Muscat – Oman Tourism Development Company (Omran Group) celebrated the opening of ‘Walk In’ Creative Art Space at Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre (OCEC) on Tuesday.
The initiative falls within the framework of the ‘Creatourism’ programme of the group to promote Oman’s rich and diverse art, culture and heritage in its various developments and hotels, as well as giving creative minds ample opportunities to showcase their talent. The art space is a permanent platform that will be used to exhibit works of prominent Omani artists.
The opening ceremony was held under the auspices of H E Sayyid Said bin Sultan al Busaidi, Undersecretary for Culture in the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Youth.
On occasion, H E Sayyid Said said, “The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Youth is working towards activating the cultural strategy (2021-2040) by supporting platforms and initiatives that promote Omani art and culture, in particular those that achieve the eight values that underpin our strategy. By supporting these initiatives, we are delivering on the mission of our strategy. This encompasses organising and developing cultural works and creating the appropriate environment to foster creativity to strengthen the country’s cultural identity.”
He added that supporting platforms that celebrate the creative work of Omani artists fulfil the values of the cultural strategy. “This ‘Walk In’ Creative Art Space, and the ‘Creatourism’ initiative under which it falls, are exactly such platforms. They bring together creative minds from all over the country to showcase the depth and breadth of art, culture and heritage in Oman while contributing to the growth and development of the country’s tourism sector.”
The art space, located at one of the main entrances of OCEC, will serve as a permanent space that celebrates creative arts. Currently, it features more than 30 specially curated art pieces by renown Omani artists, including Alia al Farsi, Anwar Sonya, Asila Juma, Budoor al Riyami, Gaith al Siyabi, Hassan Meer, Idris al Hooti, Israa al Balushi, Majeda al Hinai, Marwa al Kaabi, Mazin al Harthi, Moosa Omar, Nada al Masoudi and Ruqayia al Balushi.
On the occasion, Hassan Meer, Art & Culture Expert at OMRAN Group, said, “As part of our ‘Creatourism’ initiative, we aim to give local artists a platform to showcase their talent and celebrate their creative artworks. Moreover, we aim to leverage the initiative to enrich our assets with creative arts by local artists, utilising their skills and capabilities to enhance the country’s tourist experiences, primarily through art and culture-related shops, exhibitions, and activities at our tourist facilities.”