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Salalah Tourism Festival begins on second day of Eid Al Fitr

June 1, 2014

Staff Reporter

Muscat: Coinciding with the Khareef season in Dhofar region, the much awaited annual Salalah Tourism Festival will begin on the second day of Eid Al Fitr towards the end of July, and will conclude on September 6 as announced by Sheikh Salim bin Oufait Al Shanfari, Head of Dhofar Municipality and Chairman of the Salalah Tourism Festival Organizing Committee.

 Giving details about the festival, Sheikh Salim Al Shanfari said that the festival will highlight art, cultural heritage and traditions of Oman as well as consumer items. This year the festival will be better than its previous editions, as organisers have learnt from their past experience, he said.

The Khareef season, when the weather is most attractive across the entire Gulf region, will begin from June 21 and end by the last week of September. This season attracts tourists from within the country and abroad and the Salalah Tourism Festival adds value to the tourism sector.

 Elaborate preparations have been made for the festival. Festival related events will be held all across the wilayat of Taqa, Mirbat, Mighsail and Al Hisn market. It will introduce environment, ecology, life style and traditions of the rural and urban life of Oman, he said.

Al Shanfari said that to make the festival better, the Dhofar municipality was working on improving road conditions, bridges and street lights. This will help lessen traffic jams, particularly during the Khareef season.

He said that Salalah was chosen by the sixth forum of Arab Centre for Tourism Media as the best tourist destination. The Arab tourism forum organized by the Centre was held in Egypt.  

With more than 1,200 craftsmen and women expected to showcase their skills in the exhibition part of the festival, the event is seen as the most comprehensive show of local traditions and cultures. Various public and private sector companies will also be showcasing their services and products at the festival which will help them interact with the locals as well as consumers from the entire Gulf region, he said.

 This festival is expected to cater to amusement needs of people of various age groups. It will feature dance and music performances of indigenous artists and games and shows for children. Around 8,000 people have been employed to work for the festival in various capacities.

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Source: Times of Oman

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