Saturday, 27 Feb 2021
Dhofar this year during the khareef season, besides a pleasant weather and a variety of entertainment options will be offering visitors and residents a carnival to fly and float in the air.The Ministry of Tourism (MoT) in cooperation with three Omani private firms will be organising the first-of-its-kind carnival from July 20 to August 25.

Hot-air balloon carnival to lift khareef season spirits this year

“This hot-air balloon carnival is the first-of-its-kind in the GCC, and is organised by Omani companies and supported by a number of government agencies,” MoT stated. The 3 organizations that will be organising the carnival are Hemity, Awaan and Sabeen. One of the organizations involved in the project, speaking to Muscat Daily, mentioned, “We have 15 hot-air balloons for guests to take a ride and appreciate the view from the air. There are a lot of events apart from the carnival, such as a children’s play region, international restaurants, a race track for vehicles, and so forth.

“Work started on the project about eight months ago. We have contracted a US security company to provide safety and security for everyone riding balloons.”

The official mentioned the carnival is anticipated to attract a lot more than 1mn vacationers to Dhofar. The khareef season officially extends from June 21-September 21. In 2018, khareef attracted 826,376 guests, a rise of 28.1 per cent more than the 2017 season at 644,931.

Information Source: Muscat Daily

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