Shangri La in Muscat repositions its hotels branding

Omans first resort, and possibly most successful hotel property, is on the verge of being ‘repositioned’

Al Waha Shangri La
Al Waha Shangri La

regarding its Branding. The Shangri-la Barr Al Jissa Resort and Spa is probably the key hotel in Oman, and Continue reading “Shangri La in Muscat repositions its hotels branding”

Oman Visa application process is updated

Visiting Oman? Read on…
The issuing authority of visas for Oman, the Royal Oman Police, have announced important changes of how visas can be applied for.

Visa Entry & Exit stamps UAE & Oman
Visa Entry & Exit stamps UAE & Oman

Initial newspaper reports on Feb 18th gave Continue reading “Oman Visa application process is updated”

Oman Taxi services – new regulations

Oman’s Ministry of Transport and Communications have said that all Taxis (including the original Orange and White unmetered ones) will soon have fares set by the appropriate government authority . The Ministry intends to study supply & demand and operational costs, throughout the Sultanate.
Its reported vehicles should have a tracking system, presumably

Oman Taxi Marhaba and traditional Orange and White
Oman Taxi Marhaba and traditional Orange and White

a GPS based one, along with a navigation system, perhaps Continue reading “Oman Taxi services – new regulations”

Oman in Bradt Guide’s 2018 ‘Exceptional Places’

Oman has been included in Bradt Guide’s 2018 ‘Exceptional Places’.

This annual listing is a recommendation of those countries, cities or regions that Bradt, the award-winning guidebook publisher, feels should be visited.

Royal Opera House Muscat
Royal Opera House Muscat

This year’s exceptional places include Continue reading “Oman in Bradt Guide’s 2018 ‘Exceptional Places’”

New Oman and UAE Abu Dhabi border crossing changes

The UAE authorities in Abu Dhabi Emirate have announced that from January 1 2018 there are now only 2 designated border crossings into the UAE – at Al Ain/via Al Buraymi .

Welcome to UAE

Welcome to UAE

The designated crossings are at Continue reading “New Oman and UAE Abu Dhabi border crossing changes”

Tour of Oman 2018 dates

The organisers of the Tour of Oman cycle race have announced the dates for 2018, and with only 6 weeks to the start – planning for your visit to Oman to see it needs to start immediately.

Tour of Oman 2014
Tour of Oman 2014

The lead up has been full of events, the most dramatic being the resignation of the legendary Eddy Merckx from the organisers Amaury Sport Organisation.

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Oman Air will have new CEO

Oman Air has announced the appointment of AbdulAziz Al Raisi as its acting CEO.

AbdulAziz Al Raisi Oman Air acting CEO
AbdulAziz Al Raisi Oman Air acting CEO

This follows the surprising ‘resignation‘ of Paul Gregorowitsch (previously with MartinAir and AirBerlin) who appeared to have a clear vision for the airline and successful operational approach. Paul followed Wayne Pearce, Peter Hill & the late Ziad Al Haremi who died in 2008 during his tenure.

Oman’s dynamic Women are a growing presence in the Forbes 100 list

Forbes magazine has released its annual list of most powerful women in the Arab world 2017. This year there are two lists, one for Business and one for Government. Topping the lists, as always, are Lubna S. Olayan and Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi of Saudi and UAE. However. there is a rapid rush to the top by Omani women.

Amal Bahwan
Amal Bahwan

Dominating this list, as their company Continue reading “Oman’s dynamic Women are a growing presence in the Forbes 100 list”

Oman Rail get traction with a new Royal Decree

Oman Rail, one of the key building blocks of Oman’s future, has had Royal Decree, 24/2017 issued. This covers the forth part of the first package of the railway track.

Oman Rail
Oman Rail

The package covers the area Continue reading “Oman Rail get traction with a new Royal Decree”

Omans Mina Sultan Qaboos Waterfront has new developer

Oman’s OMRAN, the Oman Government Tourism development company, and UAE-based company DAMAC have announced a development partnership to develop the Mina Sultan Qaboos Waterfront into a $1 billion major integrated tourism and lifestyle destination in Muscat.

DAMAC & Oman Government organisations signing
DAMAC & Oman Government organisations signing

It will be part of the overall Continue reading “Omans Mina Sultan Qaboos Waterfront has new developer”