During the fourth day of Taqah Festival in the East of Salalah, in-between the action of racing horses, and after enjoying traditional dance and music, I went on a treasure hunt in the tents opposite the stage area.
In one of the tents, I met Salim Ahmed Mahad Al Amri, a collector of traditional and historical objects. For the festival he put his collection about paper money and coins on display. “People are always attracted by money,” he says.
It give Salim the opportunity not only to talk about the rulers under whose reign the money was printed and the coins made. Paper money and coins give a lot of extra information. They can have drawings of castles or data, or written signs on them. The collection that Salim shows goes back till Sultan Qaboos bin Said bin Taimur bin Faisal bin Said Faisal, the grandfather of the father of the current leader of Sultan Qaboos. Last year Salim organized in four schools small expositions about the traditions of Dhofar and Oman. Now schools ask him to come. Salim like to collect old, traditional things and like to share his knowledge with others.
After having traditional Omani food and sweet drinks, the festival area became crowded for a theatre play.
Tomorrow, the 2nd Festival of Taqah has horse racing, cultural events and poetry on display, at the Corniche along the beach from 4.30pm till 10.30pm