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Over 40 SMEs to participate in handicrafts exhibition in Dhofar

20 Nov 2021 By MOHAMMED TAHA

Muscat – To support the handicrafts industry and craftsmen, the Authority for Small and Medium Enterprises Development (ASMED) will hold an exhibition in Dhofar governorate.

Handicrafts help preserve a country’s beautiful cultural aspects. Traditionally designed items made of ceramic, pottery pieces and baskets made of palm and date tree leaves are popular and rooted in Omani culture and heritage.

“More than 40 small and medium enterprises will participate in the exhibition of craft industries. The exhibition will be held from November 23 to 26 in the wilayat of Al Mazyouna in Dhofar. The exhibition aims to support craftsmen and craft industries and celebrate Oman’s 51st National Day,” an official at ASMED said.

He added, “The exhibition will include a corner for SMEs, and another for the Omani Women’s Association. The handicrafts exhibition will include manufacturers of textiles, leather, palm fronds products, and incense, while the corner of the Omani Women’s Association will include products of families, such as popular food items.”

The ASMED official added that there were more than 24,000 craftsmen in the sultanate at the end of 2020. Of the total, more than 88 per cent were female craftswomen.

The number of craftsmen in the Governorate of Dhofar was 7,247, followed by North Sharqiyah with 5,454, North Batinah with 3,534, Dakhliyah with 2,148, Al Wusta with 1,534, South Batinah with 1,357 and South Sharqiyah with 1,186.

The latest statistics show that the number of craftsmen in Muscat is 608, in Dhahirah 482, in Musandam 405 and in Buraimi 236.

“The authority urges craftsmen to participate in the exhibition to promote their products and also gain experience,” the official said.

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