The 5th Joint Periodic Exhibition on the Archaeology of the Gulf Cooperation Council’s Arab States is being held in the Sultanate of Oman from 20 October-19 November 2015, reports Rosemary Hector from Muscat.
On display at the Bait Al-Zubair Museum (Al-Bait Al-Oud) in Muscat are 300 carefully selected items, 50 from each of the six participating states, which include Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait and the UAE, in addition to Oman.
Heritage, culture and the arts have long been regarded as an effective way of building and maintaining bridges between nations and this event reinforces much of the shared history and heritage of this unique region of the world.
The exhibition celebrates the close collaboration that characterises the joint efforts of the six GCC states in a variety of fields, including the archaeology of their region and the knowledge gleaned from the treasures in their respective museums and collections. Although each of the GCC countries has its own, quite separate identity, there are many shared customs and traditions that ensure the countries of the area have much more that binds them together, than separates them.
Four periods are covered by the artefacts on display: Pre-history; Bronze Age; the Pre Islamic and the Islamic Eras.
The exhibition was officially opened on 20 October by Sayyid Haitham bin Tarek Al Said, Oman’s Minister of Heritage and Culture, in the presence of several other ministers and Mohammad Al Zubair.
Previous exhibitions in this series were held in Al-Fujairah (2006), Riyadh (2009), Doha (2011) and Manama (2013).
Venue: Bait Al-Zubair Museum (Al-Bait Al-Oud)
Runs from: 20 October – 19 November 2015