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General Information

Capital: Muscat

Government: Monarchy with a provisional legislature (the Majlis Ash Shura)

Head of State: His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said

Major industries: Oil, natural gas, agriculture, and fishing

Ruling body: His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Said is Head of State

Population: Approximately 2.5 million. Around 1.5 million are Omani nationals. The remaining are expatriates from India, Asia, other Arab countries, Europe and USA.

Religion: Islam, predominantly Ibadhi sect.

Language: Official language is Arabic. Other languages spoken include Urdu, Swahili and Baluchi. English is widely spoken and along with Arabic is the common business language. Most Hotel staff speak German and French as well.
Culture: Like all the Arab countries, Arab Islamic Culture dominates the life style in the Sultanate. However, being an international market, people of various other nationalities are also present.

National Dress: Men – dishdasha (robe),Kimah (cap),mussar (turban).
Women – jallabia (dress), sirwall (trousers), thobe (overdress cloak, lahaf (head shawl), abaya (black cloak). Women generally leave their face and hands exposed, while in the desert, women of the Bedouin tribes wear a mask, called a “birqa.”

Useful Information

Time Differnce: GMT +4 Hours

UK Passport: Valid for at least six months

Visa: Single entry visa on arrival as of 20 February 2012:

Single entry tourism visa for stays up to 10 days – OMR 5
Single entry tourism visa for stays between 10 days and 1 month – OMR 20
Arriving passengers who are eligible for Visa on Arrival are able to make visa payments at the Travelex Foreign Exchange bureau located in the immigration arrivals hall, payments can be accepted in most currencies or by credit card, an automatic receipt will be issued to the traveller this receipt is then presented at the immigration desk, this reduces the time and queues for processing.

Currency: Omani Rial OMR, £1 = 0.64 OMR ( March ’14 )

Climate: The country’s climate is predominantly arid and varies slightly from one region to another. In the coastal areas, the weather is hot and humid during the summer months, while it is dry elsewhere in the interior. Milder weather dominates the mountains and Dhofar region all the year round. Winter temperatures can be as low as 15°Celsius and summer temperatures can be as high as 48° Celsius in Muscat and as high as 54° in the desert.Dhofar, located in the southernv region of the country however, enjoys a regular monsoon between June and October, every year.

Best Time to visit: The best time of the year to visit Oman is between October and April, when the weather is pleasantly warm in the day and cool in the evening. Temperature averages at 25-35 degrees centigrade during the day and dips to 17-19 degrees centigrade at night.

Working Hours: Ministries and government establishments – 7:30 am to 2:30 pm (Sat-Wed, week-end is Thursday and Friday)
Private sector companies – 8:00am to 1:00pm; 4:00pm to 7:00pm (Saturday-Wednesday) 8:00am to 1:00pm on Thursdays.
Markets: 8:00am to 1:00pm, 4:00pm to 9:00pm.
Banks: 8:00 am to 12 noon.
Timings differ during Ramadân.

Ramadân, the holy month of fasting, is the ninth month on the Arabic calendar which is a lunar calendar. Every year Ramadân shifts back about ten days on the western solar calendar. Restaurants and other eateries are closed during daylight hours during the Holy Ramadân period.

Shopping hours: Shopping establishments are open from 9am to 1 pm and 4pm to 9 pm. Department stores, supermarkets and shopping complexes are open throughout the day during Ramadân from 9am to 10 pm, with a short lunch break all through the week, except Fridays. These timings could vary with different shops.

Oman Air Information

Oman Air – On the wings of technology and the strength of its traditions
Oman Air, the flagship company of the Sultanate of Oman’s Civil Aviation sector, commenced operations in 1993. Starting off as a regional player, Oman Air, as Oman’s national carrier has witnessed rapid growth since the time it was established. Oman Air has played a major role in making Muscat a major traffic hub in the Middle East providing a fillip to commercial, industrial and tourism activities.

As a full-fledged commercial airline of Oman, Oman Air has striven to maintain high performance standards in all aspects of its operation. The Oman International Services was established in the year 1970 & later Oman Aviation Services was founded on 1981 to extend services to the other airlines in terms of cargo handling, ground handling etc.

The Oman Air fleet consists of most modern and fuel- efficient aircraft with aesthetically designed interiors. Ultra- modern in-flight service equipment is deployed onboard to improve safety and overall performance. Investment in new technology, planning and product innovation has propelled Oman Air to the forefront of the aviation industry.
At Oman Air, we strive hard to enhance our products in terms of convenience, efficiency and service so that flying with us is consistently an enjoyable experience. Achieving and maintaining internationally recognized standards of quality and safety is a continuous and uncompromising process in every department of Oman Air.

Destinations Covered

Oman Air currently operates direct international flights to major Gulf destinations such as Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Doha, Dubai, Al-Ain, Ras Al-Khaima, Jeddah, Kuwait and Riyadh from Muscat. The airline also flies to ten destinations in India – Mumbai, Chennai, Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram, Hyderabad, Delhi, Lucknow, Bangalore, Kozhikode and Jaipur. Chittagong in Bangladesh, Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad in Pakistan, Male in the Maldives, Colombo in Sri Lanka, Bangkok in Thailand, Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia and Dar Es Salaam in Tanzania. Oman Air also flies to Cairo in Egypt, Beirut in Lebanon, Amman in Jordan, London in the UK, Frankfurt and Munich in Germany and Paris in France. The airline operates domestic flights from Muscat to Salalah and Khasab. To each one of the destinations that it covers, Oman Air lends a distinct touch of its legendary traditions of hospitality.

At Home in the Air – With Oman Air

At Oman Air, we go to great lengths to make our passengers feel at home and ensure that they enjoy every moment of their travel with us. On all our international flights, we offer our on-board Duty – Free shopping facility, enabling passengers to choose from a select, world-class range of quality merchandise. A detailed list of products available can be found in the in-flight Duty – Free catalogue.

Oman Air – Today

Oman Air today stands tall with a list of achievements to its credit. It is the first airline in the Gulf to introduce the brand new Boeing NG 737 aircraft series. Our safety record is a matter of pride. Oman Air has excellent on-time performance – OTP exceeding 95% and is striving to better its track record, in times ahead.
Oman Air, poised to enter the next phase of modern aviation, in the new millennium with confidence and pride!

Economy class

With a spacious 34-inch pitch, Oman Air’s new Economy Class seat offers adjustable head and foot rests, a bi-fold, sliding food table and upholstery that has been constructed for enhanced comfort, all located within a onepiece composite seatback structure. With a 10.6-inch seatback-mounted IFE screen and handset, USB and RCA video multi-plug for every passenger, and an Ethernet socket (RJ45) and PC power port for every double seat, Oman Air’s Economy Class offers everything the modern traveler needs to stay connected, informed and entertained.
Oman Air Economy Class seat specifications

• Seat pitch of 34 inches
• High seatback pivot and articulating bottom pan
• Energy absorbing leg system
• Padded dress cover fabrication for enhanced comfort
• One-piece composite seat back structure
• Raisable armrests on aisle side
• Bi-fold, sliding food table
• Coat hook
• Aft-mounted footrest (ratcheting, three positions)
• LCD screen, back-mounted 10.6-inch (16:9 ratio)
• Seatback mounted IFE handset for easy accessibility
• Multi plug (USB and RCA video) back-mounted next to the LCD screen
• Four-way adjustable headrest
• Life vest pouch
• One PC power port and Ethernet (RJ45) plug per double seat (shared between two pax)

Business class

The 77.5-inch long, lie-flat Business Class seat with a pitch of 82 inches is 22 inches wide and offers electrically-controlled backrest, leg rest and seat depth. Each of the 20 Business Class seats, fitted in a four-abreast, 1:2:1 configuration, also features a 17-inch Gen. III IFE monitor, two USB ports, an Ethernet socket (RJ45), audio and video assumption (RCA) plug and PC power outlet. With a cocktail table, a one-piece meal table, a buddy seat and ample stowage, Oman Air’s Business Class seat has been hailed as being better than many other airlines’ first class offering.

Oman Air Business Class seat specifications

• Twenty seats (1:2:1 four abreast seating)
• Fully flat bed (180 degrees)
• Bed length 77.5 inches
• Seat width of 22 inches
• Seat pitch of 82 inches
• Electrically controlled backrest/seat bottom
• Electrically controlled leg rest
• Electrically adjustable seat pan depth
• Folding side armrest
• One-piece meal table
• Cocktail table
• Literature pocket
• Handset provision
• Headset compartment
• Life vest compartment
• Buddy seat and coat hook
• Reading light
• 17-inch Gen.III monitor in the front partition
• Two USB plugs
• Ethernet plug (RJ45)
• One audio and video assumption (RCA) plug
• PC power outlet

First class

Featuring an 82-inch long, fully-flat bed within a pitch of 85.5 inches, a seat width of 25.5 inches, electrically-operated backrest, leg rest and seat depth controls, and an eight-point massage system, Oman Air’s First Class Mini Suite is set to offer unparalleled levels of comfort and space. And with just six seats in the First Class cabin, privacy should never be an issue. In addition, each First Class seat offers a 23-inch inflight entertainment (IFE) monitor, a wireless IFE handset, a backup IFE handset, two USB ports, an Ethernet socket (RJ45), an audio and video assumption (RCA) plug and a PC power outlet.

For all three classes of travel, IFE is provided via the Thales i5000 in-seat Audio Video on Demand (AVOD) system, with its broad range of media content, which is integrated with Rockwell Collins Tailwind Live Satellite TV, broadcasting across eight channels. The system also provides a platform for forthcoming full Wi-Fi and GSM connectivity.

The new menus feature a range of mouthwatering dishes, which draw on both Omani and international culinary influences, whilst Oman Air’s elegant new uniforms ensure that the airline’s cabin crews are the most stylish in the skies.

Oman Air A330 First Class Mini Suite specifications

• Six seats (1:2:1 four-abreast seating)
• Fully flat bed (180 degrees)
• Full size bed length (with ottoman): 82 inches
• Seat width of 25.5 inches
• Seat pitch of 85.5 inches
• Electrically controlled backrest/seat bottom
• Electrically controlled leg rest
• Electrically adjusted seat depth
• Eight-point massage system
• Dedicated space for coat hanging
• Dedicated stowage for cabin-approved size baggage
• Folding side armrest
• One-piece meal table
• Cocktail table
• Literature pocket
• Wireless IFE handset
• Backup IFE handset
• Headset compartment
• Life vest compartment
• Buddy seat
• Reading and mood light controls
• 23-inch video screen monitor
• Two USB plugs
• Ethernet plug (RJ45)
• One audio and video assumption (RCA) plug
• PC power outlet

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