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The jewel in the crown of Arabia

The facts Location: The Sultanate of Oman is located in Southwest Asia and is bordered by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to the northwest, Saudi Arabia to the west and Yemen to the southwest. Capital: Muscat Currency: Rial (OMR) GMT: +4 hours Tel code: +968 Area: 309,500sq.km Population: Approx. 3.3 million Official language: Arabic Official religion: Islam Airport: Muscat International Airport (MCT) is the main airport of Oman Flights: Oman Air is the national carrier of the Sultanate of Oman and direct non-stop flights from the UK are approximately 7 hours. See www.omanair.com

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land of culture, history and adventure, the Sultanate of Oman has all the right ingredients to capture the imagination of your clients - from families and single travellers through to groups, couples and cruise passengers. Regarded by some as the jewel in the crown of Arabia, Oman certainly lives up to this reputation, offering 1,060-miles of beautiful coastline, warm and hospitable people and a unique, varied landscape. Oman is also famous for its historic forts, of which there are more than 500 to discover, offering some of the country's most striking cultural landmarks. One of the country's most popular destinations is its capital, Muscat, which is an ideal base from which to explore the stunning coastline, take in the city markets, forts, palaces and old walled city or try your hand at a range of activities in the nearby mountain ranges of Al Hajar and Al Jabal al Akhdar, and visit ancient capital city Nizwa on route. Whatever your clients' tastes, Muscat is sure to delight; from a plethora of gastronomic delights, luxurious accommodation and spas, through to cultural and historical wonders, three 18-golf courses and not forgetting the miles and miles of sandy beaches offering crystal-clear turquoise waters, just waiting to be discovered.

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Oman Air Oman Air combines comfort and luxury to put the style back into air travel. Every aspect of Oman Air’s seamless passenger experience has achieved international recognition and it was the first airline in the world to offer both mobile phone and wi-fi connectivity whilst in flight. Oman Air is the only airline to fly daily, nonstop and direct, from the UK to the Sultanate of Oman. Its network of more than 40 routes includes destinations across Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia – including ten destinations in India – offering outstanding choice and excellent value. Oman Air’s fleet size currently stands at 30 aircraft, with 20 more medium and long haul planes on order. www.omanair.com

Shangri La Barr Al Jissah Resort Shangri-La's Barr Al Jissah Resort and Spa is a five star resort nestling alongside a sparkling bay in a truly dramatic setting. Set amid 124 acres of rugged mountain scenery, the resort features three separate luxury hotels with a room inventory of 640 rooms and suites. The resort boasts 21 restaurants and cafés offering a variety of culinary experiences from around the world. There are also extensive recreational facilities, including three private beaches, six swimming pools, a 500-metre Lazy River, Splashpad, the Omani Heritage Village, marina and an indoor Adventure Zone for all the family. For total relaxation, CHI, The Spa offers the utmost indulgence.

Almouj Golf at the Wave Almouj Golf is the first Professional Golf Association standard 18hole golf course in Oman. The facilities comprise of a championship course, golf Academy and floodlit driving range and Academy Par 3 course where golfing enthusiasts can practice their game into the evening. Greg Norman took elements from the unique Omani landscape to create a course which echoes its surroundings. The silhouette of the Hajar Mountain range, of which the Almouj Golf course has stunning vistas, is clearly visible in the shape and positioning of the natural sand dunes at the course. Similarly, the intact natural water lakes within the course and the signature touch of brilliant white Omani crushed marble in the Norman bunkers create an authentic link between this world-class standard course and its Omani surroundings.

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Tour Oman Tour Oman is the standalone Destination Management Company of Travel Point LLC in the Sultanate of Oman, specialized in all segments of tourism business such as FIT, Groups, MICE, Film Tourism, and Cruise Handling. We are backed by a team of multi lingual professionals with extensive knowledge of the country locales. We also have a dedicated team for MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions) services offering fresh ideas and renewed concepts. Our services include Hotel bookings worldwide (FIT and GIT), Visa Services, VIP Handling Services, Transfers, City Tours, Big Bus Tours, Historical & Cultural Tours, Dhow Cruises, Dolphin Watching Tours, Desert Safaris, Camel Safaris, Wadi

Bashing Tours, Adventure Tours and watersports, Overnight Camping Tours, Airline tickets / Reservations and MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Seminars and Events). We have a team of about 250 very efficient and skilled personnel, dedicated towards delivering travel related products and services par excellence. Our 40 branches all across Oman are well equipped with state of the art front and back office systems. Our vast variety of tours and excursions to experience Oman invite you to soak in the sights and sounds of the beautiful land from sunrise to sunset. You can make memorable moments with us as your partner in Oman‌ because no one shows you Oman like we do! Ahlan Was Ahlan, be our guest‌

Intercontinental Hotel The InterContinental Muscat is set on 35 acres of lush palm gardens between the imposing Hajjar mountains and the pale sand of the Gulf coast. Offering stunning views on each side, it is a resort within the city. With its proximity to the capitals business and commercial district, the hotel is the ideal place

to stay for leisure. The 258 rooms are fully equipped with free wifi, balconies, TV with satellite channels, electronic safe and minibar. The Hotel is located next to the Royal Opera House and the must see sites include the Grand Mosque, Muttrah Souq and Amouage Perfume Factory

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Oman World Tourism As a leading Destination Management Company (DMC) and one that constantly searches for new ideas to grow the scope of tourism in Oman, Oman World Tourism is definitely looking ahead. We don’t just believe in the here and now but also sustainability within the industry and the country to ensure that travel and tourism in Oman grows from strength to strength. Our specialties include cultural tours, adventure activities, MICE groups, water sports activities, preferential hotel bookings, corporate affairs services and desert activities. We believe in going the extra mile for our clients, through areas such as prompt correspondence, product delivery and always doing things with a smile. We aim to ensure that each and every holiday is a holiday that will never be forgotten. One that the client can recommend to anyone else wishing to travel to our beautiful country. We wish to take this opportunity to welcome you, Ahlan wa Sahlan

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Sama Travel and Tourism Say Hi, to SAMA Travel & Tourism.This is where the most creative inbound travel and tourism to the Sultanate of Oman begins… SAMA as a destination management company based in the capital- Muscat, a trendsetter since 2008, in the art of service and creativity. SAMA ‘s team of experienced travel professionals is hard at work, with a proven record of satisfying clients from all over the world. Service includes ground handling, FIT Packages - Inbound & Outbound, MICE, Worldwide Hotel Reservation, Air Ticketing, Car Rentals. Few of the very popular tours handled by us: ● Day tours ● Desert Safari trips ● Trekking & camping ● Adventure tours ● Cultural & Heritage tours ● Golf tourism ● Educational tours ● Bird watching ● Marine tourism ● Cycling tours and many more . . . Discover the beauty with SAMA…


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Juweira Salalah and Sifawy Muscat Boutique Hotels Muriya Tourism Development is a leading developer of fully integrated towns that includes hotels, villas and apartments, leisure facilities such as golf courses, marinas and supporting infrastructure Muriya Tourism Development is a leading developer of fully integrated towns that includes hotels, villas and apartments, leisure facilities such as golf courses, marinas and supporting infrastructure. Established as a joint venture between Orascom Hotels and Development and Omran, a government owned company, Muriya is committed to taking the lead in promoting environmental and socially

responsible tourism. Two of the ongoing projects are integrated tourism complexes (ITCs) offering freehold properties – ‘Jebel Sifah’ and ‘Salalah Beach’. In addition, Muriya also has extensive plans to develop a ‘City Walk’ in Muscat and work is ongoing on the boutique hotel on the ‘As Sodah Island’. The Sifawy Boutique Hotel offers a warm and friendly atmosphere, reflecting the hospitable nature of the Omani people. Located within the world-class Jebel Sifah Resort, it offers a contemporary blend of European design with a strong essence of traditional Omani influence; both in the concept and service. With only 55 guest rooms, including 30 suites, each room has a private balcony,

and is equipped with all the essential amenities and services, catering to even the most discerning traveler. A beautiful, away-from-it-all Hotel offering a charming blend of sea, sky, mountains and desert – all in one place. Nestled on the picturesque marina promenade of Salalah Beach and facing the Indian Ocean, Juweira Boutique Hotel offers 65 guestrooms, including 21 spacious Marina Suites and 44 Juweira Rooms. Each room has access to a private terrace overlooking the Ocean surrounding Oman. Family friendly, the Juweira Boutique Hotel presents a strong focus on value while maintaining a wide range of services and facilities ensuring personal service and a warm and welcoming atmosphere.

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Al Nahda Resort and Spa Nestled in an oasis of thirty acres of gardens, enclosed by sprawling greens and clusters of mango trees, Al Nahda Resort & Spa provides the ultimate in tranquillity and relaxation. The resort’s 109 rooms are designed in apartment, free-standing villa and bungalow styles and boast some of the largest rooms in Oman. The Eram Spa is one of the most unique spa concepts in the Middle East with more than 60 treatments offering wellness and healing therapies, as well as signature treatments and a host of other relaxing, medical and rejuvenating experiences. Three restaurants and two bars provide a variety of eating and drinking choices for all guests. For those looking to keep fit, our gym with 24 state-of-the-art machines, provides the latest facilities. Additional facilities include two floodlit tennis courts, a sand volleyball court, a

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dedicated children’s play, underground meditation centre, steam tunnel, spa baths, amphitheatre, large swimming pool, 30 acres of gardens, 24 hour room service and the Eram Spa with 22 separate treatment rooms. Located a 30-minute drive from Muscat International Airport, Al Nahda Resort & Spa is the ideal setting for a relaxing break, away from downtown, though in the Muscat area, and surrounded by a selection of trees and nature to provide the perfect tranquil atmosphere. Al Nahda Resort & Spa is the Sultanate of Oman’s first and only Preferred Boutique hotel, part of the Preferred Hotel Group, showcasing distinctive travel experiences in some of the most exceptional hotels and resorts around the world. For further information and reservations, either please call: +968 2688 3710, toll free: 800 73529 (800 RELAX), e-mail: stay@alnahdaresort.com, or visit: www.alnahdaresort.com.


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All Year Round

Year-round fun in the sun

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uscat’s envious climate has hot summers with temperatures during the day reaching 38°C, with night time lows of 29°C, while spring and autumn remains warm-to-hot, with day temperatures between 29-35°C and evening temperatures around 21°C. Winters are also a great time to visit, offering day temperatures of around 24°C, dropping to a pleasant 16°C in the evening. However, temperatures in Salalah do not exceed 27°c year-round and the mountains also remain cooler in comparison year-round. Spa and golf are just a couple of activities that are popular for travellers in both summer and winter, with many of the larger hotels offering a wide range of spa treatments and facilities. In terms of golf, Muscat now offers three 18-hole grass golf courses with more developments to be unveiled in the not too distant future. Oman's climate makes golf a particularly popular activity between September and May. An adventurous streak... For clients looking for unique activities away from the norm, Oman is an adventurer's dream. Those interested

in nature can explore the country's plentiful mountains, canyons, caves, deserts, island, lagoons and wildlife reserves, while those seeking an adrenaline fix can take part in activities ranging from scuba diving, hiking and trekking to kite surfing, surfing and off-roading. Alternatively, older clients as well as families might be interested to hear that Oman offers a whole host of cultural sights and places of interest - from museums and forts to traditional villages and archaeological and religious sites. Other destinations worth a mention are Empty Quarter and Wahiba Sands. A stay in the desert lends itself well to those seeking a Bedouin lifestyle in a tented camp. More and more operators are capitalising on increased demand and have added a range of tour options and excursions to discover the country's natural beauty outside of Muscat. Customised and bespoke itineraries are also gaining rapid interest and options to visit native Bedouin families and picturesque Wadis are among the most popular, along with nature watching including birds, turtles, dolphins and whales.

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Muscat and Salalah man's capital was historically three smaller towns which have grown together over the years to form modern day Muscat. The three original cities encompassed Muscat, often referred to as the 'walled city'; Muttrah, originally a fishing village; and Ruwi, which was generally considered as the commercial and diplomatic centre of the city. Muscat is surrounded by a wall on its southern and western sides. The wall, with its round towers, was built in 1625, while the mountains and the Gulf of Oman form Muscat's natural walls to the north and east. Being the most popular destination

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for UK visitors to Oman speaks volumes and there's little that people can't choose to do in this magnificent city. The old city offers a mix of modern and traditional buildings including the Royal Opera House and Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque. A quick way to visit the city is on a Big Bus Tour. Outside of the central business district (CBD), which houses a plethora of restaurants, shopping, nightlife and entertainment, there are plenty of places to discover along the main highway that heads north east. The Sultan Qaboos Highway takes visitors past many areas including Seeb, Sohar and eventually to Khasab, the capital of Musandam, and each offers its own unique sights and an insight into the real Oman.

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the features of Salalah’s people, and the city’s nature and culture. Additionally, the city's favourable climate also makes it an excellent choice for year-round holidays. Aside from the historical sights and attractions the city offers, Salalah also guarantees a wide choice of activities and tours to recommend to clients. From whale, dolphin, flamingo and birdwatching to frankincense trails and visiting natural parks like Wadi Darbat, which offers majestic views of waterfalls, lakes, mountains and caves, plus the stunning valley of Wadi Darbat, there's certainly no shortage of things to do and places to visit.

or travellers who are looking to step 'off-thebeaten-track' and explore some of the lesser known regions of Oman, then cities such as Salalah are worthy of their attention. Located in the south of Oman, Salalah is often considered to be the 'second city' of the Sultanate, and is historically famous for its frankincense trade and annual Khareef Festival, which celebrates the monsoon. The most popular places of interest include Sultan Qaboos Palace, al-Hisn Souq and the Haffa Souq, and it's the city's historical and cultural background that plays a pivotal role in delineating

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Film Show Times 6.30 - 7.00pm

● Oman by Heaven on Earth (Splice TV for

● Jazz FM introduction ● Welcome to my Country, The Sultanate of Oman

● Oman – Beauty has an address (Love

- General Overview (Ocean production)

Channel 5) Productions)

● Magical Dhofar - Oman’s best kept secret

(Ocean World Production) ● Oman – Beauty has an address (Love

Productions)

7.00 - 7.30 pm ● ● ● ●

Jazz FM introduction Wild Oman (Ocean World Production) Dive Oman (Ocean World Production) Impressions of Oman by David Wickers (Travel Guru)

7.30 - 8.00pm ● Jazz FM introduction ● Oman by Inside Luxury Travel (The Travel

8.00 - 8.30 pm ● Jazz FM introduction ● Travel Channel – Tour of Oman ● Impressions of Oman by David Wickers (Travel

Guru)

9.00 - 9.30 pm ● Jazz FM introduction ● Welcome to my Country, The Sultanate of Oman

- General Overview (Ocean production) ● Magical Dhofar - Oman’s best kept secret

(Ocean World Production) ● Oman – Beauty has an address (Love

Productions)

Channel)

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COMING SOON TO A LUXURY CINEMA NEAR YOU – LOTS OF PRIZES TO BE WON! Venue and Dates: from 6pm to 10pm Tuesday 01 October 2013 Blythswood Square 11 Blythswood Square Glasgow, G2 4AD (complimentary transfer from Edinburgh)

Wednesday 02 October 2013 7th floor The Landing Blue Tower MediaCityUk Salford M50 2ST (complimentary transfers from Chester on request basis)

Oman Short Film Festival and Tourism Souk 2013

Thursday 03 October 2013 Buglari Hotel 171 Knightsbridge London SW7 1DW Reserve your place now by email oman@representationplus.co.uk or telephone 020 8877 4524 or register online by clicking here http://events.constantcontact. com/register/event?oeidk=a07 e85gx4k09b823360


Oman Short Film Festival and Tourism Souk 2013