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Drinks, crackers, horns banned at festival sites

Royal Oman police to keep a tight vigil with strong presence

  • By Sunil K. Vaidya Bureau Chief
  • Published: 16:10 January 23, 2013
  • Gulf News

Muscat: The Royal Oman Police will be on high alert to avoid any mishaps during the Muscat Festival to be held at three venues from January 30 to February 28, according to a press release issued on Wednesday.

“Cans or Tetra Pak of aerated drinks, crackers, lighters, sticks with blunt objects and any sharp tool will not be allowed inside any of the three venues of the Muscat Festival,” Colonel Saeed Bin Sulaiman, Head of Security for the Muscat Festival, said in a statement released by the ROP’s Public Relations Department.

This year the Muscat Festival will be held at the Amerat Park, Naseem Park and Baushar Stadium.

The senior ROP officer also said that they would not allow laser lights, iron chains, whistles and horns to be taken inside the venues. “We will also deny entry to people wearing clothes with images that could offend religious sensibility or moral values,” he warned.

He also informed that the police teams would monitor and guide traffic movements. “Our people will be everywhere to solve any traffic or parking related issues at or near Festival venues,” Colonel Saeed assured.

He has urged motorists to cooperate with the police personnel while approaching Amerat Park, either from Wadi Adei side or from the new Amerat-Baushar road. “We would urge motorists to be cautious on the road and drive slowly,” he said, and advised people to take maximum advantage of the mass public transport, to be provided by the Muscat Municipality during the festival, to minimise the traffic congestion at the festival venues.

The ROP officer also asked parents to take care of their children and urged people to report any lost child case or any other suspected incidents to ROP at 9999.

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