Oman Tourism will be showcasing the best of Oman by Sydney Harbour in the Oman Sail pavilion in the Royal Botanical Gardens during the Extreme Sailing Series event this weekend. Visitors are encouraged to visit the pavilion, view presentations, sample dates and even have a traditional henna tattoo application.
With more than 3000 kilometres of sparkling coastline, Oman’s connections with the sea run deep. From the Omani legend of Sinbad the Sailor, the ocean-going timber dhows that ferried cargo around the trade routes of the ancient world, the establishment of Oman Sail in 2007 to re-connect young Omanis with their maritime heritage, and the recent announcement of the Louis Vuitton Americas Cup World Series taking place in Muscat in February 2016, the Oman sailing story is a rich one.
Another chapter of that story unfolds this weekend with the arrival in Sydney of the Extreme Sailing Series Act-8 for 2015. Two crews representing Oman from The Wave Muscat an Oman Air are contesting this final race of the series. And to cheer them on, Oman Tourism has partnered with Oman Sail to create a landmark showcase pavilion in the Royal Botanical Gardens.
The pavilion will be ceremonially opened by Mr Salim Al Mamari – Director General, Tourism Promotion, Oman Ministry of Tourism at 9.00am on Friday 11 December. And across the weekend the pavilion will offer visitors a visual showcase of Oman’s dynamic and diverse regions from the rugged starkness of the Hajjar Mountains to the vast expanse of desert and the sparkling sea waters that teem with marine life. Waters that to this day carry Oman’s renowned maritime heritage and drive its ambitious sailing future.
The Oman Tourism team will be in attendance right across the weekend sailing events. Sydney travel industry people and their clients are invited to visit the pavilion to learn more about Oman with short presentations taking place at 11.00, 13.00 and 15.00, Friday to Sunday.
The Race Village is open to the public in the Royal Botanical Gardens free of charge right through the weekend.
Come and see these high-speed sailing machines fly around Sydney Harbour right in the shadow of the Sydney Opera House. And with The Wave Muscat currently leading the competition, and Oman Air in 4th place, there will be plenty to sail (and cheer) for.
More about the Extreme Sailing Series here: http://www.extremesailingseries.com/about