This year’s Salalah Tourism Festival in Oman’s Dhofar province will feature a variety of artistic and cultural activities and stage shows in a bid to appeal to the family market that travels to the south of the country during the monsoon (Khareef) season.Staged from July 1, this year’s festival will include exhibitions, plays, outdoor activities and sports, as well as a number of cultural and religious lectures.It will also feature a landscape art gallery, Sultan’s Armed Forces Museum fair and the Heritage Village, which includes shows by Omani folk bands and live displays of handicrafts. It will include theatre with local plays for children presented by several groups from the local Dhofar region, as well as the international play “Sponge Bob”. There will be key artistic and folk ceremonies suitable for all age groups, including Toyor Al Jannah band. The festival will also feature several games for children, in addition to a Formula 1 car race. Outdoor activities at the festival include Al Hisn Market, Al Mughsail Beach Event and an Open Day in Dhofar Wilayat. A number of religious and cultural lectures will be held every Sunday and Tuesday, in addition to international events such as the Italian Circus and the African Show. Media events form part of this year’s festival, with live radio programs in both Arabic and English languages, including “Layali Al Khareef”, “Nasaem” and “Razaz al Khareef”. The festival’s sports events include the 4th Annual Running Race for children, Shooting Championship, and Football Championship for Dhofar clubs. This year there will also be a Camel Beauty Contest. The Salalah Tourism Festival is held every year to coincide with the monsoon (Khareef) season which extends from June 21 to September 21, during which tourists can enjoy Dhofar’s tropical climate known for its northern and north-west winds on the southern coast of the Arabian Peninsula, and rainfall coupled with a gentle mist creating a pleasant atmosphere and moderate temperature.
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