Salalah – An exhibition titled ‘Memory of a Nation in the Land of Frankincense’ opened in Salalah on Monday.
Organised by National Records and Archives Authority (NRAA), the exhibition is part of this year’s Khareef Dhofar Festival, scheduled to last until August 13, and being held at Salalah Gardens Mall.
The exhibition offers a comprehensive view of Oman’s history, Dhofar in particular, through manuscripts and press clippings. It has a section dedicated to children and a separate display area highlighting private documents.
The exhibition features more than 175 documents and manuscripts, complemented by over 1,149 digital items, including magazine and newspaper clippings.
A selection of pictures and maps showcases the depth of Oman’s relationship with countries around the world. Additionally, landmark agreements and treaties between the sultans of Oman and other global entities are on display, highlighting crucial historical moments in the sultanate’s history.
A focal point of the exhibition is the historical significance of Dhofar governorate. Various correspondences, photographs, articles and press clippings are displayed, showcasing the governorate’s historical standing and its essential role in the frankincense trade.
The special children’s corner in the exhibition aims to educate and raise awareness on the importance of historical documents and instilling national identity and pride.
NRAA’s effort in organising such an exhibition reflects a commitment to raising awareness among community members. It allows residents and visitors alike to explore the richness of Omani civilisation and appreciate its culture, heritage and history.
Through the exhibition, the authority also seeks to enhance awareness on preservation and understanding of documents and archives. These serve as a vital connection to the past and provide insights into the formation of Oman’s national character and its place in world history.