100,000 visitors on Thursday

by Sarah MacDonald
February 10, 2013
Approximately 49,000 people entered Al Amerat Park, while another 50,000 visited Naseem Park on Thursday
Muscat: The turnout at the Muscat Festival venues reached almost 100,000 people on Thursday night, according to the festival organisers.

Approximately 49,000 people entered Al Amerat Park, while another 50,000 visited Naseem Park on Thursday, indicating a clear hunger for such events, said Malik Al Hinai, from Muscat
Municipality.

"Clearly people want events like this. The crowd, the public, they love this. There is an appeal. The festival is a break, and we want people to enjoy it," said Al Hinai.
Initially the festival organizers had planned to hold several events, including Architects of Air, the Omani Food Festival and the Royal Opera House venue at the Sultan Qaboos Stadium in Bawsher, but due to concerns about traffic blocking access to the Royal Hospital, which would be especially problematic for ambulances, the Royal Oman Police asked them to relocate to Al Amerat Park.

In just two days the new venues were built, and they opened to the public Thursday, drawing big crowds, including nearly 3000 people at the Architects of Air.
"I think it's worked very well to be in this area, in Al Amerat. The weekends are busy here. The venues are always full," said Al Hinai.

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