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A slice of Oman in the heart of Singapore

Arabian art, dance and poetry flow at launch of redeveloped Muscat Street

Published on Nov 9, 2012 6:00 AM

Singapore now has a slice of Oman right in the heart of the city, as the new Muscat Street was unveiled yesterday after being redeveloped to reflect the origin of its name.

Two 8m-high granite arches with ornate Omani carvings now frame the street in Kampong Glam, while granite murals and mosaic artwork line its sides. The street's face-lift, which began in October last year and was completed in July, was a joint initiative between Singapore and the Sultanate of Oman.

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Law K. Shanmugam officiated at the launch of the redeveloped street on Thursday, together with the Secretary-General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Oman, Mr Sayyid Badr Hamad Al-Busaidi.

Mr Shanmugam said the idea to rejuvenate Muscat street was first brought up five years ago by Mr Abdulla Abbas, the former head of the Muscat municipality. "The idea was to rejuvenate the architecture of Muscat Street to reflect its rich historical links," he said. "I am confident that the rejuvenated Muscat Street will enhance the charm of the entire area, and it will see more visitors."

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