MUSCAT: As part of ‘Ikra’ initiative which aims at establishing libraries in hospitals and other public buildings, The Zubair Corporation launched public library at the Royal Hospital in Muscat. The locations for the library zones were selected in cooperation with the administration of the hospital to achieve maximum benefit for the staff as well as the hospital visitors.
The launch of the libraries come as part of The Zubair Corporation strategic vision to promote and support local Omani writers and their publications and book titles. The initiative will also enhance the reading habits among the local people.
The ‘Ikra’ (Arabic word meaning ‘to read’) initiative, was officially launched at the Bait Al Zubair Theatre earlier this year and is one of a series of community-based initiatives from the Social Advisory Committee at The Zubair Corporation. The initiative was unveiled in the presence of Khalid bin Mohammed al Zubair, Managing Director of The Zubair Corporation, and a number of Omani writers and prominent personalities drawn from the local literary scene, in addition to members of cultural institutions.
Ibrahim al Salmi Social Communication Manager at The Zubair Corporation said: “The ‘Ikra’ initiatives comes as part of our strategies and goals to achieve communication and to contact and develop the community as part of our CSR practice. The first step of this vision was in establishing the Social Advisory Committee which is assigned with the task of studying the needs of the society from different perspectives, and accordingly adopt the programmes and projects.
SOURCE: OMAN DAILY OBSERVER