As a part of Oman Vision 2040, The National Centre for Statistics and Information (NCSI) organizes two workshops on the Culture and Values Index on May 8 and 14, in cooperation with the Office of Oman Vision 2040 and a number of the concerned entities in the country.
The Culture and Values Index aims to measure the community's progress in terms of its identity, citizenship and its culture. It also aims to identify the capability of the community to document and maintain its heritages. This Index, which is under the supervision of the Ministry of Heritage and Culture, also measures the factors that influence the prevailing culture of the Omani society, public awareness of Omani culture and values, and the impact of spreading this awareness on the economic dimensions. It also measures the level of tolerance and multiculturalism in the Omani society as well. The Culture and Values Index works through an implementation of a statistical survey among the citizens and expatriates in the Sultanate, in order to assess the community's awareness level about the Omani culture and values among the citizens and expatriates separately. The Index consists of a number of axes, includes the citizens and expatriates awareness about the intangible heritage through the identification of the awareness about the local customs, traditions, arts, crafts, and popular games practices. It also includes the external impact axis, the household, cultural and heritage expenditure axis, and the axis of tolerance and respect for religions, other cultures and the freedom of worship. Regarding the citizens and expatriates awareness about the physical heritage, the index measures the monuments, buildings, religious and historical sites such as mosques, forts, castles, dams, towers, fences, popular markets, water fountains, Falajs, and the heritage houses, which are considered important monuments that should be reserved and maintained for the future generations. As for the external impact axis, it is being measured by the number of sites that have been included in the UNESCO program for the international heritage sites and the number of participants in multicultural programs, such as (teaching Arabic to non-native speakers, and teaching Islamic culture to non-Muslims as well).In terms of the household, cultural and heritage expenditure axis, it is being measured in accordance with the detailed Household Expenditure and Income Survey.
Regarding the axis of tolerance and respect for religions, other cultures and the freedom of worship, it is measured by the commitment level of the citizens and expatriates to the values of tolerance, respect for religions, cultures and freedom of worship. It is worth mentioning that the Oman Vision 2040 is formulated with perfect and high accuracy through wide community consensus and through the participation of different segments of the society, so as to tolerate the economic and social realities and capabilities to estimate and consider the future objectively, when it could be recognized as a key reference for the planning process in the next two decades.