| Azlan Othman |
THE Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports has collaborated with the Embassy of the Sultanate of Oman in Brunei Darussalam to organise the Omani Cultural Days from today until November 15 to mark 30 years of diplomatic ties between the two nations.
Leading the 39-member delegation of the Omani delegation is Dr Abdullah bin Nasser Al Harasi, Chairman of Oman’s Public Authority of Radio and Television. The delegation will also include Alsheikh, Hamad Hilal Al-Mamari, Undersecretary of Heritage and Culture at the Ministry of Heritage and Culture; Abdallah Zahar Al-Adawi, Director of the Office of the Public Chairman of the Public Authority for Radio and Television; Darwish Said Al-Hamadani, Director of Finance Department, Ministry of Heritage and Culture; Yousof Ibrahim Al-Bulushi, General Director of Organizations and Cultural Relations; Dr Hussain Hamood Al-Abri, as well as administrators and representatives of the media, artists and exhibitors, among others.
Dr Abdullah bin Nasser Al-Harasi will pay a courtesy call to the Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports and attend the opening ceremony of the exhibition at ICC today. He will meet with the Deputy Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) on Wednesday.
He will also visit places of interests in the country, observe the National Service programme and attend the Oman Culture Showcase at the JIS Arts Centre on Wednesday evening and a seminar on Oman-Brunei relations at UNISSA on Thursday.
The Oman Cultural Days is a programme organised by the Ministry of Culture and Heritage of the Sultanate of Oman with cooperation from the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports, Brunei Darussalam.
During the event, exhibitions will be held to showcase the Omani culture and heritage including the message of Islam, photography, Arabic calligraphy and print materials. Cultural performances by traditional dances, musical performance and cultural seminar on Brunei Darussalam-Oman relations will also be held.
Brunei and Oman share strong bilateral relations.
A Memorandum of Understanding on Cultural Cooperation was signed in Bandar Seri Begawan under the purview of the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports on April 10, 2012 by Pehin Orang Kaya Pekerma Laila Diraja Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Hazair bin Haji Abdullah and Sayyid Fakhri bin Mohamed Said Al-Said, Ambassador of the Sultanate of Oman to Brunei Darussalam.
Pehin Orang Kaya Pekerma Laila Diraja Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Hazair bin Haji Abdullah, Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports visited Oman from November 7 to 9, 2012 and held bilateral talks with Sayyid Haitham bin Tareq bin Taimour Al-Said, Minister of Heritage and Culture Sultanate of Oman at His Highness’ Office, Ministry of Heritage and Culture of the Sultanate of Oman.
They exchanged views on ways to enhance bilateral cooperation in areas of heritage and culture.
In February 2012, the Brunei Darussalam cultural troupe performed at the Asean Cultural Festival in Muscat.
The Senandung Budaya Culture Troupe of Brunei Darussalam participated the Salalah Tourism Festival, in Salalah, Oman from August 28 to September 3, 2014. The performance showcased traditional songs and dances of Brunei Darussalam giving the audiences a snippet of the local culture and traditions.
From February 26 to March 8, 2013, the Brunei’s Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports participated in the 1st International Oman Book Fair in Muscat.
The Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports participated in the International Oman Book Fair in Muscat from February 27 to March 8, 2014, led by the Language and Literature Bureau Department while the Oman Ministry of Heritage and Culture participated in the Brunei Book Fair held in conjunction with the 30th National Day of Brunei Darussalam. The Sultanate also provided a complimentary booth to Oman.