Restoration of historical sites to be discussed at MoHC meeting

The fort which is part of As Sulaif village ruins in Ibri (Source: MoHC)

Muscat - 

The committee for registering and preserving historical sites in the country will meet for the first time in 2012 on Wednesday to discuss the way forward for restoration of a number of important sites in the sultanate.

To be held under the chairmanship of H E Salem bin Mohammed al Mahrouqi, Undersecretary for heritage affairs, Ministry of Heritage and Culture (MoHC), the committee will review development work at As Sibani village in Birkat al Mouz, As Sulaif village along with Al Jama in Adam and Al Bilad in Manah among others.

Work on the historical site of As Sibani village in Nizwa with its surrounding houses, falaj and other buildings, has already been laid down on a detailed map with various facilities that need to be provided and restored.

“The documentation process for the site has been carried out in collaboration with Nottingham Trent University and includes a detailed description of the construction requirement according to historical and ethnographic studies.

"The site is important as it lies on the route to the popular tourist site of Jebel Akhdar and is one of the oldest historical sites in the country,” an official at MoHC said.

The site has a unique architecture with fortified mosques and ancient houses built of stones and clay on several floors, and is interspersed with Falaj al Khatmain, which is listed by UNESCO as a world heritage site.

Apart from As Sibani village, the other important sites whose restoration will be discussed are Al Yemen Village in Izki, Fanja in Bidbid, As Sulaif village ruins in Ibri and Al Oqas village in Bahla, which is on the world heritage list.

The meeting will also focus on the coordination between MoHC and the Ministry of Tourism on restoration and management plans for Al Jame village in Adam and Al Bilad in Manah, where intensive restoration work is going on.

Members of the committee include representatives of the MoHC, Ministry of Housing, Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Regional Municipalities and Water Resources and Ministry of Tourism and Supreme Committee for Town Planning, in addition to advisor to the chairman of Dhofar Municipality.

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