Khalid Shoman's life was one of dedication. Ica Wahbeh walks
us through the house dedicated to his memory and alive with his
It is not a stuffy museum and not a shrine. "Dar Khalid"
is a living place, an "inhabited" lodging where, once
you've stepped in, you are made to expect the occupant to appear.
Dedicated to the memory of Khalid Shoman, "Dar Khalid"
could be interpreted as the familiar Khalid's House or, on a more
elevated plan, as the Eternal House, one in which his spirit dwells
(the word Khalid meaning Eternal in the Arabic language).
With deeply rooted life values and convinced that anybody who
does his work proudly and with love should be honoured and remembered,
wife Suha decided to transform the upper house of the Darat Al
Funun compound into a home, Khalid's home, immortalising the man
and his complishments while, at the same time, preserving for
posterity yet another building whose origins speak of the history
of the country and its people.
Capturing the life and character of a person is not easy, especially
for the unassuming. But with lots of love, symbolism, images and
messages, "Dar Khalid" manages to let you have a glimpse
at the soul of the family man, friend and banker.