National Museum gets explorer’s dagger for Empty Quarter Crossing Exhibition

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The National Museum has signed an agreement to get the dagger used by legendary Omani explorer, Sheikh Saleh bin Kalut al Rashidi al Kathiri for an exhibition at the National Museum. Sheikh Saleh had accompanied Bertram Thomas, who completed the first recorded crossing of the Rub al Khali desert in 1930.

The agreement was signed between the National Museum and Mubarak al Kalut al Rashidi, the grandson of Sheikh Saleh. The dagger will be exhibited at the Empty Quarter Crossing Exhibition at the National Museum from February 21.

The museum will also host Mark Evans, who will deliver a lecture titled, Crossing the Empty Quarter - a reflection of his 2015 trip in the footsteps of Bertram Thomas at 11am on February 26. Evans had taken on the challenge, embarking on the 1,300km journey on foot and by camel in December 2015, crossing the desert in 49 days.

Evans, 54, has lived in the region for 20 years and is a fellow of the Explorers Club of New York, and The Royal Geographical Society in London. In 2009, Evans set up Outward Bound Oman. Over a period of 55 days in 2001, he kayaked the entire 1,700km coastline of Oman, from Musandam to Yemen.

In 2004, he set up the University of the Desert, which is Oman’s gift to Unesco, using the power of the desert environment to foster intercultural dialogue between young people from the western and Arab cultures, for which he was awarded the MBE in 2011.

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