Mohammad al Zubair, Advisor to His Majesty the Sultan for Economic Planning Affairs, received a gold medal as a pioneer of Arab photography specialised in natural images in the Sultanate. Also the Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum International Photography Award (HIPA), is awarding it’s ‘Photography Research/Report Award’ to the Bait Al Zubair Foundation, which started out as a private museum in Oman in 1998. The foundation was founded by His Excellency Mohammad Al Zubair, to enrich and encourage arts and photography amongst Oman’s society. One of Bait Al Zubair’s many great accomplishments is the diversity of the art and cultural publications it has published over the years. These include numerous stunning books dedicated to photography, which is at the heart of the foundation’s vision. Overall, the foundation has published over 10 photography books, many of which concentrate on Oman’s past whilst connecting it to the present day through stunning photography. Some of these books include Oman: My Beautiful Nation, Views of Dhofar, Mountains and Valleys of Oman and Window on Oman.