Muscat – MENA Herald: The Sultanate of Oman is expected to witness a key surge in tourism with the activities of the sixteenth edition of the ‘Muscat Festival,’ the country’s biggest cultural event, exhibiting the Sultanate’s historical legacy, arts & culture, goods and services. This year’s edition, which is running till February 13, 2016, promises to offer a unique mixture of old and new, history and progression–from folk poetry and other exciting activities like the light village, interactive village, village of dinosaurs, Omani fashion shows, car shows, cultural events, sports competitions, heritage and family village, fireworks displays. Other planned events include a ‘Tour of Oman’ at its sixth session, concerts by Omani artists, theatrical performances for children, exhibitions on electric toys and trade shows. The Ministry of Tourism, which is a Gold Sponsor of the festival, has reaffirmed its commitment to support and promote ‘Muscat Festival’ as a must-see and must attend event when visiting the Sultanate.

According to expectations, the month-long festivities are expected to draw in more than 2 million visitors. Various events and activities taking place during the festival are set to be held across key venues across Oman, including Al Amerat Park and Naseem Garden. Specifically, Al Amerat Park will host the Omani Heritage Village, performances of folklore groups from India, Lebanon, Kazakhstan, Turkey and the Philippines, entertainment Art Park, field shows, dinosaur village, science and knowledge village, and small and medium-sized enterprises exhibitions. Meanwhile, Naseem Garden will play host to a trade exhibition, a family village, children’s theatre, an illuminated village and firework shows in the evenings.

Salim Edi Al Mamari, Director General of Tourism Promotion, Oman Ministry of Tourism and member of the organizing committee of Muscat Festival said: “We are confident that this year’s edition of the Muscat Festival will be able to draw in more visitors to the Sultanate, giving them the opportunity to explore and learn more about the beauty, heritage and culture of Oman. Nationals, residents and tourists will definitely enjoy the programs and activities like heritage villages, theatre performances and trade exhibits. In line with this major event, the Ministry of Tourism expressed its strong support for the festival and highly recommends it to all tourists visiting the country,” concluded Mr. Al Mamari.