The Omani Women’s Association (OWA) in Saham highlighted the heritage and folk arts of the wilayat as part of the Salalah Tourism Festival competitions held on Monday.
The residents of the wilayat will be staging several programmes on its rich heritage, handicrafts, traditional songs, customs and traditional industries.
The wilayats of Saham, Al Jazir, Wadi Al Ma’awil, Rakhyout, Diba, Al Mazyanah, Al Kamil wa Al Wafi, Sohar, Maqshan and Yanqul will take part in Salalah Tourism Festival’s competitions, which will begin from August 4 to 28.
Tourists, meanwhile, crowded to the Omani heritage village to view the unique culture of the nation. In the Bedouins village, the Bedouins demonstrated how to prepare kahwa (Arabic coffee).
Kahwa is an intrinsic component of Arab hospitality which is still present in the small towns and villages. In cities powdered kahwa is preferred for convenience.
Roasting the coffee beans to prepare the aromatic brew is not an easy task. A coffee pot called ‘della’, is kept close to the open hearth. The coffee beans are poured into a ‘mahmasa’, a shallow iron pan with a long handle, which is held just above the flames.
The roasting beans are stirred regularly with a ‘yardal at mahmasa’. After the beans are cooked they are left to boil for some time. They are then pulverised with a pestle in a mortar.
When pounding the beans, it is necessary to firmly tap the side of the mortar occasionally with the pestle so as to free the powder from sticking together. The freshly ground coffee is then transferred to the ‘della’ containing the required proportion of water.
The ‘della’ is now kept over the fire for boiling. Meanwhile, cardamom seeds and sometimes a pinch of saffron is powdered in the ‘mahbash’ and added to the boiling coffee. The coffee is then transferred to a ready-to-serve pot.
Separately, the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries is taking part in the Salalah festival. The participation includes rural and coastal market, Omani dates market, Omani honey market and fisheries exhibition. The ministry aims with this venture to encourage private and public sectors to pay attention to farming and identify the modern technologies in the fields of agriculture, livestock and fisheries.
It also aims to create an awareness among visitors about the abundant agricultural products and fishes available in the Sultanate in addition to the role of the Ministry in developing these industries.
ONA adds that the number of visitors to the Al Baleed and Samahram Archaeological Sites stood at 19,722 in July, according to the statistics released by the Department of Frankincense Land Sites at His Majesty the Sultan’s Advisor’s Office for Cultural Affairs.
Al Baleed Archaeological Park and Frankincense Land Museum received 10,560 visitors while Samahram Archaeological Site received 9,162 visitors.
Al Baleed Archaeological Park, Samahram, Shasr area ‘Wabar’ and Wadi Dokah are registered sites on the World Heritage List under the name ‘Land of Frankincense’ sites.
The Office of His Majesty the Sultan’s Advisor for Cultural Affairs is developing other archaeological sites to enhance cultural and archaeological tourism in the Governorate of Dhofar.