The renovation of Beit al Ajaib (House of Wonders) in Zanzibar, for which Oman signed tender documents, is well underway.
The renovation of Beit al Ajaib, which dates back to 1883, is being implemented in response to the Royal Orders of the Late His Majesty Sultan Qaboos at a cost of RO5,931,770.
Last week, Eng Ibrahim bin Saeed al Kharusi, Undersecretary at the Ministry of Heritage and Tourism, made an inspection visit to the project.
The restoration work includes strengthening the building’s 240 columns and terraces, as well as introducing a new mechanical system.
The work is expected to be completed in 2021. The agreement was signed last year by Salim bin Mohammed al Mahrouqi, who is now the Minister of Heritage and Tourism.
He said that the support to the project is as per the Royal Directives of His Majesty the Sultan. He added that the initiative stems from the belief in the historic relations and shared heritage between Oman and Zanzibar.
Meanwhile, Dr Hussain Ali Mwinyi, president of Zanzibar, received Eng Kharusi on Thursday.
The two sides discussed the framework for cooperation between the two countries in the filed of heritage and ways of preserving it.