Arabesque International is a performing art promoter and event organizer with its head office in Muscat, Sultanate of Oman.

Arabesque International was founded in 2012 by the Egyptian German pianist Ahmed Abouzahra, General Manager of East West Art Promotion (Germany, Egypt).

Our mission is to promote, organize and produce all genres of performing arts in the Middle East and North Africa region such as classical music, chamber music, folkloric music, choirs, professional performing troupes, dance, opera and ballet.

Since its establishment in January 2012, Arabesque International brought numerous international art institutions in prestigious locations in Oman (Royal Opera House Muscat, Muscat Festival and Al Bustan Palace Hotel); Egypt (Cairo Opera House, Alexandria Opera House); Bahrain (Manama Cultural Hall, National Theater, Spring of Culture Festival); Qatar (Doha Opera House) and Lebanon (Beiteddine Festival); Emirates (Abu Dhabi Classics) and Jordan.


Photo by Les Grands Ballets Canadiens

Our vision is to be recognized in Oman and in the MENA region as a leading cultural organization with a focus on raising awareness and education on quality art performances by bringing world famous musicians, art performers and ensembles to the Arab world and by promoting Arab artists to the West world.

As a cultural organization, our main goal is to facilitate and encourage cultural exchange between the Arab and the rest of the world. Through education projects developed in collaboration with educational institutions, ministries, schools and universities, we are aiming at making Western and Arabic cultures more accessible and interesting for the young generation in the MENA region.




We believe that bringing artists that are able to perform internationally-renowned shows tailored to a young audience, in respect to their culture and when possible performed in Arabic, greatly contribute in connecting the Western and Arabic cultures. At the same time, we are promoting the Arab culture to the Western world by touring Omani and Arab artists, notably alongside governmental initiatives organized abroad, such as cultural weeks or tourism promotion events and road shows.

In 2013, Arabesque International was commissioned by the government of the Kingdom of Bahrain to produce Ibn Battuta, the Prince of Travelers musical for the opening of Manama Capital of Arab Tourism at the newly opened Bahrain National Theatre; Arabesque invited more than 200 artists from 17 countries to perform on that special event which was received with huge success. 

In 2015, Arabesque International was commissioned by the government of the Sultanate of Oman to produce the Ibn Battuta, the Winged Traveller musical again at the Royal Opera House Muscat. The show represented the Sultanate in the Milan Expo 2015. The show had a different choreography and direction from the one that was produced in 2013.