Muscat – The first edition of Muscat Beats, a music and culture festival, was officially launched under the patronage of Brig Jamal bin Said al Tai, Board Member of Oman Automobile Association (OAA) and Chairman of Muscat Beats Organising Committee, at Muscat Arena in OAA on Sunday.
The five-day musical extravaganza over two weekends – March 2, 3 and 4 and March 10 and 11 – will feature a line-up of international stars from the region and South Asia.
The event will be held at the state-of-the-art facility in Muscat Arena hosting an audience of 20,000 every night.
According to organisers, a 24m-wide main stage created by technical partner Talentz will feature the largest IMAG LED screens ever used in Oman. ‘It has been designed to the best international standards, and is one of the highlights of the event,’ a press release said.
Saudi artist Aedh Yousef will open the festival on March 2.
The Indian musical genius Ilaiyaraaja will dazzle Oman for the first time on March 3.
Popular singers Ankhi Alamgir, Shakib Khan, and Nancy and Imran Mahmudul from Bangladesh will perform on March 4.
Bollywood sensation Sunidhi Chauhan will enthrall the audience with a scintillating performance on March 10.
Legendary singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan from Pakistan will close the festival on March 11.
According to the organisers, over 130 supporting artists and technicians will accompany the stars and the event promises to be a milestone in Oman’s live entertainment history.
“A unique aspect of the event is to promote locally available talent under the larger umbrella of the global stars,” said Brig Tai.
“We have, therefore, created a separate Entertainment District which is a free to attend ten-day event running concurrently with the global concerts,” he added.
The Entertainment District will feature performances by local talent as well as special days presented by different communities based in Oman showcasing music and culture of their respective countries. Food stalls and a souq will add to the family-oriented celebration of the district.
“Additionally, world-class services including traffic management systems, contactless ticketing lanes, security and hospitality services inside the event venue are noteworthy,” said Suleiman Rawahi, Managing Director of OAA.
“In collaboration with Mwasalat, Muscat Beats will also offer extensive free parking at the old Exhibition Centre, with free shuttle bus service for ticket holders to and from the parking and the venue. Additional bus routes (Routes 1 and 1A) and Route 12 to the venue are extra services for the convenience of the large audiences expected,” Rawahi added.
“We are hoping to take entertainment and live music to another level in Oman by providing world-class entertainment,” said Rajesh Raman from the Organising Committee of Muscat Beats. “We are confident that with the support of all our corporate partners and the demand fuelled by music loving audiences, Muscat Beats 2023 is only the first step in an exciting journey ahead.”