Nottingham Trent University, UK, has been granted $211, 821 to undertake research into preserving Oman’s heritage sites.
Oman’s settlement heritage dates back 6,000 years and is under architectural threat.
Professor Soumyen Bandyopadhyay from the university’s School of Architecture, Design and Built Environment, said: “Omani-built heritage has remained poorly researched and its evaluation and understanding could throw light on the significance of such built heritage within hot-arid regions and give Oman its deserved place in world architecture.”
The architecture professor has been granted funding from The Ministry of Heritage, Sultanate of Oman to continue to take on the research into heritage significance, preservation and reuse.
The preservation project aims to establish the means to maintain heritage settlements for both present and future Omanis, while looking into potential tourist sites to generate jobs and income.