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

World Arabic Language Day (WALD) 2022

The United Nations Economic, Social and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has designated 18 December as World Arabic Language Day. The day commemorates the recognition of Arabic as an official and working language of the UN. SQCC celebrated WALD on 15 December under the theme, The Intersection between Language, Culture, and Identity. The event began with a…

SQCC Launches 2022-2023 Embassy Adoption Program (EAP) with Bancroft Elementary School

The Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center hosted 43 fifth grade students from Bancroft Elementary School as part of the Embassy Adoption Program (EAP) on 14 December. EAP is a special collaboration between Washington Performing Arts and D.C. Public Schools. Students toured SQCC’s permanent exhibition space and were introduced to traditional Omani dresses, handicrafts such as pottery,…

SQCC Participated at the 102nd Annual National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) 2022

On 1-4 December, SQCC participated in the 102nd annual National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) conference in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. SQCC’s staff promoted the Indian Ocean in World History (IOWH) website, an educational resource that explores 94,000 years of human history through seven interactive maps. The website is an excellent resource for history and geography…

World Arabic Language Day: The Intersection between Language, Culture, and Identity CAPACITY REACHED

Join SQCC in celebrating World Arabic Language Day. This year will focus on in the Intersection between Language, Culture, and Identity. Reception to follow. RSVP HERE: Capacity Reached  

SQCC hosts Harvard Club

On 27 October, SQCC welcomed 50 members and friends of the Harvard Club-DC Chapter. H.E Moosa Hamdan Al Tai, Ambassador of the Sultanate of Oman to the United States welcomed the guests and delivered a speech, highlighting SQCC’s programs and mission in the U.S. The Ambassador’s talk also focused on the strength and importance of…

Oman Exhibition at Smithsonian Craft2Wear

The Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center partnered with the Smithsonian Women’s Committee for the 2022 Craft2Wear Show. SQCC exhibited wearable art such as jewelry and perfume from renowned Omani fashion designers including Amal Al Raisi, Bthaina Al Zadjali and Noor Al Bahrani. Omani jewelers Hak the Label and Hilia also exhibited items, as well as the…

SQCC’s 2022 Annual Conference

The Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center held its 10th annual conference in association with the Asian Cultural History Program, at the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution on 25 October 2022. This year’s conference, Past Meets Present: The Impact of Tradition on Modern Omani Fashion and Accessories included discussions on contemporary Omani fashion, silversmithing and…

Public Lecture and Book Signing by Dr. Emilia Justyna Powell

On 22 September, the Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center hosted a book signing and public lecture titled Islamic Law and International Law: Peaceful Settlement of Disputes. Dr. Emilia Justyna Powell, Professor of Political Science with a concurrent appointment at the Law School of Notre Dame, discussed her most recent book Islamic Law States and International Law:…

Arabic Debate Competition for Non-Native Speakers

RSVP here: Join us on Saturday, 5 November at 1:30 pm for our Second Arabic Debate Competition for Non-Native speakers. Reception to follow.

A Photographic Journey of Oman’s People, Culture, Nature and Wildlife

RSVP HERE: Join us as Dr. Adel Korkor shares his photographs and experiences journeying through the Sultanate of Oman. Adel B Korkor MD is a physician, philanthropist and entrepreneur. He is the founder and CEO of the AB Korkor Foundation for Mental Health. A foundation focusing on emphasizing the role of physical activities in mental health. Travel photography is his…