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Omani architecture is considered among the most important achievements of Omanis across history. The evidence of these achievements is still witnessing to date, narrating a story of intellectual and technical innovation that reflect the Omanis ability to adapt with different environmental, political, economic, social and scientific conditions. The Omanis introduced ample technical wonders that reflect the magnitude of the civilizational development, which has been witnessed by Oman throughout its history. Omani architecture is marked by the fact that it is diverse according to its uses. Hence, one finds the architecture of palaces, forts, castles, towers, old villages, traditional markets, schools, mosques and grand mosques. They, also, vary in their architectural designs and decorations according to the purpose for which they were made.
Omani architecture has evolved over several historical periods to reflect the identity of Omanis and integrate influences from other societies who came in contact with them. Hence, the Omani architectural development has benefited from the experience of other civilizations in terms of design and ornamentation patterns, while preserving the core fundamentals of its identity that characterize the built environment in all the areas inhabited by Omanis. Similarly, this architecture influenced also the other civilizations, which it came in contact with. Evidences for this exchange are common, especially in the Indian Ocean and the Eastern coasts of the African continent. 
If this heritage is considered a civilizational achievement for Oman, it consists as well a rich economic source if properly invested, through cultural tourism for instance. 

Due to the importance of this civilizational heritage and its significance for the current and future generations, this conference will address all aspects of Omani architecture past, present and future. The conference aims to achieve the following objectives:

  • To identify the civilizational heritage of Omani architecture inside and outside the Sultanate of Oman.
  • To define the distinguishing features of Omani architecture and the added value introduced to the Omani and global heritage.
  • To highlight the historical dimension of Omani architecture and the political, economic and social influences on it. 
  • To identify the reality of Omani architecture and the challenges it faces.
  • To highlight the efforts exerted to maintain and sustain Omani architecture.
  • To identify efforts to document Omani heritage worldwide.
  • To identify the role of community and its various institutions in preserving Omani architecture.
  • To discuss the national policies in the field of legal protection and maintenance of heritage buildings (Omani villages, castles, forts, mosques, etc.). 
  • To analyse the mechanisms of marketing the Omani architecture as a local product with a global character.
  • To investigate the role of various institutions in promoting awareness of Omani architecture.
  • To highlight the international experiences in the field of conservation, maintenance and commercialization of architecture as a global cultural heritage.

The first theme

Omani architecture and its historical depth.

History of Omani Architecture

Prehistoric ages

Pre-Islamic ages

Islamic ages

Types of Omani Architecture

Military architecture

Civil Architecture

Religious architecture

Geographical spread of Omani architecture within the country and abroad

Sultanate of Oman



Omani external influence in the field architecture



The second theme

The features of Omani architecture

The historical, civilizational and social dimensions of Omani architecture

Architectural and technical features of Omani architecture

The environmental dimension of Omani architecture (lighting, ventilation, building materials, etc.)

The third theme

The economic dimension of Omani architecture (tourism, agriculture, etc.)

Omani architecture and its economic role

Investment mechanisms of Omani architecture locally and globally

The fourth theme

The efforts in documenting and listing Omani sites

The reality of Omani architecture and the challenges it faces

Exerted efforts to document, maintain and restore Omani architecture locally and globally.

Policies and laws related to the preservation of Omani architectural heritage

The fifth theme

Raising awareness Efforts to sustain Omani architecture

The role of government institutions in raising awareness of the preservation of Omani architecture

The role of private sector institutions in raising awareness of the preservation of Omani architecture

The role of educational and research institutions in raising awareness of the preservation of Omani architecture

The role of community members in raising awareness of the preservation of Omani architecture

The sixth theme

Sustainability of contemporary Omani architecture

The trends of contemporary Omani architecture

Sustainability of contemporary Omani architecture

The role of laws and legislations in sustaining Omani architecture patterns

The challenges facing contemporary Omani architecture

The seventh theme

Local, regional and international experiences in architectural heritage preservation

  • Abstracts submission deadline 12 March 2020
  • Abstracts submission deadline 22 March 2020 (Extended)
  • Acceptance notification of abstracts 26 March 2020 
  • Full paper submission deadline 10 June 2020
  • Full paper submission deadline 10 August 2020 (Extended)
  • Approval of accepted papers and sending invitations of conference participation 20 June 2020
  • Conference dates 5-7 October 2020

General guidelines:

  • Originality, innovation and direct relevance to the Conference themes.
  • The paper should not have been published or presented in previous symposia or conferences.
  • The Scientific Committee reserves the right to reject any research paper if it fails to meet the specified conditions.


Paper Content:

  1. The paper should include the following:
  • Research paper title
  • Abstract: Should include the objectives of the study, the study community, the tools and the main conclusions. The abstract should not exceed 200 words. 
  • Keywords:  Not more than 5 words.
  • Literature review:  Should include introducing the paper’s topic, the literature review the previous studies.
  • Research problem.
  • Research questions.
  • The significance of the study.
  • Definitions.
  • Study methodology (Methodology, study population and the sample, and study tools, if any).
  • Results and discussion.
  • Recommendations.
  • References.
  1. Font:  Simplified Arabic (14) for titles and (12) for content
  2. Total words ranging from 5000 to 8000 words including references, images, figures and tables.



Ellis, R. (2003). Task-based language learning & teaching. New York: Oxford University Press.

In-Text: Ellis (2003) or (Ellis, 2003)


Strunk, W., Jr. & White, E.B. (1979). The elements of style (3rd Ed.). New York: Macmillan.

In-Text: (two authors):

Strunk and White (1979) or (Strunk & White, 1979)

In-Text (three or more authors):

Strunk, White, & Smith (1979) or (Strunk, White & Smith, 1979)

In-Text (subsequent references):

Strunk et al. (1979) or (Strunk et al., 1979)


Abu Hilal, M. (2008). Motivation, attributions of academic experiences & achievement among Arab students within a socio-cultural context. In T. O. Seng, D. M. McInerney, A. D. Liem, & T. Ai-Girl (Eds.) Research in Multicultural Education & International Perspectives (Vol. 7, pp. 217-244). Greenwich, CT: Information Age Publishing.

In text: Abu-Hilal (2008) or (Abu-Hilal, 2008)


Pica, T., Washburn, G., Evans, B., & Jo, V. (1998). Negative feedback in content-based second language classroom interaction: How does it contribute to second language learning? Paper presented at the Annual Pacific Second Language Research Forum, Tokyo, Japan.


Boyd-Kletzander, R. (2000). Student responsibility in a whole language classroom. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, University of Pennsylvania.


Abu-Hilal, M. (2000) A structural model of attitudes toward school subjects, academic aspiration & achievement. Educational Psychology, 20, 75-84.


Abu-Hilal (2000) or (Abu-Hilal, 2000)


Atkinson, R.C., & Shiffrin, R.M. (1971). The control of short-term memory. Scientific American, 225, 82-90.

In-Text (two authors):

Atkinson and Shiffrin (1971) or (Atkinson &Shiffrin, 1971).

In-Text (three to five authors):

Smith, Zapplla, Rosen, Gustman& Rock (1194), or (Smith, Zappella, Rosen, Gustman, & Rock, 1994).

In-Text (six or more authors): or In-Text (subsequent references):

Smith et al. (1994) or (Smith et al., 1994).


Kuel, E. R. (2000, November 10). Neuroscience: Breaking down scientific barriers to the study of brain & mind. Science, 290, 1113-1120.


Kuel(2000) or (Kuel, 2000).


Amazing Amazon region. (1989, January 12). New York Times, p. D11.


«Amazing Amazon Region,» (1989).


Electronic reference formats recommended by the American Psychological Association. (2000, October 12). Retrieved January 3, 2001 from


American Psychological Association [APA](2000)

In-Text (subsequent references):

APA (2000) or (APA, 2000).


Jacobson, J.W., Mulick, J.A., & Schwartz, A.A. (1995). A history of facilitated communication: Science, pseudoscience, & antiscience. American Psychologist, 50, 750-765. Retrieved January 12, 2001, from PsycARTICLES database.

In text:

Jacobson, Mulickand Schwartz (1995) or (Jacobson, Mulick, & Schwartz, 1995); Jacobson, et al. (1995), or (Jacobson et al., 1995) in subsequent references


Abstracts to be sent to

The Omani Studies Centre
Sultan Qaboos University
Telephone: (00968) 24145851
Fax: (00968) 24413953
Post box: 54 PC: 123
Al Khoud, Sultanate of Oman