Vogue | Move Over, Dubai: 8 reasons Oman should be on your Must-Visit List

Vogue - Photo #4 (Barr Al Jissah)

Unlike neighboring countries where glitzy cities compete for bigger, better, taller everything, Oman has managed to retain some of the charms of the Arab world as it must have been years ago.

— Celeste Moure

In late May-16 the online edition of Vogue Celeste Moure listed the “eight reasons why you should start planning a trip to Oman now”.

Note: Vogue has a print audience of 11.9 million and an average monthly online audience of 8.5 million.

Some of the reasons Ms Mourer has put forward for visiting Oman include:

  • A Country Steeped in Tradition
    Your first stop should be the Bait Al Zubair Museum, where the privately owned collection of artifacts showcases highly specialized skills that have been passed down through generations.  You’ll see intricately carved jewelry, coins, swords, knives, and Bronze Age household items that defined Oman society.  Perhaps the most interesting are the traditional dress styles and accessories that highlight regional variations.  Wander the Souk and the Corniche and you will encounter men dressed in dishdashas, the elegant but simple long gown, and women in beautifully embroidered dresses and headscarves in dazzling colors.
  • The Royal Opera House
    Yo-Yo Ma and Placido Domingo are just two big names who have performed at the Royal Opera House in recent years.  The season runs from September to May and tickets start at around $10.  Guided visits to the opera house can be booked year round.
  • Hotels for Families
    Saddled between the mountains and the Sea of Oman are three distinct hotels that make up Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa.  Inspired by Old Muscat, the 198-room Al Bandar Hotel is designed like a small village, with ornate buildings of varying heights painted in shades of sand, ocher, and rust.  There’s the exclusive, adults-only Al Husn Hotel, where royal Arabian palaces inspire the decor and original Omani artworks and Islamic design are on view in rooms and public spaces.  And at Al Waha Hotel, which features 262 rooms with patios or balconies, an on-site kids club offers complimentary activities (henna tattoo tutorials, shell arts and crafts, movies) throughout the day.  Beach volleyball, guided snorkeling tours, tennis, diving, dolphin tours, and endless other activities keep both kids and adults entertained.  There’s even a lazy river that snakes through the resort’s sprawling grounds and connects Al Bandar and Al Waha.  Located between the three hotels is Chi, the Spa, an oasis of calm and relaxation.  Don’t miss the Frankincense and Rose Wrap, a rich marine wrap with essential oils that helps improve circulation and rejuvenate skin.  The three hotels have a dozen or so restaurants and cafés, and guests can move easily between the 124-acre resort via an air-conditioned shuttle service.

As the tourism industry in the Sultanate of Oman matures and expands such positive articles are exposing Oman to a potential new market of millions.  This article, and others like it, clearly supports the international marketing efforts of His Majesty’s Government, particularly the Ministry of Tourism.

Please promote this article among your colleagues and contacts.

More information

  • See the full article at Vogue by clicking here.
  • Get full details of the international exposure that an article in Vogue brings to Oman by clicking here.
  • See a full list of recent articles on the Sultanate of Oman by clicking here.

Mac Thomson

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