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SPLENDORS OF OMAN 2013

Splendours of Oman 2013


Welcome to Sultanate of Oman


South East of the Arabian Peninsula

Omani borders Saudi Arabia in the West, Yemen in the South, the UAE in the NorthEast and the streets of Hormuz in the North and the Arabian Sea in the Southeast and

the Gulf of Oman on the northeast 

It overlooks three seas: The Arabian Gulf, the Gulf of Oman and the Arabian Sea

Rugged mountains and deep water fjords in the North

Spectacular dunes of Sharqiya sands and two large salt flats in the centre

Lush green hills of Dhofar in the South.

Rugged coasts and peaceful beaches stretching along the 1,700km coastline


Climate

Predominantly arid

Summer with temperatures reaching 40 °C in the hot season, from May to September.

Winter, December- March, the climate is

pleasant with temperatures ranging from 16°C to 30°C •

Lightmonsoon rains December- June


Population and Language

The official estimate in 2012 was 3,346,145

Arabic is the official language.

English is widenly spoken

Swahili is also spoken from the population of East Africa

French and German also spoken by hotel staff


Religion, Culture and National Dress Religion, culture and national dress

Predominantly Ibadi Muslims, Shi’ite Muslims, Sunni Muslims

The national symbol employs a pair of crossed Khanjars, the traditional daggers. This symbol is integrated into the national flag and appears in nearly all government logos


Tourism Information

The number of tourist arrivals over the first five months of 2012 rose by 19.5% year-on-year (y-o-y) and revenues rose by 5.9%.

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) confirms 2011 was a record year for visitor arrivals to Muscat International Airport with 2.2 million arrivals representing with Year-on-Year growth of 14%.

Oman was considered to be the second best destination worldwide at the Wanderlust Annual Travel Awards ceremony at the Destinations Holiday and Travel Show, after a t the Namibia, based on an overall satisfaction rating from readers’ travels in 2009.


Why Oman? Infrastructure


Why Oman? Architecture


Why Oman? Safety


Why Oman? Heritage


Why Oman? Arab Tradition


Why Oman? All-year round sunshine guaranteed


Why Oman? White and clean beaches


Why Oman? Mysterious seaside


Why Oman? Wadis


Why Oman? Friendly People


Why Oman? Art


Hotels: Muscat and Salalah


Hotels

8000 HOTELS ROOMS …

3344 HOTELS ROOMS IN 5-STAR HOTELS…

1988 HOTELS ROOMS IN 4-STAR HOTELS…


5* Al Bustan Palace, A Ritz Carlton Hotel, Muscat

250 rooms (Incl. 32 suites)

1 km private beach

8 outlets

200 Acres of landscaped gardens


5* Shangri-la Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa, Muscat

3 hotels 640 room

19 food & beverages outlets

Al Waha, 249 rooms + 13 Suites (5*)

6 Main restaurants,7 casual dining outlets &

Al Bandar, 184 room + 14 Suites (5*)

pool bar,3 lobby lounges,2 bars/night club

Al Husn, 164 room + 16 Suites (6*)


5* Grand Hyatt, Muscat

280 rooms 12 outlets 2 swimming pools


5* The Chedi, Muscat

158 rooms 7 outlets 700 M private beach

3 swimming pools


5* Intercontinental, Muscat

266 Rooms 7 outlets 3 Swimming pools

First 5* hotel in Oman, opened in 1976


4* Crowne Plaza, Muscat

200 Rooms (Incl. 10 suites) 5 outlets Private Beach

2 swimming pools, kids club


4* Radisson Blu Hotel, Muscat

156 Rooms 4 outlets Swimming pool

Shuttle bus to beach


4* Park Inn Hotel, Muscat

175 Rooms 3 outlets Swimming pool

Meeting room facilities


4* Al Nahda Resort & Spa, Muscat

149 Rooms (Studio room, studio villa & 2 bed room villa) 24 treatment room 4 outlets and restaurants Huge swimming pool Gym


5* Hilton Hotel, Salalah

147 Rooms (incl. 16 suites) 5 outlets Private Beach Kids Swimming pool Diving center


5* Crowne Plaza, Salalah

153 Rooms

5 outlets Private Beach 45 acres of landscaped gardens

Dive Center 9-hole pitch & putt green grass golf course


5* Marriot Resort, Salalah

3 floors, 170 rooms, 67 suites 3 meeting rooms, 6,405 sq ft of total meeting space Onsite Dive Center


5* Juweira Boutique Hotel, Salalah

21 Spacious Marina Suites 44 Juweira Rooms Each room has access to a private Terrace overlooking the ocean surrounding Oman


Things to do


Magical Muscat and Dhow Cruise •

Photo stop at the Grand Mosque. Drive through the Embassy road, which is likewise a lovely sight with the tress flanking the pavements on both sides and forming dancing shadows on the lovely Embassy buildings built like typical Arabic villas. From here you will drive to the Corniche via the beach road.

Corniche is near the main Mina Al Sultan Qaboos port of Oman and the Muttrah souk. Visit the souk and stock up on all the typical Oman souvenirs that are sold in almost every shop! At night all the ships in the harbor are also illuminated, especially His Majesty the Sultan’s personal yacht.

Dhow cruise followed by dinner at the dhow from 17:30 – 19:30 Duration

5-6 hours

Locations

Muttrah, Muscat

Inclusions

sight seeing, photo stop, return transfers, dhow trip and dinner at the dhow

Price

USD 120 (per person, SIC)


Island Fun

A fascinating boat trip from one small alcove of beach to another along the coastline of Muscat until you find the perfect “Robinson Crusoe� hideaway that appeals to you the best! The possibility of snorkeling is also available ( equipment provided). Drop off in the morning and pick up again early evening. Enjoy making your own rules on your chosen very own secluded island.

Duration

Full day

Locations

Marina Bandar, Khiran

Inclusions Price

Cruise, Dolphin watching, snorkelling, Barbecue buffet with set up, guide and return transfers USD 298 (per person)


Dolphin Watch and Snorkelling Dolphins in Oman are familiar sights; they will entice your attention through intelligent techniques. Watching dolphins is one of the major sea sports. Oman is home to a variety of dolphins and whale species: the spinner and bottle nose dolphin being the most common. Almost all year round, dolphins can be found within close proximity of the coast. Of course since these are wild creatures in their natural habitat, it may sometimes be the case that no sightings can be made. However, the trip onto the untamed ocean is a treat in itself!

Double the pleasure of dolphin watching by combining it with a snorkeling trip. Coral beds provide homes to an exotic variety of fish that are a pleasure to behold. Catch the timeless magic of tropical fish in their own habitat!

Price

USD 53 (per person, SIC) USD 93 (per person, private car)


Desert Trip


Desert Night Camp


Arabian Oryx Camp


Wahiba Sands and Wadi Bani Khalid

Inclusions

Dune bashing by 4WD, visit to bedouin home, sightseeing and picnic lunch in the desert

Price

USD 144 (per person)


Nizwa – Jabal Akhdar

Visit Nizwa souq and fort which has been strategically built atop a hill overlooking the ancient with its colorful domes and bustling market below.

Drive to visit the Jabal Akhdar, or Green Mountain in Arabic (2800 M above sea level). The trip is a 4 WD ride up the precarious mountain side. A picnic lunch will be provided, which you can enjoy at the Wadi Bani Habib.

A most beautiful dried up river bed which stretches about 20-30km. The wadi skirts beautiful villages with their terrace farming fields. After lunch proceed on to the peak of the green mountain, where you may enjoy the breathtaking view from the top. We will also stop at the Jabal Akhdar hotel for tea or Omani coffee and some light refreshments (optional). Return to Muscat at 1600hrs

Price

USD 159 (per person)


Nizwa – Jabal Shams / Grand Canyon Visit the Nizwa souq and fort which has been strategically built atop a hill overlooking the ancient villages with its colorful domes and

bustling market below.

The trip will be with a 4WD. Here one can see the ancient rock carvings and paintings which are said to be more than 2,000 years old. There is also a pre historic hut. The Jabal Shams is the highest peak in the 700 km long Hajar mountain range.

You might even be pleasantly surprised to see a few shepherds accompanying their grazing sheep! Experience an untamed and rugged countryside, a pristine world interrupted here and there by tiny settlements. Return to Muscat via Birkat al Mauz, the deserted village of clay.

Price

USD 160 (per person)


Nizwa – Bahla - Jabreen

Visit the Nizwa fort which has been strategically built atop a hill overlooking the ancient village with its colorful domes and bustling market below. From here, proceed on to the Jabreen castle (45 km from Nizwa), the finest of Oman’s castles built during the late 17th century, which became a seat for Omani education and learning. The castle displays beautiful ceiling paintings and intricate wood carvings. On the way back to Nizwa, halt at the Bahla fort (photo stop), the oldest and first Omani fort to be built in the Islamic style. Then proceed on to the Oasis of Tanuf springs (where the mineral water “Tanuf” is also bottled). Return to Nizwa for lunch at a traditional local restaurant or picnic lunch depending on the group size and day of the week. Return to Muscat.

Visit to Al Hoota caves – The Hoota Caves is one of the most accessible caves in Oman and there are many such caves. It is situated close to Al Hamra. The Hoota caves system was formed by the dissolution of limestone by acidic water. The caves appear in the cretaceous “Natih” formation. It is a breathtaking sight to see the stalagmite and stalactites in the caves – a desert “grotto” experience! Price

USD 95 (per person)


Meetings, Incentives, Conferences, Exhibitions


High End Corporate Meeting Set-up at the Desert


Team Building Activities


Lunch Set-up at Wadi Bani Khalid


Dinning options – Dinner on a secluded island


Why Desert Adventures?

15 years in the business

Multi-lingual staff

Modern fleet

Excellent cooperation with all hotels

Instant response

Innovative program ideas, perfect planning, good performance & exceed expectations

Cooperation with professional team building companies

Quality service


Destination Oman

MORE THAN JUST A HOLIDAY…


See you there!

Thank you and see you there!


Splendours of Oman