Muscat: As the eagerly anticipated first edition of Muscat Nights kicks off on Thursday, the city’s cool and lovely evenings are about to get even more sparkling and colourful.
An opening ceremony will formally kick off the 17-day festival, which will take place at Al Qurum Natural Park, Naseem Park, Oman Automobile Association, and Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre (OCEC).
Sayyid Saud bin Hilal Al Busaidi, the governor of Muscat, will preside over the inauguration ceremony, which will take place on the lake stage of Al Qurum Natural Park.
The opening ceremony, which is by invitation only, will start at 6.30 p.m. Beginning on Friday, the public will have access to the remaining venues.
The annual Muscat Festival was staged for the final time in 2019, thus the Muscat Municipality organised Muscat Nights to breathe new life into the celebrations.
Wide range of events planned for that demographic, Muscat Nights intends to appeal to young people, and the organisers promise family-friendly activities as well.
“Muscat Nights 2023” intends to encourage domestic tourism as well as local enterprises by offering a venue for social and cultural exchange, according to Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Hamidi, Chairman of the Muscat Municipality.
Local businesses received 90 percent of the contracts for preparing the venues, boosting in-country value (ICV).
Al Hamidi hopes that “those events will live up to the aspirations of our society and the youth.” Muscat Nights is likely to begin a series of events planned for 2023.
For the first time, Muscat Nights will also launch a brand-new electronic application that will make it simple to purchase tickets online and learn about upcoming events at various venues.
The booking of tickets and the display of the event schedule make use of technology through the use of an electronic application that can be downloaded to smart phones.
All of the venues will have game zones and food stalls, but there are also a lot of other things to do to get people to enjoy Muscat Nights.
Muscat resident Badr Al Matrooshi was eager to attend Muscat Nights.
He stated, ” The Muscat Municipality’s initiative to encourage people to get out of their homes, participate in physical activities in the parks, and enjoy the festivities at the four locations is commendable. Since the Muscat Festival was canceled after 2019 due to the coronavirus pandemic, we were unable to attend this event. The good thing is that we can choose where to go and what to do with the Muscat Nights App.
“We want to enjoy the local flavors of the Sultanate of Oman,” expatriate K Rupa stated, “and such events act as a cultural bridge to connect people through various activities.”
The venues, according to Muscat Nights officials, have been carefully selected for specific purposes. The event’s quality is more important than the number of activities. We have just over two weeks to do it, and we hope people enjoy it.
In the meantime, the Royal Oman Police informed Oman News Agency (ONA) in a press release that the necessary measures have been taken to guarantee safety, security, and traffic flow during Muscat Nights.
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Tourist Tips During the Muscat Festival
- The fact that the festival is held in January and February, when the weather is ideal for spending the day outside, is the best part of it. Therefore, get ready to have a great time in the sun.
- Participate in the fantastic trade shows, spectacular visual shows, and stage events, and consume the scrumptious regional fare.
- Be sure to keep an eye on your kids when you travel with them. The festival attracts nearly 100,000 visitors annually, and the location remains extremely crowded.
- Muscat offers substantial discounts and draws during this festival. Therefore, you might want to purchase local goods at a discount!