Oman’s Meteorite Exhibition Promises a Journey Through the Cosmos
The Ministry of Heritage and Tourism in Oman, in collaboration with the Office of the Governor of the Al Dakhiliyah, opened the second edition of the Meteorite Exhibition on September 26, 2023. The event, taking place at the Nizwa Gate Building in the Governorate of Al Dakhiliyah, is sponsored by His Excellency Sheikh Hilal bin Said Al Hajri, Governor of Al Dakhiliyah.
The exhibition is part of the Ministry’s initiative to highlight the significance of meteorites and their sustainable integration into the museum system. It also aims to diversify tourist attractions and enhance heritage destinations across different governorates.
Space Rocks of Global Importance
The exhibition features a collection of globally significant and exceptionally valuable meteorites, including the rare iron meteorite. These space rocks carry scientific importance due to the insights they provide about the universe beyond our planet.
The exhibition further includes a display of the meteorite monitoring devices project in the Sultanate. This project has enabled the Ministry to track, document, and determine the fall locations of several meteorites entering Oman’s airspace.
Boosting Museum Attractions and Education
According to Riya bint Mohammed Al Kindi, Director General of Museums, the exhibition is expected to attract many visitors. The General Directorate of Museums has worked to establish the Meteorite Exhibition as one of the unique museum destinations in Oman. The exhibition will continue until the end of March 2024, providing an opportunity for researchers, students, and those interested in meteorites to learn more about these celestial objects.
Preserving and Investing in Meteorites
Engineer Hussein bin Ali Al Ghafri, Director of the Geological Heritage Department, emphasized that the exhibition reflects the Ministry’s commitment to introducing this important aspect of cultural heritage to the public. The Ministry has completed the necessary studies and chemical analyses, resulting in the documentation of over 7,000 meteorite pieces weighing more than 6,000 kilograms.
The Ministry of Heritage and Tourism is also committed to preserving meteorites and ensuring their sustainability and investment in line with scientific principles and best international practices. This effort underscores the value of meteorites not just as scientific curiosities, but also as potential resources for sustainable development.
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