Muscat: Concert lovers and culture enthusiasts in Oman will soon be making their way to the newly-completed Madinat Al Irfan theatre, which has already received bookings for shows in anticipation of its opening.
Located in the same complex as the Oman Commercial and Exhibition Centre (OCEC), the theatre had hosted regional and international events to test its readiness ahead of its official launch.
Madinat Al Irfan theatre is the largest lyric theatre in the Sultanate and one of the largest theatres in the region within a purpose built and fully-integrated business precinct. The venue serves as a one-stop destination for businesses and events industry.
Commenting on the successful completion of the construction work package of Madinat Al Irfan theatre, Said bin Mohammed Al-Qasmi, senior VP of project management at Omran said, “We are so proud that we have successfully completed the construction works of Madinat Al Irfan theatre. The theatre stands out as one of OCEC’s major facilities designed in accordance with the highest international standards. As a major OCEC facility, the theatre will contribute to enriching the arts and culture activities in the Sultanate and will also act as a major destination for events and a unique tourist attraction for tourists.”
“OCEC is distinguished with its strategic location in the capital city of Muscat and is considered the anchor project carried out by Omran in Madinat Al Irfan—the future urban destination for visitors from and outside the Sultanate,” added Al-Qasmi.
“We welcome all companies specialized in the organization of grand events to Madinat Al Irfan theatre which serves as an ideal platform for enriching the experience of OCEC customers and visitors interested in attending and holding various events in accordance with the highest international standards” said Said Bin Salim Al Shanfari OCEC’s CEO.
“The theatre is equipped with state-of-the-art audio visual (AV) and lighting technologies. The cabling infrastructure of the theatre is made of equipped with titanium cables for lighting which provide high-resolution colours using ArtNet technology. The theatre is also equipped with a world-class sophisticated sound system in line with an internal broadcast video system which screens high-resolution video programs saved on standard spaces,” added the CEO.
The design of Madinat Al Irfan theatre was inspired by the Sultan Qaboos Rose. It is a three-story building which can accommodate up to 3,200 people.
The OCEC includes 19 separate conference rooms in addition to an auditorium with a capacity of 456 people. The precinct also has two additional ballrooms. The grand ballroom can accommodate up to 2,688 people and the small ballroom accommodates up to 1,026 people.
The completion of the second and final phase of the project will boost the Sultanate’s capacity to provide integrated facilities for hosting local, regional and international conferences, exhibitions, meetings, and special events.