The Sultan of Oman His Majesty Qaboos bin Said conferred the Sultan Qaboos Order for Culture, Science and Art of the First Degree on Dr. Halit Eren, Director General of IRCICA, in recognition of his crucial contributions to the promotion of research and studies on Islamic culture, arts and sciences, as well as the development of international cultural relations and cooperation through the numerous activities of IRCICA. The Sultan Qaboos Order for Culture, Science and Art was presented to Dr. Halit Eren on behalf of His Majesty the Sultan of Oman by H.H. al-Sayyid Haytham b. Tariq Al Said, Minister of Culture and Heritage of Oman, with a ceremony organised on 22 February 2012. H.H. the Minister of Culture and Heritage made the following statement while presenting the Order: “I hereby would like to offer you the greetings of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said. Dr. Eren was duly conferred with the Sultan Qaboos Order for for Culture, Science and Art of the First Degree due to his crucial contributions to research on Islamic culture, arts, civilisation and history, as well as his valuable contributions to the development of international cultural relations and institutional cooperation through various international projects he administered and coordinated as the Director General of the Research Centre for Islamic History, Art and Culture (IRCICA). I present you this Order on behalf of and with the greetings of the Sultan.” H.H. the Minister of Culture and Heritage Al Said also expressed that IRCICA under the capable leadership of its Director General Halit Eren was serving as an effective bridge of civilization between Oman and Turkey, and they as the government of Oman expected that the relations between the two countries will become stronger in the future.
The Certificate of the Order, bearing the signature of Sultan Qaboos bin Said and dated 22 February 2012, issued in Muscat, Oman, was presented to Dr. Eren by H.E. Ambassador Qais Salim Ali Al Said, Ambassador of the Sultanate of Oman in Ankara, Turkey (the host country of IRCICA), on 12 April 2012 in Ankara. The Certificate, which has the citation for the Order, reads: "We, Qaboos bin Said, Sultan of Oman, in recognition of the excellent services rendered by Dr. Halit Eren, with regard to the works he has accomplished, have decided to confer on him the Order for Culture, Science and Art of the First Degree, and have ordered to this effect the presentation of this Certificate".