Al-Owtabi Center for Cultural and Heritage Studies

Professor Nidal Al-Shamali
Head of the Al- Owtabi Center for Cultural and Heritage Studies
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An international centre for culture, arts and heritage.


Preserving and presenting Omani heritage and culture and participating in the center on internal projects in this regard.

Core value:

Re-establishing the socio-cultural legacy of the country to its due status as a major constituent of the intellectual scene and restoring its ties with world cultures.

Al Owtabi Centre will:

  • Preserve Omani culture and tradition and communicate to future generations in a contemporary way.
  • Create cultural experiences for people (Omanis, residents, tourists and international participants) of all ages and also organizations.
  • Develop a centre for researchers to study Omani culture, arts, heritage and traditions.
  • Provide support for young Omani entrepreneurs and researchers in Omani culture, arts and heritage in developing, displaying and presenting their work.
  • Host displays and performances as a major cultural arts venue.
  • Collaborate with national and international partners.

The Al Owtabi Centre Steering Committee will consist of the following:

  • Prof. Nadal Al Shamali – Chair
  • Dr Ali Al Manei – Member (Deputy Chair)
  • Dr Hajar – Member
  • Dr Rafik Al Jamosi – Member
  • Dr Abdullah Al Shibli – Member
  • Ms. Sheikha Al Mamari – Member (Secretary)
  • Literature, Criticism and Language Committee
  • History and Heritage Committee
  • Crafts and Traditional Industries Committee
  • Preparatory committee for conferences, forums and courses