Muscat – His Majesty Sultan Haitham bin Tarik presided over a ceremony to lay the foundation stone of the Oman Cultural Complex project and building of the National Records and Archives Authority (NRAA) at Airport Heights in Muscat on Sunday.
When His Majesty the Sultan arrived at the project site, he was received by Sayyid Theyazin bin Haitham al Said, Minister of Culture, Sports and Youth and Chairman of Founding Committee of Oman Cultural Complex, and Dr Hamad bin Mohammed al Dhoyani, Chairman of NRAA.
Then, His Majesty the Sultan viewed the design and components of the complex project.
Oman Cultural Complex is considered an embodiment of the Royal vision of His Majesty the Sultan to establish a state-of-the-art cultural landmark, a civilisational accomplishment and a scholarly and institutional edifice of Oman’s blessed renaissance.
Then, His Majesty watched a visual presentation on the project and listened to a briefing about the building’s innovative model.
The project will house several institutions and facilities, including the National Library, the National Theatre, Children’s Public Library, the House of Arts, the House of Cinema, and the Literary Forum, besides NRAA. It will also have restaurants, cafeterias and a public park.
His Majesty then laid the cornerstone marking the start of construction of the complex – a building spread over 80,200sqm that will be constructed on a 400,000sqm plot of land, costing around RO147.8mn.
Oman Cultural Complex will promote cultural, literary, theatrical and research activities through the enhancement of relevant programmes aimed to expand the scope of engagement in highlighting Oman’s cultural heritage and exploring the country’s accomplishments.
The complex will provide services to scholars and researchers, and help organise cultural events and programmes to develop vistas of cultural action that will focus on Oman’s history and cultural identity.
The ceremony was attended by Royal family members, ministers and senior officials.