Global Travels: A breathtaking journey from Bangkok to Singapore

Global Travels: A breathtaking journey from Bangkok to Singapore

The in-flight magazine of Oman Air I October 2019 I Your Copy To Keep facebook.com/omanair twitter.com/omanair youtube.com/omanair | Download Oman Air FREE App instagram@omanairofficial Discover Oman: The Sultanate’s superb golf courses Global Travels: A breathtaking journey from Bangkok to Singapore

Global Travels: A breathtaking journey from Bangkok to Singapore

This month, Oman Air continues to unveil our brand new cabin crew uniforms across all sectors. Launched in mid-June, the new uniforms represent Oman Air’s elegant and sophisticated evolution in style.

I hope you have had a chance to see how spectacular they look. Thanks to our airline’s successful Oman Stopover campaign, Oman Air guests are able to enjoy complimentary stays at luxury hotels in Muscat while on their way to their final destination. Recently, we expanded the Oman Stopover portfolio and extended the offer into the busier winter months by partnering with the Sundus Rotana Muscat hotel.

With the above in mind, Oman Air guests flying in all classes – to and from any city – can now enjoy a free night’s stay at this top-quality hotel, which is located close to many of the city’s major attractions, including Muscat International Airport. As part of our commitment to delivering excellent quality service to all of our guests, Oman Air has now introduced the time-saving iPad check-in facility for Economy Class flyers. This new service caters to passengers with little or no baggage, and helps to speed up and enhance the overall guest experience at Muscat International Airport. Please also remember that you can now upgrade your travel to Business Class with Oman Air’s Easy Upgrade online bidding system.

In this edition of Wings of Oman, Oman Air showcases why the Sultanate is becoming a must-visit destination for golfers from all over the world. Currently, Oman has five top-class courses located around Muscat; the European Tour’s Oman Open that will return to Al Mouj Golf early next year; a healthy recreational golf scene; and plenty to see and do after your game in the culture-rich capital. If you’re planning a golf vacation in Oman, remember that Oman Air Holidays offer some wonderful travel packages for golfers. You can visit www.holidays.omanair.com to find out more.

Wings of Oman also showcases the magnificent military heritage on display at Oman’s many forts and castles in the magazine’s “Must-see Oman” feature, and for the “Global Travels” feature, flies direct to Bangkok to embark on a luxury rail journey to Singapore. I trust you will enjoy the read. Finally, I am proud to point out that the Team Oman Air sailing crew are currently in second place on the GC32 Racing Tour leaderboard – and in an excellent position to take the overall tour win at the final “Oman Cup” event, scheduled to take place offshore of Al Mouj Muscat from 5 – 9 November. Please come cheer Team Oman Air on as they race for the series win.

In the spirit of this world-class competition, I wish you all a very productive and successful month ahead, and a very pleasant flight with Oman Air. Abdulaziz bin Saud Al Raisi Chief Executive Officer It is a great pleasure to welcome you on board this Oman Air flight today. Marhaba Thanks to Oman Air’s successful Oman Stopover campaign, our guests are able to enjoy complimentary stays at luxury hotels in Muscat while on their way to their final destination

Global Travels: A breathtaking journey from Bangkok to Singapore

Navigation I 4 Contents Global Travels Bangkok to Singapore: All aboard the Eastern & Oriental Express! 16 Must-see Oman Forts and castles: Explore Oman’s magnificent military heritage ___ 4
22Discover Oman Teeing off in style around the Sultanate...

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What’s On: Diary Events in October! Landmark Luxury Fashion Forward Dubai: A feast of fashion, style, glitz and glamour... Paths to Success Muscat: Get ready for the 2019 GC32 Racing Tour finale!

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  • October in Oman! Things to see and do this month... Diary I 8 Royal Opera House Muscat: 2019/2020 season! In October, the Royal Opera House Muscat presents another spectacular line-up of performances – starting on the 3rd and 5th October with the world premiere of ROHM’s co-production of La Bohème, which celebrates an exciting new take on one of the most popular operas in the world. You can visit the ROHM website to view the full line-up of performances and events for October and the rest of the 2019/2020 season. www.rohmuscat.org.om Winter mountain escape... Oman’s luxury mountaintop getaway Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort continues to be a sanctuary for the body and mind, and the good news is that this winter, you can linger a little longer with the resort’s “Stay Longer Special” or plan your luxury escape with their “Advance Purchase Special”. While you’re here, you can do a yoga class or take a dip in the resort’s heated infinity pool overlooking a giant canyon, go rock climbing, mountain biking or abseiling, feast on delicious, healthy food, and much more. www.anantara.com/jabal-akhdar What’s on: Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre This month, the OCEC will play host to a bunch of worldclass industry events. Don’t miss out!
  • Thai Trade Exhibition Oman 2019 (1 – 5 October)
  • GCC Supply Chain & Logistics Exhibition & Conference (7 – 9 October)
  • 9th Infra Oman: Infrastructure, Construction & Industrial Projects Expo (7 – 9 October)
  • Food and Hospitality Oman (14 – 16 October)
  • Oman Fire, Safety and Security Exhibition (21 – 23 October)
  • 6th EduTraC Oman: Higher Education, Training & Career Exhibition (27 – 29 October) www.omanconvention.com Brunchtime at Al Bustan Palace, a Ritz-Carlton Hotel Starting from 4 October, the majestic Al Bustan Palace, a Ritz-Carlton Hotel, begins the new season with a bunch of weekend brunch offers at their Beach Pavilion Bar & Grill. Every Friday, hotel guests and day visitors can enjoy a spectacular brunch with live food stations and grills featuring the finest Omani specialties along with live entertainment. Each morning, guests staying at the hotel can also enjoy a very special floating picnic basket breakfast at the hotel’s lagoon pool. www.ritzcarlton.com/en/hotels/oman/al-bustan Happy Women’s Day!

On 17 October, the Sultanate of Oman will celebrate Oman Women’s Day – and the wonderful contributions that the women of Oman are making to the nation and the world. Happy Women’s Day!

International Events Around the world this month... Diary I 10 Vertical Run 2019 Shangri-La Hotel Bangkok, Thailand 5 October This month, the Shangri-La Hotel Bangkok challenges all fitness fanatics to join “Vertical Run 2019” – and race up 25 storeys (494 steps) of their Shangri-La Wing to raise funds for Operation Smile Thailand. Once runners make it to the top, they’ll be rewarded with magnificent views of Bangkok and the Chao Phraya, the “River of Kings”.

Entrants receive a Shangri-La Vertical Run T-shirt and there’ll be trophies and dining vouchers for the winners.

www.shangri-la.com Prix De L'arc De Triomphe Paris, France 5 – 6 October At this month’s Prix De L'arc De Triomphe, you can share in the thrill, excitement and adrenaline of a horse racing event that brings the world’s best thoroughbreds and finest jockeys together in an electric atmosphere. Billed by the organisers as the “Greatest horse race in the world”, it takes place at the legendary ParisLongchamp Racecourse in Paris. www.parislongchamp.com Hyderabad Design Week Hyderabad, India 9 – 13 October Hyderabad Design Week is a city-wide festival of design that brings together leading designers to explore their roles as problem-solvers and change-makers, present the best in human-centric design innovation and tackle some of the greatest challenges facing the world today.

www.hyderabaddesignweek.com Fly Oman Air!

Muscat/Bangkok: 21 times a week Muscat/Paris: 7 times a week Muscat/Hyderabad: 21 times a week Muscat/Athens: 4 times a week Muscat/Abu Dhabi: 35 times a week (14 Oman Air/21 Codeshare) Muscat/London: 14 times a week Visit www.omanair.com for bookings

Diary I 12 Sónar music festival Athens, Greece 11 – 12 October Sónar Athens is the Greek edition of the pioneering international festival of electronic music and digital arts, which has its origins in Barcelona, Spain. “Athens is the perfect backdrop for a line-up of electronic and experimental music powerhouses from around the world, while also presenting both established and up-and-coming local artists,” explains the Sónar music festival team.

www.sonarathens.gr OM Yoga Show London, England 18 – 20 October This month, the OM Yoga Show returns to Alexandra Palace for three days of yoga classes, workshops, shopping and fun. This edition is set to be bigger and better than ever, with over 200 free yoga sessions on the go, as well as a series of in-depth workshops hosted by leading yoga teachers. Book in advance to make sure you get the teachers and times you prefer.

www.london.omyogashow.com Abu Dhabi International Boat Show Abu Dhabi, UAE 16 – 19 October The annual Abu Dhabi International Boat Show returns this month to bring you the latest in luxury yachting, marine leisure and fishing to the city’s ADNEC Marina. There’ll be over 350 global marine brands on show, and plenty of fun activities for the whole family. www.adibs.ae

Must-see Oman I 14 Forts and castles... Explore Oman’s magnificent military heritage... Nakhal Fort, Al Batinah South Governorate

15 I Must-see Oman ...explore a regal setting made up of traditional Majlis meeting halls, lookout turrets, giant wooden doors under Arabesque-style archways, bronze cannons, secret passageways and dark dungeons The dozens of forts and castles located across the Sultanate all offer a glimpse into the people of Oman’s glorious past, and their architectural and engineering knowledge.

Many are located around Muscat itself or a short drive outside of the capital. Nizwa Fort, Nakhal Fort, Jabreen Castle, Rustaq Fort, Muttrah Fort and Khasab Castle in Musandam are some of the spectacular favourites, but there are many more – including Bahla Fort, which in 1987 was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. While you marvel at the significance of Oman’s design heritage at each fort, you can let your children wander off to become little princess and princesses for the day as they explore the regal settings that are made up of traditional Majlis meeting halls, lookout turrets, giant wooden doors under Arabesque-style archways, bronze cannons, secret passageways and dark dungeons.

Online Info! Go to www.omantourism.gov.om to find out more about Oman’s many forts and castles. Some sites are being renovated so it’s best to check opening times before your visit.

Global Travels I 16 Bangkok to Singapore: All aboard the Eastern & Oriental Express! The train slowly makes its way from Bangkok to Singapore – past lush green jungle, ancient temples and villages

17 I Global Travels Wings of Oman flies to Bangkok, hops aboard the classic-styled Eastern & Oriental Express, and rolls off on a train journey of a lifetime to Singapore...

As the world races into 2020, and as we experience faster, more efficient travel on land and in the air, a classic-style train journey from Bangkok to Singapore aboard the Eastern & Orient Express is something that travellers in search of “slow and easy” will absolutely savour. A story 25 years in the making, the Eastern & Oriental Express has been making history and capturing hearts with magical moments across Southeast Asia ever since its inaugural journey from Bangkok to Singapore in September 1993. As the train slowly makes its way from Bangkok through to Singapore – past lush green jungle, ancient temples and quaint villages – passengers can sit back, relax, and take their time to raise a toast to the era of opulence, elegance and glamour that this train represents.

After all, the last thing you’ll want to do is hurry a journey that’s as unique and romantic as this one. The train itself is a beautiful sight to behold. Handsome green and gold carriages bear iconic insignia of the Eastern & Oriental Express, and conceal magnificent cherrywood paneling, Thai silks, and Malaysian embroidery in each of their interiors. Magical moments across the Southeast Asia countryside... Savour “slow and easy”

The train offers the best of the old and new worlds. In keeping with the golden age of travel, electronic devices are discouraged in certain areas. As for modern innovation, the train is beautifully air-conditioned so you can stay cool in the region’s tropical climate. The cabins also all have luxurious ensuite bathrooms. “Equally captivating is the quality of light in Southeast Asia. Golden and diffuse, it is best experienced from the train’s elegant open-sided Observation Car. Feel the breeze in your hair as you glide through lush green jungle and expansive tea plantations; and past temples and ancient villages,” say Belmond, the hotel and leisure company that owns the train.

While Eastern & Oriental Express itineraries can collectively combine the three regional cities of Bangkok, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur, one of the enduring classics is the BangkokSingapore route... For the first day of your journey, you’ll depart from Bangkok and settle into your private cabin as the train rolls through Bangkok City into the countryside. In the evening, dinner is served in one of the luxurious dining cars, and you can head to the cocktail lounge car afterwards to relax with fellow travellers, or retire to your cosy cabin for the night.

Global Travels I 18 The Eastern & Oriental Express: Capturing hearts since its inaugural journey in 1993 The luxurious state cabin interior...

The “Tiger Express” Guests travelling aboard the Eastern & Oriental Express from Bangkok to Singapore will track their way past much of Thailand and Malaysia’s historic wild tiger territory. With this in mind, the Eastern & Oriental Express owners Belmond, in association with the wildlife charity Save Wild Tigers, recently unveiled brand new tiger livery on the exterior of two of their carriages. Done by the renowned British Chinese Artist, Jacky Tsai – a Save Wild Tigers’ ambassador – the two “Tiger Express” carriages now serve to raise awareness of the plight of these majestic, but critically endangered creatures.

Global Travels I 20 Get back to speed with the modern world in Singapore Travel Info! For full details on the Eastern & Oriental Express and bookings visit www.belmond.com/eastern-and-oriental-express Fly Oman Air! Oman Air offers direct Muscat/Bangkok flights, as well as flights to Singapore via codeshare agreement. Oman Air also flies to several more destinations in Thailand, Malaysia, and the Southeast Asia region. To view the full flight schedules, visit www.omanair.com The second day sees you arriving at the small town of Kanchanaburi, where you’ll alight for a tour of your choice. You could opt for a guided visit to the historic River Kwai Bridge and Thai-Burma Railway Museum; do a bicycle tour to nearby rice paddies and local farms; or partake in a foodie exploration of the town’s wet market, and rice noodle houses.

Afterwards, guests can return to the train where they can look forward to another exceptional dinner in the evening.

You can expect to begin day three of your journey with a gentle knock on the cabin door as your cabin steward brings you breakfast in bed. After this, you can spend the morning taking in splendid scenery as you make your way through the Malaysia countryside. Later on, you’ll arrive at Kuala Kangsar, from where you’ll hop off the train again and make your way to Labu Kabong village – to discover rural Malaysian life and experience a warm welcome ceremony from local villagers. Then, you can take a guided tour through lush rice paddies, before sampling some local fresh produce for a snack. Alternatively, you could join a local expert naturalist for a guided trek through the hills, and up to a lookout point with panoramic views of the area.

Afterwards, guests return to the train for a refreshing cocktail accompanied by live piano music, followed by a glamourous final dinner on board.

The next day, the Eastern & Oriental Express continues its journey on to Singapore – and your final destination – from where you can get back to speed with the modern world.

With five top-class courses located around Muscat, and with plenty to see and do in the culture-rich capital, Oman is becoming a must-visit destination for golfers. Wings of Oman teed up with the Oman Golf Committee to find out more... Golf in Oman: Teeing off in style around the Sultanate... Discover Oman I 22 Jebel Sifah’s spectacular ninth hole

23 I Discover Oman Over the last decade, golf has evermore taken its place at the global tourism table.

More and more golfers are jetting off around the world to tee off at the most magnificent, prestigious and unique layouts. Oman, which is attracting more and more of golfing’s jet set, has five world class golf courses all within easy reach of Muscat – that are a joy to play for recreational and competitive golfers. And there are luxury hotels and resorts located around the capital to enjoy after each round; and Oman’s many cultural riches and magnificent landscape to discover on breaks from the courses. With these distinctive offerings and the global exposure gained from European Challenge Tour events and European Tour events Oman has hosted, the Sultanate is enjoying a fast-growing, global reputation as a spectacular golf travel destination.

As the Oman Golf Committee’s Golf Oman team explains, “The diverse beauty of Oman is evident in every part of the country. This, combined with world-renowned Omani hospitality, makes the Sultanate the ideal destination for golfers and their families looking to experience authentic Arabia.” Fairway attractions... There are five courses located in the Muscat area, which offer some of the most gorgeous, unique, and challenging golf in the region and the world.

The Sultanate of Oman is the ideal destination for golfers and their families looking to experience authentic Arabia

Discover Oman I 24 Al Mouj Golf: Home of the Oman Open Al Mouj Golf: Home of the Oman Open The host venue for the European Tour’s Oman Open, the Greg Normandesigned Al Mouj Golf is regarded by many as Oman’s top course. Forming part of the Al Mouj Muscat luxury waterfront development, it’s a joy to play. Views from each hole are spectacular as the layout tracks its way along the Sea of Oman shoreline. Along with many other awards and accolades, Al Mouj Golf was recently voted the second best course in the region by the National Club Golfer, and it won the IAGTO Sustainability Award for Community Value at the 2019 IAGTO awards.

Complementing its 18-hole championship layout are the Al Mouj Golf teaching academy, a floodlit par-3, nine-hole course, pro shop, floodlit driving range and restaurant.

Ras Al Hamra: Floodlit fun Ras Al Hamra Golf Club is Oman’s first completely floodlit 18-hole layout, which is played from multiple tee positions and alternate green locations. Designed by leading course architect Graham Marsh, the parkland-style layout makes its way through a series of wadis and around several high rocky promontories. It’s a pristine patch of golf terrain with a relatively compact collection of holes that test your shot-making ability with every club, including your driver. There are driving range and practice green facilities and PGA professional lessons and coaching are available.

Muscat Hills: Popular and prestigious Muscat Hills was the vision of the late His Highness Kais Bin Tarik Al Said, and the first 18-hole grassed golf course to be built in the Sultanate of Oman. These days, this prestigious, very popular par-72 layout boasts spectacular sea and mountain views. The beautifully manicured course makes its way through natural wadi terrain. The course offers five tee options on each hole, so it caters to a wide range of golfing abilities – from beginners to pros. In addition to the championship course and club house, there is a 400-metre floodlit driving range with covered stalls and a putting green.

The Muscat Hills Academy offers state-of-the-art equipment in their pro shop, and a team of PGA professionals who offer lessons. Ghala Golf Club: Teeing off in Oman since 1971 Oman’s grand old Ghala Golf Club has come a long way since it was established in 1971. This 18-hole championship layout annually plays host to the MENA Golf Tour and Oman Amateur Championships. Recently, the course was ranked in the world’s top 100 courses, and Golfscape named it one of this year’s Top 30 Most Unique courses. The course is set snugly into a valley and surrounded by mountains; its narrow fairways certainly will challenge you.

After your round, you and your fairway friends can meet up at Ghala’s recently renovated clubhouse and relax on its open-air porch overlooking the course.

Jebel Sifah: A Sea of Oman golfing gem... Located a 30-minute drive south-east of Muscat, this gem of a layout forms part of the luxurious Jebel Sifah lifestyle development and marina. Managed and operated by golf luxury experts Troon, it’s a gorgeous nine-hole, par-36 course that can also be played as an 18-hole layout with second pin flags. With the Sea of Oman out front, and the Al Hajar peaks behind you, the setting is breathtaking. There’s also a pro shop with golf equipment, leisure apparel, and rental clubs.

25 I Discover Oman Oman Air Holidays: Come get your game on! Planning a golf vacation in Oman? Oman Air Holidays has partnered with a team of golf experts in Oman to create spectacular travel packages for golfers.

Now, with Oman Air Holidays, you can tee off at the Sultanate’s best courses, hire whatever clubs and equipment you need, get some lessons, stay at gorgeous luxury hotels, feast on fine Omani cuisine and explore Oman’s cultural riches and spectacular landscapes. Visit www.holidays.omanair.com to learn more. Golf Oman: Growing the game in the Sultanate Golf Oman was established by the Oman Golf Committee to support the sport’s growth in the Sultanate, and get more people involved in the game through initiatives like the GOjuniors and GOladies programmes. In 2018, Golf Oman also became the promoter for the prestigious Oman Open European Tour event, which takes place annually in February or March.

Golf Oman sees the domestic market as a key area for growth and recognises that it is essential for the sport to become sustainable. According to Golf Oman’s Mundhir Al Barwani, Chairman Oman Golf Committee, “Over the last couple of years, the percentage of Omani golfers has seen strong growth. The reasoning behind this is three-fold. First, the development of junior programmes have taken children from never hitting a ball through to representing national teams. Second, launching a ladies and girls programme has proved to be hugely popular and a flagship programme for Golf Oman. Third, the creation of strong amateur opens – in particular the OHI Oman Amateur Open – is giving young golfers in Oman the opportunity to compete, and also attracting competitive golfers from outside the country into the Sultanate.” Oman Open: The European Tour returns...

Excellent news is that from the 27th February to 1st March next year, the prestigious Oman Open will return to Al Mouj Golf for its third edition. In 2019, this European Tour event – one of the biggest sports events in Oman – featured 144 golfers from all around the world including 1999 Open Champion Paul Lawrie, Ryder Cup stars Robert Karlsson, Thomas Bjørn, Chris Wood and Stephen Gallacher along with Omani National Azzan Al Rumhy and defending champion Joost Luiten. The overall title went to America’s Kurt Kitayama, who had to overcome testing winds and tough course conditions to secure what was his second European Tour win.

Over the four days of the event, thousands of spectators enjoyed world class golf, as well as off-course entertainment at the tournament’s Public Village. In 2020, the event should be just as spectacular – don’t miss out on the action!

Online Info! Oman Air Holidays: www.holidays.omanair.com Golf Oman: www.golfoman.com Al Mouj Golf: www.almoujgolf.com Ras Al Hamra Golf Club: www.rasalhamragolfclub.com Muscat Hills Golf Club: www.facebook.com/Muscathillsgolf Ghala Golf Club: www.ghalagolf.com Jebel Sifah Golf Course: www.jebelsifah.com/golf Tee-off time! Don’t miss out on the Sultanate’s spectacular fairways... Kurt Kitayama: 2019 Oman Open champion HOLIDAYS ‫ﻄﻼت‬ ُ‫ﻋ‬ HOLIDAYS ‫ﻄﻼت‬ ُ‫ﻋ‬

Taking place at the Dubai Design District from the 30 October to 2 November, Fashion Forward Dubai is set to showcase the finest fashion, style, glitz and glamour...

Fashion Forward Dubai A feast of fashion, style, glitz and glamour... Landmark Luxury I 26 Fashion Forward Dubai is a stage for emerging and established designers from across the GCC region

27 I Landmark Luxury Since its debut in 2013, Fashion Forward Dubai has been a stage for emerging and established designers from across the GCC region. An avant-garde gathering of fashion designers and connoisseurs, it has elevated the city’s role as a hub for fashion and style in the greater Middle East region. Now, the event again is set to showcase the newest collections from premier regional and global fashion houses, as well as independent designers. As the Fashion Forward Dubai organisers say, this edition will be a four-day showcase of style, talent, craftsmanship and innovation.

You can look forward to an opportunity to ogle over everything from the coolest streetwear trends for men and women to the most elegant formal attire, fine footwear, accessories, and much more – while enjoying all the style, glitz and glamour that accompanies the event.

This year’s event has been created around the “Shop the Show” fashion concept, meaning that you’ll have the chance to purchase anything and everything on display. “This is the time to turn your must-have lists into I-gotthem lists”, say the organisers.

Fashion Forward Dubai is also a great opportunity to expand your knowledge of fashion and to explore Dubai Design District, which is home to an amazing selection of galleries, restaurants, eateries, and hip nightlife venues. Experience the newest collections from the finest fashion houses and independent designers

  • Landmark Luxury I 28 Fly Oman Air!
  • Oman Air offers direct Muscat/Dubai flights 48 times per week. To view the full schedule and book a flight, visit www.omanair.com Online Info!
  • Both Dubai Design Week and Fashion Forward Dubai are free events that can be attended by members of the public, although visitors are advised to register their interest in advance. For more information, visit www.fashionforward.ae and www.dubaidesignweek.ae
  • Travelling to Dubai? Check out the city’s official site www.visitdubai.com to see what’s happening right now. Dubai: More on the go!

Global Village Kicking off Season 24 this month on 29 October and running until 4 April 2020, Global Village is the UAE’s magical, multi-cultural extravaganza of family fun. Part theme park, part market, it features pavilions with displays from countries near and far where visitors can pick up traditional handicrafts and a selection of fine foods and snacks. Plus, the park also hosts a bunch of funfair rides, street performances, star-studded concerts, and much more. (www.globalvillage.ae) Also, from 11 to 16 November, and following on from Fashion Forward Dubai, the city will showcase the very best in architecture, lifestyle products, furniture, and interior and graphic design as part of Dubai Design Week.

This annual celebration of creativity is one of the region’s biggest and most popular design events and a wonderful platform for talented individuals and companies from the Middle East and beyond.

With installations, exhibitions, gallery events and parties held across the city at Dubai Design District and Downtown Dubai, the art hub of Alserkal Avenue in Al Quoz and many more locations, Dubai Design Week is a must-visit for anyone who enjoys innovation and the expression of creativity through design, film and art of all kinds. Sky-high Style? Home to one of the world’s most Instagram-able skylines, Dubai is famous for its artfully designed high-rise buildings. Much as the structures are exquisite, finding a great place to photograph the sprawling cityscape has been a challenge, until now.

Dubai Frame – one of the UAE’s latest cultural landmarks – is fast becoming the ultimate spot to take spectacular panoramic photos of the city’s sea of towers. Grab your camera or smartphone, head up to the building’s 48th floor viewing deck, enjoy the views and snap away. (www.dubaiframe.ae) Dubai Design Week: A celebration of creativity Global Village: Dubai’s cultural extravaganza Dubai Frame: One of UAE’s latest cultural landmarks

Paths to Success I 30 Muscat: Get ready for the 2019 GC32 Racing Tour finale! Early next month, from 5 – 9 November, the waters offshore of Al Mouj Marina in Muscat will welcome the fleet of high-performance GC32 Racing Tour foiling catamarans as they race for victory in the “Oman Cup” – and the overall 2019 Tour. The GC32 fleet in action on Lake Garda, Italy that happen!” he explained. In September, the GC32 fleet raced on Lake Garda, Italy – the fourth event of the series – where they narrowly missed out on the win.

With Oman Air having had the upper hand all day, a chink finally appeared in their armour in the deciding race, allowing both their arch rivals Alinghi and Red Bull Sailing Team through.

Team Oman Air desperately tried to catch up, but in the end, the final standings saw the Alinghi boat in first place, Team Oman Air in second, and the Red Bull Sailing Team in third. The recent announcement of Muscat as the host venue for the finale comes as exciting news – especially since Oman’s very own Team Oman Air are well placed to secure the overall tour title on home waters.

It is a prospect that delights the Team Oman Air skipper Adam Minoprio. “The whole crew is looking forward to finishing the GC32 Racing Tour on home waters and in front of home supporters in Muscat. It would be fantastic if we could win the title in Oman this November. We will be going all out to make

31 I Paths to Success Online Info! To find out more about Team Oman Air’s preparations for the 2019 GC32 Racing Tour finale in Muscat, check out www.gc32racingtour.com or www.omansail.com, or follow them via the hashtag #teamomanair The GC32 Racing Tour is coming to Muscat! Team Oman Air’s Nasser Al Mashari Now, as the series heads into the final event in Muscat, we can expect another “Sleeves-rolled-up fist fight between the circuit’s two leading heavyweights – Team Oman Air and Alinghi – to determine who will be this year’s champion,” as the GC32 Racing Tour organisers explain.

Welcoming the GC32 Racing Tour to Oman, is David Graham, the CEO of Oman Sail. “We are delighted that the Tour will reach its exciting conclusion here in Oman, and we can guarantee that all the teams and their supporters will receive the warm hospitality that the country is rightly famed for,” he explained. “The crews who have raced here before, particularly with previous years’ Extreme Sailing Series events, know that Oman’s exceptional conditions are ideally suited to the high-speed flying GC32 catamarans, with the breeze in November ranging from 10 to 14 knots.”

Body & Mind I 32 OMAN by UTMB: An ultramarathon like no other! The ultra-challenging OMAN by UTMB trail-running event returns to Oman’s magnificent Al Jabal Al Akhdar mountain from 28 – 30 November.

Good luck to all the athletes taking part in this world-class endurance event! OMAN by UTMB will take athletes through the spectacular mountain terrain of Al Jabal Al Akhdar and Al Jabal Shams

33 I Body & Mind In recent years, the running world has experienced an unprecedented rise in long-distance trail running, where athletes of all levels head into the great outdoors – often into the mountains – to take part in ultra-distance marathon events, many of which are over 100 kilometres long. They’re not for the unfit or faint of heart, but they’re proving to be very popular. One of the most iconic routes is the UTMB – the Ultra-Trail Mont Blanc – which takes runners around the massive Mont Blanc peak on the border between Italy and France. This “World Summit of Trail Running” has also spawned a growing number of UTMB offshoots with races now being held around the globe, and among these is OMAN by UTMB, which had its successful debut in 2018.

Building on this success, the event will bring an even wider field of athletes to next month’s OMAN by UTMB 2019, with three different routes on offer. The original and extraordinary 130 km mountain course – hailed by National Geographic as the “world’s toughest adventure race” – will be joined by a 50 km entry-level course and an extended 170 km challenge for highly experienced ultra-trail runners. Both routes will take athletes through deep wadis, high ridges, ancient mountain villages and the spectacular terrain of the famous Al Jabal Al Akhdar and Al Jabal Shams mountains.

There will also be a 50 km race for those looking for a tough, relatively short ultra-run with limited technical sections to navigate. In addition, there will be 10 km, 5 km, 2 km and 1 km events for young runners who are keen to experience the sport’s joys and challenges. OMAN by UTMB meets the objectives of event organiser Oman Sail in promoting sport and adventure tourism in the Sultanate and creating a longThe event will also be a showcase of the Sultanate’s legendary hospitality and rich, colourful culture

Online Info! You can find out more about OMAN by UTMB by visiting www.omanbyutmb.com or follow the event at www.instagram.com/utmboman term legacy which will benefit the country, the region, and the local communities that play key roles in planning and improving the course.

The event puts the world’s elite trail runners in contact with some of the Sultanate’s most spectacular terrain – as well as Oman’s legendary hospitality and rich, colourful culture. As Salma Al Hashmi, Chief Marketing Officer at Oman Sail explained, “The first ever OMAN by UTMB was a great success; we’re proud to have produced a course that was received with enormous enthusiasm by UTMB – and challenged the hundreds of runners who took part”.

Last year’s joint winners – America’s Jason Schlarb and Switzerland’s Diego Pazos – crossed the finish line arm-in-arm, followed the next day by dozens of tired but elated runners. In total, 327 ultra-runners from 57 countries took part in the inaugural event. Both winners were full of praise for the unique experience presented by OMAN by UTMB; a view shared by UTMB Mont-Blanc Race Director Michel Poletti. “What a technical race! An event with a real mountain, absolutely in the UTMB DNA. The idea was to offer runners an unforgettable experience, within a magical landscape”.

Body & Mind I 34 Images 1 – 4: OMAN by UTMB meets the objectives of event organiser Oman Sail in promoting sport and adventure tourism in the Sultanate 1 2 3 4

Mirror with gilded frame Origin: Venice (Kingdom of Italy) Materials: Glass and wood with gold leaf Period: Circa 1317–18 AH/1900 CE (al-Busaid Dynasty) Chair Origin: Japan Materials: Lacquered wood, gold and fabric Period: 13th century AH/19th century CE This chair was among the gifts presented to Sultan Turki bin Said al-Busaidi by Lieutenant-Colonel Ito, Commander of the Japanese warship Hiei, when the ship stopped in Muscat in Rajab 1297/July 1880 CE. It features ‘maki-e’ decoration, based on the use of lacquer sprinkled with pure gold powder. Such chairs were originally made only for Japanese court nobles, but were later adopted by other royal houses as symbols of wealth and power.

In this edition of Wings of Oman, the National Museum team takes a look at the historic palace in Muscat known as Bait al-‘Alam. They also showcase some of the exquisite items of furniture previously housed here... Bait al-‘Alam Oman Heritage I 36 The waterfront palace known as Bait al-‘Alam (House of the Flag) derived its name from the flagpole on its roof, which was the tallest in Muscat. It was constructed by Sultan Said bin Sultan al-Busaidi (r 1220– 72 AH/1806–56 CE) on the foundations of the old Portuguese sea wall (sikkat al-madfa’), and consisted of four parts; the main palace, the women’s quarters (al-harīm), an administrative wing, and a public reception hall (al-barzah), where the sultan held meetings and received visitors.

The last sultan to reside at Bait al-‘Alam was Said bin Taimur (r 1350–90 AH/1932–1970 CE). After World War II, Sultan Said transferred his base to Salalah and the palace was closed, never to reopen. Bait al-‘Alam was demolished in 1390–91 AH/1971 CE. Qasr al-‘Alam, the ceremonial palace of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said, now stands in its place. The furniture illustrated here attests to the international tastes and cosmopolitan atmosphere of the Omani royal household in the 13th century AH/19th century CE, bringing together Middle Eastern, Asian, and European influences.

Visitor Info! The National Museum is open daily from 10:00am – 5:00pm (Friday timings 2:00pm – 6:00pm).

The ticket desk closes half an hour before the Museum’s closing times. Telephone: (+968) 22081500 Facebook: NationalMuseumOman Twitter: NM_OMAN Instagram: NM_OMAN E-mail: booking@nm.gov.om Armchair (regal throne chair) Origin: Kingdom of France Materials: Beech wood with velvet fabric and gold leaf Period: 13th century AH/19th century CE 37 I Oman Heritage Armchair Origin: Probably Bombay (British India) Materials: Wood, mirror glass and velvet fabric Period: 14th century AH/early 20th century CE Cabinet Origin: Probably Bombay Presidency (British India) Materials: Rosewood, glass and brass Period: Circa 1276–87 AH/1860–70 CE (al-Busaid Dynasty)

Oman Air: Flying High I 38 Recently, Oman Air expanded the Oman Stopover portfolio and extended the offer into the busier winter months by partnering with the Sundus Rotana Muscat hotel. Oman Air guests flying in all classes – to and from any city – can now enjoy a free night’s stay at this top-quality hotel. At the same time, guests can also break their journey and enjoy exploring some of Muscat and Oman’s major attractions. The 4-Star Sundus Rotana Muscat’s 215 rooms and suites are spacious, and feature contemporary furnishings and stylish décor. Modern amenities and the latest technology ensure guests feel completely at home and several excellent dining options complete the experience.

Ideal for corporate and leisure travellers visiting the Sultanate’s capital, the property is close to Muscat’s major landmarks, tourism attractions and commercial districts – as well as Muscat International Airport.

This campaign has been a great success,” explained Richard Bodin, Senior Vice President of Oman Air Holidays. “Not only have we attracted many hundreds of guests to visit the Sultanate to experience the delights of our capital, we have also communicated to the world that Oman is energetically keen to promote tourism and works across the travel industry to pull together innovative and attractive products. Adding the Sundus Rotana Muscat and being able to extend the offer into the busier winter months is another great step.” David Faull, General Manager at Sundus Rotana, pointed out that the hotel is delighted to be able to offer this deal to guests of Oman Air and build on their strong relationship with the airline.

Muscat is a magical city with unique attractions and culture that make the capital, and our modern hotel, a truly must-visit destination,” he added.

Oman Stopover: Oman Air partners with the Sundus Rotana Thanks to Oman Air’s successful Oman Stopover campaign, the airline’s guests can enjoy complimentary stays at luxury hotels in Muscat while on their way to their final destination.

The awards from Skift, a leading source of travel industry news and analysis, recognise the spaces, services, and initiatives that transform the traveller experience. Skift’s panel of world-renowned designers and creative business leaders reviewed hundreds of entries to choose the bestin-class brands and designers that are defining the future of travel across 15 categories.

The panel noted that Oman Air created its First Class experience after focusing on the details of a temporary life in the sky. In announcing the award, Skift said: “The Oman Air team enacted passengers’ patterns of movement, anticipated pain points and inevitable questions and lived out every possible scenario with a careful eye on ergonomics and human factors. Bespoke features, lighting design, 24k gold leaf finishes and subtle layering of patterns and luxe materials come together to create an impression that is entirely new and unmistakably Oman Air”.

The award ceremony was held on the opening night of the Skift Global Forum 2019, which was attended by industry leaders from the travel, hotel and airline sectors. 39 I Oman Air: Flying High Skift Design Award: Oman Air continues to fly high! At the inaugural Skift Design Awards, which was held in mid-September in New York City, Oman Air was delighted to earn the Best Aviation Experience award for their First Class passenger experience. Oman Air created its First Class experience after focusing on the details of a temporary life in the sky

Muscat: Travel Highlights Don’t miss out on a visit to these famous landmarks in and around the Sultanate of Oman’s capital city...

1. Muttrah Corniche Shop at Muttrah Souq; stroll along the Corniche to the Muscat Gate; or visit Muttrah Fish Market. 7. Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque Muscat’s “Jewel of Islamic architecture” and special place of worship. 9. Muttrah Souq The famous Muttrah Souq has dozens of tiny shopfronts and stores where you can bargain for all types of Arabian treasures. 5. Shatti Al Qurum Muscat’s favourite beach for families, groups of friends and fitness addicts. 8. National Museum This flagship cultural institution is a showcase of the nation’s heritage. 2. Muttrah Fort Muscat’s 400 year-old fort with spectacular views overlooking Port Sultan Qaboos Harbour.

3. Al Alam Palace The beautiful ceremonial palace of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos. 4. Royal Opera House Muscat Oman’s leading arts institute that hosts worldclass performances throughout the year. 6. Marina Bandar Al Rowdha Go dolphin watching, diving, deep sea fishing, or do a traditional-style Omani dhow cruise. Travel Guide I 40

Sultanate of Oman experiences:
  • A wide variety of pristine beaches and islands
  • Spectacular mountains, canyons and wadis
  • World-class diving, snorkelling, and other water sports
  • Turtle, dolphin and whale watching
  • Wildlife tours in the Sultanate’s nature reserves and biodiversity spots
  • Cultural sites including forts, ancient tombs and prehistoric cities
  • Desert safaris and adventures
  • A large variety of markets and souqs
  • Museums and art galleries
  • Trekking, rock climbing and caving adventures
  • Horse and camel racing events
  • Golf courses
  • Various festivals, including the popular Muscat Festival and Salalah Tourism Festival.
  • UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Ancient City of Qalhat (2018)
  • Aflaj Irrigation Systems of Oman (2006)
  • Land of Frankincense (2000)
  • Archaeological Sites of Bat, Al-Khutm and Al-Ayn (1988)
  • Bahla Fort (1987) The Sultanate of Oman is on the eastern end of the Arabian Peninsula. It borders the United Arab Emirates in the northwest, Saudi Arabia in the west and Yemen in the southwest. It also has two exclaves – the Musandam Peninsula and Madha – which are separated by the UAE. Oman’s 3,165 kilometre coastline spans the Gulf of Oman in the north and the Sea of Oman (which forms part of the Arabian Sea) in the east.

Savvy Traveller Sultanate of Oman: Fact Sheet Area : 309,500 km2 Population : 4,646,634 (2,052,049 expatriates) (September 2018) Language : Arabic (official) English (widely spoken) Capital : Muscat Local Time : GMT +4 Currency : OMR 1 equates to US$ 2.6 41 I Travel Guide

Exclusive First Class and Business Class Check-In With its own entrance and sumptuous lounge area, dedicated staff, and fast-track security clearance and baggage drop, the First Class and Business Class CheckIn service provides an ideal introduction to Oman Air’s extremely high standards of service.

These facilities set the tone of refined elegance and luxury which stays with the traveller throughout their journey. Experience Oman Air’s Award-winning Services Welcome aboard! Oman Air is committed to providing you with a luxurious, safe, and reliable flying experience – enhanced by warm and friendly customer service, and these award-winning services. Mobile App With iOS and Android smartphones, guests can now organise and manage their journey on the go. Utilizing the latest innovations in mobile technology, Oman Air’s new app is a user-friendly platform with easy steps, which provides guests with inclusive trip management capabilities including flights booking, check-in online, pre-select seats, monitor flight status and the chance to find out about Oman Air’s latest offers.

Apart from that, the app also enables guests to check their Sindbad miles balance, claim any missing miles, request for redemptions, keep track of their tier progress, see their upcoming bookings on Oman Air, check their Family account, and much more.

Book and Check-In Online Oman Air offers an interactive online booking check-in facility for convenient, stress-free airport check-ins. The check-in facility is available for departures from Muscat International Airport, as well as a selection of airports on the worldwide Oman Air network. Online check-in is available between 24 hours and 90 minutes before your departure time. Welcome Aboard I 42

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