(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) Hundreds of visitors gather at the Al Hail beach in the wilayat of Seeb every Friday and Saturday to witness sporting activities as part of the ongoing Muscat Festival.
Some of the activities which have taken place include taekwondo shows, freestyle dance shows, traditional sports and games, marine festival, traditional boat race, tent pegging, show jumping, horse riding (Al Ardhah).
Also, several college and university teams from across the country are participating in the beach volleyball and football competitions.
Salem Said al Jamuri, an organiser of the volleyball competition said, ''The beach comes to life during Fridays and Saturdays as thousands of visitors throng it to watch different activities. Beach volleyball is very popular among Omanis.
''Last year, 25 teams took part in this competition. This year, we have 28 teams from across Oman including Sohar, Buraimi, Muscat, Sur and Barka. We are happy to see people of different nationalities showing interest in these activities. He said that during these two days, the beach becomes a picnic spot as families turn up in large numbers to watch sports activities.
''We have two more weekends left and are expecting more visitors as the festival draws to a close. The semifinals and final will be held in the coming weekends. Winners will receive RO1,000 while the first and second runners-up will receive RO800 and RO500 respectively.
Haitam Khalfan Abdullah, a member of the Seeb volleyball team said, ''Such events help promote the culture of sports among people. Muscat Festival is a celebration of Omani culture but this also gives us a chance to showcase our sporting prowess.''
He added that the 2010 Muscat Asian Beach Games stands testimony to the fact that the government is taking great efforts to promote sports in the country. The events are being held from 10am to 5pm.