About Us

The Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center (SQCC) is dedicated to educating the peoples of the United States and Oman about the breadth and richness of our two cultures.  SQCC promotes mutual respect and understanding between our nations and strives to educate a new generation of culturally sensitive and knowledgeable citizens in each society.  Through outreach programs, scholarships, lectures, educational resources, cultural partnerships, and our Cultural Center in Washington, DC, SQCC brings the culture, history, and heritage of our nations to audiences in the US and abroad.

The Center is named for His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said al Said of Oman, and was established in 2005.  H.E. Hunaina S. Al Mughairy, Ambassador of Oman to the United States, serves as Chair of the SQCC Board of Oversight. Ms. Kathleen Ridolfo serves as Executive Director and heads the office in Washington, DC, and Dr. Iman Al Busaidi serves as the Deputy Director in Muscat, Oman. SQCC is funded by the Government of the Sultanate of Oman.

For more information regarding SQCC's programs, scholarships, and resources, or to schedule a group tour of the Oman cultural exhibition, please email info@sqcc.org.

SQCC's New Location




SQCC unveiled its new home at 1100 16th St, NW, Washington, DC 20036, in November 2014. Located just blocks from the White House, SQCC has a large exhibition space featuring Omani cultural items, including jewelry, clothing, replica forts, and a traditional water system.  

The Center is open Monday-Friday 10:00am-4:00pm


Get a taste of the new Center and some of the wide variety of events we offer:




November 01, 2017 12:00 AM - 9:00 PM
The Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center and the Smithsonian's Freer|Sackler present an evening with British explorer ...

October 17, 2017
SQCC hosted Embassy Adoption Program Tea

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