Omani Village opens in Netherlands
By staff - Sun Jun 26, 5:28 am
The opening ceremony was attended by Princess Maxima, wife of the Netherlands’ Crown Prince, and by Sayyid Badr bin Hamad al Busaidy, Secretary-General of Oman’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Islam House is a fully realized Omani village, occupying 40 hectatres, which reflects the Omani environment and lifestyles. It is located 125 km east of The Hague on the border between the Netherlands and Germany.
Exhibits include a typical Omani gate type known as Al Darwaza, a copy of the Holy Quran, a prayer room, a hall representing Islamic culture and another representing Oman culture and its maritime history.
There is also a room for craft industries, a room for Omani costumes and fashions, structures depicting the Omani irrigation system, a traditional Omani market (souq), and an Arabic language school.
The village also comprises a miniature port and a lake in the foreground in which Omani fishing tools are presented prominently.
The village is supplied with modern monitors that show some aspects of the Sultanate’s development and culture.
The Museum of Eastern Culture and Religion, where the Islam House village is located, receives 180,000 visitors every year. The open-air museum, which recalls the story of revelation of the three celestial religions, Islam, Christianity and Judaism, houses miniature villages which represent the three religions. It is also an important venue for social and cultural forums.
Beter Berjis, Director of the Museum, said that the new Bait Al Islam is an important project in the advancement of the Oman-Netherlands relations and it will explain Islam in the Netherlands where a lot of Muslims live.
Sayyid Badr said that the selection of the Netherlands to host the Omani village is a means of “highlighting an Islamic model of peaceful co-existence, tolerance and civilised values that form human heritage and mutual respect between nations.”