Zanzibar: Oman Post and Tanzania Posts Corporation launched a joint stamp that commemorates the long-standing historical ties between Oman and Tanzania, in a ceremony held in the United Republic of Tanzania on 9 October 2022 and attended by senior government dignitaries from both countries.
The joint stamp, considered a first-of-its-kind initiative in Oman's postal history, was adapted from an oil painting by revered Omani artist and designer, Sami Syabi who paints in a realist tradition with detail and accuracy.
The new uniquely designed stamp illustrates the cultural and architectural contributions of the Sultanate of Oman in the United Republic of Tanzania as it depicts the Zanzibar shoreline with some governmental buildings facing the shore, including the Corniche in Zanzibar and the House of Wonders, the largest and tallest building of Stone Town, which is one of six palaces built in 1883 by Barghash bin Said, the second Sultan of Zanzibar.
In addition to the House of Wonders, Tanzania is home to several magnificent structures that attest to the favorable influence of Oman, which contributed to the development of small villages into renowned towns such as Zanzibar.
The issuance of this historic Joint Stamp Issue was welcomed in a joint govern- ment statement between the Sultanate and Tanzania during the state visit of Her Excellency Samia Suluhu Hassan, President of the United Republic of Tanzania, earlier this year.
The statement also welcomed the strategic partnership between Oman Post, Asyad Express and Tanzania Post to cooperate in the fields of eCommerce and logistical solutions and services.
Commenting on this occasion, Nasser Al Sharji, CEO of Oman Post and Asyad Express said: "This Joint Stamp Issue is part of the activation of the strategic partner- ship between Oman Post, Asyad Express and Tanzania Post, stemming from the friendly and historical ties between Oman and Tanzania.
Asyad Group represented by Oman Post and Asyad Express will ensure that our strategic partnership and collaboration with Tanzania Post is a resounding success under the leadership of His Majesty Sultan Haitham bin Tarik.”
On his part, Mr. Macrice Daniel Mbodo, Postmaster General of Tanzania Posts Corporation said: “We are pleased to join hands with Oman Post once again to re- vive history and strengthen our bilateral co-operation. This Joint Stamp Issue is part of the activation our partnership with Oman Post. It is an initial step that honors the Oman-Tanzania historical and cultural bonds and symbolizes ties that have existed between Oman and Tanzania since the nineteenth century.”
A Joint Stamp Issue is a release of postage stamps by two or more countries to commemorate the same topic, event, or person. Joint Stamp Issues typically have the same theme or design and are often similar or identical, such as the Joint Stamp between the Sultanate of Oman and the United Republic of Tanzania.