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FOREWORD

Explore the pristine beauty

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Known for its natural beauty and adventure sports, the sultanate is a destination leisure holidays and cultural and eco tourism. Oman enjoys a unique position in the global tourism map as it blends traditional and contemporary cultures seamlessly. As vestiges of the past, Oman has some extraordinary forts and other traditional architecture, matched by Bedouin tradition.

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This book will help plan your travel to this land of pristine beauty. Starting from visa requirements to connectivity, the ‘Understanding Oman’ section will introduce you to diverse features of the country. Categorised into five sections, this book is repertoire of information and pictures. Be it dune bashing in Sharqiyah, watching dolphins and flamingos in Musandam, soaking up the culture in Batinah, browsing the souq, or watching an amazing sunset in Muscat, ‘Hotel & Travel’ will be your essential guide in exploring Oman.

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The directory of hotels at the end of the book lists all possible accommodations in the country. As you look for exotic locales in nook and corner of the country, this book will prove to be an essential part of your travel kit. Wishing you happy holidays under the Oman sun.

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© All rights reserved. This publication may not be reproduced or transmitted in any form in whole or in part without the written permission of the publishers; sources of information include the Ministry of Tourism and the respective hotels, and is accurate at the time of print. Hotel rates are subject to change. While every care has been taken in the preparation of this book, the publishers cannot be held responsible for the accuracy of the information herein, or any consequences arising from it. Cover picture is for illustrative purposes only Printed at Ruwi Modern Printers


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One stop travel solution Established in 1989, Majan International Agencies Travel & Tourism is one of the most reliable and guaranteed travel and tours operators in the Sultanate of Oman. Located at the heart of the town of Muscat, today, Majan International Agencies Travel & Tourism is renowned for its range of international services; its efficiency and the comfort level provided for its clients

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Buraimi

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c0ntents

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Restaurants

Room Telephone

SelfCatering

Swimming pool

Room Service

Disabled facilities

Spa

Mini-bar/ Fridge

Boating/ Water sports

Fitness Centre

TV in Room

Beachfront

Internet

HOTELS

MUSCAT

The Burgeoning Capital

SUR, NIZWA and the mountains

SOHAR

and the Batinah plains

MUSANDAM peninsula

DHOFAR

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Geography Oman extends from the lush plains of Dhofar to the parched, arid eastern sands. Situated in the extreme South Eastern corner of the Arabian Peninsula, Oman lies on the Tropic of Cancer, extending from latitude 16.40 to 26.20 degrees North and longitude 51.50 to 59.40 degrees East. The country’s 3,165km coastline runs from the Arabian Sea at the entrance to the Indian Ocean in the far South West, to Musandam and the Sea of Oman in the North, where it overlooks the strategic Strait of Hormuz and the entrance to the Gulf. Oman shares borders with the Republic of Yemen to the South West, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to the West and the United Arab Emirates to the North. It has sovereignty over a number of small islands in the Sea of Oman, the Strait of Hormuz and the Arabian Sea. The geographical diversity of the sultanate is best observed by using the country’s modern network of multilane highways. The impressive Hajjar mountain range runs in a great arc from Ru’us al Jibal in the north-west of the country, to Ras al Hadd in the southeastern corner of the Arabian Peninsula, overlooking the Indian Ocean.

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Area

309,500sqkm

Capital

Muscat

Population (2010)

2,773,479 people including expatriates

Official language

Arabic (English widely spoken)

Religion

Islam

Natural resources

Oil, natural gas, copper, fisheries, agriculture, tourism

Local time

GMT+4 hours

Currency

Omani Rial (RO), RO1 equivalent to approx. USD2.6

Oman’s coast

3,165km

Highest mountain peak Jebel Shams (3,004m) Summer season

May to September

Renaissance day

July 23

National day

November 18


Basic Arabic phrases General Yes-------------------------------------------- na’am No--------------------------------------------- la Please--------------------------------------- min fadlak (m) / min fadlik (f) Thank you--------------------------------- shukran Please (In offering)-------------------- tafaddal (m) / tafaddali (f) Good morning--------------------------- sabah il-khayr Good morning (in reply)------------- sabah in-nuwr Good evening---------------------------- masa il-khayr

Good evening (in reply)-------------- masa in-nuwr Hello----------------------------------------- marhaba How are you?---------------------------- k  aif haalak (m) / kaif haalik (f) Fine, thank you------------------------- zain, shukran (m) / zaina, shukran (f) Welcome----------------------------------- ahlan wa sahlan Goodbye------------------------------------ ma is-salaama

Questions How many/much?----- Kam? Where?--------------------- Wain?

When?---------------------- Mataa? Which?--------------------- Ayy?

How?------------------------ Kaif? What?----------------------- Aish?

Emergency

Numbers

Police-------------------------- al shurtaa Permit/Licence------------ rukhsaa / bataka Accident---------------------- hadith Papers------------------------- waraq Insurance-------------------- ta’miyn Sorry--------------------------- aasif (m) / aasifa (f) Petrol station--------------- mahattat petrol

Zero------------- sifr Half-------------- nous One-------------- waahid Two-------------- ithnain Three------------ thalatha Four------------- arba’a Five-------------- khamsa

Why?------------------------ Laysh? Who?------------------------ Meen?

Six---------------- sitta Seven----------- saba’a Eight------------- thamaania Nine------------- tiss’a Ten--------------- ashara Hundred------- miya Thousand----- elf

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In emergency Oman has several private hospitals and clinics that are accessible to tourists. These are clean and well-staffed. If you have a medical emergency in Oman, you can turn up at the emergency department of any of the private hospitals for immediate care. You may be transferred to one of the government hospitals for specialist treatment based on the seriousness of the ailment.

Health requirements No health certificates are required for visitors to Oman, except for people who have recently been in a yellow fever-infected area. However, it is always wise to check with an Oman diplomatic mission or your travel agent before departure as health restrictions may change. As of 2001, the World Health Organisation declared Oman malaria-free and taking preventive medication is no longer required. Rabies has not been eradicated in Oman, so if you are bitten, you should seek medical attention immediately. Vaccinations for Hepatitis A and B, and typhoid, are recommended. Oman’s climate can be harsh, particularly in summer. Drink plenty of water and cover up when out in the sun.

People with disabilities Most of Oman’s hotels have wheelchair access and toilet facilities for people with special needs. There are reserved parking spaces for the physically challenged, and drivers leave these vacant as the police carry out regular inspections.

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Important numbers Police/fire/ambulance 9999 Royal Oman Police (Muscat, Salalah) 24560099 / 23290099 Flight information (Seeb, Salalah) 24519223 / 23291016 Telephone enquiry 1318 Weather forecast 24519113


Entry visa and travel insurance A passport valid for at least six months is required for all visitors, except nationals of Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia who hold national identity cards, and holders of a Macau (SAR) Travel Permit. Visa permits have been greatly simplified as the country welcomes increased tourism. However, regulations should always be checked with your Oman embassy or consulate before travelling, especially if you plan to get a visa on arrival. Refer to the website of the Royal Oman Police (www.rop.gov.om) to get latest information on tourist visas.

Overseas travel can be an unforgettable experience. However, without proper travel insurance, the dream holiday you had been planning for months could quickly turn into a nightmare. Arranging travel insurance is not too expensive, nor does it require a lot of your time. Choose a reputable insurer and explore the various policies that they have on offer. There will always be a plan or policy that best suits your particular needs. Also make sure you read the fine print in the policy document, as there might be certain costs that the policy might not cover.

Travelling with children Most countries are family-friendly, and so is Oman. Children will have a great time. There are quite a few parks and amusement centres for activities. However, make sure to visit the parks in the evening, as it is quite hot during the day. Children can also enjoy swimming. For those with a passion for nature and adventure, go camping and explore Oman’s many wadis, beaches and mountains.

One of the constants in Oman is the annual Muscat Festival that takes place in January. It offers all sorts of fun-filled activities for the whole family. Hotels and shopping malls are also children-friendly, offering babysitting services and even small play centres. Restaurants in Oman have children’s menus. However, if you require a high chair, make sure to check with the individual restaurants.

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History As the great Arab navigator Ahmed bin Majid alNajdi recognised in AD 1490 Muscat, even to this day, has a character quite different from neighbouring capitals. In 1508 the Portuguese gained control of Muscat and the adjacent coast. Until driven out in 1650, they maintained a trading post and naval base there. Two 16th-century Portuguese forts overlook the town. Muscat’s old walls and some of its gates, still stand. The town’s unusual architecture shows Arab, Portuguese, Persian, Indian, African, and modern Western influences. The sultan’s Indian-style palace is built at the edge of the sea. Muscat is the site of a national museum. Commercial activity is centred around Muttrah, just to the west.

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Oman today There are few high-rise blocks, and even the most functional building is required to reflect tradition with a dome or an arabesque window. The result of these strict building policies is an attractive, spotlessly clean and uniform city – not much different in essence from the ‘very elegant town with very fine houses’ as the Portuguese admiral Alfonso de Alburqueque observed when he sailed towards Muscat in the 16th century. Muscat means ‘anchorage’, and the sea continues to constitute a major part of the city: it brings people on cruise ships and goods in containers to the historic ports of Old Muscat and Muttrah. It contributes to the city’s economy through the onshore refinery near Qurm, and provides a livelihood for fishermen along the beaches of Shatti al-Qurm and Athaiba. More recently, it has also become a source of

recreation at Al-Bustan and Bandar Jissah, and along the sandy beach that stretches almost without interruption from Muscat to the border with UAE, over 200km to the northwest.

Muscat is a forward-thinking, progressive city much loved by its citizens, and a beacon for those who live in the interior. In 2006 a museum, Bait alBaranda, was opened in the city’s honour. Its inauguration

coincided with the choice of Muscat as Arab Cultural Capital – a fitting celebration of Muscat’s renaissance.

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Seasons Muscat is in a beautiful region of mountains and has a lovely coastal view, but the heat and humidity of the summer can make it extremely unpleasant for visitors, especially those from more moderate climes. The best time to visit the city is between December and March.

This is the time when temperatures will be much more mild and agreeable, and the risk of sunburn, heatstroke, and dehydration are greatly reduced. While it is still warm compared to other regions’ winters, it is cool enough to enjoy being outside and seeing the sights.

Local Holidays New Year’s Day (January 1) Mouloud (Birth of the Prophet) (March 9) Leilat al Meiraj (Ascension of the Prophet) (July 20) Renaissance Day (July 23) Eid al-Fitr (End of Ramadan) (September) National Day and Birthday of HM Sultan Qaboos (November 18) Eid al-Adha (Feast of the Sacrifice) (November 28) Al-Hijra (Islamic New Year) (December 18) Note: During Islamic holidays, banks and government offices are closed. The holidays and festivals are set according to phases of the moon, and dates may change yearly. To ensure that you enjoy the festivals you want, make sure that you check the date of the holiday before planning your visit.

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Local Customs and language Customs Oman is a country that keeps its heritage very much alive. While it does have many modern amenities, Muscat is deeply religious. This is seen in all areas, including food, socialisation, and even the festivals and events planned in the city. It is extremely helpful to know some common phrases, such as please and thank you, as well as common greetings, as well as to know the local customs. Omanis receive many guests, and the city of Muscat knows that not every visitor will be aware of the intricacies of its culture: for the most part, they are very forgiving. Public affection however, is seen as taboo. It is a wonderful culture, and Omanis will appreciate the time and effort you make in showing your respect.

Language Muscat’s official language is Arabic, which is also widely spoken throughout the region. The city is diverse, and you will also hear smatterings of Swahili, English, Hindi, Malayalam, and several Indian dialects. Because of the large number of English-speaking tourists, many in the city will speak at least a little English, and it is the primary language used in business.

Tipping It isn’t customary to tip in Muscat, especially in less expensive establishments. Upscale restaurants tack on a service charge to your bill in lieu of a gratuity, though it is not for the wait staff. It is appreciated if you tip someone who extends a courtesy or provides an extra service, such as a driver who carries your bag. In this case, a small tip of a few Omani Rial is welcome.

Value for money Visitors who are to spend considerable time and expense traveling to Muscat will be relieved to find that there are several ways to save money while enjoying a world class vacation. The city is a treat for the senses, and you can enjoy much of it without spending a baiza. Marvel at the dramatic architecture. The city is built between rolling mountains and the dazzling sea. In the valleys are villages that look like they were carved there thousands of years ago. The entire vista is quite stunning. Muscat has delicious, fresh, and healthy dishes that cost very little. A meal for two people can cost as little as RO1, and there are a host of different restaurants in Muscat, Muttrah, and Ruwi where you can sample only the best.

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Health and Security Health In many countries, it is safer to drink bottled rather than tap water. While water systems may be clean enough, storage tanks are often less sanitary. To be on the safe side, drink bottled water, even in restaurants, during your stay in Muscat. Brushing your teeth or boiling tap water for tea or coffee is usually very safe, though you can always exercise extra caution and use bottled water. The food is prepared with the utmost attention to cleanliness and safety, but the combination of spices may cause

foreigners some discomfort, simply because they are not used to the cuisine. If this is the case, stick to a bland diet and stay hydrated until you feel better. The beautiful Gulf of Oman is home to coral and sea snakes that may be dangerous if provoked. If you are going to swim, snorkel, or dive on your trip, make sure to avoid these threats. Ambulances are available in Muscat, and those needing emergency care will be taken to the nearest hospital.

Security In addition to the normal precautions one should take while travelling (such as protecting your wallet and travel documents, especially in large crowds), there are cultural differences that can present problems for foreign nationals. This is particularly prevalent in regards to women: while in this country, it is better for women to dress conservatively, and avoid clothing that is revealing. Women should wear a scarf over their hair if visiting a mosque. Both men and

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women should avoid wearing shorts, unless they are at a resort. Loose, linen or cotton pants are cool and will not cause offence. Foreigners should be aware that the law in Muscat and Oman in general is very strict. Offenses such as obscene gestures or language are punishable with prison sentences. It is best, no matter what your persuasion that you not engage in public displays of affection.

As in many countries, be assertive when dealing with taxi drivers. Many will try to charge much more when they see you are foreign, unless you act like a very experienced traveller. Be aware that when the driver tells you how much it will cost to get to your destination, he is giving you the top price he hopes you will pay. Haggle this down, or you will end up paying much more than you should. If possible, ask a local how much a certain fare should be and which route is the best to take.


Weather The heat can be oppressing, especially for the elderly, children, and those with respiratory problems. Make sure to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of bottled water – do not wait until you are thirsty. As a rule, carry a bottle with you during your outings. Wear sunscreen, and do take advantage of the siesta time. Omanis know how dangerous the hot weather and sun can be, so take their cue and enjoy some time resting inside during the height of the day.

Tax Refunds Currently, Oman has no program allowing travellers to recoup sales tax upon their departure from the country. There is no sales tax on most items, though restaurants and hotels charge a 17 per cent tax.

Disabled Travellers The city of Muscat receives travellers from all over the world, and its accommodations for disabled travellers are better than you will find in more remote regions of Oman. Most hotels were built after 1980, so access is not typically a problem with lodgings. Likewise, most of the public buildings in Muscat were built after 1980 and have fairly good access for disabled travellers. Seeb International Airport and its airlines are accessible, though you may have some difficulty in finding handicap accessible taxis and buses. You may need assistance getting in or out. If you do need assistance, the people of Muscat are by and large very friendly and happy to assist you.

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Connectivity OMAN By air

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Muscat International Airport (MIA), situated 32km West of Muscat, is the primary gateway to Oman. It provides excellent connections to international destinations in the Middle East, Europe and the Far East. The passenger terminal consists of departures, arrivals, transfer area and duty-free shopping. The new terminal to be completed by 2014 will have the capacity to handle 12mn passengers annually.

Airlines

Telephone

Singapore Airlines / SQ SriLankan Airlines / UL Swiss Airlines / LX Thai Airways / TG Turkish Airlines / TK

24791233 24784545 24787416 24705934 24703033

Flights departing MIA

Destinations

Airlines

Telephone

Air Arabia / G9 Air France / AF Air India / AI British Airways / BA EgyptAir / MS Emirates Airline / EK Etihad Airways / EY Flydubai / FZ Gulf Air / GF Indian Airlines / IC Jet Airways / 9W KLM Royal Dutch / KL Kuwait Airways / KU Lufthansa / LH Oman Air / WY PIA / PK Qatar Airways / QR Royal Jordanian / RJ Saudi Arabian Airlines / SV

24700828 24562153 24799801 24568777 24794113 24792222 24823555 24700432 24482777 24791864 24796680 24566737 24701262 24796692 24707222 24792471 24771900 24796693 24789485

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Website www.airarabia.com www.airfrance.com www.airindia.com www.britishairways.com www.egyptair.com www.emirates.com www.etihadairways.com www.flydubai.com www.gulfair.com www.indian-airlines.nic.in www.jetairways.com www.klm.com www.kuwait-airways.com www.lufthansa.com www.omanair.aero www.piac.com.pk www.qatarairways.com www.rja.com.jo www.saudiairlines.com

Website www.singaporeair.com www.srilankan.aero www.swiss.com www.thaiair.com www.thy.com

A total of 56 destinations in 28 countries are served directly from Muscat International Airport. These routes are effective from 17 January 2012. Domestic City

Country

Airlines

Khasab Salalah

Oman Oman

WY WY

GCC Countries (Gulf Cooperation Council) Bahrain Kuwait Doha Dammam Jeddah Madinah Riyadh Abu Dhabi Dubai Sharjah

Bahrain KL, GF, WY Kuwait WY, KU Qatar QR, KL, WY KSA WY KSA SV, WY KSA SV KSA SV, WY UAE BA, EY, KL UAE FZ, LX, EK, WY UAE G9


Middle East and Africa

Indian Sub-Continent City

Country

Airlines

Chittagong Ahmedabad Amristsar Bangalore Chennai Kochi Hyderabad Jaipur Kozhikode Lucknow Mangalore Mumbai New Delhi Thiruvananthapuram Male Kathmandu Gwadar Islamabad Karachi Lahore Peshawar Sialkot Turbat Colombo

Bangladesh WY, BG India QR, EK, 9W India IX India WY India AI, WY India 9W, WY, IX India AI, WY India WY India WY, IX India WY India IX India 9W, I9, WY India AI, WY India 9W, WY, IX Maldives WY Nepal WY Pakistan PK Pakistan PK, WY Pakistan TG, PK, WY Pakistan ED, PK, WY Pakistan PK Pakistan PK Pakistan PK Sri Lanka WY, UL

City

Country

Airlines

Chah Bahar Shiraz Amman Beirut Addis Ababa Cairo Nairobi Dar es Salaam Zanzibar

Iran Iran Aseman Airlines / EP Iran Iran Aseman Airlines / EP Jordan RJ, WY Lebanon WY Ethiopia Ethiopian Airlines / ET Egypt MS, WY Kenya KQ Tanzania WY Tanzania WY

Europe Paris Frankfurt Munich Milan Amsterdam Zurich Istanbul Heathrow

France WY Germany WY Germany WY Italy WY Netherlands BA, LX, EK Switzerland WY Turkey TK UK WY

Far East Bangkok Kuala Lumpur

Thailand Malaysia

WY WY

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By road The Oman National Transport Company (ONTC) operates the state’s bus services between Dubai in UAE and Oman. Dubai is located approximately 450km from Muscat and it takes about four and a half hours to travel by road. Several private buses also travel within these two destinations. Other than this the ONTC also has regular bus services within Oman, to Salalah, Nizwa, Sohar and other towns. Travelling between destinations within Oman can be a comfort in rented cars. There are several agencies providing ‘rent-a-car’ services. Oman is a fantastic destination for anyone who has never self-driven abroad before. It is safe thanks to an excellent road system. Hotels are easy to find and fuel is readily obtainable and unbelievably cheap. Off-road driving through the desert terrains is as much fun. The deep sand is challenging and consequently it is imperative to be accompanied by a local guide since navigation is difficult even with a GPS.

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Car rental companies Advantage Car Rental------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 24561910 Al Maha----------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 24603359, 24603376 Avis-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 24692940 Budget--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 24794721 Discovery------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ 24833646 Europcar ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ 24700190 Global Car Rental ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ 24697140 Hertz------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ 24566208 Mark -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 24565567, 24560975 Sixt -- --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 24600739, 24600896 Thrifty------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 24489648, 24489248


Leisure OMAN Shopping The capital has a number of shopping complexes that are air-conditioned, brightly lit and cleaned round the clock. They have their own mix of shops and showrooms, car parks, cafĂŠs and food courts and play areas for children.

Al Araimi, Qurum

Music, electronics, perfumes, art, crystalware, footwear, sports gear, gifts, greeting cards and furniture Tel: 24566180, Fax: 24566186 Email: alaraimi@omantel.net.om

Zakher Shopping Mall, Al Khuwair Electronics, perfumes, Clothing, cafĂŠ, gifts, furniture and Omantel showroom Tel: 247730619, Fax: 247732677 Email: zakii@omantel.net.om

Al Sarooj, Shatti Al Qurum

Coffee shops, restaurants and physiotherapy clinics Tel: 24691311, Fax: 24692300 Email: taherent@omantel.net.om

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Capital Commercial Centre, Qurum Restaurants, cafés, music, shoes, electronics, jewellery, carpets, clothes, perfumes, photography equipment, goods, trinkets, Omani handicrafts and Omani silver handicrafts Tel: 24563672, Fax: 24564938 Email: cccqurum@omantel.net.om

Capital Stores, Ruwi, Qurum, Muttrah, Seeb, Salalah

Brands like Christian Dior, EtieneAigner, Kenzo, Burberrys, Lacoste, Escada, Davidoff, Issey Miyake, Jean Paul Gautier, Van Cleef, Christofle silverware, St.Dupont bags and Pierre Clarence men’s wear Tel: 24797236, fax: 24797277 Email: csoman@omantel.net.om

Khimji Megastore, Ruwi

Brands like Chanel, Jaeger, Paco, Rabanne, Nina Ricci, Jean Patou, Rochas, Ungaro, Cartier, Caron, Roger and Gallet, Tabac Original, Rayban, Cross, Moulinex, Sheaffer, Nikon, Noritake, Edinburg crystal, Fissler and SamsoniteIt has an exclusive watches section which includes brands like Rolex, Cartier, IWC, Oris, Piaget, Gerald Genta, Chanel,Tudor and Chopard Tel: 24708075, Fax: 24709942 Email: krmega@omantel.net.om

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Markaz Al Bahja, Al Hail

Retails stores, restaurants, bowling alley, amusement centre and cinema Phone: 247715485 Fax: 247715490 Email: markaz@ajaygroup.com

Al Khamis Plaza, Qurum

Fashion boutiques, fashion jewellery, designer apparel shops and Café Tel: 24562791, Fax: 563009 Email: alkhamis@omantel.net.om

Centrepoint, Al Khuwair, Ruwi, City centre Splash, Lifestyle and BabyShop Tel: 96725845, Fax: 24816552

Sabco Centre, Qurum

Silver jewellery, handicrafts, clothing and perfumes Tel: 24566701, Fax: 24563539 Email: sabcocen@omantel.net.om

Jawharat A’ Shatti, Shaiti Al Qurum Handicrafts, gift items restaurants and cafés Tel: 24692113, Fax: 24607412 Email: jasco@omantel.net.om

Muscat City centre, Seeb

Over 142 international and local brands Tel: 24537788, Fax: 24545320 Email: mccinfodesk@mafgroup.co.ae

Muscat Grand Mall, Al Khuwair

Retails stores, restaurants, amusement centre and cinema Tel: 24498611

Qurum City Centre, Qurum

Over 75 retail outlets Email: mccinfodesk@mafgroup.co.ae www.qurumcitycentre.com

Lulu Hypermarket Wadi Kabir, Darsait, Bousher, Seeb, Barka, Salalah, Buraimi, Nizwa, Khasab, Khaboora Shopping time: 8:00-23:45


Traditional Markets • Muttrah Souq, Muttrah Corniche • Modern replica Souqs at Sabco centre, Qurum • Nizwa Souq, Nizwa • Sinaw Souq, Sinaw • Ibra Wednesday Souq, Ibra • Al Hafah Souq, Salalah

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THE BURGEONING CAPITAL


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The bustling city Muscat, the capital of the Sultanate of Oman and a governorate itself, is a gorgeous and photogenic city. As the capital, it is mainly three small cities that grew together over time. Muscat often referred to as the ‘walled city,’ is home to the royal palaces and courts. Matrah, originally a fishing village, has one of the oldest, mazelike Matrah Souq and a major busy port called Port Sultan Qaboos. Ruwi on the other hand, is generally considered the commercial centre of the city. Located on the Gulf of Oman coast, as the three cities began to develop at a fast rate, the town gave its name to the country. Harboured by volcanic mountains, the ancient city is connected by road to the west and south. As a governorate, Muscat is the heart of the country and has the key transportation network, Seeb International Airport. Muscat by itself is scattered with many interesting places to visit. With the perfect blend of ancient and contemporary, the city is medium-paced and can be discovered in approximately three to four days.

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Bandar Jissah This reserve is at a distance of 30-40 minutes by boat from Bandar al Rawdha Marina, located in the heart of Muscat. Your boat ride is made more pleasurable with the accompaniment of dolphins that swim along the boats. You’ll enjoy seeing the mountains and the white-washed small houses that overlook the majestic sea as the backdrop. You’ll also pass Al Bustan Palace Hotel and Barr al Jissah Spa. Coral reefs permeate the Bandar al Khayran waters, considered home to many diverse organisms and fish. The place is popular with divers, especially with the presence of more than 22 diving locations, each with its own charm and beauty.

This is one of the most beautiful wadis in Muscat Governorate. It is situated three kilometres away from Wilayat Qurayat on the road leading to the villages of Fins and Bamah. The wadi cleaves a deep furrow in the flank of the A’Sharqiyah al Hajar Mountains. An abundance of water characterises the area, where deep pools are found in the wadi. Four villages on both banks form Wadi al Arbiyeen. These villages are famous for the cultivation of palm trees, bananas, lemon and mango trees.

Wadi Al Arbiyeen

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Bandar Khayran Bandar Al Khayran is a serene and picturesque bay inlet on the road between Yitti Beach Village and Sifah about 30 minutes from Muttrah, Muscat by car. The underwater scenery in Bandar Al Khayran is also a tourist destination for divers and for the ‘SemiSubmersible,’ a vessel used to explore the reef below. Unlike conventional submarines, Semi-submersibles do not dive completely underwater but remain on the surface, allowing passengers to explore sea life through large, clear glass windows while seating in air-conditioned comfort two meters below the water.

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Al Jalali Fort lies in old Muscat and overlooks the Sea of Oman. It is also known as the Ash Sharqiya Fort. Some say that the fort’s name origin is ‘Al Jalal,’ meaning ‘great beauty’ while others say the name is that of the Persian leader ‘Jalal Shah.’ The fort consists of two towers connected by a wall punctuated by holes for cannons. The building is completely isolated and cannot be accessed from its rocky façade; instead there is a small bridge and stairway ending at one of the holdouts for safe exit. Visitors can only view the castle from the outside.

Al Jalali Fort


Royal Opera House The Royal Opera House Muscat (ROHM) is Oman’s premier venue for musical arts and culture. The opera house is located in Shatti al Qurum district of Muscat. Built on the royal orders of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said, the ruler of Oman, the Royal Opera House reflects contemporary Omani architecture, and has a capacity to accommodate maximum of 1,100 people. The opera house complex consists of a concert theatre, auditorium, formal landscaped gardens, cultural market with retail, luxury restaurants and an art centre for musical, theatrical and operatic productions.

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Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque Close to the road leading to the heart of the capital Muscat stands the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque in Wilayat of Bawshar, attracting its visitors to interact with the spirit of Islam as a religion, science and civilisation. This mosque highlights its role as a scientific and intellectual source of knowledge across the Islamic world. After having an architectural competition to select the best design for Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, construction took six years. The mosque’s total capacity is 20,000 worshipers, and it covers an estimated area of 416,000 square metres. The main squareshaped prayer room can accommodate 6,500 worshipers and has a central dome that rises 50 metres above the floor.

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Visiting hours Non-Muslims are allowed to visit the mosque every day, except Friday, from 8:30 until 11:00 am. Visitors are asked to dress modestly and in a way befitting places of worship. Women are also required to cover their hair.


The selection of artwork in the halls reflects the evolution and multiple forms of architectural decoration and the culture that has spread its rich patterns from Andalusia to China. Holy verses are inscribed two centimetres deep on stones in the outer areas, so they stay as long as the mosque remains standing. The mosque’s prayer hall floor is topped with a single piece Persian carpet composed of 1,700 million knots which took about 27 months to make, covering an area of 4,200 square metres, and weighing 21 tons. Also 28 different colours made from plant or natural dyes, in varying gradations, are used in this carpet’s weave.

Yitti Yitti is a seacoast town about 25km from Muscat. To get there you drive towards the Shangri-La Hotel and turn right from the round about. One of the city’s most popular beaches, the seacoast is rustic with rocky mountains in the backdrop. What you enjoy the most is the drive to Yitti. The famous rock formation on your left is a sign that you are approaching the beach.

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QuraYyat

A’Sifah Jebel Sifah is located 45km away from downtown Muscat. The scenic destination is fringed by sandy white beaches and turquoise waters of the Arabian Sea, and surrounded by the majestic Hajjar mountain range. The distinctive appeal of Jebel Sifah as a destination lies in it being a beckoning getaway with close proximity to the capital city, accessible in less than an hour’s drive. On your way to Jebel Sifah, you will pass through the peaceful fishing village of Sifah. Beautiful views of the mountains, the sea and its friendly people all make this modest unobtrusive village a wonderful neighbour to have.

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Qurayyat is a small fishing village near Muscat, Oman. A popular stopping point on the way to Sur, Qurayyat is in itself also a very popular destination for Muscat. Qurayyat lies 80km from the capital, a 45-minute drive from Ruwi along a fast and relatively empty new stretch of dual carriageway which weaves between the craggy foothills of the Eastern Hajjar. Qurayyat had the dubious honour of being one of the first towns in Oman to experience the destructive attentions of the Portuguese fleet under Afonso de Albuquerque. The principal attraction is Qurayyat’s fort, which sits right in the middle of town, on your left as you drive in. Unfortunately, like so many other forts in Oman, it was closed at the time of writing for renovation. In the meantime, you can still admire the fine old wooden entrance door flanked by two rusty cannon and the shuttered ground-floor windows which ring the building on three sides.


Al Alam Palace Al Alam Palace, is the ceremonial palace of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said. The palace is located in the heart of the Old Muscat, it is surrounded by the Al Jalali and Al Mirani forts and will soon be facing the upcoming National Museum of Oman. Former Sultans used to live in a house called Bait Al Alam which was demolished in the early 70s to build this new Palace in its place to be the official residence of the Sultan of Oman. His Majesty Sultan Qaboos rarely ever stays in Al Alam Palace as he seems to prefer his other residences in Al Seeb or Manah. However, this palace is the one used the most to receive high-ranking official guests and has hosted in the past the likes of the Queen of England and the Queen of the Netherlands. The palace is not open to the public, but tourists can walk around the yard and gardens in front of the palace at any time.

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HOTEL LISTING

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AL BUSTAN PALACE A RITZ CARLTON HOTEL 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. Meticulously designed for comfort and convenience, the 250 hotel rooms and suites have been uniquely appointed to reflect both local traditions and art deco influences. Each of the luxurious guest rooms and hotel suites feature magnificent mountain, sea or garden views. Each suite and hotel room is perfect for both business and leisure travel alike. The hotel arranges daily trips for dolphin watching, scuba diving, sailing, windsurfing, kayaking and snorkelling. With five fantastic restaurants to choose from and two bars to spend the wee hours in, you will be spoilt for choice with some of the best cuisines on offer. Don’t leave without trying China Mood, renowned for its delicious Peking duck.

PO Box 1998, PC 114, Jibroo Tel: +968 24799666, Fax: +968 24791269 www.albustanpalace.com

Rates start from

RO185

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GRAND HYATT MUSCAT 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, the Grand Mosque and the famous Muttrah souq. Grand Hyatt Muscat is perfect for both business and leisure pursuits, and is one of the largest and most opulent luxury hotels Muscat has to offer, with 280 stylishly appointed rooms and suites, with an Arabian-style interior design. The property has exceptional recreational facilities and numerous meeting and banquet spaces, for up to 1,000 people, which cater to a wide range of events and business requirements. The array of restaurants offers a variety of cuisines, from international and Middle Eastern to award-winning Italian, succulent steaks and grills, delicious pub grub or delightfully exotic Indonesian cuisine. The hotel’s Club Olympus offers cutting-edge fitness and recreation facilities. The swimming pool located in the hotel gardens includes a lazy river and a toddler splash pool, while sports facilities include three tennis courts.

PO Box 951, PC 133, Al Khuwair Tel: +968 24641234, Fax: +968 24605282 www.muscat.grand.hyatt.com

Rates start from

RO155

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INTERCONTINENTAL MUSCAT 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. There is always something special happening at an InterContinental hotel. Whether you are looking for a fun-filled getaway or a place to host your next business event the hotel has a package to meet your needs. With 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 Café and Terrace Restaurant which serves an international breakfast, lunch and dinner, you are bound to be spoilt for choice. The hotel also has its own boutiques, shops and bank.

PO Box 398, PC 114, Jibroo Tel: +968 24680000, Fax: +968 24600012 www.intercontinental.com

Rates start from

RO155

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SHANGRI-LA'S BARR AL JISSAH RESORT & SPA Located on a stunning bay overlooking the Gulf of Oman and nestled against a backdrop of rugged mountains, Shangri-La is the sultanate’s first fully integrated three-hotel destination resort. This award-winning property features the exclusive Al Husn (the Castle) offering a host of residents-only privileges, the luxurious Al Bandar (the Town) and the deluxe Al Waha (the Oasis) with family-oriented facilities. All spacious rooms are designed to reflect the enchanting Arabian spirit of traditional Oman, and contain artworks created by local artists. Guestrooms feature memorable views of the turquoise waters of the Gulf of Oman and the dramatic coastline. Guests can enjoy a variety of memorable dining experiences with a choice of 19 restaurants, cafÊs and bars offering authentic cuisines including Middle Eastern, Italian, South American and Moroccan.

PO Box 644, PC 100, Muscat Tel: +968 24776666, Fax: +968 24776677 www.shangri-la.com/muscat

Rates start from

RO140

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THE CHEDI MUSCAT The Chedi Muscat is an exclusive five-star beach resort with each category of the 158 rooms available having its own magnificent views of the water gardens or the Omani Hajjar mountain range. The hotel features a 370m private beach and two stunning swimming pools, surrounded by an array of high-class restaurants to dine in. Sparkling waters, vibrant gardens and dramatic mountains as seen through the grand windows in all 158 tasteful, well-appointed guestrooms and suites heighten the calming effect of the natural and timeless environment at The Chedi Muscat. Eight Deluxe Club Rooms and 38 Chedi Club Suites confer access to The Club Lounge. For a fine dining delectable experience, The Restaurant will guarantee not to disappoint with its four open display kitchens and The Arabian Courtyard will provide a Middle Eastern buffet. Opt for The Beach Restaurant for delicious seafood specialties or the Poolside Cabana for light meals.

PO Box 964, PC 133, Al Khuwair Tel: +968 24524400, Fax: +968 24493485 www.ghmhotels.com

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RO210

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AL FALAJ HOTEL

Best Western Premier Muscat

A scenic 25km drive from the airport brings you to the Al Falaj Hotel, which enjoys a prime location in the heart of Ruwi. This hotel comprises 140 stylishly furnished bedrooms and suites with a price tag including buffet breakfast of RO45 for a single, RO55 for a double or twin room and RO125 for a suite. Each room has a television, and there is 24-hour room service available. The hotel features an automobile themed night club Nuts & Bolts. Al Falaj has popular restaurants, namely Tokyo Taro and Arryans. along with a pub and café, a health and fitness centre, tennis and squash courts, a large swimming pool and hairdressing salon.

Located at Al Khuwair, Muscat, Best Western Premier Muscat is part of Best Western International which is acclaimed to be the ‘World’s Largest hotel Chain’, comprising more than 4,000 independently owned and operated hotels in 100 countries. The ten-storey hotel embodies all the unique highlights of the Best Western Premier brand and blends seamlessly with local characteristics offering its guests luxury at an affordable price. With 203 large rooms and suites, two restaurants and five function rooms, the hotel offers professional service with distinct styling, personalised Omani hospitality and plush amenities as some of its primary features.

PO Box 2031, PC 112, Ruwi Tel: +968 24702311, Fax: +968 24795853 www.omanhotels.com

Rates start from

RO45

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PO Box 786, PC 115, Madinat Sultan Qaboos Tel: +968 22033333, Fax: +968 22000888 www.bestwesternoman.com

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RO45

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A view of the the Majan Continental Hotel and the swimming pool

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MAJAN CONTINENTAL HOTEL Majan Continental Hotel in Muscat has been providing world-class services for visitors to Oman for two decades. With 159 air-conditioned rooms and suites as well as serviced apartments, elegantly decorated and equipped with the latest amenities, the hotel is a popular choice among business and leisure travellers. A kilometre away from Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, the hotel is less than two kilometres from Ghala Wentworth Golf Club and 11km from Seeb International Airport. The Majan Continental Hotel looks like a traditional Omani fort on the outside but it has exceptional modern amenities that include a swimming pool, the largest among other four-star hotels and a well-equipped health club with separate facilities for men and women. The hotel aims to open a new luxury spa by the end of 2013. Restaurant options include Barrio, The Oasis, Chambers sports lounge, Miabin Restaurant and coffee shop open around the clock that serves a theme buffet every night. For business travellers, who make up around 40 per cent of the hotel’s guests, the Majan Continental Hotel has state-ofthe-art conference facilities, including a hall accommodating up to 350 guests as well as two smaller halls.

PO Box 311, PC 115, Muscat Tel: +968 24592900, Fax: +968 24592979 www.majanhotel.com

Rates start from

RO50

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CITY SEASONS HOTEL MUSCAT

GOLDEN TULIP SEEB

Towering over the central diplomatic area, the City Seasons Hotel Muscat offers a blend of Arabian hospitality and contemporary state-of-the-art facilities and amenities with 269 spacious rooms, suites and 65 apartments. It has two eclectic restaurants and two café’s serving Lebanese in Raouche Restaurant. Enjoy buffets and a range of exquisite beverages and French patisseries with a Middle Eastern twist. With four meeting rooms, two boardrooms, a ballroom, and a vast underground parking, this hotel is an ideal choice for business meetings as well as weddings and dinners.

Whether you stay for business or leisure, you will enjoy the comfort and elegance of the Golden Tulip Seeb, enhanced by its traditional Omani hospitality. The hotel is a ten-minute drive from the airport and seven-minute drive to Muscat’s biggest City Centre mall. The beach is close by if you fancy a stroll or a swim. The hotel can provide various leisure activities to help you relax, unwind and spend the day soaking in the atmosphere and sun. Outdoor activities include a swimming pool, tennis courts, table tennis and a football field. Oman Automobile Club is a short drive away where you can Go-kart or enjoy a game of golf.

PO Box 762, PC 114, Jibroo Tel: +968 24394800, Fax: +968 24478854 www.cityseasonsgroup.com

Rates start from

RO65

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PO Box 69, PC 111, CPO Tel: +968 24514444, Fax: +968 24510055 / 390 www.goldentulipseeb.com

Rates start from

RO105

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HAFFA HOUSE HOTEL

PARK INN BY RADISSON MUSCAT

Situated in the heart of the business district, it offers a selection of accommodation types overlooking the highway on one side and the hilly terrain on the other. All rooms have free, wired Internet. Enjoy a delectable multi-cuisine from Four Seasons Restaurant which offers breakfast, lunch and dinner buffets; indulge in freshly baked delicacies or refreshing drinks from the Samharam CafĂŠ. The hotel offers a fully-equipped health club with personal trainer, beauty salon, car rental, and a tour desk for organising tours anywhere in Oman. The hotel can help arrange diving trips, snorkelling, dolphin watching, and sailing trips.

Park Inn by Radisson Muscat opened in 2009 offers 175 bright spacious guest rooms. The Palm restaurant offers all-day dining and the RBG Grill restaurant offers delectable steaks and grilled foods. Also featured in the hotel is Sama Terrazza, an outdoor rooftop terrace with swimming pool, a great place to listen to the beats of the resident DJ while unwinding on the weekend.

PO Box 1498, PC 114, Jibroo Tel: +968 24707207, Fax: +968 24707208 www.shanfarihotels.com

Rates start from

RO45

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Also available is Sky Club, a fully equipped fitness centre, sauna and steam rooms, a book shop, barber shop, business centre, valet parking and 24-hour room service.

PO Box 1635, PC 133, Al Khuwair Tel: +968 24507888, Fax: +968 24507889 www.parkinn.com/hotel-muscat

Rates start from

RO65

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RADISSON BLU HOTEL

RAMADA MUSCAT

This fully renovated Radisson Blu Hotel is a 12-minute drive from the airport and has 156 air-conditioned rooms.

With 86 rooms, this hotel is a great stopover for a successful business trip or a pleasurable and relaxing holiday. This boutique hotel is located in the elegant Shatti al Qurum area, just minutes from the diplomatic quarter and other major leisure and business attractions in Muscat, and within a 15-minute drive from the airport. Al Diwan Restaurant serves delicious international cuisine, Al Fursan coffee shop serves snacks and refreshments, and Ramada is home to CafĂŠ Noir Restaurant. It also features a sports lounge, wellness centre, meeting facilities, outdoor catering and an executive lounge.

Enjoy a bite at the many restaurants dotted around the hotel. Olivos Coffee Shop presents a varied menu and buffet served in refreshing Mediterranean surroundings. Al Tajin Grill, renowned for the best steaks and fresh fish in town, is set in tranquil surroundings of a miniature Omani fort. The Coral bar is an ideal spot for a pre-dinner drink or a nightcap with live entertainment and a DJ.

PO Box 939, PC 133, Al Khuwair Tel: +968 24487777, Fax: +968 24487778 www.radissonblu.com/hotel-muscat

Rates start from

RO110

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PO Box 1011, PC 112, Ruwi Tel: +968 24603555, Fax: +968 24694500 www.ramadamuscat.com

Rates start from

RO60

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RAMEE GUESTLINE HOTEL

SIFAWY BOUTIQUE HOTEL

This hotel is just a stone’s throw away from the famous Al Shatti beach and is in close proximity to the famous Muttrah souq. The hotel offers a choice of 90 elegant comfortable rooms and suites. The Rock Bottom Café is an American-themed dine-and-dance restaurant serving some of the best steaks in town. Feast on some delectable Indian dishes from ‘Little Hut of Keranadu’, a South-Indian restaurant or try North-Indian cuisine at the Mirchi Restaurant. For variety, try the Arabic restaurant with live music and Café Cappuccino, which serves international cuisine.

The hotel is less than an hour’s drive from the capital city Muscat. Sifawy, meaning those from Sifah, is located within the world-class Jebel Sifah Resort, and offers a contemporary blend of European design with a strong traditional Omani influence. It is ideally located in the heart of the marina town. The resort’s main entertainment hub offers restaurants, cafes, shops and night-life activities. The hotel has 55 guest rooms, including 30 suites. Guests looking for authentic regional and international dining experiences can try the all-day dining restaurant Al Sabla or the beach restaurant, As Sammak.

PO Box 594, PC 114, Jibroo Tel: +968 24564443, Fax: +968 24562464 www.rameehotels.com

Rates start from

RO50

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PO Box 1719, PC 130, Muscat Tel: +968 24749111, Fax: +968 24749122 www.sifawyhotel.com

Rates start from

RO90

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THE PLATINUM HOTEL

AL MAHA INTERNATIONAL HOTEL

The Platinum Hotel depicts a fusion of rich Islamic and Mogul heritage with ultra modern and state-of-the-art facilities with the famed Omani culture. This hotel provides 85 rooms, with a single room priced at RO75, double or twin and family at RO85, a single suite at RO120 and a double suite at RO160, inclusive of breakfast. Samah Restaurant on the roof top and CafĂŠ Arabica in the lobby serve Asian, Continental and Arabic food, both buffet and Ă  la carte.

Located near the beach and 10km from the centre of town and airport, with breakfast included in the room rates, a single or double room is going for RO45.

PO Box 3735, PC 112, Ruwi Tel: +968 24392500, Fax: +968 24392501 www.theplatinumoman.com

Rates start from

RO75

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If you fancy a bite to eat, The Steak House, renowned for its juicy steaks, also serves delectable Indian and Chinese dishes. Kaffee Corner offers the finest in coffees and milkshakes and The Sports Lounge offers fresh juices, healthy snacks and salads.

PO Box 21, PC 102, Al Qurum Tel: +968 24494949, Fax: +968 24499949 www.almahahotel.com

Rates start from

RO45

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HOTEL MUSCAT HOLIDAY

IBIS HOTEL MUSCAT

The hotel is situated in the capital area with 123 elegantly furnished air-conditioned bedrooms including six suites. The Al Maha Coffee Shop serves an extensive range of freshly prepared international dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The hotel also has fully licensed bars. Sur ballroom meeting and banquet facilities can cater from ten to 1,000 guests. The fitness centre offers professional Thai massages, ballet, karate and a wide selection of state-of-the-art exercise machines and cardio vascular equipment. Recreation facilities include temperaturecontrolled swimming pool, baby pool. badminton and tennis.

The Ibis Muscat is conveniently located in the Al Khuwair area, off Sultan Qaboos Street which connects the airport to the main city. The 171 air-conditioned rooms are charged at RO49 for single, double or twin rooms. Ibis offers all-you-can-eat buffet breakfast with oriental selection, choice of eggs, fresh pastries, fair trade coffee, fruit juices and much more. Give your taste buds a treat with your choice of international cuisine served at Oopen Pasta & Grill.

PO Box 1185, PC 111, Seeb Tel: +968 24399100, Fax: +968 24399200 www.holidayhotelsoman.com

Rates start from

RO85

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PO Box 1512, PC 130, Azaiba Tel: +968 24489890, Fax: +968 24487970 www.ibishotel.com

Rates start from

RO49

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MIDAN HOTEL SUITES

RAMEE DREAM RESORT

Located just 700m from the beach and within easy access of the principal shopping areas and entertainment attractions, Midan has 37 spacious suites available. A single room costs RO68, a double room RO170 and all suites have a well-equipped kitchen, sizeable living room, wireless Internet connection and a 32-inch 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, relax at Casa de Café, the hotel’s coffee lounge.

Located very close to the airport, Muscat City Centre and Markaz al Bahja, 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 RO30 for a single room, RO35 for a double or twin room and RO60 for a suite. Breakfast is an additional RO3 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.

PO Box 1359, PC 130, Azaiba Tel: +968 24499565, Fax: +968 24499575 www.midanoman.com

Rates start from

RO68

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PO Box 609, PC 121, Seeb Tel: +968 24453399, Fax: +968 24457030 www.rameehotels.com

Rates start from

RO30

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Shanfari Group Of Hotels A destination of choice for corporate and leisure movements

Haffa House Hotel, Muscat

Shanfari Group of Hotels offers the most deserving travelers a perfect mix of old world charm and modern amenities. The contemporary design is embellished with Omani tradition, trendy and novel F & B concepts. New entertainment options and personalised services create industry bench marks.

www.shanfarihotels.com

Haffa House, Salalah

Samharam Tourist Resort, Salalah


Crystal Suites Crystal Suites is strategically positioned in Wadi Kabir, five minutes away from the heart of Muscat’s business district. The property is in close proximity to pristine public beaches and other cultural centers. Crystal Suites has all exquisite and comprehensive range of quality hospitality amenities to make guests feel at home. The property caters 75 well-appointed suites. Every apartment is well furnished with all modern amenities. The rooms are designed to provide guests a unique and comfortable living experience. Kohinoor Restaurant, a fine dining restaurant, serves the best menu in town that includes Mughalai, Arabic, Chinese and Continental cuisines. Crystal Suites also houses pillar-less banquet halls namely Ruby, Sapphire and Emerald. It also has an open-air atrium that enables guests to enjoy amidst the comfort of open sky.

PO Box 566, PC 117, Wadi Kabir Tel: +9682 4826100, Fax: +968 24826116 www.crystalsuites.om

Rates start from

RO30

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Crystal Suites offers a comfortable stay for business and leisure • 75 well-appointed suites with modern facilities • Fine dining restaurant serves the best menu in town, from Mughalai, Arabic, Chinese to Continental cuisines • Open sky atrium with children’s play area and dining facilities • Three grand, multi-purpose pillarless ballrooms with 1,000-person capacity Call: +968 24826100 Fax: +968 24826116 Email: info@crystalsuites.om / reservations@crystalsuites.om PO Box: 566, PC 117, Wadi Kabir, Sultanate of Oman

www.crystalsuites.com


SUR, NIZWA & THE MOUNTAINS


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sur The nature of this region, in particular, blends three environments, each having its own distinctive flavour: the coastline, hugging the Arabian Sea and part of the Sea of Oman, the sand dunes, vibrant with the quiet nomadic life in a pastoral setting, and the towns which are the meeting point for both the nomadic and coastal environments. This region abounds in spectacular wadis. Wadi Tiwi, Wadi Shab and Wadi Bani Khalid are definitely worth visiting. The wadis form a unique environmental system characterised by variety, diversity, and a wealth of natural attractions.

Masirah Island The island is located in South East Oman, and lies within the administration of the Sharqiyah South Governorate. The island has a beautiful and diverse natural environment with an abundant marine life. It enjoys temperate weather all year round. The beaches provide an opportunity to see clusters of rare sea turtles laying their eggs. You can reach the island by a large ferry, known locally as Alyasoora. This is a large carrier that carries cars, goods and people to and from the island. The island can also be accessed by air.

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Sharqiyah Sands Sharqiyah Sands are considered among the most beautiful camping areas in the sultanate and extend over an area of about 10,000sqkm. The sand colour ranges from red to brown as far as the eye can see. It is the original homeland of the bedouins. This area attracts many desert adventure fans, and is preferred by visitors owing to its ease of accessibility and availability of nearby services.

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Ayjah The Ayjah Lighthouse in Sur is quite impressive. The architecture is captivating with its three-story tower and domed roof. It lies in the backdrop of Ayjah Bay with the new bridge and all the boats surrounding it. This charming lighthouse is located on

Sinkhole Park Ras Ayqah, the high point on the east side of the Sur harbour entrance. Many people rush to see the turtle-nesting site outside of Sur and fail to spend some quality time in the town itself. If you ever make it to the lovely town of Sur, make sure to enjoy the serene beauty of Ayjah Bay.

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This strange wonder is found on Oman’s east coast approximately an hour and 45 minutes from Muscat. It’s basically a huge hole or cave-like structure filled with water from the close-by ocean. The water is azure blue and there are plenty of places to climb up the rocks and jump into the clear water. It is commonly called the Sink Hole and got its name from its sink-like shape, filled with water. The water has a very high salt level caused by evaporation.


Bibi Maryam mausoleum, Qalhat The ancient city of Qalhat, or Galhat, is located just over 20km north of Sur, in the Ash Sharqiyah Region of northeastern Oman. Very little remains of the ancient city of Qalhat, save for the now dome-less mausoleum of Bibi Maryam. The city served as an important stop in the wider Indian Ocean trade network, and was also the second city of the Kingdom of Ormus. Artifacts from as far away as Persia and China were found on-site. This Mausoleum was built for Baha al-Din Ayaz, successor of Mahmud b. Ahmad al-Qusi al-Qalhati, the founder of the Hormuz empire which flourished in the 8th/14th century. The mausoleum was built by the wife of Baha al-Din, Maryam, and is thus call the Bibi Maryam mausoleum.

On the far side of Ibra lies Al Mansfah village, a community of mansions once owned by prosperous merchants of the 19th century during the reign of Said the Great. With the decline of Said’s commercial empire these once stately mansions fell into ruin. Mountains surround Ibra and unlike many GCC countries there is a great view and terrain. The temperature is the same as everywhere and the summer months can get unbearably hot. However the winter is lovely and cool. There is very little rainfall in Ibra and it occurs mostly during the winter.

Mansfah ruins, Ibra

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Tiwi and Wadi Tiwi A couple of kilometres south of Wadi Shab lies the almost identical Wadi Tiwi, another spectacularly deep and narrow gorge carved out of the mountains, running between towering cliffs right down to the sea. It’s less unspoiled than Wadi Shab, thanks to the presence of a road through the ravine (though, as at Wadi Shab, the dramatic scenery at the entrance has been ruined by the construction of a large flyover), although it compensates with its old traditional villages, surrounded by lush plantations of date and banana, and criss-crossed with a network of gurgling a falaj. The road into the wadi was being widened and modernised, running along the valley floor,

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between plantations and past the rock pools which collect between the huge boulders below. After around five kilometres you’ll reach the picturesque village of Harat Bidah, where the road narrows dramatically, squeezing its way between old houses and high stone walls. Past here the tarmac ends and a rough track climbs steeply for a further five kilometres up to the village of Mibam. It is indeed a spectacular drive.


Wadi Shab This wadi is arguably one of the most gorgeous destinations in Oman. Beyond the breathtaking entrance, the wadi rewards you with views of aquamarine pools, waterfalls and terraced plantations; kingfishers add glorious splashes of colour. For the adventurous, there are plenty of opportunities for swimming and a visit to a partially submerged cave.

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Jaylah The funeral towers at Jaylah were built 4,500 years ago during a period of prosperity in Oman that was funded by the trade of bronze. Dozens of such towers are found around the Arabian peninsula but those at Jaylah are some of the best preserved. This is largely because of their isolation on the edge of the Salmah plateau where only a handful of people live. Indeed the first road up to Jaylah hamlet was built in the late 1980s and it was at this time that the German Professor Paul Yule first described the site. The towers are four to five metres in height and three to four metres in diameter. Most have an inner and outer wall with the space filled in with rubble. A central vertical cylinder was left empty for human remains and possessions. The towers are in an original state.

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Al Kamil W’al Wafi

Al Kamil W’al Wafi is a wilayat of scenic contrasts with dramatic mountain profiles in the north, which give way to expansive gravel plains and sandy terrain as you sweep southwards. Amid this varied mix of landscapes are places of unparalleled charm, especially in the north and south of the wilayat. The wilayat’s main town, which lies about 279km from Muscat, is on the highway to Sur. The town’s rich historical heritage is reflected in the number of ancient fortifications dotting the landscape around. The most prominent is Al Shreah, a picturesque edifice located near the main souq, which also adorns the wilayat’s emblem. You may take the dolphin watching tours that are the highlight of this town.


Ras al Jinz Turtle reserve Ras al-Jinz (Ras al-Junayz), the easternmost point of the Arabian Peninsula, is an important turtlenesting site for the endangered green turtle. Over 20,000 females return annually to the beach where they hatched in order to lay eggs. Oman has an important role to play in the conservation of this endangered species and takes the responsibility seriously, with strict penalties for harming turtles or their eggs. The area is under government protection and the only way to visit the site is by joining an escorted tour. For further information about conservation measures in place to protect Oman’s turtles, contact the Environment Society of Oman. While the tour is intended for the well-being of the turtle, at peak holiday times large volumes of people flock to the reserve.

Thankfully groups are limited to 20 people per guide with no more than five guides in each session. Despite the reserve’s best efforts, there is something immensely intrusive about large, noisy groups gawping at such an intimate act, especially when flippers are lifted out of the way for better viewing and camera-wielding individuals chase the frightened turtles down the beach. As such, the experience may not be to everyone’s taste.

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Al Hoota Cave

Wadi Bani Khalid

Located 203 kilometres from Muscat. The wilayat Bani Khalid weaves up across the eastern Al Hajjar Mountains to Bida village deep in the mountains. There you can enjoy the spectacular views of the fertile valley with its spreading trees and abundant water that tumbles down as waterfalls in some areas form natural pools of water. The road then cuts through the valley to reach Muqal town, well known for its cave. To explore this cave, you’ll have to exercise great caution, as you may need to crawl or even scramble in some places. Here the gushing waters creates a loud rushing sound and collects in pools, only to dissipate and gather in small lakes which the villagers have used to fill three irrigation canals.

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Al Hoota Cave is one of nature’s spectacular highlights in the Sultanate of Oman. The cave features an electrical train that starts from the visitor centre, travels through the mouth of the tunnel and reaches the cave’s main entrance. A well-lit walkway runs alongside the cave wall and it throws light on the natural formations curving the walls of the cave. Visiting Hours: (Sat – Thurs: 9am - 1pm and 2pm - 5.15pm) (Fri: 9am -12pm and 2pm - 5.15pm) Entrance fee: RO5 Reservations: Tel: +968-92404444 Email: reserve@alhootacave.com


Wadi Damm Wadi Damm is located near Al Ayn village, Wilayat Ibri, Al Dhahirah Governorate, and is about 45km from Ibri city. It is a seasonal wadi, dry most of the year. It relies on the rain that gathers in its water ponds. This wadi is remarkable for its characteristic rocky formations sculpted by erosion. Despite the small amount of water stored in its stream during the dry season, the stream is distinguished by a variety of smooth rocks, out of which nature has formed beautiful water ponds, and this smooth rocky nature is a feature of the water ponds.

Wadi Bani Awf, Bilad Sayt

Beyond Al Hoota Cave lies the start of the spectacular descent of the Western Hajar down a sheer escarpment through Wadi Bani Awf (or Auf), widely considered the most memorable off-road drive in the country. This is Oman at its most nerve-janglingly dramatic, with stupendous scenery and a rough, vertiginous track that challenges the skills of even experienced off-road drivers – not to be attempted lightly, and best avoided during or after rain. It is located not far from Bilad Sayt.

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Bat Tombs historical sites are located in Bat, Al Khutum and Al Ayn in Dhahirah Governorate. They are considered one of the archaeological and historical sites that date back to the third century BC and are located to the East of Ibri. Bat Tombs was the second site to be included in the World Heritage list in Oman. The architecture is similar to the tombs built in the Hafit period.

Bat and al Ayn

Jabal Shams Jabal Shams is so called because it is the first place to greet sunlight at dawn and the last to say farewell at dusk. This is the highest peak in the Arabian Peninsula, rising to an altitude of 3,000m above sea level. Close to the peak lies a deep chasm called the Nakhr Balcony. A deep ravine in the heart of the rocks can be viewed from this point.

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Misfat al Abriyeen Misfat al Abriyeen village is located in Wilayat Al Hamra. It is characterised by its alleys, traditional mud-brick houses and agricultural terraces that wrap around the mountain. This village rises a 1,000m above sea level. The paths through the village are very narrow and lead you through arches and along the falaj system to the inhabitants’ irrigated terraces. The water comes from the mountains several kilometres away.

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Nizwa Fort Nizwa Fort is one of the oldest forts in Oman. The fort, which took 12 years to build, is linked with a castle by means of intricate corridors. This fort has seven wells and multiple openings for stationing the fighters defending the fort. Nizwa Fort was built by Imam Sultan bin Saif al Y’aribi in the middle of the seventeenth century. Hailed as a monument to Omani architectural ingenuity, the fort reflects the military engineering prowess of fortbuilders of a bygone time.

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Wadi Danak This wadi originates in Fida town in Dhank Province. The area is so steep that it is considered a water reservoir for Yanqul and Shuab wadis. Wadi Danak’s water runs all year round and is home to a multitude of birds. Flanking this wadi on both banks are picturesque villages.

This castle was built 400 years ago and is located in the centre of Ibri City, adjacent to its old market. It contains an old-style mosque, characterised by its roof made of compressed gravel. The castle contains four gates: Sabah al Hara, Sabah al Barzah, Sabah al Sinsilah and Sabah al Awsat. The mosque on its western side is the castle’s most important feature and occupies a large area.

Ibri Castle

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The city of Bahla hosts a souq that has maintained its activity and unique architectural style. It consists of a number of closely built shops in rows with wooden roofed alleys in between. It contains several traditional handicrafts still pursued by the local community, like smithery and weaving. Quaint shops selling spices, pulses and silver artefacts add a certain charm.

Bahla souq Hasat bin Salt

This is an ancient rock which has inscriptions dating back to the dawn of history. This rock is reminiscent of the rosetta stone which was discovered in Egypt. It is a six-metre-high block of massive limestone. The block is carved, in relief, with four life-size human figures on its main face. Hasat bin Salt is located in one of the most beautiful tourist areas in Wilayat Al Hamra.

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Wahiba sands, Al Mintrib The Wahiba Sands, or Ramlat al-Wahiba, is a region of desert in Oman. The region is named for the Wahiba tribe. The area is defined by a boundary of 180km north to south and 80km east to west, with an area of 12,500 square kilometres. The desert has been of scientific interest since a 1986 expedition by the Royal Geographical Society documented the diversity of the terrain, the flora and fauna, noting 16,000 invertebrates as well as 200 species of other wildlife, including avifauna. They also documented 150 species of native flora.

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Jabreen Castle Jabreen Castle dates back to 1670. Its design and construction were supervised by the Al Immam BilArab bin Sultan Al Y`aribi and was built to resemble the most beautiful palaces of that period. This castle was a beautiful palace for the Immam and his family and a bastion during wartime. It was also a beacon of education and contained many study rooms. The palace is a large rectangular building consisting of five floors and containing 55 rooms. A falaj runs through the middle of the castle. The inscriptions and frescoes that adorn its rooms distinguish this castle. The castle’s ceilings are decorated with paintings and Islamic-era style inscriptions, and its doors are beautifully carved. All these architectural details make Jabreen Castle an authentic expression of Omani craftsmanship.

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Jebel Akhdar The Jebel Akhdar, meaning the green mountain, is part of the Al Hajar Mountains range in Oman, which extends about 300km northwest to southeast, between 50–100km inland from the Gulf of Oman coast. It is one of Oman’s most spectacular areas. The highest point, Jebel Shams, is around 3,000m high. It is the highest point in Oman and the whole of eastern Arabia. The range is mostly desert, but at higher altitudes it receives around 300mm of precipitation annually, moist enough to allow the growth of shrubs and trees and support agriculture. Cool summers provide the visitor with fresh air surrounded by breathtaking stones. The area is about two hours drive from Nizwa and is famous for its traditional rose water extraction and agricultural products including pomegranate, apricot, peach and walnut.


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Grand Canyon Starting along the trekking path at the village of Al Khitaym, a high-level balcony walk to the abandoned village of Sab Bani Khamis takes around an hour and has stunning views of the Grand Canyon. After Sab, an uphill walk leads to the start of the climb. The lower part is a medium to difficult 80m vertical ascent. Following a short walking traverse, the easier upper climb leads out of the canyon via a wadi. The climb itself takes around one hour.

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Falaj Daris One of the largest renowned falajs in Oman is Falaj Daris that lies in the Wilayat of Nizwa in Al Dakhiliyah Region. Nizwa is about 165 km from Muscat and that might take about one hour and a half of driving. The wilayat is rich with attractive views ranging from ancient civilisation relics to modern entertainment facilities. What distinguishes the falaj is that it is perennial and is derived from an underground water springs. The falaj consists of two parts; the large part runs for a length of 1,700m while the smaller part runs for 1,900 m. This falaj is included in the International list of World Heritage Sites by UNESCO along with other archaeological sites and traditional landmarks.

As Sunaysilah Castle This Castle was built on a hill overlooking As Sunaysilah Village in A’Sharqiyah South Governorate. The fort’s length is 35m and the width is 30m. It includes four circular towers, three of which have cannons and the fourth was used for surveillance. As Sunaysilah Castle has a gate overlooking walls that stretch for 55m and lead to a roofed and open courtyard. The castle was used to defend the village.

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GOLDEN TULIP NIZWA HOTEL

AL SHARQIYA SANDS HOTEL

Golden Tulip on the outskirts of Nizwa’s historical city comprises 120 rooms with rates for a single room starting at RO65, RO75 for a double or twin room and RO140 for a suite. Satisfy your taste buds at the Birkat al Mawz restaurant which serves round-the-clock delicious multi-culinary delights. Come relax in one of the numerous bars dotted around the hotel. Guests who wish to make their stay memorable can pick up a souvenir at the shops located inside the hotel.

Al Sharqiya Sands Hotel is a three-star property situated in Ibra. In a region known for its deserts, Al Sharqiya Sands Hotel stands as a symbol of hospitality with its 21 beautifully decorated rooms, three luxurious suites, banquet facilities, conference room, restaurant and pub. All are en suite, with individually controlled air conditioning and all the amenities one would expect in any top class hotel around the world.

PO Box 1000, PC 611, Nizwa Tel: +968 25431616, Fax: +968 25431616 www.goldentulipnizwa.com

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PO Box 585, PC 413, Ibra Tel: +968 25587099 Fax: +968 25587088 www.sharqiyasands.com

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SUR BEACH HOTEL

SUR PLAZA HOTEL

Situated on the coastline of Oman, approximately 180km 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 harbour, the Sur fort, as well as Ras al Jinz turtle beach. With breakfast included, a single room costs RO35, a double and twin room RO40, and a suite RO75. You can lounge around at the outdoor swimming pool near the beach by day and enjoy the live entertainment this hotel offers by night. Al Rosagh Restaurant with a beach view serves a delicious buffet and an Ă  la carte menu.

Situated 200km from Muscat on Sur’s beautiful coast, this hotel is located 2km 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 RO41, a double or twin room RO51 and a suite RO110. Buffet 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.

PO Box 400, PC 411, Sur Tel: +968 25542031, Fax: +968 25542228 www.surhotels.net

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PO Box 908, PC 411, Sur Tel: +968 25543777, Fax: +968 25542626 www.omanhotels.com

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FALAJ DARIS HOTEL

Falaj Daris Hotel is situated near the beautiful sandy beach with a shopping centre 5km away and great sightseeing options of Nizwa’s fort and souq (market). The stunning Jabal al Akhdar is not too far from the hotel and provides a wonderful day trip. This hotel has 55 rooms offering single, double and twin rooms. With 24-hour 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. The hotel has a fitness centre, billiards table and two swimming pools.

PO Box 312, PC 611, Nizwa Tel: +968 25410500, Fax: +968 25410537 www.falajdarishotel.com

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SWISS-BELHOTEL RESORT MASIRAH ISLAND

Located near the turtle’s nesting grounds, Swiss-BelHotel Resort Masirah comprising 20 rooms 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 is an array of nautical sports to choose from: diving the sunken shipwreck, deep-sea fishing, kayaking, windsurfing and kite-boarding. Indulge in some fine international cuisine at the Azure, enjoy a night cap at The Sanctuary, the in-house bar, or dance the night away at the Oasis nightclub.

PO Box 135, PC 414, Masirah Tel: +968 25504274, Fax: 25504275 www.swiss-belhotel.com

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SOHAR & THE BATINAH PLAINS


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Sohar The most developed city outside Muscat, is about 200km north of Muscat. Sohar was an ancient capital of Oman and many believe it to be the birthplace of Sindbad the Sailor. Having a rich sailing history, Sohar was traditionally a fishing town, but is more recently known as Oman’s industrial hub due to the massive developments in the Sohar Industrial Port. Sohar is the fifth most populated city in Oman with a population of 140,006 according to the results of the 2010 census.

Nakhal Fort is one of the most prominent historical monuments in the sultanate. The fort lies amidst palm orchards in Al Batinah South Governorate. It rises above a rocky hill at the base of mount Nakhal to the Northeast of Al Jabal al Akhdar. The fort, also called Husn al Heem, lies 120km from the capital. This fort’s architecture does not follow a particular pattern, as it was designed around an irregularly shaped rock. The construction of the castle dates back to the pre-Islamic era.

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Wadi Al Hoqain in the Wilayat of Al Rustaq is one of the most renowned and popular wonderful wadis in the sultanate. The wadi is located in the Niyabat of Al Hoqain that is one of the major tourist destinations in the wilayat. The wadi is distinguished with its springs and year-round flowing water with deep and cool pools as well as small waterfalls. It is quite safe to swim in the water when the flow is slow. The wadi is around 160km from the capital Muscat and located about 50km at the west of the centre of the Wilayat of Al Rustaq. There are a number of stream crossings and the area is great for off-roading enthusiasts.

Wadi Hoqain

Built in Wilayat Rustaq in Al Batinah South Governorate, the Rustaq souq is one of the most popular markets in the sultanate. From the early hours of the morning, this market becomes a hub of activity where various goods are traded, such as traditional spices, palm leaf artefacts, folk remedies and various agricultural crops. This is also a wonderful place to see local craftsmen at work. The courtyard of this souq sells livestock.

Rustaq souq

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This beach is located in Barka in Al Batinah South Governorate. It lies 70km from Muscat. Beautiful rock islands are scattered close to the coast of this beach. These islands are an important spot for both migratory and indigenous birds. A number of aquatic sports can be enjoyed on this beach, which has a resort equipped with all the necessities for such activities.

Al Sawadi Beach

Camping in Dimaniyat Islands in Al Batinah South Governorate is an enriching experience. In 1984, the reserve was recognised internationally as it is located within the project of the Great Barrier Reef. It is considered an international nature reserve and is one of the most beautiful diving locations in the Sea of Oman. The reserve consists of nine islands. These islands are important for the protection of many species including nesting turtles, migratory birds and the diverse marine life which reside in the coral reefs. Crystal clear waters and pure sands add to the beauty of these islands.

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Barka Barka is a coastal town in the region in northern Oman. There are two major resorts in Barka, the Al-Sawadi resort and the Al-Nahda resort. In addition, a new quarter is now under construction in Barka called ‘Blue City’ which is located in Sawadi. The development is eight km from Sawadi beach, and many international companies are involved in Barka development projects.

Al Hujra To get a feel of the local culture and shopping habits, visit the street-side market in Al Hujra. This market dwells among the mega malls and shopping centres in Sohar. This is a typical Middle Eastern market known for its traditional offerings. You can buy souvenirs here. There are several shops that sell sheeshas, the traditional smoking pot. The chicken roll of shawarma sold on this street is a true treat.

Sohar Castle is perhaps the most famous feature of the city, which is the capital of the Al Batinah Governorate. It was built after Imam Nasser bin Murshid al Ya’arubi conquered the Portuguese and expelled them from the castle. It was then used as an administration centre for the rulers of the dynasty. This fascinating castle is home to a museum that visitors will want to explore while they tour the castle. The castle is also considered a historical monument of Sohar, and it is worth a visit while you are in the region.

Sohar Castle

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Snake Canyon The name ‘Snake Canyon’ refers to the serpentine effect created by the water cutting through the mountains and the wadi snaking through. By far the most diverse and challenging of wadis, the depth of the crystal pools range from two to six metres. The caverns add fun and challenge to the trek. You need to be fit and an able swimmer to enjoy what this canyon offers.

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AL NAHDA RESORT & SPA One of the few resort spas in the sultanate, Al Nahda Resort & 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 with water fountain and is a perfect gateway for pure relaxation. 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. Within ten minute’s 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. If you fancy a bit of adventure, you can visit Barka or Nakhal fort and its hot springs. There are superb winter and summer packages which includes accommodation in an Executive suite for two adults with breakfast, dinner and two spa treatments. Make sure you book early. Al Nahda has 22 spa treatment rooms, Jacuzzi and steam tunnel. After a chilled out day, you can kick back even further and indulge in some fine cuisine at the Khalab or Samar restaurants before ending the night at Waha Lounge and Bar for a night cap, swaying to the tunes of the resident live band.

PO Box 502, PC 320, Barka Tel: +968 26883710, Fax: +968 26883175 www.alnahdaresort.com

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AL SAWADI BEACH RESORT

MILLENNIUM RESORT, MUSSANAH

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 chalet-style rooms are equipped with a private balcony. The resort offers great room packages, which includes a buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner at the Coral Reef CafĂŠ, unlimited beverages in selected outlets and a late check-out. There are also two other restaurants and two pubs to choose from to unwind in.

Millennium Resort, Mussanah, is designed for both business and leisure travellers and families alike with 234 spacious guestrooms and 74 fully furnished serviced apartments ranging from studios to one-and two-bed duplexes. The rooms are well facilitated with high-speed Internet, in-room media hubs and a choice of cosmopolitan restaurants. The resort has two hotels and lounge bars with a selection of international buffet, live cooking stations, and Ă  la carte catering to Moroccan, Middle East and Far East cuisine.

PO Box 747, PC 320, Barka Tel: +968 26795545, Fax: +968 26795535 www.alsawadibeach.com

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PO Box 82, PC 300, Wudham al Sahil Tel: +968 26871555, Fax: +968 26871556 www.millenniumhotels.com

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AL WADI HOTEL, SOHAR

This hotel is located in the city of Sohar, the ancient maritime capital of Oman and home of Sindbad the sailor. The hotel is 210km from Muscat and is located midway between the Muscat-Dubai highway, making it ideal for tourists who have time to explore the wadis and the forts. With buffet breakfast included, a single room costs RO33, a double and twin RO43 and a suite RO100. There are two restaurants and two bars that play live Arabic and Indian music. SOPRANO, the hotel’s latest addition, is an English-style dine and dance club.

PO Box 459, PC 311, Sohar Tel: +968 26840058, Fax: +968 26841997 www.omanhotels.com

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MUSANDAM PENINSULA


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Jebel Hareem Fossils Wilayt Khasab is located at a height of 1600m above sea level. The trip up there alone is an adventure, with your four wheel drive passing through mountain villages, prairies and green valleys. This journey is filled with wonderful vistas and is a destination in and of itself. Atop this journey, at the Jebel Hareem summit high in the mountains, you are able to examine fossils dating back more than 250 million years, including from fish, shells and other marine life, as these peaks where back then below sea level.

The capital, Khasab, is a quaint fishing port largely unchanged by the modern world. The main attraction of this town is the Khasab Fort. The fort’s impressive setting dominates the coastline near the older part of town. Khasab Fort is a picturesque stronghold situated on the inner cove of Khasab Bay in the Wilayat of Khasab. Contained within its low, crenelated wall is a massive central tower that pre-dates the castle itself and preceded the arrival of Portuguese in the 16th century. This architectural excellence was restored by the Ministry of National Heritage and Culture in 1990.

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Khawr Shamm This location is a must-visit to relax amid placid waters, marine life, secluded beaches and isolated outposts. A stopover at the Telegraph Island is a highlight of this trip. Dhow trips can also be arranged to visit the cliff side village of Kumzar. You can rent a 4WD to see Khawr Najd, Jebel Harim (the highest point in Musandam) and the Acacia forest near Sal al Ala.

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The Strait of Hormuz Among the most fascinating reasons to visit Musandam, the important waterway The Strait of Hormuz lies right off the coast of the region. Named after the ancient Kingdom of Hormuz, the strait today sees 20-30 oil tankers pass through per day, making it one of the world’s major waterways and the busiest in maritime activities. Located on the Arabian Gulf and separating the Arabian Gulf on the one hand, and the Gulf of Makran, the Sea of Oman, the Arabian Sea and the Indian Ocean on the other, the Strait of Hormuz is indeed strategic.

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One of the most inaccessible settlements in Oman, the famously remote town of Kumzar sits perched in solitary splendour at the northernmost edge of Musandam, hemmed in by sheer mountains and accessible only by boat. Sadly, outsiders have been banned from landing in the town since 2010 as a result of locals complaining about the intrusive behaviour of tourists. A visit to the town however involves sitting in your boat in the harbour about 100m offshore and seeing what you can, although it’s still well worth making the trip out here for the magnificent coastal scenery en route, as well as for the tantalising glimpse of Oman’s most reclusive town.

Kumzar Village

At the southern end of Musandam, straddling the border with the UAE, lies Dibba, a small town made up of three fishing villages. Each part comes under a different jurisdiction: Dibba Bayah is in Oman, Dibba al Hisn belongs to Sharjah, and Dibba Muhallab is part of Fujairah. The three villages share an attractive bay, fishing communities, and excellent diving locations. Dhow cruises can be arranged from each of these villages to take you to unspoilt dive sites along the remote eastern coast of the Musandam Peninsula. The Hajar range provides a wonderful backdrop. There is a good public beach abounding in beautiful shells.

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fjords Musandam is breathtaking with the naturally carved limestone mountains rising sharply out of the turquoise and crystal clear waters. Along the fjords are several tiny villages that are accessible only by boats.

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SIX SENSES ZIGHY BAY The site of the Six Senses is a secluded fishing village perched on the sultanate’s northern Musandam Peninsula. The setting of this beautiful indigenous village style accommodations and private marina is spectacular, with the dramatic mountains on one side and a 1.6-kilometre sandy beach at Zighy Bay, on the other. The resort is designed with 82 pool villas, pool villa suites, deluxe pool villas and spa villas, which include the two-bedroom retreats and fourbedroom reserves – all fitted with a personal butler service. It offers a choice of dining alternatives – from a hilltop restaurant serving international cuisine to a central bistro that also features regional specialties. There is an impressive wine cellar and a private marina. Guests can explore small bays and unique fishing villages carved into the fjords. The five-hour cruise includes snorkelling and kayaking, along with beverages and gourmet lunch. Sunset cruises along the fjords are also available. The spa’s wide-ranging menu of regional and Six Senses signature treatments focus on holistic and pampering therapies using only natural products. Treatments are administered by skilled international therapists and specialist practitioners who combine Eastern and Western techniques with modern-day lifestyle programs to balance the senses. The Gulf of Oman is becoming an important destination for divers and Zighy Bay offers first class facilities for beginners and experts. The new dive centre, run by Extra Divers Worldwide, offers guided dives and diving courses (SSI, CMAS and PADI).

PO Box 212, PC 800, Dibba Tel: +968 26735888, Fax: +968 26735887 www.sixsenses/sixsenseszighybay.com

Rates start from

RO276

For more details on facilities see page 144-145

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GOLDEN TULIP KHASAB RESORT

GOLDEN TULIP RESORT DIBBA

Located in one of the most spectacular areas of the Middle East, this Golden Tulip Resort is the ideal place for relaxation, leisure and health activities, providing a comprehensive stateof-the-art fitness centre, a charming swimming pool, a scuba diving centre and a nearby sandy beach.

Golden Tulip Resort is a beachfront property ideally located on the east coast of the Musandam Peninsula on the Indian Ocean. This resort holds 54 rooms and suites with all the comforts and facilities of your own home, crowned with the appropriate services of a respectable hotel.

All the hotel’s rooms have a stunning sea and mountain view. The Dibba Restaurant, Cappuccino coffee shop and poolside terrace are the ideal places for breakfast, lunch and dinner while providing a relaxing atmosphere to enjoy your meals in.

All rooms provide a beautiful sea view and have balconies that overlook the beach. For a truly gastronomic delight enter the Khasab Restaurant to satisfy your taste buds or sip on delicious drinks and cocktails in the Zebra Bar.

PO Box 434, PC 811, Khasab Tel: +968 26630777, Fax: +968 26730888 www.goldentulipkhasab.com

Rates start from

RO75

For more details on facilities see page 144-145

PO Box 272, PC 800, Dibba Tel: +968 26836654, Fax: +968 26836653 www.goldentulipdibba.com

Rates start from

RO65

For more details on facilities see page 144-145

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Khareef in Dhofar Dhofar Governorate is famous for its seasonal weather, locally known as monsoon or ‘Khareef’, when it witnesses its best period, clothed in lush greenery and its hills surrounded by white fog. Light rains drizzle to cool the air. During this time, many visitors frequent it, especially from within Oman and the neighbouring countries. Salalah Tourism Festival takes place from July to August every year. The festival is part of Khareef that extends from the end of July until the beginning of September.

Photo courtesy: Sanak Roy

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Salalah Salalah receives its visitors with large vistas of grass and water mist. The unique climatic factors make Salalah a magical spot and the jewel of the Arabian Sea. Salalah is an ideal destination for both, leisure and adventurous holidays. Wonderful outdoor pursuits, excellent beaches, coconut palms, banana and papaya plantations make up the most of this city. The city is famous for its rich history, archeological remains and numerous frankincense trees.

Mughsail Bay

The tiny village of Mughsail itself is little more than a clump of houses on the hillside above the road. Turn left opposite the Al Maha petrol station down the road signed Al Marneef Cave and continue one kilometre to get to Mughsail’s blowholes, reached by a path beyond the parking lot and the Mocca Cafe. The blowholes comprise three small holes in the rock through

which jets of seawater shoot into the air. They’re particularly impressive during the Khareef, when they spout plumes of water up to 30m high, regularly drenching unwary hordes of screeching tourists. Outside the monsoon they are less memorable, and during the driest parts of the year they cease to blow altogether, although the subterranean groaning of wind and water, eerily amplified by the blowholes themselves, is still strangely impressive.

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Jabal Samhan and Wadi Darbat Continue for six km beyond the town of Taqah to reach the turnoff on the left leading up into Jabal Samhan, the green coastal range which backs this section of the coast. Right next to the turning is the opening of Wadi Darbat, marked by a huge cliff of pockmarked travertine that transforms into a spectacular waterfall during the Khareef, probably Dhofar’s most photographed sight.

Photo courtesy: Sanak Roy

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Al Baleed Archaeological Park In the last 150 years the new town of Salalah has grown out of the stones of the remains of the ancient Middle Age settlement al Baleed (from al Balad, meaning town), a spit of land in the lagoon at the eastern end of the beach at Salalah. Originally there were 148 pillars, which were laid in rows of four, surrounding an inner courtyard. A German archaeological team who also developed the educational concept of the archaeological park has carried out the excavation works. Al Baleed is a UNESCO World Heritage site. For a small fee, the grounds are already open to interested visitors.

The ruins of the town of Sumhuram are one of Dhofar’s most important archaeological sites. Sumhuram was formerly a major trading point on the Arabian frankincense route, but appears to have been abandoned in the 5th century AD. The remains of the town have now been meticulously restored, showing the foundations of houses, temples and streets protected by thick walls, more than 3m (10ft) deep in places. Immediately below Sumhuram, the idyllic Khawr Rawri is the largest of a dozen creeks between Salalah and Sadah. It is rich in fish and birdlife.

Sumhuram and Khawr Rawri

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Situated on Sultan Qaboos Street, the ‘Land of Frankincense’ museum is one of the cultural lifelines of Salalah. Visitors can explore a large archaeological site and the museum displays an impressive collection of artefacts that depict the maritime history of Oman. The artefacts are as varied as the excavated columns built 2,000 years ago to stone tools used by fishermen. This is perhaps the best place to trace Oman’s history and gain insight into Oman’s prosperous past.

The Land of Frankincense Museum

Photo courtesy: Sanak Roy

The scenic location of this natural spring is an excellent spot for bird watching. Seven different species of eagles have been identified at Ain Homran by a group of international bird watchers. Due to the nature of the place, you will find mosquitoes and insects around, so make sure to apply some cream.

Ain Homran

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The palace, known as al Husn Palace, was originally built by Sultan Turki in the nineteenth century, but has been extended by successive sultans, and it is now a big, modern complex of buildings, overlooking the beach, south of the city centre. It is surrounded on the landward side by a stone wall and entered through big teak doors. The stretch of beach immediately in front of the palace is off limits to the general public, but you can get quite close and take photographs of the palace.

Al Husn Palace

A quaint seaside town, Mirbat is complete with its own majestic castle, a souk, and the ruins of an old town dating back many hundreds of years. Visitors will also enjoy the opportunity to see local fishermen bringing in the day’s haul by the seaside, which they can buy there, and also at the souk.

Mirbat Castle

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Frankincense is the aromatic resin that is obtained from the trees of the genus Boswellia. Some trees that could grow up to seven feet tall could also be as old as thousands of years. Most of these trees are found towards the Empty Quarters. The traditional home of frankincense is Dhofar. As with rubber harvest, the tree is slit with a special knife called the mingaf collecting the milky white sap which is then crystalised. The Romans were the greatest consumers of frankincense. In addition to its aromatic fragrance, it can also be used as a therapeutic ingredient.

Frankincense trees

In the south of the sultanate, the mountains of Dhofar region extend from east to west, off the Al Hillaniyat Islands. In this region, the Samhan Mountains, with a maximum height of 2100m, include an Arabian Leopard Reserve in the east and Jabal Al Qamar in the west, which is the most prominent mountain range in the region, rising to an altitude of 2,500m. Samhan Mountain includes many plateaus punctuated by narrow and deep gorges, some of which are about 1,000m deep. Various plants grow in the plain of Jabal Samhan, such as acacia, gum trees and Frankincense trees.

Dhofar mountains

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CROWNE PLAZA RESORT SALALAH The Crowne Plaza Resort Salalah is situated in 45 acres of lush tropical garden, overlooking the Indian Ocean and on a long stretch of pristine white sandy beach. The resort enjoys an ideal location for Business Travellers, meetings and events for families. The resort is just a ten-minute drive from Salalah International Airport, seven minutes from the city centre and 15 minutes from the Port of Salalah. The hotel offers comfort, Arabian hospitality and a range of modern amenities in a rich and long standing tradition of hospitality in Salalah. The landscape, historical heritage and the friendly locals all add to the distinctive personality and uniqueness to the resort. All 153 rooms including nine suites and the 19 three-bedroom family villas are stylishly well appointed and equipped with private bathroom, radio, international direct dial telephone, voice mail, interactive television including satellite channels and mini fridge.

PO Box 870, PC 211, Salalah Tel: +968 23238000, Fax: +968 23235137 www.cpsalalah.com

Rates start from

RO80

For more details on facilities see page 144-145

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HILTON SALALAH RESORT The Hilton Salalah will have you mesmerised with its surrounding beauty, Omani warmth and friendly multilingual staff. Situated on the pristine sandy beaches of the south, this hotel is centrally located for you to wander around and explore what this region has to offer. The resort is a relaxing retreat, surrounded by vibrant bougainvillea and lush palm groves. This beachfront hotel is set amidst landscaped gardens and all of the hotel rooms and suites offer tranquil views of the Indian Ocean and Arabian Sea, as well as the dramatic Dhofar mountain range. Dine on seafood at the Palm Grove or dazzle your taste buds with traditional Arabic cuisine at the Al Maha restaurant. Before retiring to your room, sip some cocktails at the Sunset Lounge and sway to the beats of the resident DJ at the hotel’s night club.

PO Box 688, PC 211, Central Salalah Tel: +968 23211234, Fax: +968 23210084 www.hilton.com

Rates start from

RO100

For more details on facilities see page 144-145

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SALALAH MARRIOTT RESORT The first Marriott to open its doors in the sultanate, this hotel is determined to deliver the highest level of personalised service and standard. All the 237 rooms available possess the five-star amenities with room rates for standard single, double and twin rooms being RO41. The resort also offers deluxe rooms, superior rooms, executive suites and a presidential suite. Rates are on room only basis, Single as Double Occupancy and are subject to taxes and service charges. However, prices are subject to availability and are subject to change during khareef season and other peak seasons. Located right on Mirbat beach, this resort is 75km away from Salalah, 25km from the famous Wadi Darbat and Sumhuram / Khor Rori, Unesco World Heritage Site. These are just some of the tourist attractions you can explore in and around this picturesque area. Get your taste buds revving with the wide selection of restaurants available. The Sumhuram Restaurant serves international cuisine, The Piano Lounge and Wharf Pool Bar serve continental dishes. The Cove English Pub serves a selection of hearty treats along with live duo ‘Angel Dust’ performing six nights a week (Wed – Mon) 6pm to 11pm. Mirbat Arabic Café dishes out traditional Arabian delicacies. For ultimate relaxation enjoy the Frankincense Spa with its selection of Balinese treatments or for a bit of adventure come and explore the wonders of the sea with the resort’s in-house diving centre, Extra Divers.

PO Box 225, PC 220, Mirbat Tel: +968 23268245, Fax: +968 23268271 www.marriottsalalahresort.com

Rates start from

RO41

For more details on facilities see page 144-145

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HAFFA HOUSE HOTEL, SALALAH

HAMDAN PLAZA HOTEL

Unravel the region’s wealth at Haffa House, a luxurious hotel, where you can experience Omani hospitality at its vintage best. Visiting this area during khareef (monsoon) season is sensational, with the majestic mountains enveloped in a green carpet surrounded by gurgling waterfalls, winding streams and pristine white sandy beaches. The hotel offers excursions to all the famous hot spots in and around town. The hotel also has a fully equipped health club, sauna, outdoor pool and restaurant, which serves international cuisine and a buffet breakfast.

A five km 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 RO40, a double and twin for RO50 and a suite for RO75. Most rooms have lovely views of the hotel’s palm gardens, the Indian Ocean or looking out to the mountains.

PO Box 427, PC 211, Central Salalah Tel: +968 23295444, Fax: +968 23294873 www.shanfarihotels.com

Rates start from

RO45

For more details on facilities see page 144-145

Annexed to the hotel are a private hospital, pharmacy, bank, money exchange, hairdresser’s, traditional gift shop and supermarket.

PO Box 2498, PC 211, Central Salalah Tel: +968 23211025, Fax: +968 23211187 www.hamdanplaza.com

Rates start from

RO40

For more details on facilities see page 144-145

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JUWEIRA BOUTIQUE HOTEL

SAFEER RESIDENCE SALALAH

Nestled on the picturesque marina promenade of  Salalah Beach  and facing the Indian Ocean,  Juweira Boutique Hotel  offers 65  guestrooms, including 21 spacious Marina Suites and 44 Juweira Rooms. Elegant and understated, the décor of this Orient-inspired hotel exudes a refreshing blend of contemporary European and traditionally Oriental flavours. The Juweira Boutique Hotel offers a variety of recreational facilities and services, including two large swimming pools and a stateof-the-art wellness centre. All-day dining is offered at Al Fanar or the specialty seafood restaurant As Sammak.

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 Mughsail 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 archaeological park. With breakfast excluded, the seven villas with three well-furnished bedrooms are priced at RO100 each. In khareef season the rates increase to RO150. Enjoy 24-hour housekeeping while you relax. City tours are available on request.

Beach Marina, Salalah Tel: +968 23239611, Fax: +968 23239622 www.juweirahotel.com

Rates start from

RO100

For more details on facilities see page 144-145

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PO Box 121, PC 115, Madinat Sultan Qaboos Tel: +968 24488150, Fax: +968 24480550 www.safeerhospitality.com.om

Rates start from

RO100

For more details on facilities see page 144-145


SAMAHRAM TOURIST VILLAGE A CONCISE CONSTRUCTION & INTERIOR DIRECTORY

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Surrounded by coconut palms, with the nearby beach and main shopping centres a 20-minute 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. You can choose from a wide range of international cuisine in the buffet breakfast, as well as the Ă  la carte lunch and dinner.

PO Box 292, PC 217, Al Awqadain Tel: +968 23211420, Fax: +968 23211267 www.shanfarihotels.com

Rates start from

RO25

For more details on facilities see page 144-145

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For details, contact Farook Shaikh, 97304448 or email sales@deenarmedia.com

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Hotel

Star Rating

Phone [+968]

Website

Email Address

1

Amreen Hotel Apartments, Seeb

Unrated

98555001

www.amrikhotelsoman.com

info@amrikhotelsoman.com

2

Aston Hotel Suites

1-star

24487330

www.amrikhotelsoman.com

info@amrikhotelsoman.com

3

Best Western Premier Muscat

4-star

22033333

www.bestwesternoman.com

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4

Bowshar International Hotel

2-star

24491105

www.bowsharhotel.com

bwshrhtl@omantel.net.om

5

Al Bustan Palace A Ritz Carlton Hotel

5-star

24799666

www.albustanpalace.com

albustanconcierge@albustanpalace.com

6

City Seasons Muscat Hotel

4-star

24394800

www.cityseasonsmsucat.com

res@cityseasonsmuscat.com

7

Crowne Plaza Muscat

4-star

24660660

www.crowneplaza.com

sales@cpmuscat.com

8

Crystal Suites

2-star

24826100

www.crystalsuites.om

info@crystalsuites.om

9

Al Falaj Hotel

4-star

24702311

www.omanhotels.com

reservationalfalaj@omanhotels.com

10

Golden Tulip Seeb

4-star

24510300

www.goldentulipseeb.com

sales@goldentulipseeb.com

11

Grand Hyatt Muscat

5-star

24641234

www.muscat.grand.hyatt.com

muscat.grand@hyatt.com

12

Haffa House Hotel

4-star

24707207

www.shanfarihotels.com

reservations@shanfarihotels.com

13

Hala Hotel Apartments

2-star

24810442

www.halahotelapartment.com

talal@motifoman.com

14

Hotel al Madinah Holiday

2-star

24529700

www.holidayinn.com

mcthinn@omantel.net.om

15

Hotel Muscat Holiday

3-star

24487123

www.muscat-holiday.com

mcthinn@omantel.net.om

16

Ibis Hotel Muscat

3-star

24489890

www.ibishotel.com

h6587@accor.com

17

Intercontinental Muscat

5-star

24680000

www.intercontinental.com

muscat@icmuscathotel.com

18

Al Maha International Hotel

3-star

24494949

www.nesthotelsgulf.com

info@almahahotel.com

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3 4

40

5

250

6

269

7

205

8 9

140

10

177

11

336

12

120

13

48

14

107

15

123

16

171

17

258

18

70

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Health Club

Massage / Spa

Tennis courts

Swimming pool

Pet friendly

Disabled facilities

Children's play area

Laundry service

Recreational Activities

Business centre

Conference room

Evening entertainment

Restaurants

Car rental

Shops

Internet

Credit card

Wireless connection

Hotel Facilities Newspaper delivery

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Tea / Coffee station

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Mini bar / Fridge

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Room safe

Telephone

27

TV

24

2

Room service

Number of rooms

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Self-catering

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Hotel

Star Rating

Phone [+968]

Website

Email Address

19

Majan Continental Hotel

4-star

24592900

www.majanhotel.com

info@majanhotel.com

20

Al Manaf Hotel Suites

2-star

24505566

www.almanafhotel.com

almanafhotel@gmail.com

21

Midan Hotel Suites

3-star

24499565

www.midanoman.com

rooms@midanoman.com

22

Oman Dive Center

Unrated

24824240

www.omandivecenter.info

reservation@omandivecenter.com

23

Park Inn by Radisson Muscat

4-star

24507888

www.parkinn.com/hotel-muscat

info.muscat@rezidorparkinn.com

24

Radisson BLU Hotel

4-star

24487777

www.radissonblu.com/hotel-muscat

sales.muscat@radissonblu.com

25

Ramada Muscat

4-star

24603555

www.ramadamuscat.com

info@ramadamuscat.com

26

Ramee Dream Resort

3-star

24453399

www.rameehotels.com

fomdream@rameehotels.com

27

Ramee Guestline Hotel

4-star

24564443

www.rameehotels.com

sales@rameehotels.com

28

Rotana Hotel

2-star

24394444

www.rotanahotelmuscat.com

rotanamuscat@gmail.com

29

Ruwi Hotel

3-star

24704244

www.omanhotels.com

reservationruwi@omanhotels.com

30

Shangri-la’s Barr al Jissah

5-star

24776666

www.shangri-la.com/muscat

slmu@shangri-la.com

31

Sifawy Boutique Hotel

4-star

24749111

www.sifawyhotel.com

reservations@sifawyhotel.com

32

The Chedi Muscat

5-star

24524400

www.ghmhotels.com

chedimuscat@ghmhotels.com

33

The Platinum Hotel

4-star

24392500

www.theplatinumoman.com

info@ theplatinumoman.com

34

The Treasurebox Muscat Hotel

2-star

24502570

www.treasureboxhotels.com

reservation@treasureboxhotels.com

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19 20

36

21

37

22

35

23

175

24

156

25

86

26

30

27

99

28

97

29

140

30

638

31

55

32

156

33

85

34

34

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Health Club

Massage / Spa

Tennis courts

Swimming pool

Pet friendly

Disabled facilities

Children's play area

Laundry service

Recreational Activities

Business centre

Conference room

Evening entertainment

Restaurants

Car rental

Shops

Internet

Credit card

Wireless connection

Hotel Facilities Newspaper delivery

Tea / Coffee station

Mini bar / Fridge

Room safe

Telephone

TV

Room service

Self-catering

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AL SHARQIYAH GOVERNORATE Index

Hotel

Star Rating

Phone [+968]

Website

Email Address

Unrated

99448158

www.1000nightscamp.com

emptyqtr@omantel.net.om

35

1000 Nights Camp

36

Areen Youth Hostel al Ashkara

2-star

25566266

www.omantourism.gov.om

admin@ashkara-youthhostel.com

37

Al Areesh Camp

Unrated

24493232

www.desert-discovery.com

tours@omantel.net.om

38

Bidiya Tourist Camp

Unrated

99332914

hiybadiy@hotmail.com

39

Desert Nights Camp

Unrated

92818388

www.desertnightscamp.com

reservations@desertnightscamp.com

40

Masirah Hotel

41

Nomadic Desert Camp

42

2-star

25504401

www.almajalioman.com

booking@omantel.net.om

Unrated

99336273

www.nomadicdesertcamp.com

info@nomadicdesertcamp.com

Oriental Nights Rest House

1-star

99006215

www.onrh-oman.com

info@onrh-oman.com

43

Al Qabil Guest House

1-star

99317107

www.desert-discovery.com

desertdiscovery@hotmail.com

44

Raz al Jinz Scientific Centre

1-star

96550606

www.rasaljinz-turtlereserve.com

reservations@rasaljinz-turtlereserve.com

45

Al Sharqiya Sands Hotel

3-star

25587099

www.sharqiyasands.com

46

Sur Beach Hotel

3-star

25542031

www.surhotel.net

surbhtl@omantel.net.om

47

Sur Hotel

1-star

25540090

www.surhotel.co.cc

surhotel@live.com

48

Sur Plaza Hotel

3-star

25543777

www.omanhotels.com

reservationsur@omanhotel.com

49

Swiss-BelHotel Resort Masirah

3-star

25504274

www.swiss-belhotel.com

masirah@swiss-belhotel.com

50

Turtle Beach Resort

Unrated

25543400

www.surtoursonline.com

info@surtoursonline.com

25691626

wmoukarzel@hotmail.com

AL DHAHIRAH GOVERNORATE 51

140

Ibri Oasis Hotel

HOTEL & TRAVEL

2-star


Number of rooms

35 40

36 40

37 56

38 49

39 30

40 29

41 20

42 16

43 14

44 13

45 24

46 100

47 31

48 95

49 20

50 33

51 25

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Health Club

Massage / Spa

Tennis courts

Hotel Facilities

Swimming pool

Pet 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

Mini bar / Fridge

Room safe

Telephone

TV

Room service

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AL DAKHILIYAH GOVERNORATE Index

Hotel

Star Rating

Phone [+968]

Website

Email Address

52

Falaj Daris Hotel

3-star

25410500

www.falajdarishotel.com

fdhnizwa@omantel.net.om

53

Golden Tulip Nizwa Hotel

4-star

25431616

www.goldentulipnizwa.com

sales@goldentulipnizwa.com

54

Al Hoota Rest House

Unrated

92828873

www.hootaoman.com

hootaoman@hotmail.com

55

Al Jabal al Akhdar Hotel

2-star

25429009

www.jabalakhdarhotel.com

jakhotel@omantel.net.om

56

Jabal Shams Resort

Unrated

99382639

www.jebelshamsresort.com

reservations@jabalshamsresort.com

57

Uwaifiyah Rest House

1-star

25428273

www.uwaifiyah-resthouse.com

reservations@uwaifiyah-resthouse .com

AL BATINAH GOVERNORATE

142

58

Amreen Hotel Apartments, Sohar

Unrated

98555003

www.amrikhotelsoman.com

info@amrikhotelsoman.com

59

Butterfly Hotel Suites

2-star

26843501

www.butterflyoman.com

info@butterflyoman.com

60

Crowne Plaza Sohar

5-star

26850850

www.crowneplaza.com

cpsohar@cpsohar.com

61

Green Oasis Hotel

2-star

26846077

www.geocities.co/soharhotel

greensohar@gmail.com

62

Millennium Resort Mussanah

4-star

26871555

www.millenniumhotels.com

reservations@mill-mussanah.com

63

Al Nahda Resort & Spa

5-star

26883710

www.alnahdaresort.com

stay@alnahdaresort.com

64

Al Sawadi Beach Resort

4-star

26795545

www.alsawadibeach.com

quickresponse.sawadi@gmail.com

65

Al Wadi Hotel, Sohar

3-star

26840058

www.omanhotels.com

reservationalwadi@omanhotels.com

HOTEL & TRAVEL


52

55

53

123

54

10

55

26

56

34

57

10

58

48

59

42

60

126

61

50

62

308

63

149

64

100

65

80

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Excursions

Health Club

Massage / Spa

Tennis courts

Swimming pool

Pet friendly

Disabled facilities

Children's play area

Laundry service

Recreational Activities

Business centre

Conference room

Evening entertainment

Restaurants

Car rental

Shops

Internet

Credit card

Wireless connection

Hotel Facilities Newspaper delivery

Tea / Coffee station

Mini bar / Fridge

Room safe

Telephone

TV

Room service

Self-catering

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143


MUSANDAM GOVERNORATE Index

Hotel

Star Rating

Phone [+968]

Website

Email Address

66

Esra Hotel Apartments

2-star

26730464

www.khasabtours.com

ktt@khasabtours.com

67

Golden Tulip Khasab Resort

4-star

26630777

www.goldentulipkhasab.com

info@goldentulipkhasab

68

Golden Tulip Resort Dibba

4-star

26836654

www.goldentulipdibba.com

om@goldentulipdibba.com

69

Khasab Hotel

2-star

26730271

www.khasabhotel.net

khoman@omantel.net.om

70

Six Senses Zighy Bay

5-star

26735888

www.sixsenses/sixsenseszighybay.com

reservations-zighy@sixsenses.com

DHOFAR GOVERNORATE

144

71

Areen Youth Hostel

2-star

23234810

www.salalah-youthhostel.com

om@salalah-youthhostel.com

72

Crowne Plaza Resort Salalah

5-star

23238000

www.cpsalalah.com

cpsalalah.cpsalalah@ihg.com

73

Haffa House Salalah

4-star

23295444

www.shanfarihotels.com

house@omantel.net.om

74

Hamdan Plaza Hotel

3-star

23211025

www.hamdanplaza.com

reservation@hamdanplaza.com

75

Hilton Salalah Resort

5-star

23211234

www.hilton.com

salalah@hilton.com

76

Al Jabal Hotel

2-star

23210611

www.aljabalhotel.com

jabalhot@omantel.net.om

77

Juweira Boutique Hotel

3-star

23239611

www.juweirahotel.com

info@juweirahotel.com

78

Safeer Residence Salalah

3-star

23235639

www.safeerhospitality.com.om

sales@safeerintll.com

79

Salalah Marriott Resort

5-star

23268245

www.marriottsalalahresort.com

mhrs.sllms.reservations@marriott.com

80

Samahram Tourist Village

3-star

23211420

www.shanfarihotels.com

house@omantel.net.om

HOTEL & TRAVEL


73

123

74

113

75

147

76

85

77

64

78

7

79

237

80

46

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Health Club

Massage / Spa

Tennis courts

• • • • • •

Swimming pool

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Disabled facilities

•• •• • •

Conference room

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Pet friendly

Evening entertainment

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Restaurants

Car rental

Shops

Internet

Credit card

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Children's play area

153

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Laundry service

48

72

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Recreational Activities

Business centre

71

Wireless connection

82

Newspaper delivery

70

70

Tea / Coffee station

102

69

Mini bar / Fridge

68

Room safe

54

Telephone

67

TV

28

Hotel Facilities

Room service

Number of rooms

66

Self-catering

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Room Facilities

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AL BURAIMI GOVERNORATE Index

Hotel

Star Rating

Phone [+968]

Website

Email Address

81

Al Baraka Hotel Apartments

1-star

25654955

82

Al Buraimi Hotel

2-star

25642010

 

83

Al Buraimi Hotel Apartments

1-star

25654789

84

Hamasa Hotel

1-star

25651200

 

85

Al Jawarah Hotel

1-star

25653440

86

Al Masa Hotel

1-star

25653007

87

Al Salam Hotel

3-star

25655789

www.alsalamhotel.com

info@alsalamhoteloman.com

88

Wahat al Baraka Hotel Apartments

Unrated

25650955

AL WUSTA GOVERNORATE

146

89

Duqm Tourist Guest House

90

Ghaba Guest House

HOTEL & TRAVEL

1-star

98081102

duqmtouristguesthouse@gmail.com

Unrated

99358639

www.safeerintll.com

sales@safeerintll.com


Index Number of rooms

81 18

82 62

83 6

84 28

85 22

86 55

87 50

88 24

89 20

90 10

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Excursions

Health Club

Massage / Spa

Tennis courts

Hotel Facilities

Swimming pool

Pet 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

Mini bar / Fridge

Room safe

Telephone

TV

Room service

Self-catering

Room Facilities Recreational Activities

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147


DIRECTORY

149


Airline Agencies

Amusement Parks 24700828

Amusement & Joy

24704636

A' Zemam Rent a Car

24496261

Air Travel & Tours

24709696

Muscat City Centre

24558888

Baabood Travels

23290726

Akbar Travels of India & Partners

24787800

Oman Tourism Projects Development Company

24562215

Bin Maqadam Automotive (Rent-a-Car division) 24498838

Al Darwish Travels

24792467

Sindbad's Wonder Centre

24794677

Budget Rent a Car Travel & Allied Services

24683999

British Airways

24568777

Elite Travel & Tourism

24485020

Coral Travels

24788167

Europcar 24700190

Daallo Airlines

24819119

Bowling Centres

General Automotive

24500842

Flydubai Agent

24700432

Family Entertainment Centre (The Ice Skating Centre) 24489492

Global Car Rental

24697140

Gulf Air

24482777

Oman Bowling Centre

Hertz Rent a Car

24625213

Jet Airways

24813321

Husoon al Jazeera for Car Rental

95044233

Khimji Ramdas Shipping

24786123

Johny International

24502570

Majan International Agencies Travel & Tourism

24765000

Car Rental

Koroun Trading

99357526

MARK Tours

24782727

Al Azeel Travel & Tourism

24814757

Maalem Majan Tours

24765000

National Travel & Tourism

24660300

Al Haditha

24478902

MARK Rent a Car

24782727

Oman Tourism & Travel Agencies

24819119

Al Haider Travels & Tours

24486656

Muscat International Services

24400888

Precision Air

24819119

Al Hajiry Trading

24812768

National Travel & Tourism

24660300

Royal Jordanian

24796693

Al Hooti Rent a Car

24833646

Oasis Tourism

24499922

Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia)

24706546

Al Ibtisama Trading

24703404

Oman Trading Establishment

24793072

Sri Lankan Airlines

24784545

Al Kay's International

24787049

Oman Travel Bureau

24701128

Sudan Airways

24819119

Al Maha Rent a Car

24603378

Oman United Agencies Travel

24813465

Travel City

24760800

Al Maskry Rent a Car

24505923

Publie Technical Projects

25544414

Travel Point

24661800

Al Omania Car Rental

24601081

Rent a Car

24482793

Yemenia 24660300

Al Sharooq Rent a Car

24833088

Sixt Rent a Car

24482793

Al Wafi Selling & Purchasing Used Cars

92111888

Technique

24491244

Anwar al Shaikh Trading

92989525

Thrifty Car Rental

24489248

Value Plus

24817964

Looking for travel & ticketing services? Call Majan International Travel Agencies Travel & Tourism, 24765000

150

Arabian Tours Travels, Rent a Car & Cargo Services 24400888

Air Arabia

HOTEL & TRAVEL

24480747

ArabiaCars 24568681


Chauffeur Services

Fashion and Beauty Saloon

24482628

Modern Exchange

24832133

Kouron Trading

99357526

Glamour Art Centre

24699926

Musandam Exchange

24834954

MARK Rent a Car

24782727

Hitomi House of Beauty

22009444

Mustafa Sultan Exchange

24707025

Manal Beautician

24699975

Nibras Exchange

24790895

Muscat Beauty Salon

24562541

Oman & UAE Exchange Centre & Co

24796533

Muscat Holiday Hotel

24487123

Oman United Exchange Co

24794305

Cruise Liner Services Bhacker Haji Abdullatif Fazul

24714221

Samaa Health Club

24535978

Purshottam Kanji Exchange

24714609

Khimji Ramdas Shipping

24786123

Shangri-La's Barr al Jissah Resort and Spa

24776666

Ruwi Exchange

24830983

Red Sea Shipping Agencies

24790299

VLCC International

24695157

Sharaf Shipping Services

24781744

Women Elegance & Beautification Centre

24489662

Teejan International Maritime & Aviation

22019780

InterCntinental Muscat

24680000

Novelties

Star Salon for Ladies, Grand Hyatt Muscat

24641180

Ajmal International

24703104

Al Awadi Gifts & Perfumes

24702500

Al Marai Trading

23290793

Al Raid Business Corporation

24564477

Anbisat Quazi Qurum

24564051

Blue Ocean Trading

23290793

Essa Saleh Trading

24796192

Diving Equipment Al Shaali Marine

24740991

Medical Tourism

Sharikat Hani

24695015

MediCare Tourism

Diving Services

24760200

Money Exchanges

Sadaf 24602123

Hani Marine Services

24603055

Al Barzah Money Exchange

24487444

Safeer Mart

24567771

Marina Bander al Rowdha

24737288

Asia Express Exchange

24781717

Salam Studio & Stores

24564071

Dar al Khoud Money Exchange

24421894

Salman Stores

24796925

Faiq Money Changers

24564417

Turtle's 24793590

Ladies Spas and Beauty Salons

Global Money Exchange Company

24703566

Unique Corner

Anhar the river of beauty

24694878

Gulf Overseas Exchange

24834182

Beauty Centre

24563321

Hamdan Exchange

23211258

Daksha Enterprises

24562596

Laxmidas Tharia Ved & Co

24790845

24562584

Looking for vehicle rental services? Call Global Car Rental, 24697140

DIRECTORY

151


Passenger Yachts & Boats Rental

Al Deyar

Al Elexandria Restaurant

Dairy Queen Grill & Chill

24561611

Flavours

24693031

24794002

Capital Area Yachts Centre

24737712

Al Istanbuli

24480900

Four Seasons

24707207

Gulf Agency Co

24477800

Al Katkoot

24542883

Golden Spoon

24482263

Marina Bander al Rowdha

24737288

Al Khanjar

26795545

Hamburger Nation

Marina Hotel

24713100

Al Reef Al Lebanani

24485775

Japengo

24600667

Jean’s Grill

Alauddin

24558077

92892868 24567666

Anand Bhavan

24799166

Kamat

Passengers Transport by Rented Buses

Ananthapuri

24706226

Kargeen Café

Annapoorna

24810396

Khaboura Café

Al Rawas Transport, Machinery Hiring & Trading 23212754

Arab World

24491734

Khana Khazana

Al Sumri Transport

24510284

A’Rifaak

92558842

Khyber

Khimji Ramdas Shipping

24786123

Automatic

24487200

Koliwada

24776666

Le Jardin

24510300

24568411

Left Bank

24693699

24702727

Mediterranean Grill

24488478

Mirchi Restaurant

Bait Al Bahar Beirut Restaurant

Resorts

Bin Ateeq

24813496

24680000

23235333

Blue Lagoon

99101803

Motif

Desert Nights Camp

92818388

Blue Marlin

24737288

Mumtaj Mahal

Chilli’s

24558815

Nando’s

24540200

Neptune Bar

24702311

Nouras Al Shatti

24780207

Odyssey

24824240

24487777

Coffe Shop

Al Badiyeh Restaurant

24736068

Copper Chimney

24424400

Coral Express

24540200

Olivos

24425314

Coral Reef Café

26795545

Omar Khayyam

24793545

Curry House

24564076

Palayok

HOTEL & TRAVEL

24605907

Musandam Café

24489292

24696601

24489575

Al Dehleez Restaurant

24564443

Chopsticks

Chicking

Al Akhtam Restaurant

Al Bashasha Restaurants

99421778

Crowne Plaza Resort Salalah

24781901

Biryani House

Al Bahjah Hotel

24692269

26883710

24793335 24592900

Al Nahda Resort & Spa

Restaurants

152

24603553

24680000

24561818 26795545

24603555

24604257

24797290


Passage To India

Pavo Real

Princes Restaurant

Priya Darshini Restaurant Punjabi Dhaba

Samba

Saravanaa Bhavan

Second Avenue

Tents & Tarpaulins

24816388

Abul Khalik Abdullah Habib Najwani & Partners

24703392

24660660

Al Khaleej Tents

24781555

Tuscany

24641234

Dawood Trading

24712647

Woodlands

24700192

Khimji Ramdas

24786123

24776666

Khimji's Luxury & Lifestyle Division

24796161

24704502

Style Trading & Contracting

24495400

W J Towell & Co

24526203

Trader Vic’s

24602603

Trivandrum Fried Chicken

24482213

Tropicana

24492102 24787755

Shiraz

24536024 24660660

Khimji Ramdas Shipping

24786123

24700175

National Ferries Company

80072000

Stomach

24692486

Sultanah

24776666

Taj Samarkand Restaurant Tarboosh

Taza The Arabian Courtyard

The Beach Restaurant

The Bollywood

The Chedi Pool Cabana

Small Boats Passenger services/Ferries

24695164

Shamiana Spicy Village

24680000

24568480

Traveller's Cheques Exchangers American Express Middle East

24573500

24582040

Specialised Vehicles Rentals

Amex ME

24573555

24565673

Abu Nooh Trading

25410113

Modern Exchange Co

24832133

24489779

Ofsat Limited

24594205

Oman & UAE Exchange Centre & Co

24796533

24524400

Stag Trading & Contracting

24815834

Oman United Exchange Co

24794305

24524400

Towell Auto Leasing & Trading

24494103

Mustafa Sultan Exchange

24707025

24565653

24524400

The Great Kabab Factory

24478373

Sports and Recreational Clubs

Water Sports Services

The Pavillion Restaurant

24812006

Al Falaj Hotel

24702311

Al Shaali Marine

24524400

Al Raid Business Corporation

24564477

26795545

Dolphin Village

24591366

24776666

India Social Club

24701347

24502570

Oman Bowling Centre

24480747

24680000

Ruwi Hotel

24704244

The Serai Pool Cabana

The Taj The Tanoor Restaurant

Tinello Tomato

24740991

Looking for adventure tourism, water sports services? Call Al NIMER TOURISM, 92649969

DIRECTORY

153


Johny International RENT A CAR & LEASING

BEST RATES & SERVICES

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Johny International Hotel, Opp. Sultan Qaboos Spor ts Stadium, Bausher Call: 94146487 / 24502570 Email: johnyinternationalrentacar@gmail.com


Wide range of vehicles on daily, monthly and long term basis. Corporate Leasing, Chauffeur services, 24hrs service support, Airport transfers, all types of saloon cars, 4WD’s & buses with or without PDO specifications (with or without drivers). Call 95032958/99430691


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4WD vehicles. PDO specific vehicles. Special Executive Lease package.

PO Box 1194, Postal Code 130, Azaiba, Sultanate of Oman Tel: +968 24494103 Fax: +968 24490299 Sales: 96790684/96790595 Service: 96790588 Salalah: 94299325 Email: lease@towellauto.com


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95199995


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