mu­se­ums to des­ig­nate a cor­ner in the Na­tional Mu­seum for an­tiques from the Ot­toman civil­i­sa­tion. Mus­cat will for the first time host such ex­hibits, the lat­ter be­ing in the con­text of co­op­er­a­tion with Lou­vre Abu Dhabi, which be­gan four years ago,” Al Mu­sawi added.

Al Mu­sawi out­lined ef­forts un­der­taken to­wards the restora­tion and en­rich­ment of mu­seum col­lec­tions, not­ing that the Na­tional Mu­seum laid em­pha­sis on pro­grammes of preser­va­tion and main­te­nance to raise the stan­dard of Sul­tan Qa­boos-re­lated items un­der its cus­tody.

As many as 706 items were re­stored in 2019 and a to­tal of 1,578 oth­ers in 2020, while a se­lec­tion of an­tiques from the Min­istry of Her­itage and Cul­ture is be­ing re­stored. Since 2018, preser­va­tion ser­vices are of­fered to in­di­vid­u­als and es­tab­lish­ments against a cer­tain charge, Al Mu­sawi added.

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