September 2019, Minsk, (ONA): The Sultanate of Oman has provided a number of prominent Omani publications, books and studies to the National Library of Belarus at the Belarusian State University. The University houses the Omani Center for Arabic Language and Culture, which was officially founded in April last year in Minsk, the capital city of Belarus.
The donated publications includes Arabic and English books in history, religion, politics and travel photo albums. They also include materials about the cultural heritage and other areas of life in Oman. The publications will be useful to scientists whose research is related to Asia Minor, as well as to anyone who wants to learn more about Oman.
The National Library of the Republic of Belarus is one of the largest national libraries, founded in 1922. It includes more than 10 million printed and electronic publications, and receives more than 2,200 references daily.
As part of the Sultanate’s participation in the 80th anniversary celebrations of the opening of the Belarusian National Museum of Fine Arts, Dr. Hamad bin Mohammed Al Dhoyani, Chairman of the National Records and Archives Authority (NRAA) and the head of the Omani delegation for this occasion has presented a general introductory lecture about the role of NRAA, its tasks, responsibilities, administrative divisions, programs, activities and the international initiatives adopted by the NRAA in Oman.
The official ceremony was attended by Dr. Viktor Josefich Kurash, Director of the National Archives of the Republic of Belarus, Professor Roman Matolsky, Director of the National Library of Belarus, Prof. Viktor Shadorski, Dean of the Faculty of International Relations at the State University of Belarus, Abu Bakr Shaabanovich, Mufti of the Republic of Belarus.
Students of the Omani Center, library staff and a number of people who were interested in cultural affairs were also in attendance.