The Muscat Festival, always a delight

The city of Muscat in Oman offers many varied attractions for the foreign visitor. In order to make the most of your stay in the country an outstanding accommodation choice would be the Alila Jabal Akdhar, a resort in Oman that offers quality rooms and courteous hospitality.

The vibrant Muscat Festival is undoubtedly one of the nation’s most splendid attractions. Having been acclaimed as the nation’s largest historical and cultural event, this lively festival is Oman’s festive exhibition of the local cultural attractions. These include the country’s distinctive traditions and arts as well as its services and consumer items.

The Muscat Festival features a distinctive flavour, embodying a combination of the old and the new, the traditional and the modern. A diverse selection of different themes is featured at this engrossing festival, including presentations and discussions of such fascinating subjects as the local traditional poetry of the region. In the past the festival has included topics relevant to the present day, such as the development of solar energy. The Muscat Festival features many attractive elements, including such popular highlights as fashion extravaganzas and chocolate promotions.

A great many visitors from the Middle Eastern region frequent this festival which truly offers something for everyone. It is estimated that 1.5 million visitors frequent this popular event. Usually the Muscat Festival runs for about one month, so that there is sufficient time to include the many different facets of the event. The various individual events included in the festival are held at a number of venues across the capital city, with such locations as the Seeb Beach, Omani Heritage Village as well as the Al Qurum National Park being featured for the events.

The nation of Oman also offers a myriad of sightseeing attractions for the visitor. These highlights include such noteworthy attractions as forts, palaces, mosques, museums, parks and other places of interest. These features are sure to capture the interest of the visitor.

Uditha Dharmawardhane is a travel writer who writes under the pen name Roland Lefevre. He specializes in creating features on leisure as well as business travel destinations across the globe.


Uncover Muscat’s Retail Mecca at Salalah Tourism Festival 2013

Popular as one of the most coveted tourist festivals in the region, the Salalah Tourism Festival is a compelling reason to head down to the heart of Oman this Khareef Season. The 2013 edition of the red letter event is set to take centre stage once more come the month of June. The 2012 installment of the highly successful tourism festival kicked off Khareef Season in style last year with a host of engaging attraction to suit shopaholics and culture buffs alike. Conducted at the Municipality Fair Grounds from June 21st to July 18th the festival was hosted by the Dhofar Municipal Council as in previous years. Described by visitors as a shopaholic’s dream come true the retail opportunities at the festival highlighted local produce as well as regional specialties and well-known brands. Stocked to the brim with products hailing from China, Bangladesh, Egypt, India, Syria, Pakistan, Oman and Thailand shoppers had the widest possible choice on offer.

Taking place for an entire month the Salalah Tourism Festival’s retail fair caters to every type of visitor offering everything from fashion items to specialty and exotic produce that are scarce in the mass market. The 2012 edition of the shopper’s Mecca was open to all visitors on Saturdays, Tuesdays and Thursdays while Sundays were especially reserved for female visitors. Families were also welcome on Family Days which fell on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays while the Salalah Tourism Festival’s prestigious book fair was open to visitors for the duration of the festival. Offering readers the opportunity to peruse and purchase books of literature, research, language, media, history and even astronomy the fair featured the best publications from renowned authors and volumes available through libraries, cultural centres and well-known publishers.

Another highlight of the 2012 festival was of course the exclusive exhibition space devoted to products manufactured in Oman. The special pavilion exhibited an impressive array of goods made in Oman ranging from textiles, handicrafts, perfumes, electronics and food to furniture, appliances, decorative arts, agricultural produce and fashion.

Well-known thinkers, leaders and scientists in the region were also on hand to conduct lectures on the important issues of the day for the Middle East at the 2012 Salalah Tourism Festival which will surely be catapulted in size, scale and significance by the 2013 edition this June.

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