Oman Encyclopedia launched
27th, February 2014
MUSCAT — With the blessing of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos, the Oman Encyclopedia Project Committee launched the first edition of Oman Encyclopedia under the supervision of His Highness Sayyid Haitham bin Tareq al Said, Minister of Heritage and Culture. This came during the opening ceremony of the 19th Muscat International Book Fair, yesterday under the auspices of Dr Abdullah bin Nasser al Harrasi, Chairman of the Public Authority for Radio and Television and Chairman of Oman Encyclopedia Project, at Oman International Exhibition Centre in Al Seeb. The Oman Encyclopedia consists of 11 volumes of about 4,000 entries alphabetically arranged. The themes vary to include nine major areas: namely ‘Oman Geography, Media, Economy, History and Writing, Oman Ancient History, Culture and Society, Animal Kingdom, Vegetable Kingdom and Institutions. The entries are provided with non-text data like maps, images, natural and historical drawings.
More than 400 participants, researchers, administrators and technicians from within and outside the Sultanate contributed to this project. The Omani contribution constitutes 90 per cent. The Oman Encyclopedia needed eight years (2006-2013) to be completed. The Oman Encyclopedia is comprehensive in its subjects to reflect the historical richness and the cultural diversity and animal and vegetable biodiversity of the Sultanate and the entries are written in plain and easy language to make it accessible to the general reader. On this occasion, HH Sayyid Haitham, Dr Al Harrasi and the members of the committee expressed their thanks and appreciation to His Majesty Sultan Qaboos for his generous support for this great national project that reflects the richness and diversity of the Omani cultural identity