zondag 14 september 2014

Alila Jabal Akhdar Resort

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Alila, the new five-star resort opens its doors in a stunning location perched on the edge of a dramatic canyon. It can take up to an hour to make the ascent to the Sayq Plateau and then higher still to the village of Al Roos, meaning 'Head of the Mountain'. While focus and concentration is needed on the twisting roads the growing expanse as you rise becomes increasingly impressive as you scale the heights of the Al Hajar mountains. Finally having reached 1,900m you'll arrive in Al Roos and you will find Alila Jabal Akhdar. From the outside this resort resembles a collection of fort-like structures, hewn out of dark grey slate giving it a stark contrast to the lighter hues of the mountain rock.

maandag 18 augustus 2014

Oman’s top-end hotels see notable rise in occupancy

Times of Oman | News :: Oman’s top-end hotels see notable rise in occupancy

Occupancy of four and five-star hotels in the country increased significantly during the first half of 2014 compared to the figures for the same period last year, the latest data released by the National Centre of Statistics and Information (NCSI) says.

zaterdag 31 mei 2014

Muscat duurste hotelstad

Hotels.com presenteert Top 10 exclusieve steden waar reizigers het meest spenderen aan overnachting #Muscat: Het afgelopen jaar betaalden reizigers in Muscat gemiddeld het hoogste bedrag voor een hotelovernachting. Dit blijkt uit de Hotel Price Index van boekingssite Hotels.com. De hotelexperts zetten tien exclusieve steden op een rijtje waar reizigers in 2013 het meest spendeerden per hotelovernachting.*

Reizigers uit de eurozone spendeerden in Muscat gemiddeld 234 euro per overnachting in 2013. Hoewel de hotelprijzen in de Omaanse hoofdstad het afgelopen jaar met 7% daalden ten opzichte van 2012, bleef Muscat de meest exclusieve hotelstad ter wereld. De bekendheid van Oman onder Nederlandse en internationale reizigers is groeiende. Dit resulteert in de bouw van nieuwe accommodaties in het sultanaat.

woensdag 5 maart 2014

The graceful gazelle of Ras al Shajar reserve

The graceful gazelle of Ras al Shajar reserve

One of the animals protected in the Ras al Shajar Nature Reserve includes the Arabian gazelle (also known as the mountain gazelle). This herbivorous mammal is of slender build with a long neck and long hind-legs. It has a brown coat with a darker tail and white underbelly. These beautiful creatures are very shy, they will often hide up in ranges of the Al Hajar mountains during the day, and come down to the exposed flat landscape, and sometimes across the sand-dune border of the nature reserve, to forage for shrubs and greenery at sunrise and sunset when the natural light is dim and the temperatures are cooler. This is also the time they are less at risk from predators -both human as well as animal — such as the Afghanistan leopard and the caracal lynx that also inhabit the grounds of this nature reserve.

It is interesting to note that the Arabian gazelle is often found across the Arabian peninsula where there is a prevalence of Simr (Acacia) trees, this makes their prevalence in the Ras al Shajar nature reserve seem apt, duly named because of an abundance of this very tree. Currently, the well-being of the Arabian gazelle faces risks such as habitat loss and hunting. Nature reserves such as Ras al Shajar are therefore essential in maintaining their population and ensuring a rise in their numbers while still being able to live free and in their natural habitat.

zondag 23 februari 2014

Dubai Food Carnival | GulfNews.com

Dubai Food Carnival in pictures | GulfNews.com

The inaugural edition of the Dubai Food Festival (DFF) is served up with the opening of the two-day Dubai Food Carnival (DFC) at Dubai Festival City. The 23-day Dubai Food Festival will have special restaurant promotions, food stalls, live demos by star chefs and much more

zaterdag 15 februari 2014

Oman's top end hotels see revenue rise in 2013


European nationalities topped the list with 202,000 guests in 2013, recording an annual growth rate of 16.7 percent, followed by Omani guests and visitors from other GCC countries.

zondag 19 januari 2014

Muscat Festival 2014

Muscat gears up for more visitors

Muscat Festival 2014, which begins on Thursday and runs till February 22, will attract participants from more than 60 countries. The festival, which will be held at a number of sites in Muscat Governorate, will include a number of cultural, arts, sports, marketing and recreational activities by teams from sisterly and friendly countries.

An official source at Muscat Municipality said that preparations are made to host this important event. The Municipality has prepared and maintained all the sites that will host the festival. He added that the municipality has dedicated all resources to ensure the success of this year’s Muscat Festival under the theme ‘ Festival for Everyone’. The number of visitors this year is expected to be in excess of last year 1.6 million due to moderate weather conditions.

The Muscat Municipality will unveil the details of the festival, its sites and the countries taking part at a press conference to be held at Grand Hayatt Muscat. Al Naseem Park will host the consumer exhibition, the art performances, the recreational activities, the family village, theatre performances, singing and performances, fireworks and governmental participations. Al Amerat Park will host the traditional crafts, traditional art and cultural village performances. Many sports activities, on top of which ‘Tour of Oman’ will be organised during this period at Al Seeb Beach site. On her part, Maithaa bint Saif al Mahrouqiyah, Under-Secretary of the Ministry of Tourism, said that the ministry hopes to attract more tourist groups during the Sultanate’s tourist seasons.

In response to a question about the availability of hotel rooms, she said that the ministry has increased the number of hotel rooms to meet the growing demand. It granted a number of licenses for hotel apartments and opened new hotels. ‘The number of hotel rooms available in the Sultanate now stands at 12,500, she concluded.