Oman plans to transform the ancient city of Qalhat into archaeological park

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Transforming the ancient city of Qalhat into a heritage park

Muscat: Sultan bin Ali Al-Muqbali, Director of the World Heritage Sites Department at the Ministry of Heritage and Tourism, confirmed that there is a plan to transform the historic city of Qalhat into an archaeological park. 

We are currently working on preparing tapering papers for the first phase as that includes setting up a gate to the city and creating some visit paths to some ready-made landmarks and making identification panels. As for the second stage, a visitor center will be established, and this process will take a long time.

Sultan bin Ali Al-Muqbali indicated that the work plan is slow, but it is the most appropriate according to the opinion of experts and specialists, because the city has been completely buried for more than 500 years.

Sultan bin Ali Al-Muqbali stated that the work to include the site in the preliminary list began in 1988, then the actual work began in 2013 by updating the site’s existing data in the preliminary list, and then preparing the site’s nomination file for inclusion, and it was included in 2018.

Sultan bin Ali Al-Muqbali indicated that the inclusion of any heritage or natural site on the World Heritage List must satisfy the OUV, and this exceptional global value is based on three main pillars: (Standards of Outstanding International Value, Authenticity and Safety, Management and Protection) Whenever the site fulfills these pillars and requirements, it is inscribed on the World Heritage List.


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