For a month between 26 January and 23 February this year, the heart of the city of Muscat, the capital of the Sultanate of Oman, will beat in festival rhythm. The Muscat Festival is a showcase of Omani culture and traditions, an atmospheric event that draws crowds of participants. Over 1.2 million people visited the Festival last year, and organisers are expecting even more this time around. The festival this year is dedicated to the Year of the Child, with a particular focus on creating education and fun for the young.

On the menu in 2012:

Starters:  Oman Food Festival (for obvious reasons – to wet one’s appetite). Plus, the Oman Heritage and Culture Village, filled with entertainment, shows, plays and traditional crafts.

Main: For the first time, a traditional boat race. Plus, the Tour of Oman with more than 100 of the world’s best cyclists.

Dessert: Muscat Fashion Week showcasing Arab fashion.

The Festival will be open 4pm-11pm every day.

This is very likely the most important festival in Oman. So, are you in?

(If you prefer racing camels, see Destination Oman, Part One: Camel racing.)

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