Mumbai, Sultanate of Oman, 10th Jan 2012 : The much-anticipated festival ‘The Muscat Festival’ is the biggest annual event among the Festivals and Events in Muscat. The festival unfurls the tradition arts, culture and heritage of Oman and at the same time provides its people with fun adventure and entertainment. The festival will commence on the evening of Thursday, 26th January 2012 and will be held at Al Naseem and Qurum Natural Park.
Commenting on the occasion, HE Eng. Sultan Hamdoon Al Harthi Head of Muscat Municipality said “Dedicated the 'Year of the Child' by our Council of Ministers, this edition of the Festival is particularly focused on creating education, fun and entertainment for the youth. The powerful combination of our Muscat festival with the Tour of Oman has also created an ideal platform to showcase our rich traditions and historical identity. Last year’s Festival witnessed over 1.2 million visitors with the global reach of the Tour of Oman was in excess of 180 countries and we expect both these numbers to increase this year.”
With Muscat having been honoured by being named the 2012 Capital of Arab Tourism as well as being voted the second best city in the world to visit by Lonely Planet has also increased the strategic importance of the Muscat Festival and Tour of Oman for the promotion of the Sultanate on the international arena.
Highlights will include the Oman Heritage and Culture Village, where visitors will have the opportunity to learn from the best Omani artisans traditional skills throughout the full festival period. The International Festival for Arts, Heritage and Creativity will again be a highlight of Qurum Natural Park with displays of crafts from over twenty-five countries.
For families with children, Al Naseem Park will also be the perfect place for fun and excitement, incorporating an amusement park and children’s shows with an education village to captivate the imagination. The Oman Food Festival will run for ten days from the 7 -17 February in Qurum Natural Park. Run in association with the expert eyes of chefs and students from the Oman Tourism College, the food festival will give festival goers the opportunity to experience the very best in Omani cuisine.
Apart from the food festival, The Wave-Muscat will have Traditional boat racing on the 9 and 10 February and Tour of Oman from 14-19 February which will have 128 of the world’s greatest cyclists to take on the challenges of Oman’s dramatic landscape over six days covering a total distance of 857 km.Further details and the route maps can be found on www.tourofoman.om
In recognition of the talented designers of the Arab world, the Muscat Fashion Week will continue to put Oman in the spotlight. Taking place between 21 – 23 February in Riyam Park, local Omani designers will be taking their designs to the catwalk alongside other top Arab and South Asian designers.
The two parks will be open from 4pm – 11pm between the 26th January and the 23th February. Entrance fees have been set at 200bz for adults, 100bz for children and action and with excitement promised for every day of the festival, it will be a month of entertainment for everyone !
Further information, photos, videos and programme timings can also be found on the website www.muscat-festival.com.