In a historic effort, the Embassy of India in Muscat and the National Archives of India (NAI) have successfully digitized over 7,000 documents from Indian families in Oman, dating back to the 18th century. Known as ‘The Oman Collection – Archival Heritage of the Indian Community in Oman,’ this initiative marks the NAI’s first international archival project.

Between May 19-27, 2024, 32 prominent Indian families, mostly from Gujarat, contributed documents in English, Arabic, Gujarati, and Hindi. These records, including personal diaries, trade invoices, and photographs, offer a vivid picture of the Indian community’s influence in Oman. The oldest document is from 1838, with most from the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Arun Singhal, Director General of NAI, called it a “historic milestone,” highlighting its importance in preserving the heritage of the Indian diaspora. Indian Ambassador to Oman, Amit Narang, emphasized the project’s alignment with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision to connect with the global Indian community.

Sheikh Anil Khimji, a leader in Oman’s Indian community, praised the initiative for showcasing the deep-rooted bonds between India and Oman. The National Records and Archives Authority of Oman supported the project, ensuring the digitized documents will be accessible on NAI’s digital portal, ‘Abhilekh Patal.’

This project not only preserves the history of Indian families in Oman but also strengthens the diplomatic and cultural ties between the two nations, providing a valuable resource for future generations.