IT was full of Eastern promise and it certainly didn't disappoint.
More than double the expected number of people flocked to Swansea University for a showcase on Omani culture to celebrate Omani National Day.
The event was attended by the ambassador of the Sultanate of Oman, Sheikh Abdulaziz Al-Hinai, along with hundreds of other guests including students from across the UK.
City centre shoppers were also given a glimpse of the Middle East with dancers putting on a display of traditional dancing in Castle Square.
The university's international and overseas officer Mahaboob Basha said they were overwhelmed by the number of people who attended the evening bash.
"More than 900 people came," he said. "We did not expect that many, but people brought their families with them.
"We had people come down from Newcastle and Edinburgh.
"It was a fantastic success. The ambassador said it was the best event he had witnessed in his diplomatic career."
The students of the Omani Society hosted the event after their bid was chosen among a number of other proposals across the UK.
Amur Alnasseri, president of the Omani Society, who is studying a PHD in global human resources at the university, said they had only expected around 400 people to turn up. "It was wonderful," he said. "Each year we celebrate the day in a different city. Last year it was London and next year it will be Leeds."
Neath Port Talbot Mayor Martyn Peters said it had been a magnificent evening.
He said: "I am a frequent visitor to Oman as my daughter lives and works over there. We are going over later this month and we hope to meet up with a few people we met at the event."