Tuesday, 26 Jan 2021
The residence of the first Prime Minister of Oman is under the process of being turned into a unique cultural property under the National Museum. It is part of the pilot project undertaken by the museum for the preservation and restoration of cultural property of Oman.

First PM of Oman’s residence to be turned into cultural home

The museum has an agreement with the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM) to carry out complete situation assessment and architectural survey.

In an emailed reply to Muscat Daily, an official from the National Museum mentioned, “We have an agreement with ICCROM to carry out comprehensive condition assessment and architectural survey. “This is a unique pilot project in the preservation and restoration of cultural property (buildings) by GCC standards, which is undertaken within the framework of ICCROM guidelines and regulations.”

The home named Bait Sayyid Nadir Al Said, 1 of the original al-Busaid homes of Muscat, is situated in old Muscat, inside the walled town, the official mentioned. “Bait Sayyid Nadir Al Said, was the residence of the very first Omani prime minister in 1920. The name of the home is taken from its final occupant, Sayyid Nadir bin Faisal al Busaidi, a brother of Sultan Sayyid Taimur bin Faisal al Busaidi. After Sayyid Nadir’s death in 1390–91 AH/1971 CE, the home was utilised briefly as workplace space for the Ministry of Communications and subsequently served as a museum.

“Along with this, another house, Sayyeda Mezna House will also undergo the same. She is the daughter of Sayyid Nadir bin Faisal al Busaidi.” The official mentioned, “These are the only remaining old residential houses from historical Muscat. The other being Bait Fransa, which is a museum.”

Information Source: Muscat Daily

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