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Monday, August 10, 2009

Rembrandt Comes to Oman for Ramadhan

For the month of Ramadhan, Oman's al-Salmi Library, a foundation with a history of over 100 years, is sponsoring a groundbreaking exhibit of Rembrandt works in the capital, Muscat. The exhibit, which will cost over $1 million, will be free to the public and open daily at the Grand Hyatt Muscat. The impressive Hyatt is located along the shore of the Gulf of Oman and will be a fitting location for the Middle East's first exhibit of this kind. UAE and Qatar have much more glitzy projects to attract international cultural attention, but I find it fitting that an Omani family that has been dedicated to collecting cultural works in the form of rare Arabic books, letters, and manuscripts for over 100 years is responsible for this exhibition. The story can be found here at Khaleej Times.

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