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INTRODUCING M Crammed between the turquoise sea and rugged mountains and blessed with ancient ruins, medieval fortresses and one of the best souks in Arabia, Oman’s capital is full of charm. Muscat means ‘anchorage’ so it comes as no surprise to learn that the sea is one of the main reasons that many people visit Muscat and when it comes to water sports and activities, the capital pulls out all the stops. Dolphin watching (the warm waters of the Arabian Sea are home to playful pods of dolphins), dhow trips, diving (there are plenty of world class diving locations off Muscat’s coastline) and snorkelling are all on offer.

Ready for some culture? When Prince Charles was in Muscat in 2016, His Royal Highness made a beeline for Bait Al Zubair museum and – for a real insight into the capital – you’d be wise to do the same. Here you can learn about Omani heritage and Bedouin traditions through the excellent displays of photographs, costumes and other handicras and household items. While you’re at it, check out the souk and Sultan Qaboos’ waterside palace – the blue and gold mushroom pillars are certainly striking.


MUSCAT Work off all the hummus and halloumi you’ve consumed with a walk along the aractive cornice – it’s especially spectacular at sunset.

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MAD ABOUT MUSCAT Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque As any Omani will tell you, this magnificent mosque boasts an eight tonne Swarovski chandelier making it well worth a visit – especially since it’s the only mosque in Oman that is open to non-Muslims. Set against a backdrop of the Hajar Mountains, the Grand Mosque was inaugurated on 4 May 2001 when his Majesty Sultan Taboos commenced prayer on the world’s largest hand woven carpet. The mosque is so large it can accommodate unto 20,000 worshippers at once. sultanqaboosgrandmosque.com

Muscat’s underwater world Everyone raves about the Red Sea – so much so that it’s east to forget that there are plenty of world class diving locations off Oman’s coastline. What’s more, while the Red Sea can be as crowded as the London Underground during rush hour, it’s easier to get that ‘off the beaten track’ feeling in Muscat – making it idea for those who don’t want to share the sea with hordes of tourists.


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Haggling for gems in Murah Souk This labyrinth like, gossipy market places could keep you contented for days. A real Aladdin’s cave, it’s brimming with jewellery stores selling antique silver earrings and necklaces in intricate Arabesque designs for a snip of the price you’d pay back home – plus vendors peddling frankincense, spices, sandalwood, sequinned slippers, aromatic out and a whole host of Ormani artefacts.

Oman’s architecture Muscat has managed to modernise itself without turning the city into a strip of gargantuan shopping malls like other cities in the Gulf. All buildings have been designed to reflect the cultural heritage of their surroundings. Thus developments are all unmistakably Arabic (on the outside at least) owing to details like white washed walls or sand coloured buildings.

Omani patriotism Flags in red, white and green fluer in the wind on National Day; a mark of genuine national pride.

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The Royal Opera House Detractors may say that a pot of yoghurt has more culture than a Gulf country but Oman’s legion of fans beg to differ. And rightly so for the Sultanate does boast a striking Opera House – take a bow the Royal Opera House – that has garnered a reputation in the Gulf as a premier venue for performing arts. Alternatively gawp at the gold, gilded balconies by joining a 30 minute guided tour, during which you can learn a lile more about design. rohmuscat.org.om

Bait Muzna Gallery This delightful art gallery – the first art gallery in Oman – lies opposite the Bayt Al Zubair Museum – and promotes Omani artists to the growing number of tourists who visit the Sultanate. The Gallery also serves as a great retreat from the searing Middle East heat. Temptation abounds and it’s impossible to wander around without returning to your hotel room laden down with local prints and other pieces of Omani cra. baitmuznagallery.com

Sunrise, sunset Catching the sunset do its incredible sinking thing from the Crowne Plaza’s cliff top balcony is arguably Muscat’s greatest free spectacle.


Football fever Watching the locals bend it like Beckham on a Friday aernoon, in an impromptu game of football on the beach over at Shai Al Qurm. The energy, enthusiasm and sheer passion of the Omanis is infectious: this is football at its finest.

The Chedi Checking into this chic hotel – the perfect marriage of aentive Arabic service and modern Asian décor – is easy. The difficulty lies in leaving this elegantly landscaped 21 acre garden oasis with 158 Omani influenced guestrooms and villas set against a backdrop of the majestic Al Hajar Mountains and serene waters of the Gulf of Oman This sublime yet central location equally suits leisure and business travellers, while six distinct restaurants, a 13-suite Balinese spa, three swimming pools, including the 103-metre long pool, 700-squaremetre health club plus two executive meeting rooms enhance Muscat’s considerable cultural aractions.

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MAD ABOUT MUSCAT Bait al Baranda Museum Never mind Muscat. This museum near the fish souk end of Murah Corniche wouldn’t be out of place in cities like London, owing to its imaginative, interactive displays that depict everything from geology to ancient life, maritime, folk art and the achievements of Muscat today. It’s a great place to get to grips with Muscat’s past and present – and to escape the scorching, summer heat. baitalbaranda.mm.gov.om

The Sultanate’s enviable environmental record The Gulf countries aren’t exactly known for their enthusiasm for the environment however Oman is the exception to the rule. The Sultanate was singled out by the UN Environment programme as a country with exemplary conservation measures.

The Grand Hya’s foyer Like marmite, you’ll either love it or hate (we fall into the former). Either way, the whimsical, Disney-esque interior has to be seen to be believed. muscat.grand.hya.com/en/hotel/ home


Dolphin watching Muscat is one of the best places in the world to see Flipper and friends frolicking in the warm waters. The optimum time to try and catch a glimpse of these magnificent creatures is early in the morning when the weather tends to be a tad cooler.

Offroading in Oman Muscat is liered with routes fashioned by Mother Nature but perfect for modern machinery. For the low-down on Muscat’s best driving spots, pick up a copy of Explorer’s Off road Oman.

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Catching a camel race Omanis are obsessed with the time old Arabian sport of camel racing. Fortunately robot jockeys are now used instead of child jockeys (a practice which garnered international condemnation owing to the harsh conditions and treatments that the jockeys were forced to endure), meaning that visitors can now watch these ships of the desert racing at speeds of up to 60km/h with a clean conscience.

Omanisation Unlike the rest of the region, visitors to the Sultanate will actually come into contact with locals thanks to Sultan Qaboos’ policy of ‘Omanisation’. In contrast to its Khaleeji brothers Bahrain, Qatar and the UAE, Oman cannot afford costly expatriate labour, meaning that Omanis of both sexes are employed in all sectors of society.

Kargeen Café Take a seat in the picturesque garden at Kargeen (an old Omani word for ‘lile wooden coage) and drink a wonderfully refreshing mint juice, while puffing out clouds of sweet tobacco from long hookahs. Bliss. Established by a dynamic, local couple – Mr. Jalil Abdullah Hamza Al Asfoor and Mrs. Hana Haffadh – Kargeen is a Muscat institution. kargeen.com


Kick-starting the day at D’Arcy’s Breakfast at this perennially popular place in Shai Al Qurm is a must. But if you’re not an early riser, fret not. There’s no need to miss out as D’Arcy’s bumper breakfasts are served all day. facebook.com/ darcyskitchen

Making for the Mina Sultan Qaboos Waterfront One of the sultanate of Oman’s flagship development projects, Mina Sultan Qaboos Waterfront aims to transform Port Sultan Qaboos – previously Muscat’s main commercial port – into a major tourist destination, chock full of hotels and resorts, retail and residential areas, as well as entertainment and cultural areas. msqwaterfront.om/en/

For more Muscat information and inspiration, visit omantourism.gov.om

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how to have a perfect day in the oman’s charming c Just landed? Chances are you’ll be looking for somewhere suitably sumptu-ous to check into. Fortunately for discerning travellers, the Sultanate of Oman – particularly its capital – is fast becoming known for its top notch ac-commodation: beautiful accommodation abounds all over the emirate. Best in Travel’s pick? Look no further than the presidential suite at Al Bustan palace, a Ritz-carlton hotel, which features two bedrooms com-plete with beautiful marble bathrooms, beautiful ocean views, and accom-modations for four. Alternatively check into the chedi, an exclusive 21-acre beach resort is lo-cated 20 minutes north of old Muscat. The resort offers understated ele-gance and a perfect blend of Omani architecture and Asian Zen-style. The clean white lines of the low-rise buildings are accentuated by gardens of symmetrical simplicity, with lines of manicured hedges and ordered water ponds, creating a sense of calm. Meanwhile all 158 non-smoking rooms have breathtaking views across the gardens and ponds, towards the Hajar mountains and the Gulf of Oman.

Whichever option you plump for, voluntary leaving such lavish surroundings – if only for a few hours – isn’t easy, but make sure you do as there’s more to Muscat than five star hotels. Muscat has a burgeoning golf scene and the golfers amongst you won’t want to pass up the chance to play the Greg Norman-designed champion-ship golf course at Almouj golf club. Opened in September 2012, this Greg Norman designed wonder stretches across six kilometres of stunning coastline flanking the pastelblue colours of the Indian Ocean, separated only by beautiful sandy beaches - all of which makes this venue an idyllic haven of pristine beauty that contrasts to the challenging yet enjoyable na-ture of the course.

muscat hills golf & country club and ghala golf club are two other top choices. Alternatively adventure-seekers can explore Muscat’s magical underwater world – there’s a whole host of world class diving locations off Oman’s coastline -– or back on dry land, go off-roading.


apital Next up, it’s time to head to your lunch destination du jour. Best in Travel recommends checking out our muscat restaurant guide to discover the city’s top dining spots. Stamina restored, it’s time to do some sightseeing. Start the aernoon by strolling around sultan Qaboos grand mosque, which boasts an eight tonne Swarovski chandelier making it well worth a visit. Then make a beeline for Bait muzna gallery, a delightful gallery promoting Omani artists. Bait Muzna lies opposite Bayt Al zubair museum – the place to get to grips with Muscat’s fascinating past and present. Chances are all that exploring will have taken its toll on your feet. Fortunate-ly outlets for relieving your body’s aches and pains are readily available. The secluded chi, the spa at shangri-la Barr Al Jissah Resort and spa, Muscat invites you to enjoy the privacy and luxury of the largest spa villas in Muscat. Guests can enjoy the experience of the unique CHI Water Oasis, featuring a vitality hydro pool, a steam room, tundra and tropical showers, an ice fountain and a relaxation area.

When night falls, why not catch a camel race – a quintessential Omani ex-perience. Expect to see the ships of the desert racing at speeds of up to 60km/h. Alternatively take in a performance at the Royal opera house which has garnered a reputation in the Gulf as a premier venue for performing arts: Placido Domingo, aka the King of Opera, will be gracing the Royal Opera House on the 6 & 8 September 2018. If you don’t manage to bag tickets for Domingo’s performance, do join a 30 minute guided tour of the Opera House where you’ll be able to gawp at the gold, gilded balconies and learn a lile more about the incredible design. Back at your accommodation, upload your envy inducing snaps to Insta-gram, order a night cap and start planning your return…. Make no mistake: one trip to Muscat will never be enough. omantourism.gov.om

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The Sultanate of Oman is a land of breathtaking natural beauty interwoven with a kaleidoscope of rich history, culture and adventure. The ideal transit hub between Asia, Africa and Europe, Oman has a long and rich history as a seafaring and trading outpost. Muscat, Oman’s capital, was established many centuries ago around a pair of natural harbours, and has kept one eye on trade across the Indian Ocean and the other on the ancient incense routes of the desert interior. The logistics sector remains a major contributor to the country’s diversification. In particular, it is making significant progress in aviation. The country has two international airports, one in the capital Muscat and the other in the southern city of Salalah. Oman Airports, which is owned by the Government of the Sultanate of Oman, is responsible for the management and operation of Muscat International Airport and Salalah International Airport, as well as for the future new airports of Ad Duqm, Sohar and Ras Al Hadd.

OMAN AIRPORTS ARE INCREASINGLY LOOKING FOR INNOVATIVE WAYS TO BOTH ENHANCE THE PASSENGER EXPERIENCE AND IMPROVE THEIR OPERATIONAL PERFORMANCE TO CATER FOR THIS GROWTH.

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The company has set a vision of Muscat International Airport being among the top 20 airports of the world by 2020. The worldclass facility has come a long way from the early 70s when it hosted just three airlines. Currently, 28 scheduled airlines operate 545 scheduled flights a week with 55 destinations in 27 countries served directly from Muscat International Airport. While Muscat International Airport is the country’s main air hub, the regional airports also play a key role in supporting air transport and supply chain within Oman. In conjunction with the government of Oman, Oman Airports have embarked on a largescale investment programme to deliver world-class airport infrastructure throughout the sultanate to facilitating trade and tourism. Starting the successful opening of Salalah International Airport in 2015, the state-of-the-art Muscat International Airport opened in March this year. Oman Airports is commied in becoming one of the most successful airport operators in the world and a key contributor to Oman’s national economy.

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Oman Airports has a strategy to provide exceptional customer experience and optimal connections to the rest of the world, and in doing so will contribute towards the prosperity and well-being of the Sultanate of Oman. Strategy2020 supports Oman Airports to improve, strengthen and further develop Oman’s global market position. Muscat International Airport is experiencing record breaking double-digit passenger growth and is currently among the fastest growing airports in the Middle East with 17 percent of passenger growth. Oman Airports are increasingly looking for innovative ways to both enhance the passenger experience and improve their operational performance to cater for this growth. A key driver of the growth is the synergy with the national flag carrier Omanair, which is operating one of the youngest fleets in the world. Oman Air’s commitment to quality, comfort and a seamless passenger experience has resulted in many global awards, including winning “World’s Leading Airline - Economy Class” and “World’s Ultimate Service Award in Hospitality” at the 2017 World Travel Awards. Its recognition is not just for its services, but also for the excellent facilities including its modern and welcoming airport lounges.

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Oman Air is currently undergoing an exciting fleet and network expansion programme, which will see the airline operate up to 62 aircra to around 60 destinations by 2022. Oman Air currently has seven Dreamliner jets in its fleet. In June, it will receive the first of its three 787-9 Dreamliners on order for 2018. Several new destinations have also been added. This year alone, Oman Air will be launching three new destinations – Istanbul (Turkey), Casablanca (Morocco), and Moscow (Russia). The three new exciting routes are part of Oman Air’s strategic expansion plan, providing a streamlined global network that offers greater connectivity at its Muscat hub.

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20 m.p.p.a.

Total Gross Floor Area Terminal Building

345,000 m2

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8,000 97m 2 runways (4,000m each) 45/29 16

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10

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118

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With two international airports, and a rapidly expanding flight network, geing to Oman has never been easier. Muscat is accessible by short international flights of just under an hour from Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Salalah Airport is serviced by flights from both Dubai and Doha. With its location on the Arabian Peninsula, Oman’s terrain encompasses wind-sculpted deserts, spectacular mountains and long stretches of pristine coastline. Jebel Shams (Mountain of the Sun); 3009m is Oman’s tallest mountain at 3,009m, and is a popular destination for camping. It affords incredible views into the spectacularly deep Wadi Ghul lying alongside it. Other popular tourist activities include sand skiing in the desert, mountain-climbing, camel racing, and camping. www.omanairports.co.om

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Muscat International Airport officially opened its brand new terminal to the public on Tuesday 20 March 2018. In the planning for over a decade, the new US$1.8 billion terminal at Muscat International Airport is expected to have the capacity to handle more than 12 million passengers a year and 48 million passengers aer the completion of a number of four-phase construction projects. The new passenger terminal boasts an unrivalled service for passengers passing through it and has been designed to be a shining symbol of the Sultanate of Oman, offering a significant boost to Oman’s steadily flourishing travel sector.

Distance between the old and new terminal The new passenger terminal building is not very far from the old terminal. In fact, there are several routes through which you can reach the new passenger terminal easily such as 18 November Street, Express High Way, and Sultan Qaboos Street. For the convenience of the guests and visitors, there are signboards on the highway/expressway and Sultan Qaboos Street indicating the direction to the new passenger terminal building.

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Drive through to the new Terminal Muscat’s new terminal can be accessed from the three main routes: step forward 18th November Street, Sultan Qaboos Street and Express High way. All these routes connect the guests to the main bridge of the new passenger terminal. * There are two main entry points as one drives through the main airport bridge – namely, the departure level entry and the arrival level entry, with the departure level above the arrival level. * There are two types of car parks available up on arrival to the airport terminal which are long term and short term car park.

enter the new terminal When you reach or are dropped off at the Departure Level, there are three entrances in front of you. Entrance A: for all Airlines Business Class which will lead the Oman Air guests to Oman Air First and Business Class Checkin Lounge and other airlines’ Business Class guests to their check in counters. Entrance B: for Oman Air Economy Class Entrance C: for all other Airlines’ Economy Class.

As you enter All Economy Class Guests will be lead to the economy class check-in area. The 12 counters each of C and D (C1 to C12 and D1 to D12) are exclusively for Oman Air. E1 to E12 is for other lines. During the peak hours Oman Air will utilise the E counters as well.


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Check-in Facilities First and Business Class check in services: Oman Air’s First & Business class passengers are served separately through 12 check-in counters and three supervisor counters named A1 to A12. For other airlines’ Business Class check in counters available are B1 to B12. The unique service at the check-in area provides guests with premium concierge services. At the tastefully decorated premium check-in waiting area guests are provided with comfortable seating and served so drinks, as they wait to finish the check-in process. There are three security screening devices exclusively for J and F class passengers.

lounges Oman Air First & business class guests can enjoy the unique Omani and Oman Air hospitality at the stylish premium lounges located above Muscat Duty Free and next to the airside hotel.

Silent airport The new terminal building is a silent building with minimum announcements. All information that guests need, is displayed on screens around the terminal.


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MUSCAT RESTAURANTS

Al AnghAm At the RoyAl opeRA house Al Angham is the first of its kind in Oman, in terms of fine dining, cuisine and decor inspired by Omani culture and architecture. The Sultanate’s heritage is also celebrated with unique motifs and silverware on its tables and in the different corners of its halls and venues.

Here you can enjoy delicious traditional Omani dishes such as Shiwa, Harees, Jareesh, O’rsyia and more. Your experience of Omani hospitality begins with the warm reception by the Omani staff and continues with impeccable service that offers you the finest moments – in an atmosphere reflecting the grandeur of the present and the splendour of the historic past. reservations@alanghamoman.com


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AsAdo At sheRAton omAn hotel

There are many ways to get to know a country, and one of the most gratifying ways is through its food. This is especially true of South America, with its rich variety of textures, colours, aromas and flavours. Asado – Sheraton Oman’s South American Steakhouse serves the freshest spices, techniques and flavours of South America to your table. Guests are spoiled for choice with a selection of Ceviche and the best available beef cuts from Australia, Ireland, France, USA and Argentina, the finest international meat and seafood grill specialties, and delicious steaks along with other grilled meats, which are expertly paired with their international wine selection.

The dramatic yet elegantly appointed interior of the wood-craed restaurant features a dining room and outdoor terrace that seats up to 100 guests, making it the perfect venue for private meetings or larger gatherings. reservations.oman@sheraton.com

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MUSCAT RESTAURANTS

the AtRium teA lounge At Al BustAn pAlAce hotel Enchanting throughout the day, the 38-meter high domed lobby lounge at Al Bustan Palace Hotel is graciousness itself and the perfect spot to indulge in aernoon tea.

Expect the full panoply of silver teapots, tip top pastries, crustless sandwiches and scones served on a three tier stand. If you can’t wait for cocktail hour, take the champagne package (£54) with flutes of bubbly to accompany your fantastic freshly baked scones. Albustan@ritzcarlton.com


BAhRiyAt At gRAnd millennium muscAt

Bahriyat, meaning the ‘fruits of the sea’, takes diners on a gastronomical journey under the sea with a succulent selection of signature seafood delights that are straight from the heart of the Gulf of Oman. Hand selected every morning from the fish market, the delectable array of seafood brings to your palate the freshest flavours imaginable and an unforgeable oneof-a-kind dining experience.

A charming nautical theme and colours from the ocean adorn the chic interior, which is pleasantly accented by an impressive 12 seater ‘Captain’s Table.’ Anyone booking this table, can expect exclusive service and the head chef’s special bespoke menu. .gmm@millenniumhotels.com

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the RestAuRAnt At the chedi Elegantly curved Omani arches make a dramatic first impression in this vaulted, crystal chandelier lit dining room, as do the contemporary cool dark grey terrazzo floors, live piano music and expansive bay windows. Four open show kitchens add entertainment and aromas as Muscat’s finest culinary talents prepare Western, Asian, Middle Eastern and Indian fare, best paired with sips off an award winning wine list.

As well as the elegant dining room, you can also choose to dine on the outdoor patio or among eight equally chic private dining rooms and lounge areas that make memorable venues for business dinners, family gatherings and special occasions. In town on a Friday? Don’t miss the Friday Brunch with free flow of champagne. restaurant@chedimuscat.com


shAhRAzAd At shAngRi-lA Al husn ResoRt & spA

Shahrazad is a striking and elegant restaurant that features Moroccan, Lebanese and Omani specialties served alongside a curated selection of Lebanese wines and Arak, in addition to wines from all over the world. Oering seating for couples and live entertainment from an Arabic duo, the venue is perfect for special or romantic occasions. Private dining, indoor and romantic al fresco terrace seating is available. reservation.slmu@shangri-la.com

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shiRAz At cRowne plAzA hotel muscAt Experience classical Persian cuisine and authentic fine dining shaped by centuries of culinary artistry at the Crowne Plaza Muscat’s signature restaurant. Feel the warmth of Iranian hospitality at Muscat’s finest Persian restaurant, where you can dine on excellent (and we mean excellent) food.

Not sure what to order? For a true taste of Persia, opt for one of the set menus – Mazandran, Ishfahan or Hormozgan.Outdoor seating is available. tel: (968) 2466 0660


so soi At KempinsKi hotel muscAt

Expect to be transported to Thailand's bustling streets at Kempinski Hotel Muscat’s flavourful Soi Soi. Inspired by the word soi, which means ‘street’ in Thai, this casual restaurant reflects the food scene of Bangkok, with the dining experience as authentic and representative of the Thai culture as possibly can be. Located on Boulevard, Kempinski Hotel Muscat’s welltrained, experienced head chef and his team are ready to transport diners on a culinary journey to Southeast Asia.

Enjoying that unforgeable mix of richness, freshness and spice that Thai food is known for across the globe, you are sure to have your taste buds completely tantalised and wanting to come back for more time and time again. Soi Soi also offers a take away menu – perfect for picnics or day trips made delicious. dining.muscat@kempinski.com

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the stRAights At the hoRmuz gRAnd muscAt Like its nautical namesake, The Straits embodies Muscat’s unique fusion of east and west. Drawing on a wealth of international influences – while retaining time-honoured Omani traditions and methods – the chefs at Hormuz Grand Muscat have craed a truly dynamic menu.

Unrivalled in breadth and choice, it’s an evolving canvas of irresistible seasonal dishes. From the modern ambience of the vaulted, marble interior to the seclusion of the tranquil, waterside courtyard, you can choose surroundings that set the perfect tone for your dining experience in Muscat. restaurants.muscat@radissoncollection.com


tuscAny At the gRAnd hyAtt

Grand Hya’s award-winning signature Italian serves up excellent seasonal menus created by Italian Chef Enrico Degani and his brigade, in a classic and romantic seing. Diners can look forward to specialty menus from regional areas of Italy, along with different menus for each new season using only the finest and freshest produce available – the essence of authentic Italian cooking. Stand out dishes include those from the Piedmont region in Italy.

The unique private dining room is perfect for more intimate celebrations of groups of 10 to 12 guests, while the spacious outdoor terrace overlooking the Arabian Sea is a wonderful place to spend an evening in the winter season. Buon Appetito! muscat.grand@hya.com

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Muscat may be famous for its dazzling souks and superb seafood, but the picturesque Omani capital is also - owing to advancements in technology - becoming a haven for championship golf courses. Here’s the low-down on where to tee off when you’re in town


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GOLF AL MOUJ GOLF Along a two kilometre stretch of pristine coastline, flanking the Indian Ocean and with the stunning Hajjar mountain range in the background, lies a striking oasis of lush green grass, accented with bunkers, water hazards and natural dunes. At 7,342 yards long, the 18 hole Championship Course at Al Mouj Golf is Oman’s first links style course offering amateurs and professionals a challenging, yet rewarding, game of golf. Designed by international golfing legend Greg Norman, each hole offering something different from the last. Furthermore, Norman and his design team were mindful of maintaining the panorama of the ocean and the spectacular vista of the Hajjar Mountains: on a clear day you almost feel as if you can touch the mountains. Complementing the Championship Course are world-class facilities including a teaching academy, a floodlit par-3 nine-hole course, Academy retail shop, floodlit driving range and restaurant. www.almoujgolf.com

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GOLF GHALA GOLF CLUB Established in 1971 by Colonel Cooper, the club started out as a modest 9hole sand course. It has since grown into an 18-hole, fully-grassed course, boasting 250+ members Designed by renowned British golfer, Bill Logmuir, the iconic course is set snugly into a wadi with the dramatic Al Hajar mountains framing the backdrop. Situated in the heart of Muscat, with narrow fairways and sea views, it is a challenge for all skill levels. Elsewhere the clubhouse at Ghala Golf Club, the much loved “19th hole,� is newly renovated providing panoramic views of the 9th, 15th and 18th holes, while serving up tasty refreshments on the outside terrace. www.ghalagolf.com

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GOLF MUSCAT HILLS GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB The first 18 hole grassed golf course to be built in the Sultanate of Oman, Muscat Hills Golf Course was the vision of the late His Highness Kais Bin Tarik Al Said. The 72-par, 6383 metre golf course is uniquely designed over 45 hectors of land that boasts sea views and a spectacular back drop of the Al Hajar Mountains. The course offers five teeing ground options and therefore caters to a wide range of golfing ability, with the main challenge coming from three of the par-3 holes that are played over the dramatic wadi escarpment. Complementing the Championship course is the comfortable club house with a large outdoor seating area and excellent practice facilities that feature a spectacular 400-meter floodlit driving range with undercover tee off area and a puing green for members and guests to practice on throughout the day and into the late evenings. www.muscathillsgolf.com

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OMA And rightly so for if it’s an authentic taste of Arabia that you’re aer few places can match Oman.

Occupying the south east corner of the Arabian Peninsula, the country is blessed with beautiful beaches, rugged mountains, medieval fortresses, an-cient ruins and gossipy, garrulous souks –

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where you can pick up anything from frankincense and fridge magnets to cushion covers and khanjar dag-gers, and still have change from a fiver. Make no mistake: this is the Middle East of your imagination.


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OMAN IS HAVING A MOMENT. THE SULTANATE HAS SHAKEN OFF THE DUST GATHERED THROUGH DECADES OF HERMIT LIKE EXILE ON THE WORLD STAGE, TO EMERGE AS ONE OF THE MOST ALLURING DESTINATIONS.

Turn the page for Best In Travel Magazine’s guide to where to stay and what to do in this seductive Arab state…

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THE SULTAN QABOOS GRAND MOSQUE

As any Omani will tell you, this magnificent mosque boasts an eight tonne Swarovski chandelier making it well worth a visit – especially since it’s the only mosque in Oman that is open to non-Muslims.

RWARD THE SULTANATE OF OMAN, WHICH SERVES UP YEAR ROUND STUDDED SCENERY. HERE’S TEN REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD VISIT.

Set against a backdrop of the Hajar Mountains, the Grand Mosque was inaugurated on 4 May 2001 when His Majesty Sultan Taboos commenced prayer on the world’s largest hand woven carpet. The mosque is so large it can accommodate upto 20,000 worshippers at once. www.sultanqaboosgrandmosque.com

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THE ROYAL OPERA HOUSE Detractors may say that a pot of yoghurt has more culture than a Gulf country, but Oman’s legion of fans beg to differ. And rightly so forThe Sultanate of Oman does boast a striking Opera House – take a bow the Royal Opera House – that has garnered a reputation in the Gulf as a premier venue for performing arts.

Standouts this season include Peter Pan The Musical (early May) and legendary jazz singer Diana Reeves (26 April). Alternatively gawp at the gold gilded balconies by joining a 30-minute guided tour, during which you can learn a lile more about the design. www.rohmuscat.org.om

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MUTTRAH SOUK This labyrinth like, gossipy market place could keep magpies contented for days. A real Aladdin’s cave, it’s brimming with jewellery stores selling antique silver earrings and necklaces in intricate Arabesque designs for a snip of the price you’d pay back home – plus vendors peddling frankincense, spices, sandalwood, sequinned slippers, aromatic out and whole host of Omani artefacts.


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BAIT MUZNA GALLERY This delightful art gallery – the first art gallery in Oman – lies opposite the Bayt Al Zubair Museum in Muscat and promotes Omani artists to the growing number of tourists who visit the Sultanate. The Gallery also serves as a great retreat from the searing Middle East heat.

Temptation abounds and it’s impossible to wander around the 11 fascinating rooms without returning to your hotel laden down with local prints and other pieces of Omani cra. www.baitmuznagallery.com/


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BAIT AL BARANDA MUSEUM Never mind Muscat. This museum near the fish souk end of Murah Corniche wouldn’t be out of place in cities like London, owing to its imaginative, interactive displays that depict everything from geology to ancient life, maritime, folk art and the achievements of Muscat today. Boom line? It’s a great place to get to grips with Muscat’s past and present. baitalbaranda.mm.gov.om/

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MUSCAT’S UNDERWATER WORLD Everyone raves about the Red Sea – so much so that it’s easy to forget that there are plenty of world class diving locations off Oman’s coastline. What’s more, while the Red Sea can be as crowded as the London underground during rush hour, it’s easier to get that ‘off the beaten track feeling’ in Muscat – making it ideal for those who don’t want to share the sea with hordes of tourists.


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SALALAH

Situated in the southern corner of the country, the city of Salalah is known as the “perfume capital of Arabia’ and famed for its Frankincense trees. It’s popular with Omanis owing to its cooler climate and surprisingly verdant, almost tropical landscape.

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MUSANDAM PENINSULA Rooted in history and heritage, life in the Peninsula moves at a more sedate pace and Western influences are minimal. The area boasts an embarrassment of riches – think breathtaking ords (not for nothing is the area known as ‘the Norway of Arabia’), craggy mountains, small fishing villages and crystal clear waters – all of which combine to make Musandam a slice of Arabian paradise.

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WAHIBAH SANDS The red hues of the dunes on the northern margin of the Wahibah Sands are warm, welcoming and comforting. Nothing can compare to the desert by night and, if there is no moon, you’ll be treated to an amazing view of the stars and the Milky Way. One caveat: be sure to travel in a group with a GPS tracking unit, as the desert is harsh if you get lost.


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JEBEL AKHDAR Meaning “Green Mountain” in English, Jebel Akhdar is situated 2,800m above sea level and is reached via a precarious 4x4 trip. Aer a stunning river bed drive through villages and farms, you’ll proceed to the top of the Green

Mountain peak from where you can take in breathtaking views. Pop into the World Travel Awards nominated Anantara Al Jabal Akhdar Resort or Alila Jabal Akhdar hotel for an Omani coffee, before heading back.


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MYSK AL MOUJ MYSK Al Mouj is the first of the ‘MYSK by Shaza’ upscale brand to launch under Shaza Hotels. MYSK by Shaza is a bold and friendly theatre of life that puts the spotlight on the ever-evolving Arabian lifestyle. MYSK Al Mouj is part of a multilocation relationship with Taameer Investments, one of the leading companies operating in the field of investment and real estate development in the Sultanate of Oman.

Sea, Sun and perSonality Under the ownership of Taameer Investments, part of the Golden Group of Companies lead by H.E. Sheikh Salim Al Ghazali Chairman of Golden Group Holding, the flagship hotel of MYSK by Shaza is a contemporary and trendy seing overlooking the vibrant marina of Al Mouj in Muscat, where the vibrant and cheerful ambience takes centre stage. Splash into delectable dining, stylish rooms and friendly service. Meet, reconnect and dive into a memorable stay.

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MYSK by Shaza, Al Mouj’s modern rooms capture a touch of local culture and thoughtfully designed props, such as the ample work space, warm lighting, smooth linen and rejuvenating shower experience. At MYSK Al Mouj, food is a culture and a passion. A culinary performance with character and motifs from the East and West. At Salt, where the world of salt takes centre stage, offering a unique plot for the innovative Italian restaurant. The chefs at Pepper, follow a script anchored in simplicity, style and substance in plating international cuisine. Perched seven levels above the Plaza, Ghoroub Lounge offers you a front row seat to enjoy Muscat’s spectacular ocean and unrivalled views of Al Mouj Marina with our signature mocktails. And Gelateria offers the idyllic scenario, with some of the best ice cream in town. It’s your sweet retreat.


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But it’s not just about the food. There is also a stage for business, where the action and players meet. MYSK by Shaza, Al Mouj has two meeting rooms on the first floor with stimulating views of the lively community. Enjoy your well-deserved “me time”, play at the pool and exercise at our state of the art health club. Shaza Hotels’ (a joint venture with Kempinski) noticed an opportunity in the four-star sector. The chance to re-imagine the usual plot and theme. Not a single upscale chain or individual hotel had a

distinct personality that really stood out by showcasing the richness of Arabian culture in terms of design, services and people. And this is how the new story in hospitality started to come together with all the props, lighting, colour and cast in the form of MYSK by Shaza. MYSK is a fresh breeze that carries the essence of Shaza’s fragrance. It adds a signature aroma to the theatrical experience of life. hp://myskhotels.com/hotels/almoujmu scat/

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GRAND MILLENNIUM MUSCAT


A tribute to the rich, cultural, heritage and time honored values of Oman, the Grand Millennium Muscat Hotel is located in the heart of the city, close to the airport and is seamlessly connected to the Muscat Grand Mall. Centrally located in the business, government, and diplomatic district, Grand Millennium Muscat Oman is uniquely convenient. Our 296 rooms and suites, and 32 spacious apartments, are all luxuriously appointed with everything you need. At our rejuvenating Zanta spa, you can indulge all of your senses. And if you’re here for business, our range of meeting rooms, Executive Lounge with panoramic views of the city, will ensure a productive time. Stay with us for a complete Muscat experience. www.millenniumhotels.com/en/muscat/grandmillennium-muscat/

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HILTO SALALA RESO


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Set on the shores of the Indian Ocean, this Hilton hotel offers stylish guest rooms, a range of recreational facilities and outstanding hospitality in the perfume capital of Arabia. Hilton Salalah Resort is just a 15-minute drive from Salalah International Airport, via the hotel’s shule service. On arrival, enjoy enjoy a refreshing swim in the beachfront pool complex, featuring a waterslide and children's play area. Then explore the range of exciting dining options: the Hilton Salalah Resort is home to five restaurants including Sea- Breeze Bar - an easygoing ocean view lounge - and Palm Grove, the perfect spot for a romantic dinner a deux.

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And don’t worry about the calories you’re consuming: you can always work them off in the fitness centre or by challenging friends and family to a game of tennis on one of two floodlit courts. Accommodation, meanwhile, consists of 147 rooms and suites all boasting balconies and views of either the sea or garden, and are equipped with high-speed internet access meaning you can be as connected or as detached from the real world as you want.

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SHANGRI-LA AL HUSN RESORT & SPA Shangri-La Al Husn Resort & Spa redefines Omani elegance and Asian hospitality... Standing majestically on a cliff top overlooking the turquoise waters of the Gulf of Oman, Shangri-La Al Husn Resort & Spa presents a new model for luxury hospitality in Muscat.


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As you arrive at the palatial Al Husn, which means “castle” in Arabic, traditionally dressed doormen stand within the heavy carved wooden doors to offer a royal welcome befiing a real Arabian palace. Within seconds, the journey from home to the hotel becomes a distant memory as you embrace the atmosphere drenched in tranquility – your stay at Shangri-La Al Husn Resort & Spa has only just begun. www.shangri-la.com/muscat/alhusnresortandspa/

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Located on beach front and with a view of the Hajjar Mountains, this five-star resort is located in the heart of the city's residential, government and diplomatic quarter. The hotel's Palm Beach Club offers two floodlit tennis courts, a 25-metre olympic size pool, a leisure pool, a fully equipped fitness center, sauna,jacuzzi and easy access to the beach. Local sites of interest include the Grand Mosque and Amouage Perfume Factory.

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HORMUZ GRAND MUSCAT

A RADISSON COLLECTION HOTEL Set where east meets west, the Radisson Collection Hotel, Hormuz Grand Muscat celebrates a new kind of luxury, rich in culture. Overlooking the Muscat mountains, our hotel’s iconic style and modern features are designed to exceed the expectations of the modern traveler. All guest rooms and suites boast unique features and spectacular views over the valleys and mountains. Our hotel’s central location is just a short drive from Muscat International Airport, and is the ideal base to sightsee from. This is a fascinating place, where traditional design still reigns supreme and the décor exudes elegance. www.radissoncollection.com/en/hormuz-grand-hotel

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SHERATON OMAN HOTEL


Built in 1985 and completely renovated in 2016, the Sheraton Oman Hotel is a landmark in the city of Muscat and has been a synonym for 5-star hospitality for over 3 decades. Located on top of Ruwi, the ďŹ nancial and business district of Muscat, the hotel is the tallest building in the city and has long been a part of the social fabric of the local community. www.sheratonoman.com

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AL NAHDA RESORT & SPA

Nestled in an oasis of thirty acres of gardens, enclosed by sprawling greens and clusters of mango trees, Al Nahda Resort & Spa provides the ultimate in tranquility and relaxation. The resort’s 109 rooms are designed in apartment, free-standing villa and bungalow styles and boast some of the largest rooms in Oman. The Uru Spa is one of

the most unique spa concepts in the Middle East with 31 treatments oering wellness and healing therapies, as well as signature treatments and a host of other relaxing, medical and rejuvenating experiences.

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Welcome to the Crowne Plaza Sohar hotel, a luxurious retreat close to Sohar's commercial heartland. Emerge from the desert into the lush, manicured gardens at Crowne Plaza Sohar. Subtle Arabic motifs punctuate our soaring, four-storey atrium as it rises in marble to a light-ďŹ lled dome. Check in and make your way to our spacious Marsa Malaz Kempinski showcases the European swimming pool, relax byďŹ nest the poolside bar and at the architecture, blended with traditional Arabian elements of it sun deck. Saunas and steam rooms awaitininallour 281 luxurious rooms - including 69 can suites, twoyour Presidential suites luxury spa, or you loosen tie and challenge and two Royal suites. Each spacious room friends in our bowling alley.provides the latest technology, along with personalized service from our butlers, catering to your www.ihg.com/crowneplaza/hotels/us/en/sohar/s every need 24 hours a day. orcp/hoteldetail

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CROWNE PLAZA RESORT SALALAH


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Recline on our well-lit beach and by the pool with sumptuous cuisine at the relaxing Crowne Plaza Resort Salalah. Receive a warm welcome from friendly Omani staff as you cross 42 acres of lush, landscaped gardens and enter into the gleaming lobby of Crowne Plaza Resort Salalah. We'll show you to your room or suite, or point you towards our 3 interconnecting pools, tennis and squash courts or par-3 garden golf course. A courtesy shule bus whisks you from Salalah International Marsa Malaz Kempinski showcases the European Airport to Crowne Plaza Resort Salalah in 25finest minutes. We combine a architecture, blended with traditional Arabian elements allminutes' of it resort getaway with easy access to the centre of Salalah, justin10 luxurious rooms - including suites, twoturquoise Presidential suites drive281 away. Lush hotel gardens lead69 to the gentle waters, andagainst two Royal suites. Each spacious room provides the latest lapping beach. technology, along with personalized service from our butlers, catering to your every need 24 hours a day. www.ihg.com/crowneplaza/hotels/us/en/salalah/sllss/hoteldetail

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This luxury beach resort near Salalah and in the heart of the scenic Dhofar region in Oman, is the perfect retreat. The Mirbat Marrio Resort is a 40 minutes scenic drive from Salalah International Airport via hotel's complimentary shule service. The 5-star nearby Salalah hotel offers 237 beachfront luxury rooms the perfect accommodation choice to kick back and indulge in a relaxed family vacation, group holiday, couples romantic retreat, diving trip or weekend gateway.


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Situated on Mirbat beach, the resort is an ideal retreat for anyone seeking exclusive surroundings, tranquility and ultimate privacy. Facilities include four excellent restaurants, a bar, a fabulous outdoor swimming pool with swim-up bar and Health Club and Spa. Discover the lush greenery of Wadi Darbat during Khareef season, magnificent sand dunes and local ancient Mirbat forts of the Dhofar region. www.marrio.com/hotels/travel/sllms-mirbat-marrioresort/


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OMAN AIR Founded in 1993, Oman Air is the flagship carrier of the Sultanate of Oman and an Official 4 Star Airline. In the years since the airline witnessed massive growth and has played a major role in making Muscat an important traffic hub in the Middle East, supporting the commercial, industrial and tourism sectors.

Kathmandu in Nepal; and Colombo in Sri Lanka. The airline also flies to Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, Jakarta in the Far East, Guangzhou in China and Nairobi in Kenya. Its European destinations are London, Manchester, Milan, Munich, Frankfurt, Paris and Zurich.

The airline currently operates direct international flights from Muscat to Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Doha, Dubai, Jeddah, Riyadh, Dammam, Madina, and Kuwait, in the Gulf region, as well as Cairo, Amman, Tehran, Mashhad, Najaf, Zanzibar and Dar Es Salaam within the wider Middle East/Africa region.

Oman Air’s domestic destinations are Salalah, Khasab and Duqum. It also serves five additional domestic points for The Duqm Special Economic Zone Authority (SEZAD), Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) and Occidental, which are JNJ (Duqm), OMM (Marmul), RNM (Qarn AlAlam), UKH (Mukhaizinah) and FAU (Fahud).

In addition, Oman Air flies to 11 destinations in India (Goa, Mumbai, Chennai, Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram, Hyderabad, Delhi, Lucknow, Bangalore, Kozhikode and Jaipur); Karachi, Islamabad and Lahore in Pakistan;

Oman Air’s soon-to-be-launched destinations for this year are Istanbul (Turkey) from June 1st, Casablanca (Morocco) from July 1st and Moscow (Russia) from October 28th.

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Oman’s national carrier has codeshare agreements with a number of airline partners. These are: Luhansa, Qatar Airways, Gulf Air, Etihad, Ethiopian Airlines, Royal Jordanian, Turkish Airlines, Sri Lankan Airlines, KLM, Garuda Airlines, Thai Airways, Saudia, Malaysia Airlines and Kenyan Airways offering travellers beer connectivity and increased choice. Currently Oman Air’s fleet consists of seven Boeing 787 Dreamliners, six Airbus 330300s, four Airbus 330-200s, five Boeing 737-900s, 21 Boeing 737800, four Embraer 175s and two 737 MAX. More aircra will join the fleet in the coming days. By 2022, Oman Air’s total fleet size is expected to be around 66. Oman Air’s outstanding aircra interiors include its First Class Mini Suite, which provides each of the six First Class passengers with direct aisle access and converts to the longest lie-flat seat in the skies. The A330’s outstanding Business Class seats

each provide direct aisle access, ample storage space and the latest technological amenities. Economy Class seats offer adjustable head and leg rests, together with generous leg and elbow room. State of the art inflight entertainment systems feature individual seatback screens, audio and video on demand and live satellite TV. In addition, Oman Air has pioneered both mobile telephony and Internet connectivity on board its flights and this is available in all three classes. Superb new First and Business Class lounges have been opened at Muscat International Airport, featuring elegant and tranquil relaxation areas, complimentary spa treatments and à la carte dining. In addition, premium check-in facilities and a First Class lounge-to-aircra limousine service are offered to passengers at Muscat.

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SPA ANANTARA SPA AT ANANTARA AL JABAL AL AKHDAR RESORT Set 6,500 feet (2,000 metres) above sea level on the Saiq Plateau of Jabal Ahkdar (Green Mountain), Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort’s location is sublime.


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SPA ANANTARA SPA AT ANANTARA AL JABAL AL AKHDAR RESORT The Spa has a hammam, indoor pools, rain showers, separate male and female thermal suites, ďŹ ve luxurious spa treatment rooms in which to be preened and pampered, a Himalayan salt steam room and an Aroma infused sauna room.


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SPA ANANTARA SPA AT ANANTARA AL JABAL AL AKHDAR RESORT Signature treatments use local ingredients such as rose and pomegranate and can last between 60 minutes to a whole day. jabal-akhdar.anantara.com/spas


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SPA AL BALEED RESORT SALALAH By ANANTARA Up until fairly recently, most travellers to Oman tended to stay within the northern reaches, around the capital, Muscat, and the Musandam Peninsu-la. That all changed with the opening of Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara in August 2016. Between a beach and freshwater lagoon, Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara oers refreshing luxury, and a gateway to Oman's cultural treasures. Tropical gardens and luscious water features greet you upon arrival, while plush comfortable interiors await in your accommodation.


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SPA AL BALEED RESORT SALALAH By ANANTARA However the jewel in Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara’s crown is, inar-guably, Anantara spa. Designed to reflect local culture and crasmanship, the luxurious spa feels like an Arabian villa. Featuring five treatment rooms alongside separate male and female wet ar-eas, relaxation areas, a Thai massage room and a nail spa, guests can ex-perience a range of treatments in total privacy with the highly skilled therapists.


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SPA AL BALEED RESORT SALALAH By ANANTARA Harnessing precious ingredients such as frankincense as well as bananas, coconuts and pomegranates from nearby plantations, each treatment has been designed to renew from tip to toe, whether it’s a stimulating body polish, therapeutic massage, replenishing wrap, radiant facial or ancient Ayurvedic treatment. Proven to rejuvenate skin, the region’s most famous ingredient is utilised in The Frankincense Ritual, a unique massage experience whereby two ther-apists perform four hand synchronised massage techniques over the entire body. For a replenishing experience, the Coconut Indulgence begins with a full body brush using coconut shells, then guests are wrapped in fresh banana leaves to detoxify and re-energise, followed by a relaxing massage using warm coconut buer.


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SPA AL BALEED RESORT SALALAH By ANANTARA Meanwhile couples staying at the resort can indulge in romantic sideby-side massages surrounded by scaered rose petals and flickering candle-light. Guests can also treat their minds and bodies to a traditionally inspired hammam experience, the first in Salalah. The age-old ritual that originated in Ooman culture purifies the body, cleansing it from toxins and stimulating the immune system. Surrounded by beautiful heated marble, bodies are scrubbed thoroughly to increase blood circulation and awaken the senses before relaxing with a cleansing olive foam soaping, nourishing mask and massage.


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SPA AL BALEED RESORT SALALAH By ANANTARA Meanwhile, the rasul treatment room allows guests to apply natural mineral mud to their face and body before relaxing in steam to leave skin beautifully soî…š. salalah.anantara.com/spas


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SPA SPA ALILA AT ALILA JABAL AKHDAR Featuring seven treatment and changing rooms, a Vichy shower room and Jacuzzis, Spa Alila at the ultra luxurious Alila Jabal Akhdar is a peaceful sanctuary dedicated to pampering you from head to toe, restoring a sense of total well-being.


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SPA SPA ALILA AT ALILA JABAL AKHDAR Step back in time in the steam room where the air is ďŹ lled with a mist of heady, earthy and cleansing oils, grounded in frankincense and juniper berry, reminiscent of ancient Oman.


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SPA SPA ALILA AT ALILA JABAL AKHDAR Alternatively take relaxation to new heights - quite literally - with the new Spa Arbour, an alfresco wellness suite perched 2,000 meters above sea level on the edge of the canyon. Choose from three 60 or 90 minute spa treatments exclusive to the spa and unwind while admiring majestic views of the Al Hajar mountain range. www.alilahotels.com/jabalakhdar/ spa-alila


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SPA SIX SENSES SPA ZIGHy BAy Set between the craggy Hajar Mountains and a mile-long sandy beach in the Omani enclave of Musandam, lies Six Senses Spa at Zighy Bay. A refuge for mind and body, it's a retreat from the busy humdrum of daily life; a sanctuary of ultimate wellbeing.


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SPA SIX SENSES SPA ZIGHy BAy Commiî…&#x;ed to delivering integrated wellness experiences along with peace, tranquility, ďŹ tness and health, the spa combines innovative and ancient holistic treatments - all administered by skilled therapists and visiting practitioners.


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SPA SIX SENSES SPA ZIGHy BAy Stressed-out guests can sign up for a wellness screening, whereby sta measure and analyse key physiological biomarkers and then design a personalised programme of treatments, exercise and wellness therapies.

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SPA CHI THE SPA AT SHANGRI-LA'S BARR AL JISSAH RESORT & SPA Chi, the universal life force that governs well-being and personal vitality, is the philosophy behind this spa. To maintain good health, it is believed that chi must flow freely within the body in order to prevent disease and ensure that you are free from blockages. Designed to create a sanctuary of tranquillity inspired by the legend of “Shangri-La,” CHI features some of the largest and most luxurious private spa suites and villas in Oman, all within a secluded, village-like seing of hectares of lush landscaped gardens. There are 12 treatment villas, eight of which are doubles (at 130-140 square metres each) and four for single guests. Each has a private bathroom and vanity area, shower, bath and relaxation area, and a garden court complete with outdoor showers.


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SPA CHI THE SPA AT SHANGRI-LA'S BARR AL JISSAH RESORT & SPA CHI, The Spa offers a range of specialised body, water, massage and facial therapies based on ancient healing traditions, philosophies and rituals. In addition to signature treatments, CHI The Spa offers a range of treatments using natural Omani ingredients combined with traditional local health and beauty practices. Locally grown frankincense, renowned for its healing, anti-ageing and calming properties has been incorporated into specially developed base essential oils and clays, providing a Middle Eastern sensory experience in the form of facials, body wraps, scrubs, bath oils and soap. The three-and-a-half-hour signature treatment, Journey of Arabia includes a choice of hammam – a traditional therapy with deep roots in the Middle East using traditional black soap and eucalyptus essential oil or Coffee Scrub using crushed beans as an exfoliant to increase the absorption of the soon-tobe-applied lotions.


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SPA CHI THE SPA AT SHANGRI-LA'S BARR AL JISSAH RESORT & SPA Another distinctly Omani feature is the separate hammam facilities for men and women, comprising a steam room and bathing areas with seating coves where up to eight guests can relax before or aer their treatments. A six-foot wide octagonal Italian marble plinth is the hammam’s focal point and the spot where guests lie down and experience a selection of herbal packs created especially by the spa director for this facility. The hammam area is covered from floor to ceiling in intricate and colourful mosaic tiles. In accordance with local tradition, there are separate male and female wet facilities decorated with floor toceiling elaborate mosaics and playful fountains. The design of the spa facilities reflects the overall CHI concept, with an emphasis on the mysticism of Shangri-La and the luxury of personal space. The décor complements and enhances this concept using local Omani architectural accents and a subtle sprinkling of Himalayan art and accessories. www.shangri-la.com/muscat/ barraljissahresort/chi-the-spa/


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ALACE HOTEL Tucked between the Al Hajar mountain range and the Sea of Oman, Al Bustan Palace, A Ritz-Carlton Hotel — one of the premier five star hotels in Muscat — welcomes guests with customs steeped in ancient traditions and contemporary comfort. From luxury accommodations, guests can gaze upon inspiring sea or mountain views, relax on a pristine, private beach or dine in one of three celebrated restaurants — all of which will stir memories for a lifetime.

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NGRI-LA R AL JISSAH ORT & SPA The deep turquoise blue water of the Sea of Oman is hypnotic, contrasting vividly with the majestic mountains that rise behind the resort. This is the fascination of Oman. The experience is elevated at Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort and Spa, Sultanate of Oman. Two hotels await your arrival. Approaching Al Waha, your excitement heightens as a man-made tunnel through the mountain leads you to a sanctuary facing the Gulf of Oman. As a family-focused hotel, Al Waha lives up to its name, with several swimming pools merging to form a serene oasis. Date palms and traditional Dhofari architecture remind you that you are in Arabia. www.shangri-la.com/muscat/barraljissahresort/

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GRAND HyATT MUSCAT Sited in the heart of the Embassy and Ministry district of the city in Shai Al Qurm, majestic surroundings and traditional Omani hospitality combine for a truly unforgeable stay. The white, sandy stretch of Shai Al Qurum beach is situated directly outside Grand Hya Muscat hotel. This public beach on the Gulf of Oman is lined with palm trees and has jogging paths, walkways and picnic areas located beside it. Grand Hya Muscat is perfect for both business and leisure pursuits. For a weekend in Muscat or if you're staying longer, it is one of the largest and most opulent luxury hotels Muscat has to offer, with 280 stylishly appointed hotel rooms & suites, with a remarkable Arabian style interior design. muscat.grand.hya.com/en/hotel/home.html

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Where the majestic Al Hajar Mountains meet their luminous reflection in the serene waters of the Gulf of Oman, The Chedi Muscat rises amidst an elegantly landscaped twenty-one acre garden oasis with 158 Omani influenced guestrooms and villas. This sublime yet central location equally suits leisure and business travellers while six distinct restaurants, a thirteen-suite Balinese spa, three swimming pools, including the 103-metre Long Pool, 700-square-metre health club plus two executive meeting rooms enhance Muscat’s considerable cultural aractions. www.ghmhotels.com/en/muscat/


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The destination is at the heart of The Alila Experience… and is yours to explore with the guidance of our Alila Leisure Concierge team. Enhance your holiday with lifestyle activities tailored to individual interests across five themes – Cultural Learning (love of history and artisanship), Conscious Living (wellness, environs and community), Active Spirits (outdoor sporting pursuits), Culinary Arts (cooking school and food trails) and Couple Celebration. From trekking, canyon walks, cave exploration and other outdoor pursuits, to discovering the region's cultural and culinary traditions, embark on bespoke experiences for a truly memorable holiday. www.alilahotels.com/jabalakhdar

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ZIGHy BAy Six Senses Zighy Bay Resort is located on the northern Musandam Peninsula in the Sultanate of Oman. The seî…&#x;ing of these beautiful indigenous village-style accommodations and private marina is spectacular, with the dramatic mountains on one side and the sandy beach of Zighy Bay on the other. Tantalize your senses: feel the sand beneath your toes; listen as your sunset dhow cruise glides through waves; taste culinary delights of the region. www.sixsenses.com/resorts/zighybay/destination

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ANANTARA AL JABAL AL AKHDAR RESORT A rare jewel in the rocky contours of the Saiq Plateau on Oman’s fabled Green Mountain, our unique retreat perches 2,000 metres above sea level on the curving rim of a great canyon. Elevated in both location and authentic luxury, Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar is the highest five star resort in the Middle East and amongst the highest in the world. Elegant architecture reflects the mountainous surrounds and Oman’s artistic culture. Contemporary design motifs depict the region’s ancient forts. Experience how indigenous elements blend seamlessly with world class accommodation and facilities at this distinctive Oman resort. Hide away in a private villa with a temperaturecontrolled pool, or our prestigious three bedroom villa the most luxurious in the country. A striking infinity pool with a belvedere offers an illustrious seing for relaxation. Anantara Spa’s luxuriant hammam pampers with Arabian cleansing rituals, and helps you jabal-akhdar.anantara.com/

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U HOTEL SOHAR Whether you’re visiting Sohar for business or leisure, our resort hotel offers everything you need, including direct access to the pristine beach and proximity to the port and Sohar Industrial Estate. Aer a day of meetings or exploring, relax in one of our 179 stylish rooms and suites, each with 5-star amenities like free highspeed Wi-Fi and 24-hour room service. www.radissonblu.com/en/hotelsohar

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CROWNE PLAZA A beachfront hotel for business and leisure by Duqm Port Every room has a sea view at the Crowne PlazaÂŽ Duqm hotel. Situated midway between Salalah and Muscat on the beautiful coast of Oman, it is less than 10 km from the fast-developing commercial and industrial hub of Duqm. Business travelers can host meetings in four state-of-the-art conference rooms, a prestigious executive boardroom and two magniďŹ cent ballrooms

with the support of a Crowne Meetings Director. To relax, join colleagues for tennis in the superb Fitness Center, or for a night of karaoke at The Frontier Restaurant and Sports Pub. Wi-Fi and parking are complimentary for hotel guests. www.ihg.com/crowneplaza/hotels/us/en/duqm/dqqo m/hoteldetail


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AL BALEED RESORT SALALAH by AnAn Between a beach and freshwater lagoon, Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara offers refreshing luxury, and also a gateway to Oman’s cultural treasures. Experience a beachfront oasis that is the first luxury villa resort of its kind in Salalah, along the south coast of Dhofar. Admire how history, culture and nature unite in striking

elegance to honour the destination. Middle Eastern design reflects Dhofar’s rich heritage and is inspired by the region’s iconic coastal fortresses. Intricate, artistic details complement the princely comforts, unparalleled amongst Salalah hotels.


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Walkways are surrounded by towering palms, magnificent trees, tropical gardens and lush water features, creating tranquil journeys to new discoveries. Relax at the exotic infinity pool, or soak up the sea view from our private shore. Ancient spa rituals performed by highly

skilled therapists await you. Children’s and teens’ clubs engage younger guests with their own pool, creative activities and local adventures. salalah.anantara.com/

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FANAR HOTEL &


& RESIDENCES Benefiting from stunning views across the Indian Ocean, we offer a selection of well-appointed rooms and suites that are an ideal choice for business visitors, families, tourists or anyone that deserves to experience first class surroundings and service.

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Our guests enjoy exceptional accommodation, exquisite menus and a wide range of activities and pastimes, as well as dedicated assistance from our enthusiastic, considerate team, who are commiî…&#x;ed to making your stay with us an unforgeî…&#x;able experience. fanarhotel.com/

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Located in the beautiful and modern community of Al Mouj, Muscat, and encompassing over six kilometers of stunning coastline, 5 star Kempinski Hotel Muscat is an unparalleled luxury destination in the capital of Oman. The hotel allows visitors to revel in the beauty of both the location and warm Omani hospitality. It features 310 comfortable and welcoming rooms and suites, state-of-the-art meetings and events facilities, worldclass restaurants and bars, a fully equipped fitness centre and a luxury spa – however long you choose to stay with us, the hotel lets visitors truly immerse themselves in life’s finer things. www.kempinski.com/en/muscat/kempinski-hotel-muscat/


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SALALAH ROTA RESORT Welcome to the luxurious Salalah Rotana Resort in Oman where you will be embraced by the traditional warm and friendly Omani hospitality. Set along the shores of the Indian Ocean, Salalah Rotana Resort is a scenic 35km drive from Salalah Airport. The 5-star waterfront resort's 422 splendid rooms and suites are beautifully built at the ocean front, around lagoons, water features and manmade canals for an

unforgeî…&#x;able experience. In-room furnishings including beds, tables and sofas have been integrated into the main walls with Arabesque geometric designs constructed using traditional techniques. www.rotana.com/rotanahotelandresorts/oman/salal ah/salalahrotanaresort


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