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This website has been launched by the governments of Oman and Singapore to cover the construction and voyage of a 9th-century Arab sailing ship.

A team of experts has built the Jewel of Muscat in a specially constructed shipyard on the beach in Qantab in Oman. They are using a range of historical sources, including archaeological findings from the ‘Belitung Wreck’, including the Tang Treasure, which was discovered in 1998 in Indonesia waters.

The ship has been constructed with the methods available to 9th-century Arab craftsmen. The planks have been sewn together using coconut fibre, and the square sails will be made of plaited palm leaves.

Once constructed, the ship set sail on an historic journey from Oman to Singapore.

Oman: Lessons in Harmony

Source: The Maryland Center for Civic Education

Lesson Plans

The Desert Meets the Snow

Source: Harvard University – The Outreach Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Level: High School

The Desert Meets the Snow


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