Muscat – Coinciding with the sultanate’s National Day celebrations, the Ministry of Heritage and Tourism (MHT) inaugurated Fatah al Khair Centre in the wilayat of Sur, South Sharqiyah governorate, on Monday. The centre showcases the ancient maritime history of Sur and its role in trade.
The opening ceremony was held under the patronage of H E Dr Yahya bin Badr bin Malik al Maawali, Governor of South Sharqiyah, in the presence of H E Ibrahim bin Saeed al Kharusi, Undersecretary in MHT, and Dr Amir Nasser al Matani, CEO of Oman LNG Development Foundation.
A statement issued by MHT said, ‘Fatah al Khair is a cultural and educational centre for visitors to learn about the wilayat’s maritime heritage.’
Speaking at the opening, H E Kharusi said the project is in line with the priorities of Oman Vision 2040. “Its strategic objectives and executive programmes are to enhance national identity and culture.”
According to Matani, Oman LNG Development Foundation’s decision to finance the centre reflects the company’s constant endeavour to support tourism in the sultanate and to find appropriate ways to revitalise the sector in South Sharqiyah.
MHT informed that the centre has on display more than 400 restored pieces related to the heritage of the wilayat of Sur.
The display items include shipbuilding and navigational tools, publications and jewellery.