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Report of the Arabic Abstract Calligraphy Workshop

On the 28th of May 2016, the Center for Development Research (ZEF) in cooperation with the University of Bonn Islamic Society (IHV Bonn) organized the German Omani Association funded Arabic Abstract Calligraphy Workshop with the Omani calligraphist Saleh al Shukairi. A multicultural and diverse group of 40 people participated in the one day workshop that started with a brief session on culture and arts in Oman. Then, the participants were invited to watch the documentary Islamic Art in Oman by Wolfgang Ettlich while they enjoyed tasting Omani coffee and dates at the same time.

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Arabic Abstract Calligraphy Workshop with the Omani DOG promoted Calligrapher Saleh Al-Shukairi

On the 28th May a workshop about mordern arab calligraphy will take place in Bonn. It is carried out by the renowned artist Saleh Al-Shukairi. For more information please click here.

Germany’s nature and history woos tourists from Sultanate

The German-Omani Association wants to point out an interesting article on the Omani Observer. It covers among other topics the construction of the new German embassy. You can read the full article here.

Sultan Qaboos returns to Muscat

The German-Omani Association is pleased with the recovery of HM Sultan Qaboos Al Said and his return home. We wish him good health and creativity for the benefit of the Sultanate of Oman, which he has ruled in an exemplary manner for approximately 45 years.

Minister of Awqaf receives German Order of Merit

Shaikh Abdullah bin Mohammed al Salmi, Minister of Awqaf and Religious Affairs, and founder of the German University of Technology in Oman (GUtech), was conferred the Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany, at a ceremony held at GUtech’s Halban campus on Monday, January 5, 2015. On behalf of the President of the Federal Republic of Germany, Joachim Gauck, the Order was conferred by Hans­ Christian Freiherr von Reibnitz, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to the Sultanate of Oman.

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The Royal Opera House Muscat

In the season 2014/2015 season the Royal Opera House Muscat (ROHM) is offering a wide variety of opera, ballet, and Arabic music with symphonic concerts, recitals, world music, flamenco, folk and jazz with world-renowned artists and ensembles.

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Exhibition in Berlin: "Greetings from Oman"

Culture - Nature - Society

Fascinating landscapes, ancient history -- and philatelic treasures: the Sultanate of Oman is guest at the Museum for Communication in Berlin with the exhibition "Greetings from Oman."

Oman, located in the eastern part of the Arabian Peninsula, presents itself as a cultural and historic tourist destination, and through its stamps illuminates little-known facets of its postal history.

In addition to numerous previously unseen pieces of Omani philately, there are many typical exhibition pieces to be seen, such as the Omani curved dagger, valuable silver jewelry and other works of oriental art. Also on display is a model of a dhow --  a typical Omani sailing ship -- which presented by the Omani ambassador to the former German foreign minister, Joschka Fischer.

The exhibition was initiated by the German-Omani Association, and is being held in cooperation with the Embassy of Oman in Berlin, and the Omani Ministry of Tourism. It will be on display from March 6 to 29, 2015 at the Museum for Communication Berlin, Leipziger Str. 16, D-10117 Berlin.

The exhibition opening takes place Thursday evening, March 5, 2015 for invited guests; thereafter it will be open to the general public.

Oman Sail's "Musandam" sets new record at Kiel Week 2014

Oman Sail Musandam in Kiel 2014

Oman became the center of attention at the world's biggest sailing event and northern Europe's largest summer festival, the "Kieler Woche," as Oman Sail's flagship MOD70 "Musandam" set a new course record at the Welcome Race, a 27.5 mile route from Kiel to Eckernförde. The previous best time was beat by 20 minutes.

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Honorary membership for Prof. Dr. Dr. H.C. Fred Scholz

Verleihung der Ehrenmitgliedschaft an Prof. Scholz durch HE Khalid Ba'Omar, Botschafter von Oman   Verleihung der Ehrenmitgliedschaft an Prof. Scholz durch HE Khalid Ba'Omar, Botschafter von Oman

As a scientist, Prof. Dr. Dr. H.C. Fred Scholz has worked continuously with the Sultanate of Oman for decades. He is considered one of the most knowledgeable experts in the country. However, many people do not know that he was a driving force and played a prominent role in the founding of the German-Omani Association (GOA).

Consequently the Board of the German-Omani Association has decided to bestow on him an honorary membership, which he has gladly accepted. On this occasion the Omani Ambassador to Germany, His Excellence Khalid Sulaiman Abdul Rahman Ba'Omar invited friends and companions of the honorees, as well as the Berlin-based members of the GOA, to a dinner at his residence in Berlin-Dahlem.


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