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Festivals in Oman

Discover Oman's Beauty
After the immense success and wonderful return from "Oman Summer 2015 campaign" Ministry of Tourism launches its promotional campaign for the second time aiming at domestic tourism titled "Discover Oman's Beauty" in cooperation with local hotels and tour operators.
Discover Oman's Beauty
The campaign aims to promote domestic tourism for both locals & residents in Oman by providing competitive offers from hotels and tour operators. The campaign will be running from May to September 2016
The promotional campaign will include a joint 3-day exhibition held by the Ministry of Tourism, travel and tourism companies and hotel facilities, in Muscat City Center, Seeb from 19 to 21 May 2016. Where hotels and tour operators will showcase their packages and summer offers.
It is noteworthy that MOT has previously organized several workshops in Dammam, Riyadh, Jeddah and Dubai from 20 – 23 March 2016 with effective participation from local tourism trade partners which included 4 tour operators and 7 hotels to promote Oman as a key summer destination during May – September 2016.
Packages from local tour operators include attractive offers for adventure tourism such as trekking, hiking, and camping, in addition to marine activities such as dolphin watching, sailing, diving, and snorkeling. Hotels from 3 – 5 star category have provided offers for hotel stays including breakfast and some hotel facilities.
Muscat Festival
This is one of the most important festivals, combining the efforts of all active official, private, and even the popular sectors in the country. These festivals reflect the magical beauty of the Sultanate, the depth of its history and heritage, the urban development witnessed by the country while preserving its cultural heritage, customs and the authentic Arab traditions of the Omani people.
Muscat Festival
The festival is usually held in Muscat in January and February of each year, and provides an excellent opportunity for shopping and sightseeing. The festival also offers a variety of cultural, artistic and traditional events and activities. It will be held in the largest heritage village in Al Qurm Natural Park where you can see and get to know traditional and artistic Omani life. The Festival showcases an array of traditional industries from around the world.
Salalah Tourism Festival
Salalah Tourism Festival
This festival is held annually in Dhofar Province during autumn.
The Autumn or monsoon season where a tropical climate dominates Dhofar is usually Between 21 June and 21 September. Northern and north-western winds blow over the seas adjacent to the Arabian Peninsula's southern coast. Rain showers fall, accompanied by light patches of fog that lend the region moderate temperatures and cover Dhofar with a gorgeous green blanket.
Ramadan
Ramadan Oman
Ramadan is a time of fasting and religious reflection during which Muslims are expected to purify mind and body and reaffirm their relationship with God. During Ramadan, Muslims are required to fast from dawn to dusk, while music and dancing is also frowned upon. The breaking of the fast at dusk, known as iftar, is the highlight of the day, often with lavish amounts of food and drink being consumed to compensate for the day's efforts (ironically, it is said that many people actually gain weight during Ramadan). Special "iftar tents" are erected in many places, from village squares to five-star hotels, with sumptuous Arabian buffets. Things get even more colourful and busy during Eid Al Fitr, the day marking the end of Ramadan.
Eid Al Adha
The region's second major festival is Eid Al Adha, the "Festival of the Sacrifice". Falling around 70 days after the end of Ramadan, this celebrates the willingness of Abraham (or Ibrahim, as he is known to Muslims) to sacrifice his son Ismail at the command of God (although having proved his obedience, he was permitted to sacrifice a ram instead). Large numbers of animals are slaughtered and the meat divided amongst the poor during the festival, making for a rather grisly sight in Oman: huge numbers of carcasses can often be seen literally piled up by the roadside.



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