Oman’s citizens have a very healthy appetite for culture and the arts, and there are numerous events, from fashion festivals to sporting contests, held throughout the year.
From September until May, the Royal Opera House in Muscat, the first classical music structure of its kind in the Arabian Peninsula, offers a prestigious program featuring the biggest names – both local and international – in classical music, jazz, opera and ballet. More information: www.rohmuscat.org
From the end of January to the end of February the Muscat Festival takes place, enlivening the already magical city as it presents the best of Omani culture. There are craft displays, light shows, concerts, sporting events and the city’s celebrity chefs cooking top traditional dishes for everyone to sample. More information: www.muscat-festival.com
In February, the Tour of Oman attracts the top cyclists from all over the world. More information: www.tourofoman.omFor fashionistas, Muscat Fashion Week is a must-see, as designers from Oman, Asia, Africa and the Middle East showcase their latest creations. More information: www.muscatfashionweek.com
From October until March, camel races are organised almost every week, mainly in Al Batinah and Sharqiya regions. Wintertime is also the season of bullfights in Seeb and Barka.
The Salalah Festival, held during July and August, celebrates the khareef (monsoon season), which brings cool temperatures and sees vegetation burst into life. There is a full schedule of concerts, traditional cultural shows and activities for families with children, including the fantastic kite festival. More information: www.salalahtourismfestival.com
The Sultanate’s ancient sailing tradition continues thanks to a number of high-profile international competitions. Sailing Arabia: The Tour, held in February, has legs throughout the north of the Arabian Peninsula (www.sailingarabiathetour.com). High-speed catamarans are the drawcard during March’s Extreme Sailing Series (www.extremesailingseries.com). In March, Mussanah Race Week, an international dinghy regatta, is held (www.mussanahraceweek.com/en/).