Symposium sheds light on the relationship between the sea and human since ancient times in Sur

The Omani Maritime Heritage Symposium organized by the Ministry of Heritage and Tourism, represented by the Directorate General of Antiquities, began today, in cooperation with the Omani Association of Writers and Writers, represented by the Committee of Writers and Writers in the Governorate of South A’Sharqiyah, under the auspices of His Excellency Dr. Yahya bin Badr Al-Ma’awali, Governor of South A’Sharqiyah.

The symposium, which came within the activities of the Omani Maritime Heritage Festival, reviewed the human relationship with the sea throughout the ages through 8 working papers distributed over two sessions.

Salem bin Muhammad Al-Hajri, Assistant Director General of Antiquities, said: Oman had a close relationship with the sea. With its vast coastlines, Omani history remains a maritime history par excellence. For centuries, fishermen sailed along these coasts in search of a living, and Omani merchants carried their goods across the seas and oceans, since the third millennium BC. He added: This activity led to the creation of a maritime culture for Oman. As soon as the Omani went to the sea, he became a genius in navigation, a writer of the best literature on marine navigation, and a manufacturer of various types of boats. Using whatever materials and tools are available at his disposal.

The first paper reviewed the characteristics and capabilities of the boatswain and was presented by Hammoud Al-Ghailani.

The second paper included the parts of Omani ships and was delivered by Ahmed Al-Alawi.

The third paper dealt with the level of societal awareness of maritime heritage and was delivered by Dr. Huda Al-Dairiyya.

The fourth paper was titled From Desert Ships to Ocean Liners, presented by Khaled Al-Mukhaini.

As for the fifth paper, it dealt with the mythology of the sea in the Sultanate of Oman and was presented by Yunus bin Jamil Al-Nu’mani.

The sixth paper was entitled “Historical Qalhat from the Eyes of Travelers” and was presented by Khalifa Al-Farsi.

The seventh paper dealt with antiquities submerged in Omani waters and was presented by Ayoub Al Busaidi on the underwater cultural heritage, which included several axes, including the definition of underwater cultural heritage, the Sultanate’s experience in this field, and the efforts of the Ministry of Heritage and Tourism in documenting the underwater cultural heritage with the most important projects implemented by the Ministry.

The eighth paper was titled Initiatives to Document Omani Maritime History (A Picture Story Project as a Model) and was presented by Ali Al-Araimi.

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