Muscat: Archaeological finds of ancient regions in the Wilayat of Bahla will be open for public display when the Bisya and Salut Archaeological Visitor Centre is inaugurated in Bahla on February 23.
His Excellency Salem bin Mohammed al Mahrouqi, Minister of Heritage and Tourism will officially open the centre on the sidelines of the Al Dakhiliyah Festival 2023, which will be held from February 23-March 4.
The festival is being organised by the Ministry of Heritage and Tourism and the Al Dakhiliyah Governorate.
The establishment of the latest centre comes within the framework of the efforts of the Ministry of Heritage and Tourism to develop archaeological sites to attract tourists and provide them with a historical perspective of the ancient Bisya and Salut region sites.
Archaeological research in the region had begun in 1973.
The centre includes 21 boxes of archaeological finds containing 344 selected pieces, and 28 panels presenting a presentation of the history of archaeological work and archaeological studies in the region and the results of the work that was carried out in the archaeological sites in Bisya and Salut.
The Al Dakhiliyah Festival will include a number of cultural, heritage, entertainment and adventure activities and programmes in a number of wilayats of the governorate.
Haitham bin Mohammed Al-Ghassani, Director General of Tourism Promotion at the Ministry of Heritage and Tourism, said that the ministry has been organising festivals in the various governorates to promote tourism activities, involve small and medium enterprises and members of the local community to gain economic returns.
In the recent times, the ministry organised the Desert Adventures Festival in Al Sharqiyah Sands in the Wilayat of Bidiyah, North Al Sharqiyah Governorate, the first edition of the Omani Maritime Heritage Festival, in the Wilayat of Sur, South Al Sharqiyah Governorate, and The Empty Quarter Festival in Al Khadf area in Niyabat Al Shisr in the Wilayat of Thumrait.