H H Sayyid Theyazin bin Haitham al Said, Minister of Culture, Sports and Youth, on Thursday launched a book titled Date Palms in Omani Cultural Heritage.
The launch of the book, held at Sayyid Faisal bin Ali Museum at the ministry’s premises in Al Khuwayr, came as part of a project to document Omani oral history.
H H Sayyid Theyazin said that the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Youth incorporated the promotion of Omani cultural identity within its priorities for the forthcoming stage in line with Oman Vision 2040. He stressed the importance of the book, which he described as a scholarly research in documenting knowledge, engendering cultural identity in society, deepening cultural thinking and enriching communication between Omanis and other people of the world.
The ministry’s resolve to document Omani oral (narrative) history stems from a conviction to promote the skills and knowledge that enriched social and economic life in the sultanate and played a role in grooming Omani citizen, said H H Sayyid Theyazin, adding that such action will encourage innovation and creativity in different cultural domains and inspire Omani youth to utilise their potential in rebuilding Oman.
H H Sayyid Theyazin and the guests viewed exhibits themed around the book’s topics and components. Authored by Dr Mas’oud al Hadhrami and Ahmed al Azizi, the book is published in two volumes.