Her Royal Highness Princess Fadzilah Lubabul Bolkiah binti His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah last night graced the Omani Cultural Night. The function was in conjunction with the participation of the Sultanate of Oman as the country of honour in Brunei Book Fair held in conjunction with the Brunei Darussalam’s 35th National Day Celebration and the declaration of Brunei Darussalam as the Capital of Islamic Culture for the Asia Region. The function took place at the Empire Hotel and Country Club in Jerudong.

On arrival, Her Royal Highness was greeted by Yang Berhormat Retired Major General Dato Seri Paduka Haji Aminuddin Ihsan bin Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Haji Abidin, Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports and His Excellency Sheikh Ahmed bin Hashil Al Maskari, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Sultanate of Oman to Brunei Darussalam.

Among those present were Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia Doctor Haji Awang Abu Bakar bin Haji Apong, Minister of Home Affairs; Yang Berhormat Pehin Udana Khatib Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Haji Awang Badaruddin bin Pengarah Dato Paduka Haji Awang Othman, Minister of Religious Affairs; Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Laila Raja Retired Major General Dato Paduka Seri Haji Awang Halbi bin Haji Mohammad Yussof, Second Minister of Defence AND Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Dr. Awang Haji Mohd Amin Liew bin Abdullah, Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office and Second Minister of Finance and Economy.

The Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Sultanate of Oman to Brunei Darussalam in his welcoming remarks said Oman’s participation as the country of honour in this year’s Brunei Book Fair aims to further strengthen bilateral relations between the two countries and boost people to people connectivity, as part of the public diplomacy that complements traditional and formal diplomacy.

At the function, Her Royal Highness received a pesambah from His Excellency Ali bin Khalfan Al-Jabri, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Information of the Sultanate of Oman, as the representative of the government of Sultanate of Oman delegation invited to this year’s Brunei Book Fair. The function was followed by the launch of the documentary film on the bilateral relations between Brunei Darussalam and the Sultanate of Oman, titled; “Brunei as viewed by Omani lens”.

The cultural night was highlighted by a joint musical performance by an Omani Music Band and the Senandong Budaya Group of the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports. Over the past few years, the two countries have regularly participated in various cultural and intellectual activities organised either in Brunei Darussalam or the Sultanate of Oman. Such bilateral cultural activities have helped to shed some light on the diversity of cultures, which also helps both countries to learn more about each other, progressively moving towards a reconciliation of cultures.

Source: Radio Television Brunei