Under the theme of “Values of Culture and Culture of Values ..”
NRAA celebrates Arab Manuscript Day
Under the theme ” Values of Culture and Culture of Values”, NRAA celebrates the fourth year of the annual event “Arabic Manuscripts Day” which is celebrated on 4th April every year. The event was under the auspices of Sheikh Saud bin Salim Al Azri, Adviser of HE Dr. Minister of Education and the presence of Dr. Juma bin Khalifa bin Mansour Al Busaidi, Director General of Research and Records Circulation, Saud bin Amer bin Said Al Shidhani, Director General of administrative and financial Affairs, and a number of school principals. It was held at Emamah bint Abi Al-Aas School in Seeb starting from early morning. Celebrating this even through manuscripts introductory conference accompanying with an exhibition aims at spreading a message to identify Arab heritage and civilization along with its achievements. The event was a chance for visitors to learn about manuscript throughout ages. It is participated by NRAA with other research and cultural institutions and organizations from both Arab and Islamic worlds.
Mahmoud Al Dhuhli, Director of archives, delivered NRAA’s speech explaining the importance of Arab Manuscript Day. Then, a short film was played displaying the importance of the manuscript along with processes it goes through before preservation like sterilization, restoration and binding that conducted in NRAA by a special staff who were trained to do so. In fact, NRAA gave a great attention to manuscripts and records as historical witnesses by collecting and maintaining them.
Saif Al Mahroqi, Records Technician, and Mohammed Al Sulimi, Head of Restoration Section at NRAA, presented papers on manuscripts and their preservation mechanisms. Both papers clarify efforts done by NRAA to maintain records and manuscripts including different labs. Keeping in mind the importance of manuscripts, NRAA designed its repositories in accordance to international standards including shelves, central fire extinguishing systems, temperature and humidity measuring system and secure and safe working environment.
At the end of the ceremony, Sheikh Saud bin Salim Al Azri opened the accompanying exhibition. The exhibition contains a number of rare national and international manuscripts. Sheikh Saud commented that the exhibition contains many important manuscripts like “Fulk Al Anwar wa Mahak Al Ashar” written by Sheikh Scholar Nasser bin Abi Nabhan Gaed bin Khamis Al Kharousi with other precious manuscripts.