By Hishan Welmilla in Mascut, Oman
The 2nd edition of the Asian Beach Games is ready to get underway here with a spectacular opening ceremony here today.
Under the stars of an Arabian night, the opening ceremony of the 2nd Asian Beach Games promises to be a rich cultural feast . The ceremony will take place at Al-Musannah Sports City and will be an invitation-only occasion for 5,000 guests and VIPs.
The sets include castle walls and towers and the sails of ships, with an orchestra to the side of the stage and the Oman Sea crashing against the shore immediately behind the stage; a dream-like setting for the all-important introduction to the Games and to the Sultanate of Oman.
The purpose-built area for the opening and closing ceremonies is located at the east end of the 1 million sq-metre Al Musannah complex, beyond the zones for jetski sport and sailing, and also includes VIP rooms and elegant relaxation areas.
The beach volleyball events scheduled for today has been postponed for tomorrow as the organisers could not hold the technical meeting of the teams taking part in the event.