Events at SQCC

The Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center (SQCC) regularly cosponsors events with other institutions around Washington, D.C. and across the U.S. SQCC participates in festivals and workshops with other organizations in order to fulfill its mission of educating Americans about Omani culture and supporting cross-cultural exchange between the US and Oman.

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These events range from our SQCC annual conference, held in partnership with a different university each year, to multicultural festivals and events hosted by organizations like the Smithsonian's Freer and Sackler Galleries (Washington, D.C.), Arab Festival Orlando (Orlando, FL) and the Children's Museum of Manhattan (New York City, NY). SQCC also annually holds a booth at the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) annual conference, where SQCC promotes its Indian Ocean in World History website, a free classroom resource, to K-12 educators.

Past Events

SQCC Participated at the McKinley Technology High School 5th Annual International Embassy Day

SQCC participated in McKinley Technology High School’s 5th Annual International Embassy Day. At the International Day SQCC staff shared Omani culture with students. SQCC’s booth included pictures, brochures, books, handicrafts, posters and frankincense. By visiting SQCC’s booth, students learned about Omani customs and SQCC programs, including the Indian Ocean in World History Website, as well as…

Wakefield High School and Washington Lee High School Arabic students visit SQCC

On Tuesday 12 March, SQCC hosted Arabic language students from Wakefield and Washington Lee.High Schools. Students toured SQCC’s permanent exhibition, where they learned about traditional Omani attire and handicrafts such as pottery, basketry, and silver artwork. On the tour students also learned about the historical importance of the aflaj irrigation system, forts, and maritime trade. After the tour, the group listened to a cultural…

Discover Oman Day at KID Museum 2019

SQCC co-hosted Discover Oman Day at the KID Museum in Bethesda, Maryland on Saturday 9 March. Over 300 Children from across the D.C. metro area explored Omani culture through a variety of maker-themed activities. Children learned about frankincense while painting majmars, explored Omani ecology by making sea turtle toys, and discovered aspects of traditional Omani…

SQCC at the Global Village of Bullis School

On Wednesday 6 March, SQCC participated in the Bullis School’s Global Village. The global village introduced elementary and middle school students to a variety of international cultures from around the world. Visitors to SQCC’s booth learned about Oman’s rich cultural heritage, handcrafts, history and beautiful scenery. Students were asked to find and mark Oman on a world…

George Washington University students visit SQCC for pre-departure orientation

On 22 February SQCC welcomed Arabic students from George Washington University for a pre-departure orientation in preparation for their trip to Oman. Students toured the permanent exhibition space and learned about Omani history, culture, and heritage. After the tour, students learned about Omani society and cultural norms so they could get the most out of…

Monthly Craft Day at SQCC – Kumas

SQCC held its inaugural craft day on Wednesday 30 January. Guests enjoyed a short presentation on the cultural significance and craftsmanship of the Omani kuma. After the presentation, participants learned how to sew their own kuma, which they could then take home with them.

SQCC visits Burrville Elementary School for the fifth session of the Embassy Adoption Program

On Monday 28 January, SQCC visited the fifth graders of Burrville Elementary School for fifth session of the Embassy Adoption Program (EAP), a partnership program between DC Public Schools and Washington Performing Arts. Students learned about climate change in the world and its effect globally and in Oman in particular, through a presentation delivered by…

The Life of Sultan Qaboos bin Said: context, reflections, perspectives.

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World Arabic Language Day – “The Arabic Language Through Music”

Come celebrate World Arabic Language Day at SQCC on 10 December from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. This year’s theme is “The Arabic Language Through Music” featuring a public lecture, live music, and a reception.

Winternational 2019

SQCC will participate in Winternational on Thursday, December 5, 2019. Come join us at the Ronald Reagan Building of this annual event with D.C.’s diplomatic community.