The National Archives and Records Authority took part in Sohar Second Exhibition for Stamps, Coins, Documents and Collectibles held from 6 to 10 March 2012 at the Ambassador Center in the state of Sohar. The exhibition was organized by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Oman branch of Sohar. The authority participated in this exhibition to shed lights on the documentary stocks it has built so far. The authority has become a beacon for the dissemination of documentary knowledge and research. It has always supported the scientific research activities and configured an environment supportive to research and studies to actively contribute to the future strategic plans and requirements. The authority participated in the exhibition through a distinguished corner in which it offered a collection of ancient Omani documents, which tells part of the glorious history of Oman for various periods of time and through a collection of valuable stamps and coins. It also provided an explanation for its visitors on private documents management system in governmental units and about the achievements of the authority and its future plans in the field of documents preservation and management. The authority gave a thorough explanation on private documents project to which it laid a great interest for its importance in saving the Omani history. The Authority also provided an agenda on the document management system and on the private documents within the seminar accompanying the exhibition. And about this participation Saeed Bin Saleh Bin Saeed Al-kiyoumi board member of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and the Chairman of Oman sub- inner room in Al Batina governorates said: “All appreciations and gratitude to the National Archives and Records Authority’s staff for their efforts to document the Omani archives and their contributions in the preservation of this great inheritance to be easily accessible by children and grandchildren after them and to be able to see the ancient historical stocks of documents through ages and to talk about the nobility of the Sultanate and its ancient glorious past. He added that these exhibitions offer opportunities for visitors to see a true version of Oman national history.”Mr. Abdullah bin Mohammad bin Abdullah Al-Saeedi, deputy director of the Sohar Room -Branch also said that the participation of the National Archives and Records Authority in the Sohar Second Exhibition for Stamps, Coins, Documents and Collectibles is considered as a new addition to the exhibition in its second version, where there is an increase in the numbers of documents and archives collectors who were eager to see and identify the Omani documents and archives.
The authority has also helped the public to identify ways on saving the documents and archives through its participation in the seminar and offering them the chance to get all the benefits from it. Mr. Abdullah Bin Mohammad Bin Abdullah Al-Saeedi wished that authority could continue its efforts to spread documents and archives saving culture among people and attract more volunteers to register their documents with the (NRAA). A participant from the State of Kuwait, Ai Ben Galoum Araees, said that the exhibition broadened his mind, and that the participation of the National records and Archives Authority was very beneficial. Its special contributions enriched the exhibition a lot.”Being interested in archives and its lover, I really enjoyed its follow –up” Said Ali from Kuwait. He added that the authority’s agenda in the exhibition benefited all participants a lot. His compatriot Sadeq Mohammed Boushihri himself said that the documents section in the exhibition is one of the most important sections. It contains a lot of valuable documents to educate visitors on the history of the Sultanate and its people for being aware of the importance of archives and the need to keep them safe.