State Council discusses role of Omani drama, theatre

March 13, 2019

The State Council bureau at its fifth meeting, presided over by H E Dr Yahya bin Mahfoudh al Mantheri, chairman of the State Council, discussed on Tuesday the report on ‘The role of Omani drama in the community- Theater model’.

The report was submitted by the Committee of Culture, Information and Tourism in the presence of bureau members.

In this regard, it hosted, Hon Dr Ahmed Ali Mohammed al Mashiki, head of the committee and Hon Salim Ismail bin Suwaid, rapporteur of the committee, to discuss the two proposals submitted by the committee: the role of Omani drama in the community (theatre model) and the Arabic language complex.

The first study aims to delve into the reality of all aspects of Omani theatre, identify the difficulties it faces and propose appropriate solutions to overcome them. It also aims to identify the role of governmental and private institutions and bodies, especially educational, in supporting and supplying the Omani theatre with technical staff specialised in the field of drama and dramatic production and suggest ways to revitalise the theatrical movement and maximise its return.

Following discussions, the bureau decided to forward them to the upcoming regular session. The bureau reviewed the proposal of the Social Committee on the ‘Revision of the Marine Pollution Control Act promulgated by Royal Decree 23/74’.

In this regard, the bureau hosted Hon Dr Hamad bin Sulaiman al Salmi, head of the Social Committee, who explained that the proposal is connected to the significant developments that have gained momentum over the last four decades in all areas of life, including in the field of security and environmental safety.

This necessitates keeping up with domestic legislation related to these developments, and adopt appropriate legislative measures to contain the conditions caused by environmental pollution. One of the most important of these is the control and prevention of pollution of the marine environment.

He noted that the proposal aimed at revising the articles of the Marine Pollution Control Act promulgated by Royal Decree (34/74) in comparison with the articles of the Environmental Protection Act promulgated by Royal Decree (114/2001).