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Oman News Agency
Ancient Ships Treasures Exhibition / Honouring Ceremony
Salalah, May 9 (ONA)
A celebration was held today at Dhofar University under the auspices of Sheikh Abdullah bin Saif al Mahrouqi, Deputy Governor of Dhofar to distribute the awards on the winning researches at the academic researches competition and distributing certificates on participants at the exhibition ‘From China to Arabia Ancient: Treasure Ships and the Great Oman Voyage'. The celebration was attended by Mohammed bin Yousef al Zarafi, Undersecretary of the Foreign Ministry for Administrative and Financial Affairs and a number of officials at the governmental departments and teaching and administrative staff from Dhofar University and higher education institutions in the Governate.
Prof. Bassam Ali Jubran, President of Dhofar University delivered a welcoming speech where he pointed out to the academic researches competition and the seminars hosted by the University on the sidelines of the exhibition.
After that, Sheikh, the Chief Guest distributed awards on the students who won the first place at the competition. He also honoured a number of departments and individuals who contributed to the success of The Ancient Ships, Treasures from China to the Arabian Peninsula and Oman Great Journey Exhibition‘.
The Ancient Ships, Treasures from China to the Arabian Peninsula and Oman Great Journey Exhibition was held at the Frankincense Land Museum at Al Baleed Park during the period from Feb 23rd to April 10th 2011. The exhibition received more than 10,000 visitors from different nationalities
The Exhibition, organised by National Geographic International and hosted by the Sultanate represented by the Foreign Ministry in collaboration with the Heritage and Culture Ministry and Bait Al Zubair Museum is the first roaming exhibition organised by this organisation in a bid to spread knowledge and enhance understanding and dialogue among civilisations and cultures.
The organisation in collaboration with Dhofar University organised academic seminars on the marine history and the Omani relations with countries of the Indian subcontinent.
The exhibition included artefacts from Sohar, Qalhat, Bait Al Zubair Museum in Muscat, and East Asia Museum in Bath city in the United Kingdom (UK). The exhibition embodies the historic evidences for the Arab-Chinese relations, especially with the Arab Peninsula and Oman in particular during the period from 13th to the 16th century.
The exhibition included a special corner for "Muscat Jewel" ship and the details of its historic voyage from Muscat to Singapore during last year.