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Oman to emerge as all-round cruise destination

Khasab: On Monday, the port in Khasab received the first ship to arrive in Oman outside the general winter cruise season. The first Indian cruise ship, Karnika, visited the Sultanate on Monday with 1,043 passengers including the crew and travelers. They were given a formal reception by officials at the Ministry of Tourism along with special packages…

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Hot air balloons in Salalah

Salalah: As the Khareef season is approaching, organizers of the first hot air balloon festival are expecting a big jump in the number of tourists heading to Dhofar Governorate. While more than 800,000 people visited Salalah for Khareef last year, officials from the organising committee of the festival expect the number to reach up to one million…

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Rose harvesting festival to be held at Jabal Al Akhdar

Muscat: The Jabal Al Akhdar district of Wilayat Nizwa will organise rose harvesting festival in April 2020 to attract a large number of tourists to the area which is popularly known as the Green Mountains of Oman. The temperature in Jabal Al Akhdar even dips to below zero degree Celsius during winter. This creates an environment…

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New Hotels in Oman

Muscat: CNN has listed Oman as one of its must-visit places of 2019. Additionally, United Kingdom-based newspaper the Financial Times chose the Sultanate as one of the world’s top tourism destinations for 2019. Several new hotels are due to open in 2019 in the Sultanate of Oman to boost the Sultanate’s tourism sector by catering to…

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New Visa rule announced in Oman

Muscat: Applications for Tourist Visas to the Sultanate of Oman will only be available online from 21st Mar 2018 onwards. With the advent of the new rule, passengers who are currently eligible for Visa on Arrival in Oman can have a hassle-free entry into Oman avoiding the long queues at the visa desks on arrival. As…

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Opening date of new Muscat International Airport announced

Muscat: Commercial operations of the new passenger terminal at Muscat International Airport will begin from March 20, the Ministry of Transport and Communications has announced. In a statement online, the ministry said, “It has been decided that the commercial operation of the New Passengers Terminal Building in Muscat Airport will begin on Tuesday, 20th of March…

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Increase in Nizwa Fort Entry Fees

Nizwa: Entry fees for tourists visiting the historical Nizwa Fort has increased from Rial Omani 0.500 (US$ 1.30) to Rial Omani 5.000 (US$ 13.00) per person with effect from 01 Dec 2017. This change has been implemented after a recent change in the Fort management. The new management has highlighted that the Nizwa Fort will…

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Oman’s Ministry of Tourism launches new website

Muscat: The Ministry of Tourism has launched a new promotional website ‘www.experienceoman.om’, which will serve as a one-stop-shop for all Oman’s tourism-related information. The website was launched under the patronage of His Highness Sayyid Haitham bin Tariq Al Said, Minister of Heritage and Culture, during a gala dinner hosted on the sidelines of the second…

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Dates for Muscat Festival 2018 Announced

Muscat: The 24-day annual Muscat Festival will begin from January 18 and run until February 10, municipality officials announced. The festival will mainly take place in Amerat Park and Naseem Gardens, with mesmerising sights, food, sports, cultural and entertainment for adults and children alike. For the first time, some events will take place at Oman…

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Oman just allowed citizens of 25 countries to enter on an unsponsored e-visa

Royal Oman Police has announced that citizens of some 25 countries can now come to Oman on a non-sponsored e-visa. In a statement posted online, Royal Oman Police listed the 25 countries and added: “Regulations for Granting E- Non-Sponsor Tourist Visa for Citizens of the Following Countries: Azerbaijan, Armenia, Albania, Uzbekistan, Iran, Panama, Bhutan, Bosnia,…

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