The Mwasalat Bus from Dubai to Muscat now has a couple of extra pick-up points in Dubai, making travel even easier.
The timings are from the main terminus at Continue reading “BUS FROM DUBAI TO MUSCAT revised options from Mwasalat“
Oman Taxi Fares for the vehicles coloured orange and white, maybe metered from 2019. There are apparently 36,000 of these taxis in Oman with around 20,000 operating in Muscat.
This will mean that all taxis in Oman will have a type of metered fare system.
The proposal is that the fares will be 300baisa (Omani Rial 0.300) for the initial hire and 130baisa (Omani Rial 0.130)per kilometre; with a minimum fare of Rial Omani 1.000. No detail was given regarding the mini-buses which carry up to 13 passengers. A waiting fee of 50baisa per minute will be levied, though as most journeys are simply flagged down this is unlikely to need to be calculated. As most journeys are made sharing the taxi with other passengers, with passengers getting out and joining throughout the journey, the taxi fare is expected to be shared amongst passengers. This sharing will be extremely difficult to operate by meter as few journeys are made with the same passengers from start to finish, people flag the taxi down to get in or off at random places.
The minimum fare is 5 times higher than that for an individual passenger on a short journey.
UPDATE 6th Feb 2019
The government has announced (clarified) that although the taxis must have the meter activated at the start of a hire (journey) it is possible for passengers and the driver to agree the fare by negotiation, presumably done before the journey starts.
Therefore the situation is that while meters must by turned on for each journey (it’s not clear if this is reset each time a person enters a shared taxi) – the actual fare can be negotiated.
Mwasalat Taxi has announced more reductions to its Muscat Airport Taxi charges.
Sunday to Thursday 06:00-22:00
The base fare will be Omani Rial 2.500
with a kilometre charge 300 baisa for every km (from 1 km to 30 km)
Sunday to Thursday 22:00-06:00
and weekends (Friday & Saturday) and Public Holidays
The base fare will be Omani Rial 3.000 with a kilometre charge 300 baisa for every km (from 1 km to 30 km) which is the same as normal charges.
I had a great time checking out the Middle East at WTM London.
The World Travel Market is held at EXCEL, owned Continue reading “The Middle East at WTM London”
I had planned to go to listen to a talk about Tippu Tip by Stuart Laing at SOAS London. It turned out to be a full day for me of, amongst other things, an East African experience. Passing through the British Museum on my way to a talk at SOAS; Zanzibari artefacts seemed to call out ‘ look at me’.
One was very familiar as the Continue reading “Talk by Stuart Laing on Tippu Tip”
When visiting Oman, Holidays in Oman such as public holidays and the weekend are different from those in ‘western’ countries. Read on www.TonyWalsh.me
For all the fans of Tom Jones – he will be in Muscat Oman – September 2013.
After the night with Anouar Brahem & Randy Weston we went in for more eastern ‘fusion’ with an evening of music at the Royal Opera in Muscat
by Omar Faruk Tekbilek. Continue reading “Omar Faruk Tekbilek in Oman at the Royal Opera House”
Dust Storms in Oman occasionally come from the north,
Al Bustan’s concert theatre was the venue for the Astana Philharmonic Orchestra
I had a nice visit to Qurm Park to enjoy the 2012 Muscat Festival.One of the new displays was of ‘cupping’
where heat is applied Continue reading “Muscat Festival 2012 in Qurm Park”