Unesco Silk Road online platform meeting to be held in Muscat

October 17, 2018

The fourth meeting of the Unesco Silk Road Online Platform International Network will be held in Muscat from October 28-31, it was announced on Wednesday.

The event will take place in conjunction with the opening of the ‘Youth Eyes on the Silk Roads Photo Contest’ travelling photo exhibition, and the ‘Exhibition of Chinese Silk, Porcelain and Tea’, the press was told at the National Museum.

Organised by the Ministry of Heritage and Culture (MHC), the briefing was held in the presence of Jamal bin Hassan al Moussawi, director general of National Museum, and Rahma bint Qasim al Farsi, director general of museums in the ministry. Also present was Hassan bin Mohammed bin Ali al Lawati, advisor to the Minister of Heritage and Culture for Heritage Affairs.

A public conference titled, ‘Contributions of the Maritime Silk Roads to the Development of a Shared Cultural Heritage’, will also take place on October 30.

MHC, being the sultanate’s representative in Unesco’s International Network, and vice president of the International Silk Road Platform Network, is keen to highlight the active role in this platform, the possibilities it can offer in this field and the future outlook for this platform. Oman is one of the five countries that actively supports this project and has also provided financial support. It also supported the Unesco Silk Roads project titled ‘An Integrated Study of Silk Roads, Methods of Dialogue 1988-1997’.

The sultanate is the first Gulf and Arab country to host the meetings of the Unesco International Network.

Countries attending the meeting include Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Kyrgyzstan, China, Turkey, South Korea, Iraq, Jordan, Portugal, Spain, Kazakhstan, Iran, Germany, Russia, Georgia, Mongolia amongst others.

The event also aims to promote awareness of the Silk Roads project of the common heritage by highlighting in particular its transnational aspects, which connects people from different regions. It will also promote intercultural dialogue, friendship and cooperation, especially among young people.

The official opening ceremony of the event will be held at the National Museum on October 29.

H E Dr Madeeha bint Ahmed bin Nassir al Shaibaniyah, Minister of Education, will inaugurate the exhibition. The silk, tea and porcelain exhibition will be held for two and a half weeks.