From the Oman Tribune:
‘Book on Oman’s architecture released MUSCAT ‘Oman’s Architecture Journey’, a book written by HE Mohammed Al Zubair, Adviser of His Majesty the Sultan for Economic Affairs, was released by HH Sayyid Haitham Bin Tariq Al Said, Minister of Heritage and Culture, at Bait Al Zubair Museum on Wednesday.
The book takes the reader on a pictorial voyage through time, starting with the nation’s oldest structures – beehive tombs on remote mountain in the third millennium BC – and arriving on the familiar, yet unexamined shores of the modern era where a new architecture adapts traditions that are centuries old. Stops along the way include four Unesco World Heritage Sites featuring ancient Omani architecture deemed to be universal value for humankind, according to a press release.
The Sultanate’s extensive architectural registry includes an impressive panorama of forts and castles dating from the pre-Islamic era to the present day; archetypal oasis and mountaintop settlement with roots in prehistory centuries-old merchant houses; and, a remarkable array of ancient mosques. Define features of a Oman’s traditional architecture have been carried forward into contemporary buildings with magnificent results – as seen, for example in the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, the Royal Opera House Muscat and Barr Al Jissa Resort & Spa.
This volume of 477 pages is illuminated by collection of close to eight photographs in full colour. Oman’s Architecture Journey will be of value to all who are interested in the heritage and culture of Oman – and specially professionals as well as a student in architecture, art, design, engineering and related fields. At the same time it is an ideal coffee table book to grace homes and offices, as it is informative. Its appeal extends beyond the borders of the Sultanate as the architecture of Oman is presented uniquely.
The book covers several topics like traditional, defensive, domestic, religious and contemporary architecture of the Sultanate.
This book takes us on a fascinating journey through the colorful pages that enable us to see the legacy of a great and wonderful present of Omani architecture without fatigue and trouble.’