“ Welcome to Oman”Oman” Ahlan Wa Sahlan Welcome to OMAN
Where is Oman?The Sultanate of Oman islocated on the South Eastcoast of the Arabian Peninsula.It borders UAE on the NorthWest, Saudi Arabia on theWest and Yemen on the SouthWest.
Oman – An overview• Official Name : Sultanate of Oman• Head of State: His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said (since 1970)• Currency : (O.R): OMANI RIALS. (1US$ = 0.384 O.R ; 1 INR = 0.0086 O.R)• Capital : Muscat• Total Surface : 309,500 Km 2• Neighbouring Countries: Yemen Arab Republic, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates• Time: GMT + 4 hour (One & a half hours behind India)• Religion: Islam• Language: ARABIC is the native Language of the country. However, English is widely spoken (as a second native language). Those involved in tourism also speak German &
The climate• Winter in Oman (October – March) is most pleasurable. Temperatures range from 16 - 30°C during the day & 11 - 22°C at night on the coast• Summer begins in May and lasts until September. Summer temperatures range from 25 – 45°C during the day & 19 – 32°C at night• Rainfall varies but in general remains sparse and irregular
Flight connectivity The flight duration from India (Mumbai) to Oman (Muscat) is around 2 hours 10 mins• The national carrier is Oman Air.• Oman Air, Jet Airways, Air India, & Indigo operate direct flights from India to Muscat
Flight connectivityName of the Frequency of flights in Operating hubs in airlines a week India Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Oman Air 75 direct flights Jaipur, Kochi, Calicut, Lucknow, Mumbai, Trivandrum Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Air India 40 direct flights Delhi, Hyderabad, Kochi, Calicut, Mumbai Kochi, Mumbai, Jet Airways 42 direct flights Trivandrum Indigo 4 direct flights Mumbai
Visa• Visa processing is done by the Directorate General of Passports & Residence in Oman which can be co-ordinated by the inbound operators in Oman. One needs to provide the following: – Scanned copies of passport valid for at least six months – Scanned passport sized photographs – Return Ticket or Hotel confirmation from Oman• The visa processing takes about 4 – 6 working days (Thursdays & Fridays are non-working days in Oman).
Muscat- DAY 3• The capital city of Oman• Sparkling white, topped with golden minarets in the middle of a maze of brown pleated mountains• Old Muscat has a quaint charm about it with many forts, castles, mosques and towers doting the landscape. Of particular note are: Jalali and Mirani forts flanking Al Alam Palace, The Corniche with its promenade and souqs (markets), Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, the old souq of Muttrah and Bait Al Zubair Museum• Greater Muscat boasts of high-rise business properties, world- class highways, upscale suburbs rooted in traditional Islamic architecture, elegant mosques, large green parks, archaeological sites, museums and world-class hotels
Accommodationwww.albustanpalace.com The Al Bustan Palace Hotel, 5 Starwww.alnahdaresort.com Al Nahda Resort & Spa, 5 Starwww.chedimuscat.com The Chedi, 5 Starwww.hyatt.com The Grand Hyatt, 5 Starwww.intercontinental.com Intercontinental Muscat, 5 Starwww.omanhotels.com 3 – 5 Star Hotelswww.sheraton.com Sheraton Ruwi & Muscat, 5 Starwww.shangri-la.com Shangri-La, 5 Starwww.swiss-belhotel.com Swiss Belhotel, 5 Starwww.alsawadibeach.com Al Sawadi Beach Resort, 4 Starwww.crowneplaza.com Crowne Plaza, 4 Starwww.goldentulipseeb.com The Golden Tulip, 4 Starwww.majanhotel.com Majan Continental, 4 Starwww.radissonsas.com Radisson SAS, 4 Starwww.parkinn.com/hotel-muscat Park Inn, 4 Star
CUISINE• Dispersed around the city are plenty of restaurants which offer global cuisines from Arabic, Indian, Chinese, Italian, Thai, Greek & French• Arabic: Kargeen, Bin Ateeq• Oriental: China Mood, Golden Dragon, Mandarin, Golden Oryx• Indian: Mumtaz Mahal, Copper Chimney, Khyber, Passage to India, Purple Onion, Woodlands, Kamat• Mexican: Chillis, Senor Pico, Pavo Real• Fast Food: Burger King, McDonalds, Pizza Hut, Kentucky Fried Chicken.• International: Kargeen Café, Fuddruckers, Bin Ateeq• Coffee Shops: Costa & Starbucks
BarkaBarka Fort: This is the fort where the Persians wereremoved and which lead to the current Al Bu Said dynastyNakhalNakhal Fort: It is one of the most spectacular forts in theworld, Much of the fort is surrounded by acres of datepalms
Jebel Akhdar Al Jebel Akhdar is the main mountain range in the north of Oman approximately 170 km from Muscat. It is a magnificent range with a cool green climate & many places of interest like the Sunset Point, Diana’s Point, Crash Site & Wadi Bani Habib.Jebel ShamsJebel Shams is 240 km from Muscat, it is a continuation ofthe Akhdar range. Not as populated as Jebel Akhdar; it haswalks, scenic views, abandoned villages and a cool climatewith numerous spectacular viewpoints
Al Hoota Caves• The Al Hoota Cave is located at the foot of Jabal Shams, in the vicinity of the Tanuf Valley in Al Hamra district• The cave is traversed by an underground river & is more than 5 km long. It has two accessible entrances; the top entrance & the visitor centre• The Visitor Centre is outfitted with restrooms, natural history museum, souvenir shop and a restaurant serving International Cuisine• A short train ride takes visitors inside the cave before disembarking for an informative tour
Accommodationwww.goldentulipnizwa.com The Golden Tulip, 4 Star Falaj Daris, 3 Star Eating outUp-market: Birkat al Mawz, Al FanarBudget: Pizza Hut, Spice village, Bin Ateeq
Accommodationwww.hilton.com The Hilton Salalah, 5 Starwww.crowneplaza.com Crowne Plaza, 5 Star Haffah House, 4 Star Dhofar Hotel, 4 Star Hamilton Plaza, 4 Star Eating outUp-market: Al Maha, Palm Grove, Darbat, Al LubanBudget: Bin Ateeq, Chinese Cascade
Dos & Don’ts• Business hours: The weekend starts on Thursday afternoon & Friday. Most shops & malls open from 9am to 1pm & 4pm to 9pm• Ramadan: Ramadan is the holy month of fasting for Muslims. As a sign of respect, visitors are also required to refrain from eating, drinking & smoking in public between sunrise & sunset.• Clothing: Lightweight summer clothes in cottons . Sweaters, a light jacket or a shawl may be needed for cooler evenings.• Dress code: Extremely revealing & inappropriate clothing may be considered offensive. Shorts & sun tops are fine at the beach or by the pool.
Dos & Don’ts• Photography: Tourist photography is allowed but it is considered offensive to photograph Muslim women . It is always courteous to ask for permission before taking pictures.• Alcohol: Alcohol is served in hotel & club restaurants & bars, while drinking in public is not permitted.
• Be enchanted by the peaceful Omani people.....
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