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Thursday, 3 July 2014

Muscat Here I come!

The first thing that struck me as I stepped off the plane in Muscat was the heat. I felt as if I was in the Caribbean, but no. The air was still and I reminded myself I had arrived in Oman. It was early morning as the sun rose and as I looked around I could tell that this would be an unforgettable trip.

I was excited to explore Oman, a country of Islamic rule where the conduct and presence of individuals in public is widely upheld by all across the country. As a group we were all advised of the acceptable dress standards and the standards of behaviour required whilst in public (outside of the hotel).  As a visitor to Oman, ladies are required to wear either trousers or clothing which falls below the knees and which covers arms and cleavage. Men are expected to wear long trousers and tailored style shirts covering their shoulders and arms. And no alcohol consumption is permitted n public.

With an advertising tagline is Where beauty has an address!  I expected to be blown away and all the signs so far were positive.

We were swiftly transferred to the Shangri La's Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa in Muscat about a 45 minute drive from the airport. 

Private airport transfers which you can pick up at the airport can cost around 7 rials equivalent costs £12 - £15 depending on the distance to your resort and how late you land in Muscat.

Fast Facts 
  • Summer is between April & September and temperatures can reach as high as 50 degrees centigrade
  • An ideal time to visit Oman is between October and April when temperatures average between 25-30 degrees centigrade
  • Monsoon arrives between June and October when the mountains are transformed into a lush green vegetation
  • Mountain temperatures are much cooler than lower lands and are pleasant year round
  • Always negotiate your fare before you set off  if you use a taxi
  • Many of the larger international hotels have their own a car hire facilities 
  • You will need to use your own country's license to hire a car as International Drivers licenses are not the preferred choice
  • Buses  are not recommended as a way to get about as the service is in frequent
  • Tour Oman is the designated provider for inbound tourism travel for activity excursions and general touring in Oman (contactable through your Travel Agent)

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Oman Odyssey

A week ago I was enjoying an Oman Odyssey! I was so excited when I heard I had a place on the trip. This was a trip organised for us who work in  travel. I figured that after all the reading and research  I had done I would have been sufficiently prepared for what I was to experience. However, the reality was quite different. So over the next few days I will do my best to share my experience of being in Oman with you.

I flew to Oman on Etihad Airlines in Business Class and so I was on a high. My pleasure had started with the pre-flight  lounge facilities at Heathrow which were superb.
I had a few glasses of champagne and a bite to eat from the a la carte menu with a selection of small desserts which tasted delicious.
I was greeted with a wide smile and directed left to my spacious seat. I mean there were four of us in a row and compared to economy with nearly eight, how will I ever manage to endure another economy flight!

Dinner is served!
The flight attendants were very attentive and recognised my excitement at being in Business class and so made every effort to ensure that my expectations were exceeded. My glass was always topped up with champagne and my meal was cooked to perfection. With my own tiny white table cloth and china plates, I enjoyed a delicious meal which was like a little taste of heaven! This level of attention to detail was indeed a hint of what was to come.

My journey time to Muscat with Etihad was  via Abu Dhabi, and with connections you can expect to be travelling for around 12 hours to your resort in Muscat.

After about 12 hours travelling I landed and  cleared immigration nd customs very quickly. 

Visas to Oman can be purchased for five rials or paid for by credit card. 

There are direct and indirect flight options to Muscat. I changed planes in Abu Dhabi and so my travelling time was around 12 hours by the time I got to the hotel a 45 minute journey.

Quick facts 

  • Oman is GMT +4hours
  • Muscat International is approximately 40 minutes away from most major hotels
  • Oman Air flies directly from London Heathrow to Muscat daily 
  • BA, Etihad, Emirates, Qatar and Gulf Air offer connecting flights.
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