Oman Events

Oman Events

 November: The Islamic New Year


Date (To be confirmed): November 2016 - December 2016
Celebrations marking the beginning of the new Islamic calendar actually start on the sunset of the previous day and continue for 29 days, according to the Muslim calendar.

Venue: Throughout Oman.

Address: Muscat, Oman

Event cost: Free.

Category: Religion

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Cultural Theatre Programme

Date (To be confirmed): January 2017 - March 2017 (From January to March.)

Groups from around the world perform during these cultural evenings. Past performers have included traditional music and dance from Jordan, Germany, Egypt and Georgia.

Venue: Al Flayj Castle Theatre, Muscat, and Al Morooj Theatre, Salalah.

Address: Salalah, Oman

Event cost: Free.

Category: Art & Literature
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Oman Food Festival

Date (To be confirmed): February 2017

Held at the Qurum National Park, the Oman Food Festival is a great opportunity to try the best of Omani Cuisine. It's run in conjunction with expert chefs and students from the Oman Tourism College.

Venue: Qurum National Park

Event cost: Varied.

Category: Food & Drink
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Traditional Boat Race

Date (To be confirmed): February 2017

Oman's rich maritime traditions are commemorated with this boat race. Traditional boats like Dhow Boats and Old Houri, New Houri and Al Shash compete with each other.

Event cost: Free.

Category: Entertainment

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International Salsa and Dance Festival

Date (To be confirmed): March 2017

Professional dancers and instructors from all over the world attend Oman’s biggest salsa event. Learn a few steps at the workshops, watch spectacular shows and join in the all-night dance party.

Venue: Al Nahda Resort, Barka.

Address: Barka, Oman

Event cost: From 5 Rials for a single workshop to 65 Rials for a full pass.

Website: www.omansalsafestival.com

Category: Dance
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Salalah Tourism Festival

Date (To be confirmed): July 2017 (Annual.)

Colourful parades take to the streets while artistic and cultural exhibitions are arranged by organisations such as the Omani Society for Fine Arts, Omani Women’s Society, Royal Oman Police and Royal Army.Festival activities include various artistic and cultural shows, in addition to parades.

Venue: Various locations around Salalah.

Address: Salalah, Oman

Event cost: Free.

Website: www.salalahtourismfestival.com

Category: Entertainment
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Renaissance Day

Date (To be confirmed): July 2017

This celebration gives thanks to the day Sultan Qaboos bin Said began his rule in 1970, transforming the country into the modern, advanced and industrialised country it is today. It is a day of reflection and rejoicing.

Venue: Nationwide.

Address: Muscat, Oman

Event cost: Free.

Category: Culture
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Eid Al-Fitr

Date (To be confirmed): August 2017

This important Muslim holiday marks the end of Ramadan and is celebrated throughout the country. The markets of Nizwa, Nafar and Suroor become especially busy with locals coming to bid for animals and stock up on meat and sweets for the celebration.

Venue: Throughout Oman.

Address: Muscat, Oman

Category: Religion

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Turtle Spotting

Date (To be confirmed): September 2017

September is the best time of the year to see over 20,000 turtles nesting on the beaches of Ras Al Haad and Ras Al Jinz. These turtles migrate from the Red Sea and the East African Coast.

Event cost: Free.

Category: Nature & Wildlife

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Eid Al-Adha

Date (To be confirmed): October 2017

The Feast of the Sacrifice is the latter of the two Eid religious festivals and commemorates the willingness of Abraham to sacrifice his son Ishmael to god. Morning prayers are followed by family getting together and exchanging of gifts.

Venue: Throughout Oman.

Address: Muscat, Oman

Event cost: Free.

Category: Religion

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