Sohar: The Sohar Festival, in its second edition, is witnessing a richness and diversity in its components, which combine culture, history and entertainment, in areas that reflect the goals of the festival that attracts visitors over a period of 30 days.
Ibrahim bin Hassan Al Balushi, supervisor of the Marine Village, explained that this year it witnessed a diversity in terms of the content and types of exhibits that simulate the marine environment in the North Al Batinah Governorate over time, with an increase in the accompanying daily activities, as the space allocated for the village was expanded in the festival grounds held at the Municipality Entertainment Center in Sohar.
He added that the marine village includes 13 main sections, providing visitors with details of marine life in terms of tools and equipment used in fishing, and introducing maritime history, in addition to 4 museums of maritime history in the North Al Batinah Governorate in particular, and the Sultanate of Oman in general, which includes more than / 600 archaeological and historical pieces about traditional fishing and diving tools, displayed by a number of interested people, specialists, and fans of collecting heritage belongings from the people of the governorate.
The marine village also includes 9 corners that simulate traditional marine crafts, including shipbuilding, the manufacture of scissors and metal tools, the making of shish, the spinning industry, and the making of mahak (whitening fishing nets), in addition to the craft of salting fish, and the craft of loading yarn for traditional fishing “Al-Daghwa”. “. Al Balushi also pointed out that the marine village includes three corners that simulate the traditional market associated with the sea and its tools, in addition to the availability of an artificial lake in which a group of marine fishing practices are practiced and the rowing of traditional fishing boats known as the screen.
The village also simulates the processes of buying, selling and exchanging goods on the coasts of the North Batinah Governorate in the past. . By establishing this village, the organizing committee of the Sohar Festival seeks to attract visitors to the festival and interact with the corners that simulate maritime history and ancient maritime practices in fishing, diving, pearl trade, and the exchange of goods via ships, and also to introduce the ancient names of maritime vocabulary used by fathers and grandfathers for these tools and maritime works.
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