In Oman, the Salalah Tourism Festival 2013 was inaugurated on Saturday, the second day of Eid Al Fitr.
The festival, organized under the theme “Oman… Giving and Loyalty,” aims at supporting creative thinkers at various cultural fields and promote for the Sultanate as a tourist hub.
The festival includes various events and activities, such as lectures in religious, scientific and cultural fields. The Cultural Village will host performances by the traditional troupes from the Sultanate and other GCC countries.
The State of Palestine and Iran will put up cultural activities to expose the visitors to their culture and heritage.
The Omani Woman Associations and Al Wafa Social Centers in the wilayats of Dhofar are also participating in the festival. About 1,120 crafts people will showcase their products at the festival.
This year’s festival will also see an exhibition under the title “Oman the Land of Friendship and Piece.”
Salalah is an ancient Arabic city, the capital of Dohfar and the governor’s seat. It’s the 2nd largest city on Oman’s Sultanate. Salalah is most known for being the “Perfume Capital” of mysterious and beautiful Arabia. Aside from that title, it is a popular tourist destination thanks to the abundance of natural, not to mention stunningly beautiful wild and plant life, as well as the nearby mountain ranges. Bird watching is a favorite activity, as is scuba diving. The lush green areas around the city support herds of cattle. The local climate is accommodating to exotic wildlife such as hyenas and leopards.
This ancient city still holds treasures for you to view; the ruins of the fortified Sumharam, which was a vital port between 100 BC and 400 AD for instance, are quite a site to feast your eyes on. There are also exhibits of casino games as well as their developers. Modern day Oman is strongly represented by the port of Salalah, which is located a mere 15km to the South West of the actual city. The well thought out and highly strategic location of this port made it one of the more frequently used entry points to India, the Middle East, and Africa.
The biggest attraction, however, that this city holds to the outside world is the Salalah Tourism Festival, which is held once annually and is the source of a huge in pouring of annual revenue for the surrounding areas. This festival has evolved to become the largest consumer festival in the area. It has a hard earned reputation for securing incredible marketing and sales gains, as well as a distinctive edge and the ability to capture the visitors who are drawn to the city by this auspicious event. There are even online gambling operators who look after their clients. This festival is an incredible 48 days’ worth or shopping paradise! The newest products are on sale, with this festivities being well timed as you can stock up for Christmas. Networking opportunities are endless, as well as the highest product visibility you could hope for. One of the best attractions for visitors is that they get the chance to play Omani casino games for fun. It is a brilliant way to try out the various games that the people of Oman enjoy on a regular basis, games that the eastern or western world, has yet to enjoy on a large scale. The city overflows with visitors from all over the world…numbers such as 350.000 people have been recorded!
Besides the exhibitions by the different public and private sectors organizations, Salalah Festival 2013 will witness other fine art and sports events. It will also see events organized by the Children’s Village, fireworks and theatre performances by local and Gulf troupes, he added.
Many facilities and services have been added to the Municipality Recreational Centre to meet the needs of visitors. The festival will conclude on September 26.