Khareef festival to be big draw


As the governorate of Dhofar in southern Oman readies to welcome the monsoons, tourists from across the GCC are preparing to spend at least a part of their summer in the province.

From June through September, this oasis-like state is transformed by salubrious weather, intermittent rains, morning mist and springs and waterfalls, bringing the entire region to life. Taking advantage of this natural splendour, Salalah, the capital of Dhofar, is to host the Khareef Festival to celebrate the monsoon season and the cultural heritage of Oman.
The Dhofar municipality schedules a number of cultural events to enthrall tourists who converge on Salalah during the festival, which runs from July 15 to August 31.
According to Sheikh Salim bin Oufait Al Shanfari, head of the Dhofar municipality and chairman of the festival’s main organizing committee, as quoted by eTN, on offer will be musical entertainment, an Arab stars competition at Al Morooj Theatre where nine concerts for the best Arab singers will be staged, a circus and astronomy shows, and more. A family park will also be set up, Al Shanfari added.
The Khareef Festival in Salalah is the biggest attraction, which last year drew 300,000 visitors. This year, they expect the number to be higher.
Salalah, which is located in the southern Omani province of Dhofar, close to the Yemen border, has made a name for itself founded on its glorious past, fascinating natural environment, delightful sandy beaches and unique cultural heritage. Today Salalah is also an important element in the booming economic growth of the Sultanate of Oman.