The annual Muscat Festival is set to make its return this month for the 12th time, with festivities beginning on January 15 and running until February 14. In keeping with previous years, the festival shall have two main venues. This year they will be Naseem Park and Amerat Park, which will be open between 4pm and 11pm daily, while Azaiba beach will also host some events at weekends.
A vast range of activities for all the family will be taking place in Naseem Park, including a fun fair, a recreation of Jurassic Park, an education and entertainment pavilion and a nature tent as well.
The tempo at Amerat Park will be slightly slower, with an Omani heritage village, a snow village and an international exhibition of arts and crafts. There will also be a theatre in the park showcasing a wide variety of shows, including stunt performers, special performing artists and daily firework shows.
Entry to Amerat Park will be free of charge, but adults will pay 200 baisa and children 100 baisa to enter Naseem Park.
Sporting shows will also make up a key element of this year’s festival with camel racing and equestrian, a cricket match between India and Pakistan and a triathlon race all planned among many others. In addition, there will be a Maritime Festival displaying exhibits of traditional Omani ships and boats.
Muscat Festival was first started in 1998 and continues to be a popular event in the city’s calendar, with 1.6 million visitors in 2013. Since its inception, the festival has never failed to attract people from all over the world who come to marvel at all that the city and Oman has to offer.