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Soraga opens permanent documentary exhibition at Royal cemetery

THE Zanzibar Minister for Tourism and Heritage, Mudrik Ramadhan Soraga, has stressed the government commitment to restore historical sites so that they continue to be a tourist attraction.

He gave the pledge at the opening of a permanent documentary and historical exhibition of the Royal Cemetery in Zanzibar in the presence of Dr. Hamad Mohammed Al Dhawyani, Chairman of the National Records and Archives Authority (NRAA).

The Royal Cemetery located at the People’s Palace at the Zanzibat city waterfront, where nine of the 12 Sultans who ruled Zanzibar and their children were buried, underwent major renovations by the NRAA.

He said the renovation will open more opportunities for tourism in the islands and called on both sides to take care of the cemetery for the benefit of current and future generations.

He thanked the Omani government for continuing support to Zanzibar in maintaining ancient attractions that are important to the history of the two countries.

The NRAA worked in cooperation with the authorities concerned with the Isles history and museums to outline specifications and requirements for the restoration of the Royal Cemetery.

The works include conducting a historical study based on Omani, Zanzibar and European archival documents on the history of the cemetery, the names of dignitaries buried and the stages of its expansion, right from the dynasties of sons of Sultan Sayyid Said bin Sultan.

The documentary also gave briefings about the graves of the Sultan and the rest of the family members, related rewritten evidence and other important data.

In its three halls, the exhibition focused on the personage interred there, the dates of death and the periods in which each one lived.

The documentary exhibition was supported by pictures and excerpts from Arab newspapers issued in Zanzibar or European newspapers that dealt with the dates of death and details of the death event recorded in three languages: Arabic, Swahili and English.

The opening ceremony was attended by ministers and undersecretaries of the Zanzibar government, the Consul General of the Sultanate of Oman in Zanzibar, Said Salim Al Sanawi and other Omani dignitaries in Zanzibar.

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