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Foreword Even if you are not the most avid explorer or zealous traveller, the Sultanate of Oman stands its ground without introduction. Having already undergone its mark a few years back, this beautiful country is fast becoming one of the blistering tourist destinations on the planet. The Hotel Guide 2010 is the icing on the cake; it will entice people of all age groups and ethnicity, hard-core travellers and comfort seekers alike, to venture in and around this stunning land. The Guide will also aid them find their niche in this ever-expanding tourism market. With over 120 pages covering all nine regions of Oman, this Guide is a first of its kind to hit the market. Packed with extensive detail on amenities, facilities and roomrates from the five-star luxurious hotel to the one-star modest one, spacious hotel apartments and traditional desert camps, the visitor can pick and choose each individual accommodation that suits them best. A country booming in economic value, Oman is however still considerably low in travelling and living costs. Populated with good-natured, hospitable people and 365 days of sunshine, the only country to being with an ‘O’ will bring every visitor everlasting lavish memories filled with its topographic diversity and steadfast beauty.

Chairman Hatim al Taie Managing Director Abdullah al Taie General Manager Rathish Ramachandran Asst. General Manager Terry Mathukutty Sales Manager Emily Matthews Editor Content Manager Correspondent Senior Designer Designer

Hyesha Barrett Sujata Sengupta Minette Brunkhorst Shyniben Koyakkil Muneeb Khan

Photographs provided by the Ministry of Tourism, Hyesha Barrett, Azzan Al Sinani and the respective hotels

We wish to thank the Ministry of Tourism and the hotels for supporting this comprehensive Guide and look forward to working with them again in the future. We hope you, our readers, find this book worthwhile as you return to Oman time and time again.

Deenar Press and Publishing LLC PO Box 139, PC 102, Al Qurm, Sultanate of Oman Tel: +968 24696868, Fax: +968 24693569 E-mail: info@deenarmedia.com

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About Oman Settled on the southeastern quarter of the Arabian Peninsula, surrounded by the Arabian Sea and the Gulf of Oman, lies the Sultanate of Oman, a stunning land with Saudi Arabia bordering on the west, Yemen on the south and the United Arab Emirates on the north-west. Described as the jewel of Arabia, the sultanate is host to some of the most stunning natural wonders this region has to offer. With its azure waters stroking the vast 1,700kms coastline of pristine beaches; tourists abound plentifully enticed by the stunning mix of desert, mountain, sea and wadi. A land riddled with Omani traditions and heart-felt hospitality, each and every traveller is guaranteed a trip of a lifetime as this country has something to please all tastes. Blessed with so much outdoor adventure and activities to choose from, such as dune bashing, scuba diving, dolphin watching, experiencing 100-year old turtles nesting, escalading the 3,200m Jabal Shams (Mountain of the Sun) or simply soaking in the rays at your hotel poolside, surrounded by lush landscapes; you will leave this beautiful gem fulfilled and eager to return for more.

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Oman's Hotel Industry Oman has the full spectrum of accommodation, from ultra-luxurious hotels to extremely rustic huts in the desert constructed from date palm leaves giving the discerned traveller a traditional taste of Arabia. In recent years, Oman has been attempting to turn itself into a five-star luxury destination for well-heeled travellers but this does not pose a problem to the budget-minded, with a wide range of affordable options available throughout the more remote areas of the country. As Oman sears to accommodate its ever-growing tourism sector, get ready for the influx and hotel boom from the one-star to the internationally adept five-stars, fully equipped hotel apartments and beautiful desert camps. The sultanate has only recently been placed on the world map and is gradually developing into one of the most sought out tourist destinations of the world. From the discerned backpacker to the luxury traveller, you are guaranteed to come away wanting more.

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AL SHARQIYAH

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Muscat governorate, the heart of the sultanate encapsulating the capital and the headquarters of the government, is rich in culture and history, where you will find exquisite white, sandy beaches, crystal clear waters thriving with aquatic life, rocky mountain terrain, as well as the vibrant, multinational life and bright city lights.The palace of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said is located in Muttrah and is flanked by two forts; now museums containing numerous interesting, old military gear. Experience the grandeur of the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque and other attractions dotted around town before indulging in some fine multi-cuisine dining after hitting the international shopping outlets, or the famous Muttrah Souk for some traditional Omani silver.

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Set against a backdrop of rugged mountains, this stunning hotel lies solitary amid 200 acres of lush beachfront overlooking the glittering azure waters of the Gulf of Oman.

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The hotel arranges daily trips for dolphin watching, scuba diving, sailing, windsurfing, kayaking and snorkelling. With all the 250 air-conditioned rooms featuring a balcony and the five-star amenities, a single, double and twin room costs OMR190 and a suite OMR400. Prices do not include taxes and breakfast is an additional OMR12.

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Al Bustan Palace Intercontinental Hotel, PO Box 1998, PC 114, Muttrah Tel: 24 799 666, Fax: 24 791 269 www.albustanpalace.com

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This hotel is centrally located on the beach in the embassy district, only 20 minutes away from the International airport and close to the shopping centres and tourist attractions, such as the Grand Mosque and the famous Muttrah souk.

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The hotel’s 280 spacious, elegantly furnished rooms and suites all offer unique views of either the hotel’s landscaped gardens, the affluent surrounding residential area, the ocean or the glorious Hajar mountain range. A continental breakfast is served at OMR11++* and you will need to check the website for the best room rates, special offers and promotions available. There are several room packages on offer, such as the Amour package, special deals for families and seasonal promotions during the festive seasons and for Eid.

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Grand Hyatt, PO Box 951, PC 133, Shatti Al Qurum Tel: 24 641 234, Fax: 24 605 282 www.muscat.grand.hyatt.com

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Located in the heart of Shatti al Qurm, this stunning five-star beachfront hotel comprises 258 rooms, out of which 180 have a sea view. The rates are OMR120 for a single room, OMR130 for a double, OMR300 for an executive suite, OMR450 for a deluxe suite and OMR600 for a royal suite.

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With the Al Gazal Pub featuring great live entertainment every night, Trader Vic's, a Portuguese Restaurant with a flamboyant flair, Senor Pico's, the Mexican restaurant with some of the best dishes in town, Tomato, an Italian eatery overlooking the pool and The Musandam CafĂŠ and Terrace Restaurant which serves an international breakfast, lunch and dinner, you are bound to be spoilt for choice. If your taste buds fancy something else, the hotel is located within five minutes walking distance from the Shatti al Qurm shopping area and ten minutes from Bareeq al Shatti shopping centre. The hotel also has its own boutiques, shops and bank. Situated in the back gardens of the hotel is a five-star PADI diving centre where you can learn to scuba dive or go snorkelling after dolphin and whale watching. The hotel also organizes wadi, desert and mountain excursions.

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The Cliff Club recreation facility includes tennis and squash courts, a steam and massage parlour, an outdoor pool, a fully equipped state-of-the-art fitness centre and offers the only private beach in the area, which is accessible only by hotel residents.

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The hotel has 123 elegantly furnished air-conditioned bedrooms including three business suites and three executive suites. With breakfast included, room rates are OMR110 for a single room and OMR125 for a double or twin room. High-speed internet access is available in all the guest rooms and the hotel’s public areas.

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This hotel provides 159 elegantly furnished executive and deluxe rooms, suites and apartments all reflecting luxury and refinement. Enquire within for room rates. With the excellent services and a wide variety of amenities provided with each airconditioned room offering wireless internet connection, satellite television, phone, room safe, tea and coffee station, fridge and room service, you are guaranteed to have an unforgettable home away from home experience with quality service.

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Recently opened in 2009 and within walking distance to one of the big shopping hypermarkets, five minutes drive to the beach and a 20 minute drive from the airport, Park Inn is a fresh and innovative hotel brand - global in outlook, national in scale and local in operation. The hotel brand prides itself ‘on mastering the essentials’ delivering a great affordable hotel experience within its class. All airconditioned rooms are equipped with LCD television screens, wireless internet connection and are comfortable, practical, clean and well maintained.

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This hotel is a great stop over for a successful business trip or a pleasurable and relaxing holiday. Boasting its central location in the heart of Qurum, Ramada Hotel is perfectly positioned within 15 minutes drive from the airport, five minutes walking distance to the stunning Shatti beach and a short walk to the bowling alley, organic health shop and an array of shopping outlets in Al Masa Mall. Also close by is the Ayana Spa offering a range of beauty and holistic treatments and Al Shatti cinema complex where the latest movies can be viewed. For a cultural tour, the famous Muttrah souk, various museums and the Grand Mosque are a short drive away.

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This hotel is just a stones throw away from the famous Al Shatti beach, 20 minutes drive from the airport and is in close proximity to the famous Muttrah souk and the main shopping malls dotted around town, filled with top international food and shopping outlets. The hotel offers a choice of 90 elegant comfortable rooms and suites going for OMR60 per single room, OMR70 for a double or twin and OMR125 for a suite. The hotel has an American themed dine and dance restaurant called the Rock Bottom Café, which serves some of the best steaks in town; also open during lunch hours. This eatery is a great local hangout to expand your social circle and dance until the early hours of the morning to the tunes of the resident band.

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Located nearby the beach and 10kms from the centre of town and airport, with breakfast included in the room rates, a single or double room is going for OMR45++* and a suite OMR70++*. Summer rates will bring the prices down to OMR35 for a single or double room.

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Al Maha International Hotel, PO Box 21, PC 102, Qurm Tel: 24 494 949, Fax: 24 499 949 www.nesthotelsgulf.com

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BOWSHAR HOTEL

Based in Seeb’s main souk, this hotel offers 52 air-conditioned rooms with direct dial telephones, satellite channels and around the clock room service. Within 15 minutes drive from the airport and with close proximity from the main shopping area, this hotel is also near the beach. With breakfast included, a single room costs OMR25, a double or twin OMR35 and a suite OMR50. There is a sports bar where you can catch up with friends or an array of restaurants to indulge in. Internet facilities cost 0.600bz per hour.

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Al Bahjah Hotel, PO Box 979, PC121, Seeb Tel: 24 424 400, Fax: 24 424 620 www.rameehotels.com

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ramee dream resort

Located just 700 metres from the beach and within easy access to the principal shopping areas and entertainment attractions, Midan has 37 spacious suites available. A one-bedroom costs OMR90++, a twobedroom OMR126++ and all suites have a well-equipped kitchen, sizeable living room, wireless internet connection and a 32” flat screen satellite television. For some fine dining and a hot palate, come feast on some delicious authentic Thai specialties at Thai Basil Restaurant or on a variety of delectable international dishes at Fusion Bistro. For a quick snack or fruit cocktail, take a break during the day and relax at Casa de Café, the hotels coffee lounge.

Located very close to the airport, Muscat City Centre and Markaz Al Bahjah, the two main shopping centres in the city, Seeb beach is also right at the hotel’s doorstep. With 30 luxurious ocean view rooms overlooking the swimming pool, room rates are OMR30 for a single room, OMR35 for a double or twin room and OMR60 for a suite. Breakfast is an additional OMR3 per person and is served in one of the many restaurants dotted around the hotel. The restaurants available include Lagoon, a seafood Restaurant, an Arabic Restaurant and Kalpaka, a South Indian Restaurant. There are also four beverage outlets and a discothèque.

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safeer continental hotel

Located in the heart of the city with easy access to all the main tourist attractions, this hotel is just a 3kms drive from the Sultan Qaboos port at Muttrah, the corniche and the old traditional Muttrah souk.

Centrally located in Al Khuwair, within close proximity to the various shopping malls, beautiful beaches, the airport and the many tourist attractions dotted around the city, this hotel has 85 air-conditioned rooms available. With breakfast included, room rates are OMR45 for a single room, OMR50 for a twin and OMR90 for a double. During the winter and summer months, prices decrease to OMR36 for a single room, OMR40 for a twin and OMR75 for a double. Wireless internet is available 24-hours a day in all the rooms and in the lobby. The Pearl restaurant dishes out delectable local Arabic fare as well as other cuisines and there is a health club available if you are in the mood to burn off some steam.

With 140 well-furnished rooms available, the rates are OMR60 for a single room, OMR80 for a twin or double room and OMR100 for a suite. The hotel also has an outdoor pool and a fully equipped health and fitness centre.

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Safeer Continental Hotel, PO Box 121, PC 115 Al Khuwair, Tel: 24 471 111, Fax: 24 471 100 www.safeerintll.com

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safeer plaza hotel suites

Located in Al Khuwair with the airport, beaches, museums and main shopping malls with international food and shopping outlets a short driving distance away, this hotel is very centrally located. With 77 air-conditioned rooms available, all equipped with room service, telephone, television, and mini bar, room rates inclusive of breakfast are OMR45 for a single room, OMR50 for a twin and OMR90 for a double. The Pearl Restaurant serves delicious Arabic dishes among various other cuisines and wireless internet is available 24-hours a day in all the rooms and at the lobby. There is also a health club on the premises for those feeling energetic.

Located close to the main shopping centres and the beach, there are a number of exciting places to visit nearby such as the famous Muttrah souk and fish market, the corniche and traditional villages. Discover Muscat city through requesting a city tour.

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Safeer International Hotel, PO Box 121, PC 115, Al Khuwair, Tel: 24 473 900, Fax: 24 479 957 www.safeerintll.com

With breakfast included in the room rates, a single room is going for OMR40, a twin room OMR45 and a double room OMR90. During low season room rates decrease enquire within for details. Come dine at the Majan restaurant and try the variety of delicious cuisines, including Arabic, Indian, Chinese, Continental and Mediterranean.

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BEACH HOTEL

Established in 1997, this hotel is situated in the heart of Muscat city, only 200m from the beach, a short drive to the Muttrah souk and the main shopping centres. With breakfast included, a single room costs OMR55, a one bedroom suite OMR65 and a suite with two bedrooms OMR85. All air-conditioned rooms have wireless internet connection, television, telephone and a balcony overlooking the pool. The Motif restaurant offers international and oriental dishes.

Beach Hotel, PO Box 678, PC 116, Mina Al Fahal Tel: 24 696 601, 24 603 394, Fax: 24 697 686 www.motifoman.com

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mutrah hotel

These apartments show a bold innovative Omani architectural theme of elegance. A 25 minutes drive from the airport, these apartments are in close proximity to the CBD area, which is the main commercial centre of Oman. Consisting of six floors with 48 luxurious suites, the room rates are OMR40 for a single room, OMR45 for a twin or double, OMR60 for a one bedroom apartment, and OMR80 for a two bedroom apartment.

Ideally located in the heart of the old city near the beautiful corniche, within walking distance to the traditional Muttrah souk and the famous fish market; with breakfast included, room rates are OMR28 for a single room, OMR40 for a double or twin room and OMR75 for a suite. The Gazebo restaurant at the hotel serves a multi-cuisine buffet as well as an Ă  la carte menu. Cleopatra bar and the Oryx bar are open every evening for guests to relax and enjoy a beautiful evening.

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Mutrah Hotel, PO Box 1131, PC 114, Muttrah Tel: 24 798 402, 24 798 401, Fax: 24 790 953 www.mutrahhotel.com

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the treasurebox muscat hotel

Located in Al Khuwair, close by the tourist attractions with the public beach just a short five minutes drive away, the hotel has 77 air-conditioned rooms equipped with room service, a telephone, television and mini bar. There is wireless internet usage 24-hours a day in all the rooms and in various areas around the hotel.

Located in a quiet residential area of Al Ghubra, this hotel is a ten minutes drive from the airport, 15 minutes to the beach and is within walking distance from the picturesque Grand Mosque.

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Room rates are OMR59 per single room, OMR69 per standard double room, OMR79 for a superior double room and OMR99 for a suite. Breakfast is not included in the price and is an additional cost of OMR6 per person. Come tantalize your taste buds at Tinello Restaurant, which serves delicious authentic European Cuisine prepared by a German chef. The Treasurebox Muscat Hotel PO Box 1897, PC 111, Seeb Tel: 24 502 570, Fax: 24 502 530 www.treasureboxhotels.com

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al reef hotel suites

These hotel apartments are within ten minutes drive from Qurm beach and the Shatti al Qurm shopping and international food outlets. There are nine deluxe rooms and two bedroom suites, with a single rooms costing OMR30, a double or twin OMR35 and a suite OMR50. Each air-conditioned room holds a telephone, television, wireless internet connection, room safe, tea and coffee station and mini bar.

These hotel apartments located within 15 minutes drive from the airport, beach and shopping centre offer a single room for OMR35, a double for OMR45 and a standard room for OMR20 per person. Breakfast comes at an additional cost of OMR2.5 per person. There is a special discount for a long stay; enquire within. Each of the 25 suites are furnished with a living room, fully equipped kitchen, wi-fi internet access, satellite television and telephone. There are also inhouse laundry facilities available and a restaurant on the premises.

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Al Reef Hotel Suites, PO Box 130, PC 52, Ghubra Tel: 24 494 638, 24 497 633, Fax: 24 497 437 www.alreef-hotel.com

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nuzha hotel apartments

Just 150m from the Central Business District (CBD) area and ten minutes walk to Ruwi high street where you will be spoilt for choice with bargain shopping and low budget gadgets, Camilia Hotel offers a single room for OMR15, a double for OMR17 and a non-attached bathroom for OMR12. Breakfast is an additional OMR1.5 per person.

Located in the heart of the city and a 20 minutes drive to the airport, these hotel apartments hold 48 spacious rooms and suites. They are provided with a fully-equipped kitchen and room service with a single room going for OMR20++*, OMR25++* for a double or twin, OMR45++* for a two bedroom and OMR55++* for a three bedroom. Breakfast is an additional OMR2 per person. The hotel also has a multi-cuisine restaurant for all guests to enjoy.

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star hotel apartments

This resort is nestled in the heart of down town Shatti al Qurm with a multiple of international food, beverage and shopping outlets available at arms length. This modest resort perched on a prime location holds seven bedrooms with stunning sea views and direct beach access. Enquire within for room rates.

Located in the Al Ghubra area and only ten minutes drive from the airport, these spacious hotel apartments are in close proximity of the ministries, government departments and main tourist sites. The beach and shopping centres are a near 2kms distance from the hotel.

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Room rates are seasonal and vary from OMR35 for a fully furnished single junior deluxe suite to OMR70 for a two-bedroom executive super deluxe suite. Room rates include breakfast and there is also a self-catering facility with fully equipped kitchens and an Ă  la carte restaurant. Star Hotel Apartments PO Box 1048, PC 130, Azaiba, Tel: 24 498 008, 24 614 410, Fax: 24 497 136 starhote@omantel.net.om

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This hotel is centrally located in the city and is about 30 minutes drive from the airport but a mere short drive to the beach, main shopping areas and local attractions. There are 30 rooms available and each room is fitted with a television, telephone and mini bar. Excluding breakfast, room rates are OMR20 per single room, OMR25 for a double or twin room, OMR30 for a triple room, OMR35 for a mini suite and OMR40 for a suite. Look at paying twice the price during the EID (holiday) period.

Sun City Hotel, PO Box 1665, PC 112, Ruwi Tel: 24 789 801, 24 789 802, Fax: 24 789 804 hotel.suncity@hotmail.com

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At approximately 65kms from Muscat, this region has much to offer in terms of beauty and adventure. You can experience widespread white, sandy beaches with sparkling waters, lush green wadis, dramatic red desert and a concoction of caves and treks: the list is endless for the outdoor adventure seeker. Marvel at the green turtles nesting in Ras Al Jinz or visit the 5,000 year-old ‘beehive’ tombs. Explore the old town of Ibra, known as the ‘Gateway to the East,’ Al Mitirib fort or the old Bidiya Castle. Visit the dhow shipyards in Sur, the oldest fishing town, dune bash and camp in the vast Wahiba Sands or take a ferry trip across the waters to Masirah Island for its gorgeous, untouched beaches. Majlis Al Jin (Cave of the Spirits), a must see, is a subterranean cavern located in the Selma Plateau, featured on the top ten list of the biggest cave chambers in the world.

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Newly opened and situated 11kms from the centre of town, this resort if one of the very few nestled on this beautiful island. Located near the turtle’s nesting grounds, Resort Masirah is a perfect destination for nature lovers where guided tours will allow you to experience the Loggerhead turtles laying their eggs at the resort’s beachfront. For the adventure seekers, there are an array of nautical sports to choose from: diving the sunken shipwreck, deep sea fishing, kayaking, windsurfing and kite-boarding. To add to the leisure facilities there is a swimming pool with a temperature controlled outdoor Jacuzzi, basketball and outdoor volleyball courts.

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SUR PLAZA HOTEL

Situated on the coastline of Oman, approximately 180kms from Muscat, the sea-facing Sur Beach Hotel can be located in the centre of town near the shopping centres. Enjoy the many sites to be seen such as the Sur museum, the harbor, the Sur fort as well as Ras Al Jinz turtle beach. With breakfast included, a single room costs OMR35, a double and twin room OMR40, and a suite OMR75. You can lounge around at the outdoor swimming pool near the beach by day and enjoy the live entertainment this hotel offers by night. The Al Rosagh Restaurant with a beach view serves a delicious buffet and an Ă  la carte menu.

Situated 200kms from Muscat on Sur’s beautiful coast, this hotel is located 2kms away from the shopping centres and the beach. Visitors flock from all over to view the world famous traditional dhow manufacturing and fishing villages. Popular destinations such as Ras Al Jinz, Wadi Bani Khalid and the Wahiba Sands are also close by for the avid explorer. A single room costs OMR55, a double or twin room OMR65 and a suite OMR110. Breakfast is included in the room rate and is served at The Oysters restaurant, which offers International cuisine. Live evening entertainment can be enjoyed in one of the three beverage outlets available.

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These hostel apartments offer guests a single room for OMR30 and OMR40 for a twin room or suite. Breakfast is an additional OMR3.6++* per person.

One of the few hotels on Masirah island, a quaint little island located off the eastern coast of Oman, this hotel is situated very close to the boat jetty and right on the beach. Masirah is blessed with gorgeous sandy beaches seasonally inhabited by sea turtles coming in to lay their eggs on the islands shores. The island is also a very famous snorkelling spot for tourists. Room rates are OMR16.4 for a single room, OMR21 for a double or twin room, OMR24.5 for a triple room, OMR35 for a studio room and OMR58 for a suite. Breakfast is an additional OMR2 per person. The hotel has a restaurant serving multi-cuisine food and a buffet can also be arranged at the request of the guest.

The suites are equipped with a bedroom, sitting room, bathroom, small kitchenette and a balcony with sea view. Located near Al Ashkarah beach with its fishing villages and harbour and 35kms from the main shopping centres, this hotel has a swimming pool and a restaurant serving multi-cuisines with all day room service. Areen Youth Hostel Al Ashkarah PO Box 3087 PC 111, Muscat Tel: 25 566 266, 25 566 288, Fax: 25 566 179 www.omantourism.gov.om

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ibra hotel

Al Qabil is a modest guest house offering a single room, non inclusive of breakfast for OMR20 and a double or twin for OMR25 and is a great stop off before exploring the Wahiba Sands or the wadis with their splendour and beauty.

Located just one km from Ibra town and in close proximity to the souk Al Arba, Wahiba Sands and Wadi Bani Khalid, a single room at this hotel costs OMR20 and a double or twin room OMR24.

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Situated 150kms from Muscat, Ibra enhances an important place in the region of Sharqiya. It has various Ministries, banks, forts, and traditional Omani houses. There is a 24-hour coffee shop available serving Indian, Chinese and Continental cuisine and Al Dekek and Ibra Hall host a live Arabic and Pakistani band respectively.

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Ras al Jinz, the most eastern point of the Arabian Peninsula, is an important turtle nesting site for the endangered green turtle. Over 20,000 females return to this area annually to lay their eggs. This Centre has 13 well-appointed rooms, an all-day dining restaurant, souvenir shop, library, internet facility and the only turtle viewing service with professionally trained guides. Night time turtle viewing commences from 9pm onwards and the early morning visit starts from 4am onwards. On weekends and holidays, a single room is going for OMR64, a double OMR80 and a triple OMR102. On weekdays a single is OMR55, a double OMR70 and a triple OMR92.

With the Wahiba Sands as their playground, this desert camp is located 250kms from Muscat and has 40 tents available that can accommodate up to 150 people. With dinner and breakfast included, a single room costs OMR57, a double or twin OMR67, a single standard tent OMR25 or a double standard tent OMR40. Dinner and breakfast are included in the rates and each hut has an open shower and WC. Wadi Bani Khalid is near by if you wish to explore some wadi hiking or Ras Al Hadd, Turtle beach is also not far away to watch the turtles nesting. Activities at the camp include horse or camel riding, dune bashing with a local Bedouin or you can hire your own 4WD for OMR40.

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This large desert camp consisting of 56 huts, situated 250kms from the capital and deep within the famous Wahiba Sands, offers a hut for OMR20 per person which includes a buffet breakfast and barbecue dinner. Each night you can taste the local flavour with a local Arabic band serenading you under the desert stars.

This small desert camp holds 30 tents and is situated 60kms from the coast in the heart of the Wahiba Sands. Room rates are OMR18 per person and includes a delicious buffet breakfast and dinner.

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desert nights camp

This large desert camp situated deep within the Wahiba Sands consists of 49 concrete rooms, huts and tents and offers a room rate inclusive of breakfast of OMR25 for a single room, OMR50 for a double, OMR75 for a twin and OMR20 for a hut. Surround yourself with glistening stars and listen to traditional Omani songs every night under a Bedouin majlis (tent) dining on superb Omani cuisine. 4WD tours are available everyday along with renting bikes and quads or you can even enjoy a camel safari.

On a par with a five-star luxury camp, desert nights is a two hour drive from Muscat and is sprawled across 10 acres of silken sands, secluded 11kms within the Wahiba desert. 30 luxurious bedouin style tents await those who seek the ultimate desert adventure vacation. Inclusive with a buffet breakfast and dinner, a single room costs OMR165++, a double or twin OMR205++ and a family room OMR360++. Inquire within for seasonal rates. By day, experience the desert’s serenity on a camel safari and by night, let yourself be enchanted by the desert’s voice accompanied by a live bedouin band and traditional oud player.

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This desert camp managed by a Bedouin family, is located within the breathtaking golden Wahiba Sands, some 20kms south of Al Wasil village. The camp has well equipped palm leave huts (called Barasti) with comfortable beds, modern restrooms, hot showers and a fully equipped kitchen. Room rates are OMR44 for a single room and OMR66 for a double or twin room. Children below 12 years old pay OMR13 and rates are OMR5 for a child below five years old. Among the excursions available are camel safaris, 4X4 desert duning, visits to a Bedouin family, Wadi Bani Khalid, Wadi Taiyyin, Ibra women’s market and so much more.

This beautiful, traditional Omani style resort with its own private beach, is located 40kms from Sur in the Ras Al Hadd area. Ras Al Jinz Beach, the famous breeding ground for green turtles, is approximately 17kms from the camp and is easily accessible for night or early morning visits. Enquire within for room rates as they vary from OMR25 - OMR50 depending on the room type, season and whether your stay is on a half board or bed and breakfast basis. Al Ghanga restaurant is open all day and serves Arabic, Chinese, Indian and International Cuisine, usually in a buffet style. The Dolphin Bar is also open daily for an after dinner wind down.

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The Dhakhiliya Region is situated in the middle of the sultanate, around 140kms from Muscat. Nizwa is one of the oldest cities in Oman and this oasis boasts the Nizwa souk, as well as the Nizwa Fort, a famous national monument presenting a rich history of times gone by. Absorb the remarkable sight of thousands of desert roses blooming on Jabal al Akhdar (Green Mountain), or witness the incredible views from Jabal Shams (Mountain of the Sun), the highest mountain in the country. The Hoota Cave, Oman's only show cave provides a wonderful day trip.

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The stunning Jabal al Akhdar is not too far from the hotel, and provides a wonderful day trip. This hotel has 55 rooms going for OMR54 per single room, OMR59 a double room and OMR100 for a twin room. With 24-hours room service and laundry facilities available, each air-conditioned room has a television, telephone and mini bar. Featuring a multi-cuisine restaurant and three beverage outlets, this hotel also has internet facilities priced at OMR2 per hour. The hotel has a fitness centre, billiards table and two swimming pools.

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The Jabal al Akhdar (Green Mountain) is famous for its high altitude natural beauty and this hotel, the only one in the region, organizes trips to go exploring the vast mountains. This area is beautiful during fruit season, which are mainly the summer months.

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This hotel, situated 2,000m above sea level has 36 rooms, with a single room costing OMR37, a double or twin OMR50.500 and a suite OMR68. Each airconditioned room has a television and telephone and there is 24- hour room service available. Multi-cuisine specialities are served at the restaurant.

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UWAIFIYAH GuEST HOUSE

Situated just 4kms from the centre of Nizwa town, this hotel offers a single room for OMR34, a double and twin for OMR45 and a suite for OMR55. There are also two-roomed apartments available for OMR65 and three-roomed apartments for OMR95. Breakfast is included in the price.

This guest house is located on the road leading from Muscat to Salalah around 300kms from the capital, 153kms from Nizwa and 35kms from the Fahud camp in the Wahiba desert.

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Al Diyar meaning home would like to provide you with a 'home away from home'.

A recently opened guest house featuring ten rooms, room rates with breakfast included amounts to OMR25 for a single room and OMR30 for a double. Also on the premises is a mosque, swimming pool, restaurant serving Ă  la carte breakfast, lunch and dinner and a small shopping outlet.

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JABAL SHAMS nomadic camp

Located 2,000m above sea level, atop the famous Omani Grand Canyon (Wadi Ghul), this resort has beauty at its doorstep where breathing in the fresh mountain air is bound to get your senses revving. Apart from its diverse geographical features, Jabal Shams offers its visitors remarkable tranquility and an opportunity to experience nature's miracles at its best. Chalets and Arabic tents are available and room rates are OMR55 for a single sunset chalet, OMR70 for a double or twin sunset chalet, OMR35 for a single Arabic tent, OMR50 for a double Arabic tent and a camping space per person without food is OMR6. Jabal Shams Resort, PO Box 344, PC 617 Al Hamra, Tel: 99 382 639, Fax: 25 422 728 www.jabalshams.com

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Al Dhahira region, situated on the north-east of the sultanate, is a semi-desert plain with Rub al Khali (the Empty Quarter) spilling over from Saudi Arabia, which borders to its west. This region is made up of three wilayats (provinces), Ibri being one of the main hubs positioned around 280kms from Muscat. This region is famous for the archaeological sites in the area namely the ‘beehive’ tombs in Bat, Al-Khutm and Al-Ayn, which date back to the third millennium BC. There are also a number of stunning wadis and forts in the region to explore, and is a wonderful visit for history enthusiasts.

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“Clean, very good food and friendly staff,� are the comments guests have made about this hotel. A mere ten minutes drive from the main shopping area and a two hours drive to Dubai, this hotel is a great stop over from Muscat. With 25 rooms available, room rates are OMR27 for a single, OMR36 for a double or twin and OMR50 for a suite. Breakfast is not included in the price and is an additional OMR2 per person for an Oriental one or OMR3 for an English one.

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The Batinah region stretches from Khatma Malaha in the North to Ras al Hamra in the Muscat governorate. Sohar is the region's capital and is home to Sindbad the sailor. This area, approximately 25kms wide, touches the feet of the Western Hajar mountains and extends to the beautiful coastline. Known for its copper deposits, this is an area abundant in archaeological features, showing evidence of the extraction of copper carried out 5,000 years ago. Clean beaches, as well as a number of castles, forts, hot springs, wadis and caves provide fantastic exploration opportunities. Incredible mountain scenery especially characterises this region.

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This newly opened Crowne plaza, inaugurated in 2009, branded the only 5-star hotel in the Batinah Region, is situated 5kms from the beach and 10kms from the main shopping areas. The hotel can arrange daily excursions to visit Sohar’s Fort and Museum, Nakhal Fort, the hot springs at Rustaq or to see some famous Arabian camel racing.

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There are 126 rooms in total and prices range from OMR90 for a single or twin room and OMR200 for a suite. Breakfast comes at an additional cost of OMR9 per person. The hotel offers great weekend packages for two people at a price of OMR89, which includes breakfast and dinner. There is an all day dining restaurant with themed buffets, and The Mediterranean restaurant offers fine dining Ă  la carte. The Sports bar, Lounge Bar and Pool Deck Bar are great places to make new friends or simply kick back and enjoy the fourpiece band playing every night for your entertainment.

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One of the few resort spas in the sultanate, Al Nahda Resort and Spa is synonymous with providing the right blend of luxury, warm service and quiet efficiency. The resort is set in 30 acres of landscaped gardens and lush greenery and is a perfect gateway for pure relaxation.

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Built with Omani traditions and catering to people of all age groups, Al Nahda is more than just a resort spa; it is a whole holiday experience, which will give you the tools to improve your life balance. With ten minutes drive from the beach and 25 minutes to the city centre, come bask in luxury and soak in the true wonders this spa has to offer.

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Al Sawadi Beach Resort has an exclusive position and perfect location on one of the most stunning unspoiled secluded beaches overlooking the Gulf of Oman. The resort is a 40 minutes drive from the International airport and the city’s main shopping centres.

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Al Sawadi Beach Resort PO Box 747, PC 320, Barka Tel: 26 795 545, Fax: 26 795 535 www.alsawadibeach.com

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An advantage enjoyed by no other resort property in the Sohar area, nestled alongside the Sallan coastline, in an exclusive beachfront setting, about ten minutes drive from the main commercial centre and 150kms to Dubai, this hotel has been the focus of a comprehensive re-branding initiative that has transformed this longstanding symbol of hospitality into one of the most welcoming and distinctive leisure and resort properties in the Batinah region.

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In 2009, management of the beach resort passed into the hands of Swiss-Belhotel International, a Hong-Kong based hotel chain that enjoys strong global brand recognition and is backed by 20 years of resort management experience.

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GREEN OASIS HOTEL

This hotel is located in the city of Sohar, the ancient maritime capital of Oman and home of Sindbad the sailor. The hotel is 210kms from Muscat and is located midway through the Muscat-Dubai highway making it ideal for tourists who have time to explore the wadis and the forts.

A budget hotel, located near Sohar’s main hospital, offers great value for money with its comfortable accommodation in a quiet and pleasant atmosphere. The hotel is located 10kms from the town centre, 15kms from the beach and 8kms to the main shopping centre. The hotel offers 50 spacious well-furnished rooms surrounded with a cute garden setting accompanied by friendly and helpful staff. Room rates are OMR40 for a single, OMR50 for a double or twin and OMR60 for a suite. The hotel also has a coffee shop and a multi-cuisine restaurant.

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Al Wadi Hotel, PO Box 359, PC 311, Sohar Tel: 26 840 058 Fax: 26 841 997 www.omanhotels.com

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Green Oasis Hotel, PO Box 24, PC 311, Sohar Tel: 26 846 077, 26 846 440, Fax: 26 846 441 www.geocities.co/soharhotel

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AS SUWAIYQ guest house

This guest house is an hour’s drive from the capital, half way between Muscat and Sohar and 6kms from the beach and the main town. A number of forts are dotted around the area. With breakfast included, a single room is OMR18 and a double or twin room OMR20. All the air-conditioned rooms have an attached bathroom, television, z and fridge. There is a restaurant in the hotel which hosts a daily live show with an Arabic and Indian band from 8:30pm to 3am. Rates: As Suwaiq Guest House, PO Box 455, PC 315, Suwaiq, Tel: 26 862 241, Fax: 26 862 242

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Dubbed the Fjords of Arabia and 'The Norway of the Middle East,' the Musandam peninsula is located in the most northern governorate of the sultanate and is an area characterized by spectacular rocky mountain terrain. It is easily accessible from any part of the country and there are many lovely and interesting locations to visit. Musandam is best discovered by sea on a dhow or boat trip, and provides a phenomenal area to swim, snorkel, dive and dolphin watch. Discover fjords, castles, forts and ruins in the area, which is also abundant with a variety of flora and fauna. The reserves and national parks in Musandam are host to extraordinary wildlife as well as a wide range of birdlife.

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The site of this Six Senses Hideaway is a secluded fishing village perched on the sultanate’s northern Musandam Peninsula. The resort is designed with 82 pool villas, pool villa suites, deluxe pool villas and spa villas, which include the twobedroom retreats and four-bedroom reserves - all fitted with a personal butler service. Prices start from USD900 and a suite costs USD3000 and above.

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The setting is dramatic, with mountains on one side and a 1.6kms sandy beach at Zighy Bay, on the other. This Hideaway truly reflects the brand’s positioning of Innovative Style. It offers a choice of dining alternatives – from a hilltop restaurant serving International cuisine to a central coffee shop that also features regional specialties. There is also an impressive wine cellar and a private marina.

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This Golden Tulip Resort is a beachfront property ideally located on the east coast of the Musandam Peninsula on the Indian Ocean, 40kms from Fujairah and 120kms from Dubai.

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The resort is the ideal place for leisure and health activities, providing a comprehensive fitness centre, a charming swimming pool, outdoor Jacuzzi, children's playground and beach volleyball on a beautiful sandy beach. It also offers a range of outdoor activities, such as water sports, mountain safari trips, and the most spectacular dolphin watching and dhow cruise the sultanate has to offer.

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Located in one of the most spectacular areas of the Middle East, this Golden Tulip Resort is ten minutes drive from Khasab Airport, a 45 minutes flight from Muscat and a 170kms drive to Dubai. There are also daily ferries from Muscat to Khasab.

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This resort is the ideal place for relaxation, leisure and health activities as it provides a comprehensive state-of-the-art fitness centre, a charming swimming pool, a scuba diving centre and a nearby sandy beach. The hotel can arrange all sorts of outdoor activities for the adventure seekers, from water sports to mountain safari trips and the most spectacular mountain viewing of the area.

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All the hotel’s rooms have a stunning sea and mountain view and are all fully furnished surrounding you with an instant relaxed and charming atmosphere. Room rates are OMR105 for a single room, OMR110 for a double or twin and OMR175 for a suite. All individually controlled air-conditionned rooms are provided with four-star quality facilities. Non-smoking rooms and disabled friendly rooms are also available.

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KHASAB HOTEL

These hotel apartments overlook the panoramic Hajjar Mountains and offer a comfortable and homely atmosphere in the northern region of the sultanate. A five minute drive to the centre of town and 7kms away from a beautiful dhow cruise, these modest hotel apartments consist of 16 apartments with the rates going at OMR55 for a standard bedroom, OMR60 for a standard two bedroom and OMR80 for a deluxe two bedroom. Room rates are however seasonal, enquire within. All air-conditionned apartments come with a television and a fully equipped kitchen.

This hotel is located in the centre of Khasab town in the northern peninsula of the sultanate, within walking distance of the main shops and the beach just a mere 3kms drive away. For some stunning views, the hotel can arrange a sunset dhow cruise and mountain safaris for the adventure seekers. All air-conditioned rooms have a beautiful mountain view and are provided with room service, a television and fridge. Although breakfast is included in the room rate, there is no fixed price as the rates depend on the season. For room rates enquire within. The hotel also has a restaurant serving multi-cuisine dishes.

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Esra Hotel Apartments, Khasab, Musandam Tel: 26 730 464, Fax: 26 730 364 www.khasabtours.com

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Located on the main Duqm road, 5kms from the new seaport project, 8kms from the new airport project, 7kms from the new city expansion projects and 11kms from the beach, with breakfast included a single rooms is going for OMR25 and a double OMR35.

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This guesthouse is the only accommodation currently available to existing and visiting business or project executives. It features a shaded car park, 16 guest rooms and four suites with shaded pathways leading to the rooms, one restaurant and three conference rooms. Rates:

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Ghaba guest house provides ten well-furnished self-catering rooms with satellite television and room service. This guest house offers a single room for OMR25 and a double room for OMR30. For a break away from sight seeing, there is a swimming pool on the premises to relax in.

Ghaba Guest House, PO Box 121, PC 115, Al Khuwair, Tel: 99 358 639, Fax: 24 693 631 www.safeerintll.com

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Located in the South of the sultanate, extending from Ras ash Sharbatat to the eastern border of Yemen, sits this mountainous region. The lost city of Ubar, called ‘The Atlantis of the Sands’ by Lawrence of Arabia, along with many ruins dating back to 3,000 BC subjects this governorate to many historical and archaeological studies: it an extremely popular destination for historians. Experience the magnificence of the Khareef, a monsoon which rolls in from the Indian Ocean during the summer months, which leaves the area breathtakingly lush overflowing with burbling waterfalls. This governorate allows you to follow the frankinsense trail, visit the blowholes of Mughsail and explore its various caves, ancient ruins and forts. The Salalah Museum holds items dating back to the 11th century where you can learn about Dhofar’s geological and biological formation.

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This Crowne Plaza Hotel, situated just ten minutes drive from the Salalah airport and the main shopping centres is situated in 45 acres of lush tropical garden, overlooking the Indian Ocean and on a long stretch of pristine white sandy beach.

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This large hotel comprises 153 rooms in total and offers a standard room for OMR90++*, a single room with sea view, a double standard or twin room for OMR100++*, a double or twin room with sea view is OMR110++*, a junior suite OMR200++*, an executive suite OMR250++*, a three bedroom villa OMR250++* and a royal suite OMR500++*. Breakfast is not included and is an additional OMR7++* per person.

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A stunning location for a stunning hotel. The Hilton Salalah will have you mesmerized with its surrounding beauty, Omani warmth and friendly multilingual staff. Situated on the pristine sandy beaches of the south, within 10kms drive from the centre of town and 13kms away from the airport, this hotel is centrally located for you to wander around or rent a car and explore what this region has to offer. Al Balid archaeological site, the Gold souk, Frankincense Route or the lost city of Ubar are amongst the many superb attractions that make visitors flock here time and time again each year.

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Excluding breakfast, which is an additional cost of OMR6.3++* per person, a single room costs OMR100++*, a double or twin OMR110++* and a suite is going for OMR160++*. All the rooms are equipped with high-speed internet access and for that extra touch of Arabia, you can surround yourself with mountain and sea views in a deluxe room or suite. The hotel has many room packages if you intend to stay for a while, just visit their website below for more details.

Hilton Salalah Resort, PO Box 688, PC 211, Salalah Tel: 23 211 234, Fax: 23 210 084 http://www1.hilton.com/en_us/hi/hotel/sllhihi-hiltonsalalah-resort/index.do

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The first Marriott to open its doors in the sultanate, this hotel is determined to deliver the highest level of personalized service and standard. All the 237 rooms available possess the 5-star amenities with a deluxe room going for OMR30*, a superior room OMR40*, an executive room OMR45*, an executive suite OMR65* and a presidential suite OMR135*. Breakfast is not included in the price and is an additional OMR8 per person. Room rates will double during the Khareef season and there are a number of packages available; inquire within for details.

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Located right on the beach, this resort is 70kms away from the main shopping centres, 20kms from the famous Tawi Atayr (The Well of Birds) and 35kms from the Hamran Springs. These are just some of the tourist attractions you can explore in and around this stunning area.

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Salalah Marriott Resort, PO Box 225, PC 220, Mirbat Tel: 23 268 245 Fax: 23 268 271 www.marriottsalalahresort.com

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Situated in the heart of the city with a ten minute drive from the beach and the main shopping centre, this 11- storey building provides an enchanting view of the mountains. Including breakfast, except peak season in July and August where it will be an additional fee, room rates are OMR45++* for a single, OMR50++* for a double or twin and OMR60++* for a suite. From September until June, room rates are dropped quite considerably with a single room going for OMR25++* and OMR30++* for a double or twin room.

Haffa House, PO Box 427, PC 211, Salalah Tel 23 295 444, 23 295 515, Fax: 23 294 873 www.shanfarihotels.com

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Rates:

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SAFEER RESIDENCE SALALAH

A five kms drive from the airport, one km to the beach and close to the main shopping centres, this hotel has 186 spacious rooms, all decorated in a variety of styles and colour schemes. A single room is going for OMR35, a double and twin OMR45 and a suite OMR70. Most rooms have lovely views of the hotels palm gardens, the Indian Ocean or looking out to the Dhofari Mountains.

These villas are conveniently situated in the heart of the city, only a two minute drive away from a number of shops and restaurants, and a five minute drive from Mugsail beach. There are also a variety of local attractions such as the Mausoleum of Nabi Ayub and Nabi Imran, the Salalah Market, nearby traditional villages in the beautiful surrounding mountains and amongst others, an archeological park. With breakfast excluded, the seven villas with three well-furnished bedrooms are priced at OMR75 each. Enjoy 24-hour housekeeping while you relax and soak up the stunning surroundings. City tours are available on request.

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Annexed to the hotel are a private hospital, pharmacy, bank, money exchange, hairdressers, traditional gift shop and supermarket. Hamdan Plaza Hotel, PO Box 2498, PC 211, Salalah, Tel: 23 211 025, Fax: 23 211 187 www.hamdanplaza.com

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Safeer Residence Salalah, PO Box 121, PC 115, Al Khuwair, Tel: 24 488 150, Fax: 24 480 550 www.safeerintll.com

Rates:

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AL HANNA HOTEL

Surrounded by coconut palms, with the nearby beach and main shopping centres a 20 minutes drive away, this hotel is the perfect place to relax and unwind. There are many local tourist attractions to enjoy around the area, or you can just stay put and indulge in a therapeutic ayurvedic massage. Room rates are seasonal and vary from OMR45++* for a single room to OMR175++* for a threebedroom villa. Breakfast is an additional OMR2.5 per person where you can choose from a wide range of International cuisine in the buffet breakfast, as well as the Ă  la carte lunch and dinner.

Located in the heart of the town and within walking distance from the shopping centres and beach, this modest hotel holds 24 rooms going for OMR13 per single room, OMR17 for a double and OMR20 for a suite. During peak season a single room is OMR15, OMR20 for a double and OMR25 for a suite. All prices include breakfast and each air-conditioned room has a television, telephone, mini bar and tea or coffee service. Facilities like laundry service and internet can be found just next door to the hotel.

From OMR45 Up to OMR175

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Rates: Al Hanna Hotel, PO Box 194, PC 211, Salalah Tel: 23 290 274, Fax: 23 291 894

From OMR13 Up to OMR25

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Located ten minutes from the beach, shopping centre, airport and sea port, this two-star hotel situated near the festival grounds offers a single room for OMR32, a double or twin for OMR38, a triple for OMR46 and a suite for OMR62. These prices include breakfast and for peak seasons add an extra OMR20 for each room. The hotel serves Continental, Chinese, Arabic and Indian cuisine and there is a 24-hour coffee shop for late night snacks.

Salalah Youth Hostel is ideally located in the Al Saadah area, ten minutes drive from the airport and the downtown area and 25 minutes from the Salalah Port. It offers guests comfortable and well-equipped rooms with a shower and a small kitchenette. All air-conditioned rooms have satellite television and a mini fridge.

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Internet facilities are available for OMR1 per hour and there is live Arabic music and dance for evening entertainment. Al Jabal Hotel, PO Box 284, PC 211, Salalah Tel: 23 210 611, 23 214 022, Fax: 23 21 4021 www.aljabalhotel.com

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Excluding breakfast, a single costs OMR15, a double OMR20 and a suite OMR25 for single or double occupancy. Look at spending double the price during Khareef (monsoon) season from June to September when visitors flock from all over. Areen Youth Hostel Salalah, PO Box 3087, PC 111 Salalah, Tel: 23 234 810, Fax: 23 234 855 www.salalah-youthhostel.com

Rates:

From OMR15 Up to OMR25

For more details on facilities see page 134


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Al Buraimi is the sultanates newest governorate. Its history can be traced back to the strategic position it held at the intersection of various caravan routes to and from Oman. This small governorate is an oasis town and is therefore pleasantly green with a multitude of date palm plantations; there is also an extensive falaj system that keeps the region fertile. Buraimi also benefits from a cooler, less humid climate than the other regions, making it a popular destination during the summer months. Similar to the rest of the country, this governorate features many historic forts in varying condition. The largest mosque is the Majid Qaboos and fossil valley found to the East, contains numerous fossilised remains of prehistoric creatures.

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Al Masa Hotel

Situated in Hamasa town close to the shopping centers, rooms in this hotel range from OMR15 for a single room to OMR60 for a suite. Breakfast is included in the price. Room service and coffee and tea facilities are available, or enjoy a meal at the hotel’s buffet restaurant or the Al Quiser coffee shop. The hotel also has conference room facilities, a business centre and a barbershop. The health and fitness club includes the use of a Jacuzzi and a sauna.

Situated in the beautiful town of Hamasa in close proximity to some shopping centers, this hotel consists of 55 rooms and the room rates vary depending on the season from OMR15 for a single room to OMR40 for a suite. Buffet breakfast is not included. There is a television and telephone in each room as well as mini bar/fridge facilities. The hotel offers room and laundry services and there are facilities for conferences. You can enjoy your afternoon tea at the Al Masa coffee shop.

Al Salam Hotel, PO Box 340, PC 512, Hamasa Tel: 25655789, Fax: 25653779 www.alsalamhotel.com

Rates:

From OMR15 Up to OMR60

For more details on facilities see page 136

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Al Masa Hotel PO Box 490, PC 512, Hamasa Tel: 25653007, Fax: 25653008

Rates:

From OMR15 Up to OMR40

For more details on facilities see page 136


Al Baraka Hotel Apartments

Come and laze around the Al Ayelat Hotel Apartments to wind down from the rush of everyday life. Take advantage of the self-catering facilities, or benefit from the room service whilst taking in the relaxed atmosphere of Hamasa town. Room rates range from OMR8 for a single room to OMR20 for a double room.

Kick back, relax and enjoy the room service in these hotel apartments in the town of Hamasa, or if you prefer, make use of the self-catering facilities offered. Room rates are from OMR13 for a single room to OMR30 for a double.

Rates:

From OMR8 Up to OMR20

For more details on facilities see page 136

Al Baraka Hotel Apartments PO Box 340, PC 512, Hamasa Tel: 25654955, Fax: 25650277

Rates:

From OMR13 Up to OMR30

For more details on facilities see page 136

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Al Ayelat Hotel Apartments PO Box 112, PC 512, Hamasa Tel: 25654331, Fax: 25654331

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Al Dhahera Hotel Apartments

Rooms at this hotel are offered in the price range from OMR8 for a single room to OMR15 for a double. Room service is available or if you wish to cook up your own meals, there are also self-catering facilities at hand.

Situated in Hamasa, this hotel will let you enjoy peace and quiet in the comfort of excellent room service by gracious staff, or you could make use of the self-catering facilities along with the mini bar/fridge available in all the rooms. Room rates vary from OMR15 for a single room to OMR30 for a suite.

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Al Dhahara Hotel PO Box 169, PC 512, Hamasa Tel: 25652995, Fax: 25655408

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From OMR8 Up to OMR15

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Al Dhahara Hotel Apartments PO Box 169, PC 512, Hamasa Tel: 25652996, Fax: 25655408

Rates:

From OMR15 Up to OMR30

For more details on facilities see page 136


Al Jawarah Hotel

Ranging from OMR13 up to OMR23, Al Etehad Hotel Apartments will give you the opportunity to put your feet up and take a break after an adventurous day. Make use of the self-catering and mini bar/fridge facilities or the room service avaiable.

Stay at this hotel from OMR15 for a double or twin to OMR50 for a suite and take pleasure in the relaxed atmosphere of this establishmet. Room service is available as well as a television in each room along with fridge facilities.

Rates:

From OMR13 Up to OMR23

For more details on facilities see page 136

Al Jawarah Hotel PO Box 340, PC 512, Sa’ara Tel: 25653440, Fax: 25653441

Rates:

From OMR15 Up to OMR50

For more details on facilities see page 136

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Al Etehad Hotel Apartments PO Box 330, PC 512, Sa’ara Tel: 25650940, Fax: 25650945

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Al Raha Hotel Apartments

Feel at ease in these snug hotel apartments and benefit from the tranquil environment. You will be free from disturbances as selfcatering facilities are available here. Relax in these rooms, which range from a low OMR8 to OMR20.

Al Raha Hotel Apartments give you the opportunity to settle down after a long day and embrace the peacefulness of the rooms available from OMR8 for a single room up to OMR20 for a twin room.

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Al Raha Hotel Apartments PO Box 108, PC 512, Sa’ara Tel: 95458566, Fax: 25651047

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Al Raha Hotel Apartments PO Box 1048, PC 114, Hamasa Tel: 25650147, Fax: 25651047

Rates:

From OMR8 Up to OMR20

For more details on facilities see page 136


Hamasa Hotel

Welcome the calm ambiance of the Bait Al Sharq Hotel Apartments and treat yourself to total relaxation. The self-catering facilities available will let you be free from interruption and hassle. Room rates range from OMR15 for a single room up to OMR30 for a twin room.

Hamasa Hotel allows you to lay back and enjoy the room service offered or use the self-catering facilities available. Take some time out and relax in the comfortable suites. Room rates vary from OMR10 for a double room to OMR15 for a twin room.

Rates:

From OMR15 Up to OMR30

For more details on facilities see page 136

Hamasa Hotel PO Box 490, PC 512, Hamasa Tel: 25651200, Fax: 25651210

Rates:

From OMR10 Up to OMR15

For more details on facilities see page 136

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Bait Al Sharq Hotel Apartments PO Box 321, PC 512, Sa’ara Al Jadeedah Tel: 25655535, Fax: 25655535

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Wahat Al Khaleej Guest House

Wahat Al Baraka Hotel Apartments offer self-catering facilities and is an ideal place to rest and refresh your tired eyes after a long journey. Room rates range from OMR13 for a single room up to OMR35 for a double room.

This little guesthouse with its friendly staff allows you to rest and enjoy the room service and facilities available. Unwind in the peace and calm of this area. Costs of the room differ from OMR8 to OMR15. Laundry service is available.

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Wahat Al Baraka Hotel Apartments PO Box 340, PC 512, Sa’ara Tel: 25650955, Fax: 25653441

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Wahat Al Khaleej Guest House PO Box 700, PC 512, Sa’ara Tel: 25651222, Fax: 25651222

Rates:

From OMR8 Up to OMR15

For more details on facilities see page 136


Al Buraimi Hotel Apartments

Relax in the comfort of these hotel apartments offering self-catering facilities and room service. The room rates are from OMR 15 to OMR 25.

Al Buraimi Hotel Apartments PO Box 108, PC 512, Hamasa Tel: 25654789, Fax: 25654789

Rates:

From OMR15 Up to OMR25

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Hotel

Accommodation Type / Star Rating

Phone [+968]

Website

Email Address

1

Al Bahjah Hotel

3 star hotel

24424400

www.rameehotels.com

bahjahtl@omantel.net.om

2

Al Bustan Palace Intercontinental

5 star hotel

24799666

www.albustanpalace.com

albustanconcierge@albustanpalace.com

3

Al Falaj Hotel

4 star hotel

24702311

www.omanhotels.com

reservationalfalaj@omanhotels.com

4

Al Khuwair Hotel Apartments

1 star apartments

24478171

www.safeerintll.com

mmouzum@safeerintll.com

5

Al Maha International Hotel

4 star hotel

24494949

www.nesthotelsgulf.com

6

Al Reef Hotel Suites

1 star apartments

24494638

www.alreef-hotel.com

info@alreef-hotel.com

7

Beach Hotel

2 star hotel

24696601

www.motifoman.com

beach@motifoman.com

www.bowsharhotel.com

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Bowshar Hotel

3 star hotel

24491105

9

Camilia Hotel

1 star hotel

24837460

bwshrhtl@omantel.net.om camilia@omantel.net.om

10

Crowne Plaza Muscat

4 star hotel

24660660

www.crowneplaza.com

sales@cpmuscat.com

11

Golden Tulip Seeb

4 star hotel

24510300

www.goldentulipseeb.com

sales@goldentulipseeb.com

12

Grand Hyatt Muscat

5 star hotel

24641234

www.muscat.grand.hyatt.com

muscat.grand@hyatt.com

13

Hala Hotel Apartments

2 star apartments

24810442

www.halahotelapartment.com

talal@motifoman.com

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Holiday Inn - Al Madinah

4 star hotel

24529700

www.holidayinn.com

amhi@omantel.net.om

15

Hotel Muscat Holiday

4 star hotel

24487123

www.muscat-holiday.com

mcthinn@omantel.net.om

16

Intercontinental Muscat

5 star hotel

24680000

www.intercontinental.com

muscat@icmuscathotel.com

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Majan Continental Hotel

4 star hotel

24592900

www.majanhotel.com

info@majanhotel.com

18

Midan Hotel Suites

3 star hotel

24499565

www.midanoman.com

rooms@midanoman.com

19

Mutrah Hotel

2 star hotel

24798402

www.mutrahhotel.com

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Nuzha Hotel Apartments

1 star apartments

24789199

www.safeerintll.com

– nuzhamct@omantel.net.om


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6

25

7

42

8

40

9

32

10

205

105

105

11

177

12

336

13

48

14

107

15

123

16

258

180

180

17

159

18

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Excursions

Health Club

Massage / Spa

Tennis courts

Swimming pool

Animal friendly

Disabled facilities

Children's play area

Laundry service

Business centre

Conference room

Restaurants

Car rental

Evening entertainment

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Wireless connection

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Newspaper delivery

140

Hotel Facilities

Tea / Coffee station

AC

250

Mini bar / Fridge

2

Room safe

Telephone

Sea view

TV

Beachfront

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Room Facilities

Room service

Number of rooms

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Self-catering

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D I R E C T O R Y

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Hotel

Accommodation Type / Star Rating

Phone [+968]

Website

Email Address

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Shangri-la's Barr Al Jissah

5 star resort & spa

24776666

www.shangri-la.com/muscat

slmu@shangri-la.com

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Park Inn

4 star hotel

24507888

www.parkinn-muscat.com

info.muscat@rezidorparkinn.com

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Qurm Beach Resort

4 star resort

24605945

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Radisson BLU Hotel Muscat

4 star hotel

24487777

www.radissonblu.com/hotel-muscat

sales.muscat@radissonblu.com

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Ramada Muscat

4 star hotel

24603555

www.ramada-muscat.com

info@ramada-muscat.com

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Ramee Dream Resort

3 star resort

24453399

www.rameehotels.com

fomdream@rameehotels.com

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Ramee Guestline Hotel

4 star hotel

24564443

www.rameehotels.com

sales@rameehotels.com

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Ruwi Hotel

3 star hotel

24704244

www.omanhotels.com

reservationruwi@omanhotels.com

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Safeer Continental Hotel

3 star hotel

24471111

www.safeerintll.com

safeercontinental@safeerintll.com

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Safeer Hotel Suites

2 star hotel

24691200

www.safeerintll.com

shs@safeerintll.com

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Safeer International Hotel

3 star hotel

24473900

www.safeerintll.com

safeerinternational@safeerintll.com

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Safeer Plaza Hotel Suites

3 star hotel

24471000

www.safeerintll.com

safeerplaza@safeerintll.com

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Star Hotel Apartments

2 star apartments

24498008

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Sun City Hotel

1 star hotel

24789801

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The Chedi Muscat

5 star beach resort

24524400

www.ghmhotels.com

thechedi@omantel.net.om

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The Treasurebox Muscat Hotel

2 star hotel

24502570

www.treasureboxhotels.com

reservation@treasureboxhotels.com

reservations.qbr@gmail.com

starhotel@omantel.net.om hotel.suncity@hotmail.com


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13

30

30

30

27

99

28

140

29

85

30

77

31

77

32

44

33

28

34

30

35

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Massage / Spa

Tennis courts

Swimming pool

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Disabled facilities

Children's play area

Laundry service

Business centre

Conference room

Evening entertainment

Restaurants

Car rental

Shops

Internet

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Tea / Coffee station

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AC

23 24

Mini bar / Fridge

50

Room safe

278

Telephone

Sea view

175

TV

Beachfront

638

Room Facilities

Room service

Number of rooms

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D I R E C T O R Y

AL SHARQIYAH REGION

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Hotel

Accommodation Type / Star Rating

Phone [+968]

Website

Email Address

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1001 nights

Desert camp

99448158

www.1000nightscamp.com

reservation@emptyquartertours.com

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Al Areesh Camp

Desert camp

24493232

www.desert-discovery.com

tours@omantel.net.om

39

Al Naseem Camp

Desert camp

24493232

www.desert-discovery.com

tours@omantel.net.om

40

Al Qabil Guest House

1 star guest house

25581243

www.desert-discovery.com

tours@omantel.net.om

41

Areen Youth Hostel Al Ashkara

2 star apartments

25566266

www.omantourism.gov.om

admin@ashkara-youthhostel.com

42

Bidiya Tourist Camp

Desert camp

99332914

43

Desert Nights Camp

Desert camp

92818388

44

Ibra Hotel

1 star hotel

25571873

45

Masirah Hotel

2 star hotel

25504401

www.almajalioman.com

booking@omantel.net.om

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Nomadic Desert Camp

Desert camp

99336273

www.nomadicdesertcamp.com

info@nomadicdesertcamp.com

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Sur Beach Hotel

3 star hotel

25542031

www.surhotels.com

surbhtl@omantel.net.om

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Sur Plaza Hotel

3 star hotel

25543777

www.omanhotels.com

reservationsur@omanhotel.com

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Turtle Beach Resort

Resort

25543400

www.surtoursonline.com

info@surtoursonline.com

50

Raz Al Jinz Scientific Centre

1 star hotel

96550606

www.rasaljinz-turtlereserve.com

manager@rasaljinz-turtlereserve.com

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Swiss-BelHotel Resort Masirah

4 star resort

25504274

www.swiss-belhotel.com

masirah@swiss-belhotel.com

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hiybadiy@hotmail.com reservations@desertnightscamp.com ibrahotel@yahoo.com


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39 30 – –

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43 30 – –

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Tennis courts

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Disabled facilities

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Laundry service

Business centre

Conference room

Evening entertainment

Restaurants

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Index

AL BATINAH REGION

H O T E L

D I R E C T O R Y

AL DAKHILIYAH REGION

132

Hotel

Accommodation Type / Star Rating

Phone [+968]

Website

Email Address

52

Al Diyar Hotel

2 star hotel

25412402

www.diyarhotel.com

al_diyarhotel@hotmail.com

53

Al Jabal Al Akhdar Hotel

2 star hotel

25429009

www.jabalakhdarhotel.com

jakhotel@omantel.net.om

54

Falaj Daris Hotel

3 star hotel

25410500

www.falajdarishotel.com

fom@falajdarishotel.com

55

Golden Tulip Nizwa Hotel

4 star hotel

25431616

www.goldentulipnizwa.com

sales@goldentulipnizwa.com

56

Jabal Shams Nomadic Camp Centre

Desert Camp

99382639

www.jabalshams.com

reservation@jabalshams.com

57

Uwaifiyah Guest House

1 star hotel

25428273

www.uwaifiyah-resthouse.com

manager@uwaifiyah-resthouse.com

58

Rimal Adam

1 star hotel

59

Al Nahda Resort & Spa

5 star resort

26883710

www.alnahdaresort.com

stay@alnahdaresort.com

60

Al Sawadi Beach Resort

4 star hotel resort

26795545

www.alsawadibeach.com

quickresponse.sawadi@gmail.com

61

Al Wadi Hotel

3 star hotel

26840058

www.omanhotels.com

62

As Suwaiyq Guest House

1 star hotel

26862241

63

Crowne Plaza Sohar

5 star hotel

26850850

64

Green Oasis Hotel

2 star hotel

26846077

www.geocities.co/soharhotel

greensohar@gmail.com

65

Sohar Beach by Swiss-BelHotel

4 star hotel resort

26841111

www.soharbeachhotel.com

ressbom@swiss-belhotel.com

25435140

– www.crowneplaza.com

reservationalwadi@omanhotels.com suwqmoti@omantel.net.om cpsohar@cpsohar.com


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56

34

57

10

58

11

59

149

60

100

50

50

61

80

62

10

63

126

64

50

65

45

6

26

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• •

2 0 1 0

Boating

Excursions

Health Club

Massage / Spa

Tennis courts

Swimming pool

Animal friendly

Disabled facilities

Children's play area

Laundry service

Business centre

Conference room

Evening entertainment

Restaurants

Car rental

• • • • • • • • • • •

• • • • • • •

Shops

Internet

Credit card

Wireless connection

Newspaper delivery

Tea / Coffee station

AC

• • • •

Recreational Activities

G U I D E

55

55

Hotel Facilities

• • • • • • • • • • •

H O T E L

54

• • • • • • •

Mini bar / Fridge

Room safe

Telephone

Sea view

26

TV

Beachfront

50

53

Room Facilities

Room service

Number of rooms

52

Self-catering

Index

Accommodation

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Index

Hotel

Accommodation Type / Star Rating

Phone [+968]

Website

Email Address

66

Esra Hotel Apartments

2 star apartment

26730464

www.khasabtours.com

khastour@omantel.net.om

67

Golden Tulip Resort Dibba

4 star resort

26836654

www.goldentulipdibba.com

reservations@goldentulipdibba.com

68

Golden Tulip Resort Khasab

4 star hotel

26630777

www.goldentulipkhasab.com

info@goldentulipkhasab

69

Khasab Hotel

2 star hotel

26730271

www.khasabhotel.net

khoman@omantel.net.om

http://www.sixsenses.com/six-senseshideaway-zighy-bay/

reservations-zighy@sixsenses.com

70

Six Senses Hideaway Zighy Bay

5 star leisure resort

26735555

DHOFAR GOVERNORATE

H O T E L

D I R E C T O R Y

MUSANDAM GOVERNORATE

134

71

Al Hanna Hotel

2 star hotel

23290274

72

Al Jabal Hotel

2 star hotel

23210611

www.aljabalhotel.com

jabalhot@omantel.net.om

73

Areen Youth Hostel Apartments

2 star apartment

23234810

www.salalah-youthhostel.com

om@salalah-youthhostel.com

74

Crowne Plaza Resort Salalah

5 star hotel

23235333

www.cpsalalah.com

edward@cpsalalah.com

75

Haffa House Salalah

4 star apartment

23295444

www.shanfarihotels.com

house@omantel.net.om

76

Hamdan Plaza Hotel

3 star hotel

23211025

www.hamdanplaza.com

reservation@hamdanplaza.com salalah@hilton.com

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77

Hilton Salalah Resort

5 star hotel

23211234

http://www1.hilton.com/en_us/hi/hotel/ sllhihi-hilton-salalah-resort/index.do

78

Safeer Residence Salalah

3 star villas

24480308

www.safeerintll.com

sales@safeerintll.com

79

Salalah Marriott Resort

5 star hotel

23268245

www.marriottsalalahresort.com

mark.sarmiento@marriott.com

80

Samahram Tourist Village

3 star hotel/villas

23211420

www.shanfarihotels.com

house@omantel.net.om


42

69

70

70

82

32

32

71

24

72

85

73

48

74

153

85

75

123

76

113

93

77

147

44

44

78

7

79

237

18

225

80

46

8

15

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• • • • •

• • •  • 

• • •

2 0 1 0

Boating

Excursions

Health Club

Massage / Spa

Tennis courts

Swimming pool

Animal friendly

Disabled facilities

Restaurants

Car rental

Shops

Internet

Credit card

• • • • • • • • • •

• • •

Children's play area

Conference room

Evening entertainment

Wireless connection

Newspaper delivery

Tea / Coffee station

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AC

• • • • • • • • • •

Mini bar / Fridge

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Room safe

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Telephone

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G U I D E

102

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• •

H O T E L

68

• • • • •

Recreational Activities

Laundry service

– 54

Hotel Facilities

Business centre

– 54

TV

28 54

Room Facilities

Room service

66 67

Self-catering

Sea view

Beachfront

Number of rooms

Index

Accommodation

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Index

H O T E L

D I R E C T O R Y

AL BURAIMI GOVERNORATE

136

Hotel

Accommodation Type / Star Rating

Phone [+968]

Website

Email Address –

81

Al Ayelat Hotel Apartments

1 star

25654331

82

Al Baraka Hotel Apartments

1 star

25654955

83

Al Buraimi Hotel

25642010

84

Al Buraimi Hotel Apartments

1 star

25654789

85

Al Dhahera Hotel

1 star

25652995

86

Al Dhahera Hotel Apartments

1 star

25652996

87

Al Etehad Hotel Apartments

1 star

25650940

88

Al Jawarah Hotel

1 star

25653440

89

Al Masa Hotel

2 star

25653007

90

Al Raha Hotel Apartments

1 star

95458566

91

Al Raha Hotel Apartments

1 star

25650147

92

Al Salam Hotel

3 star

25655789

93

Bait Al Sharq Hotel Apartments

1 star

25655535

94

Hamasa Hotel

1 star

25651200

95

Nafahat Al Buraimi Hotel

1 star

25654777

www.alsalamhotel.com

– faraz_younas2000@yahoo.com

alsalam.hotel@yahoo.com – darkhaleej@hotmail.com –

96

Wahat Al Baraka Hotel Apartments

1 star

25650955

97

Wahat Al Khaleej Guest House

1 star

25651222


14 – –

82

18 – –

83

62 – –

84

6 – –

85

17 – –

86

39 – –

87

22 – –

88

22 – –

89

55 – –

90

8 – –

91

10 – –

92

50 – –

93

17 – –

94

28 – –

95

14 – –

96

24 – –

97

12 – –

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• • • • • • • • • •

• • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

• • •

• • • • • •

• • •

• •

G U I D E

Recreational Activities

2 0 1 0

Boating

Excursions

Health Club

Massage / Spa

Hotel Facilities

Tennis courts

Swimming pool

Animal friendly

Disabled facilities

Children's play area

Laundry service

Business centre

Conference room

Evening entertainment

Restaurants

Car rental

Room Facilities

• •

H O T E L

• •

Shops

Internet

Credit card

Wireless connection

Newspaper delivery

Tea / Coffee station

AC

Mini bar / Fridge

Room safe

Telephone

TV

Room service

81

Self-catering

Sea view

Beachfront

Number of rooms

Index Accommodation

137


Index 98

Hotel Ibri Oasis Hotel

Accommodation Type / Star Rating 2 star hotel

Phone [+968]

Website

25691626

Phone [+968]

Website

Email Address iohotel@omantel.net.om

AL WUSTA REGION

Index

H O T E L

D I R E C T O R Y

AL DHAHIRAH REGION

138

Hotel

Accommodation Type / Star Rating

Email Address

99

Al Jazeera Rest House

1 star hotel

99366611

100

Al Ghafani

1 star hotel

99485881

101

Al Wusta Rest House

1 star hotel

23436016

102

Duqm Tourist Guest House

1 star hotel

25427191

103

Ghaba Guest House

2 star hotel

99358639

104

Haima Rest House

1 star hotel

73436061

– www.safeerintll.com –

inet18@yahoo.com sales@safeerintll.com –


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– –

101 6 – –

102 20 – –

103 10 – –

104 15 – –

AC

8

15

Mini bar / Fridge

99

100

• • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

H O T E L

Boating

Excursions

Health Club

Massage / Spa

Hotel Facilities Recreational Activities

G U I D E

Recreational Activities

2 0 1 0

Boating

Excursions

Health Club

Massage / Spa

Tennis courts

Swimming pool

Animal friendly

Disabled facilities

Children's play area

Laundry service

Business centre

Conference room

Hotel Facilities

Tennis courts

Swimming pool

• •

Animal friendly

Disabled facilities

Children's play area

Laundry service

Business centre

Conference room

Room Facilities

Evening entertainment

Restaurants

Car rental

Shops

Internet

Credit card

Wireless connection

Newspaper delivery

Tea / Coffee station

AC

Mini bar / Fridge

Room safe

Telephone

TV

Room service

Room Facilities

Evening entertainment

Restaurants

Car rental

Shops

Internet

• •

Credit card

Wireless connection

Newspaper delivery

• • •

Tea / Coffee station

Accommodation

Room safe

Telephone

Sea view

TV

Beachfront

Self-catering

Number of rooms

25

Room service

Index

98

Self-catering

Sea view

Beachfront

Number of rooms

Index Accommodation

139


H O T E L

G U I D E

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GENERAL INFORMATION For visas most nationalities can acquire a visit visa upon arrival, check the www.omantourism.gov.om website for more details. Climate December - March are the coolest months to visit the sultanate with the weather ranging from 16-30ºC during the day and 11-22ºC in the evenings. The sweltering summer months, June-September, can be relentless with the temperatures ranging from 25-50+ºC during the day and 19-35ºC at night. Currency The currency of Oman is the Omani Rial (OMR). Foreign currency and traveller’s cheques can be exchanged at banks, foreign exchange booths, hotels and at the airport. There are many ATM’s dotted around the city and all the main credit cards are readily accepted in the large shops, hotels and even by the souk traders. OMR1 = US$2.6 or EUR1.9 at the current exchange rate of the date of publishing. Time GMT +4 hours

Embassies and Ministries are open from 8am – 2pm, Saturday – Wednesday. *Public Holidays: 2010 26 February: Mouloud (Birth of the Prophet) 9 July: Leilat al-Meiraj (Ascension of the Prophet) 23 July: Renaissance Day (Marking the start of the reign of Sultan Qaboos) 11 September: Eid al-Fitr (End of Ramadan) 17 November: Eid al-Adha (Feast of the Sacrifice) 18 November: National Day and birthday of HM Sultan Qaboos 7 December: Islamic New Year

Dialing code +968 Language Arabic is the official language. English is also widely spoken. Opening hours Friday is the Muslim holy day. The private sector tends to take Friday and Saturday off and the government departments and public sectors take Thursday and Friday off. Shopping hours are usually from 10am – 1pm, 4pm – 9pm for independent stores and from 10am – 10pm for shops in malls, except on Fridays when most do not open until 2pm or 4pm. Banking hours are typically from 8am – 2pm, Sunday – Wednesday. Post Offices are typically open from 8am – 2pm, Saturday – Wednesday and from 8am – noon on Thursdays.

*2011 15 February: Mouloud (Birth of the Prophet) 28 June: Leilat al-Meiraj (Ascension of the Prophet) 23 July: Renaissance Day (Marking the start of the reign of Sultan Qaboos) 31 August: Eid al-Fitr (End of Ramadan) 6 - 7 November: Eid al-Adha (Feast of the Sacrifice) 18 November: National Day and birthday of HM Sultan Qaboos 26 November: Islamic New Year

*All holidays begin at sundown on the evening before the date given. As the Islamic calendar is based on the lunar observation, the above dates may vary by a couple of days.

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