Stamps captivate visitors, philatelic enthusiasts

BY JAMIL KHAN | SHARJAH

Stamps are ambassadors of a country. The venue of the second Arab Stamp Exhibition which is going on at Wafi Centre, Dubai, has become a place where stamps of around 17 Arab countries, especially the rare ones and more than 150 years old, are captivating the visitors as well as philatelic enthusiasts.

The five-day exhibition was kicked off on Thursday. The exhibition is being organised by Emirates Post and Emirates Philatelic Association under the patronage of Sheikh Majid Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum. stamp

The countries which displayed hundreds of thousands of new and rare stamps, coins, currency notes included United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Iraq, Algeria, Syria, Egypt, Morocco, Yemen, Jordon, Palestine and Somalia.

The pavilion, which scattered through the main lobby of the city’s one of the major centres had been witnessing people from different corners of the world, examined the rare postage stamps and documents like court orders and others embossed with extraordinary stamps and seals.

Besides displaying the huge collection of stamps, some of the countries flaunted the volumes of books which have published to describe the history of postal stamps of their countries.

Zakir Hussain, an official at the Oman pavilion, told The Gulf Today that the interest of people in rare stamps and the history of stamps of Oman was mesmerizing. “During the last three days, we had sold out dozens of volumes of The Postal History of Oman, a four-colour book covered the postal stamp history, between 1856 to 1985 with the price of only Dhs20,” he said.

Shedding light on the country’s postal history, he said that during 1856 to 1947, they had used stamps issued by the British-Indian government, while during 1947-1948 Pakistan had offered their stamps as national stamps, and between the period 1948 to 1966 British stamps were used. “After the independence in 1966, Oman had issued its first stamp with the name of Muscat-Oman and the currency was rupee, which later changed in 1972 with the Sultanate of Oman and Baisa currency,” he said.

Hussain said that so far they had issued total 207 stamps, besides commemorative stamps, and offered membership at the exhibition for philatelists. 

However, philately societies from different countries, including Bahrain Philately Society, Kuwait Philatelic and Numismatic Society, Anfoos Cultural Association of Algeria, Yemen Philatelic Association, Tunis Philatelic Association, Iraqi Philatelic and Numismatic Society, Saudi Arabian Philatelic Society and Qatar Philatelic Club also present at the exhibition. They showcased their stamps and coins.

Besides, the pavilion displayed stamps, coins and other related material. Two stalls of stamp printers Cartor Security Printing of France and Eastern Printers of Bahrain also participated in exhibition.

John Lavender, the sales manager of Cartor told The Gulf Today that their firm is one of the pioneer firms and offers printing facilities related to postal stamps and other related documents to over 100 countries around the globe.

The Emirates Post arranged various lectures about the history of stamps in Kuwait and the Arab world by renowned researchers at the venue, which were attended by a large number of people.

The exhibition is being closed today with the visit of Pearl Museum and school children at the venue.

-Published in The Gulf Today | Mar 09, 2009

~ by jamilkhan on March 9, 2009.

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