More than just a global center of banking and finance, Zurich is full of rich history, culture, arts and tradition. Zurich’s allure is its culture, museums, art galleries, delicious cuisine and pulsating and flamboyant nightlife, making it a city in every traveler’s bucket list.
Here are the few things to do when you visit Zurich next time by Oman Air.
Take a stroll down Bahnhofstrasse
You can get everything your heart desires at the Bahnhofstrasse. Those who consider shopping an art should definitely go gallivanting through this shopping street which is a home to various global brands.
Unwind yourself at the Lake Zurich
Accompanied by a soothing silence, you can spend a lot of time gazing at this beautiful lake. Sitting next to the lake, you will hear yourself loud and clear.
Zurich’s home mountain, Uetliberg, offers a fascinating panoramic view of the city and the famous Lake Zurich. It is also a popular cycling spot for the tourists and locals alike.
Museums and art galleries
Zurich is a home to more than 50 museums and more than 100 art galleries. Historical artworks are displayed at the Kunsthaus and the Rietberg museum which also house impressive collections that date back to the 19th century.
Zurich is more than just a vacation. It is an experience in its own! Oman Air now flies you to Zurich 4 times a week!
Tanzania is a land of contrasts and majesty, Africa at its most wild and unexplored it is one of the unique destinations on the African continent. The exotic Islands of Zanzibar is one of the few living examples of majestic and immaculate islands today.
Here are the few places you must visit the next time you visit Zanzibar by Oman Air.
The old part of Zanzibar city, Stone Town is a city of famous history and artistic significance. Dating back to the 19th century, its architecture has huge influences from the Swahili Culture. Deemed as UNESCO Heritage Site, this place is filled will history of Sultans & Princesses.
Swimming with the Dolphins
Ever dreamt of swimming with the Dolphins? Well, you can make it come true in Kizimkazi, which is just an hour away from Stone Town.
This place buzzes with reefs that are alive with an incredible amount of fish and marine creatures. If you like to dive, this is the place for you!
Talk about secluded and totally untouched beautiful beaches, talk about Zanzibar! There are over 30 of such pristine beaches on the north and the east coast. Happy holidays!
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Popularly known as ‘The Land of Sun, Sand and Beaches’, Goa is located on the western coast of India. Be it the beaches, culture, shopping or the delicious food, Goa has plenty to offer for every age group. It has a spirit that radiates boundless infectious energy and positivity which grips you into its remarkable history, alluring beaches, rich culture and fun loving locals. There are a lot of things about Goa that makes it one of the most popular holiday destination. From a fun, vibrant night life to spending a day sunbathing at the beautiful beaches, from extreme water sports to gallivanting the beautiful ancient monuments, there are just so many things to do in Goa.
A day at the beach
It has to start with the beaches! Spending the day at the beach will restore your nerves and calm your soul. Calangute beach, Baga beach, Mandrem beach and Agonda beach are few of the most popular beaches in Goa. All of them are scenic, serene and clean.
Indulge in Water sports
Scuba diving, Snorkeling, Windsurfing, Water skiing or Rafting, Goa is the place to be if you love water sports. These water sports are available at almost every beach which makes it easier to indulge in them. The locals also organize water sport events and competitions, making it a prime attraction for the tourists at the beaches.
Rent a bike
If you want to ‘live’ you time in Goa, rent a bike or a scooter. There is no better way to explore the exotic sceneries and the lovely city. Bikes are easily available on rent provided you have a valid driving license. A bike ride through the streets of Goa escorted by the sea should definitely be on your list.
They say, judge a place by its food, and Goa doesn’t disappoints. It is the place you would love to visit if you are a foodie. Goa’s cuisine is a marriage of Konkan, Portuguese and Arabic influences. Mum’s kitchen in Panjim, Martin’s corner in south Goa, St. Anthony beach shack at the Baga beach are few of the most popular food joints in Goa.
Just when you thought you had enough for the day, the sun sets, and Goa gets even more lively and peppy. Club Cubana, Tito’s, Ozone are few of the most pulsating clubs in Goa which offer multi cuisine food, eccentric mix of commercial and trance music and a perfect nightlife experience.
Go away, find the sand, the beach and the sea. Goa is more than just a vacation. Oman Air now flies you to Goa 4 times a week!
A day at the beach restores the soul. A rejuvenating drive to a beautiful and clean beach with perfect wind and clear water would lure any simple soul into its beauty. With over 1700 kms of coastline, Oman offers enough space for families to spend quality time, friends to chill out, have barbeque parties and camp overnight. Soaked in orange sand dunes, The Sultanate of Oman becomes one of the most popular destinations for beachoholics.
Thousands of sea turtles migrate from the Arabian shores to lay their eggs on the shores of Oman. Five of the world’s seven turtle species can be found in Oman. Sea turtles are one of the Earth’s most ancient species. The Ras Al Hadd beach is popular for nesting the endangered green Sea turtles. Nestled on the east of Oman, this beach possesses a unique charm. The beach is a nesting ground for thousands of sea turtles who migrate to the shores early morning.
As the turtles prefer to lay their eggs during the warmer months, June to September are the months that record the most numbers of turtles laying their eggs on the shores of this beautiful beach. The beach is famous for being one of the few spots in the world where at least one turtle will come to lay its eggs every single night for the entire year.
This beach has been signified as a Turtle reserve. The Reserve hosts an estimated 6000-13,000 nesting green turtles annually – one of the largest nesting aggregations in the Indian Ocean and potentially one of the three largest nesting green turtle populations in the world. Graced by its picturesque bays and rock formation, the beach grips you in its mystical calm. The rocks bestow a stunning contrast against the calmness of the sea.
This is what Oman is all about, come and witness a natural phenomenon like none other.
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If it hasn’t already got enough good things going for it, the Sultanate of Oman’s historic town of Nizwa recently had the honour of being named the world’s ‘Capital of Islamic Culture in 2015’.
It is surrounded by a life-giving oasis of date palms and spectacular mountains; it has a magnificent 17th fort; and it has a souq that is much loved by tourists. It is also home to the most extensive Falaj Daris aqueduct system in Oman; it has a thriving crafts industry; and since the 1500s and 1600s, Nizwa has established itself as an important centre of education and scientific learning in the Sultanate.These are some of the many highlights of this fascinating, historic town. But last year, Nizwa received another tribute, when it was listed by the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO) to be the ‘Capital of Islamic Culture in 2015’.
ISESCO states that Nizwa has been one of the most important Islamic cultural and scientific centres in the world,hub of learning and scholarship, and a home for the imams, scholars and thinkers who have contributed greatly to Islamic intellectual and cultural life. And Nizwa has played a major role in promoting Islamic knowledge, learning and culture throughout the ages. It is also home to many historic mosques and of course, Nizwa occupies an important place in the history of Oman. With the above points in mind, Nizwa’s nomination as the Capital of Islamic Culture for this year was both very appropriate – and very well received by the people of Oman.
A Year of Culture
Throughout 2015, various activities and cultural programs associated with Nizwa being the Culture Capital of Islamic Culture are to be carried out – including cultural events, research and information activities, and a range of exhibitions and lectures. A central aim of these is to introduce the cultural heritage of this historic city to the world. The festivities are scheduled to be held at the University of Nizwa, the College of Applied Science, the Youth Complex, the Higher Judicial Institute and the Nizwa Fort square.
In addition to this, Oman will also be going ahead with the building and establishment of a Cultural Centre at the Al Turath district at Nizwa, which will include a range of culture-related recreational and educational facilities.
A Tribute to Nizwa To mark the year of Nizwa being the Capital of Islamic Culture, Oman’s Ministry of Heritage and Culture for Cultural Affairs unveiled a unique logo, which depicts two long-established historical and architectural icons of Nizwa, and which pay tribute to the rich heritage of the city. The first is the dome of the Grand Mosque of Nizwa (now referred to as the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque – and not to be confused with the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque in Muscat). The second icon featured in the logo is Nizwa Fort. The logo is also accompanied by the wording ‘Capital of Islamic Culture’, done in Thuluth script – which is one of the oldest forms of Islamic calligraphy.
Islamic Culture Capital
As selected by the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO), Nizwa was listed alongside two other locations, according to region – Almaty, in the Republic of Kazakhstan (Asian Region), and Cotonou, in the Republic of Benin (African Region) – to be given the title ‘Capital of Islamic Culture in 2015’.
Nizwa: Things to See – Nizwa Fort
The magnificent Nizwa Fort was built in the 1650s by the second Ya’rubi Imam, Imam Sultan Bin Saif Al Ya’rubi. However, its underlying structure reportedly dates back to the 1300s. It was built at what was a strategic location at the crossroads of vital trade routes, and was designed to be a formidable stronghold against any raiding forces in search of Nizwa’s abundant resources. The main part of the fort features a huge tower that rises almost 40 metres above the ground.
Nizwa souq is located in the town centre, and is well-known for its handicrafts, antique items, agricultural products, and much more. (It is also an excellent spot to source traditional Omani silver jewellery, and the famous Khanjar Dagger).
The Falaj Daris aqueduct system is the largest falaj in Oman and is a life-source for Nizwa – providing the surrounding countryside with much needed water for the plantations. Falaj Daris is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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For many years, Singapore’s developers have been keen to evolve their urban space into a so-called ‘City in a Garden’ – a ‘Bustling metropolis nestled in a lush mantle of tropical greenery.’ To a large extent, they’ve done this.
And yet, Singapore could also be described as a city in a ‘Garden of rich and fascinating ethnic communities and cultures’. And just like the city’s green spaces, these ethnic communities, and the rich culture that they bring to the city, offer the potential for unforgettable travel experiences. Singapore’s Muscat Street، Kampong Glam ‘Arab Street’, Chinatown and Little India are four of them not to be missed.
Singapore’s well-known Muscat Street, which is the location of the Masjid Sultan mosque, was named after the Sultanate of Oman’s capital, and recently reopened after an extensive renovation program. The street is an important link for Singapore-Oman relations, and a showcase of the diverse culture of these two societies.
Kampong Glam (Arab Street)
Kampong Glam is a gem of Singapore’s history and culture, and a good place to experience the hospitality of the Singaporean Malay people, and the city’s old and new Arabic and Muslim culture. When you’re here, don’t miss out on seeing one of the most important mosques in Singapore – the Masjid Sultan (Malay for Sultan Mosque), which was first built in 1826. Also, don’t miss out on the shopping adventures (for traditional goods, handicrafts etc) along Bussorah Street and Muscat Street.
While Singapore’s Chinatown consists of several precincts, each with its own character, much of area contains restored houses converted into dozens and dozens of tiny shops, market spaces, and eateries. It is the perfect place to wander around to see what you can find. During the ChineseNew Year, the Chinatown Food Market also comes alive with lion dances and other similar street performances. While you’re here, don’t miss out on the Chinatown Heritage Centre, with its excellent museum chronicling how the place came into existence.
Little India is a buzzing ethnic district east of the Singapore River – across from Chinatown – which has its roots in the Tamil community of Singapore. These days, it represents the best of the Singapore Indian community’s vibrant culture and heritage. As you walk down Little India’s Serangoon Road and neighbouring streets, you’ll experience a wonderful mix of Hindu and Chinese temples, mosques and churches. Of course, one of the highlights of Little India is the delicious South Indian vegetarian food, and North Indian tandoori dishes on offer. Little India is especially worth a visit during the spectacular celebrations of Deepavali – the Hindu ‘Festival of Lights’.
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In the language of enthusiastic bird-watchers, the Sultanate of Oman as a birding destination is ‘under-watched’. When they say under-watched, they mean that for the large number of bird species in the Sultanate, there are a relatively few number of birding enthusiasts going out to spot them. They also mean that not enough people have realised the magnificent potential for birding that Oman offers.
According to the Environment Society of Oman, over 480 species of birds have been recorded in the Sultanate. Considering that a large part of the country is covered in desert, and that there is relatively little vegetation throughout most of the country, this is an impressive number, say bird watching experts.
Of these hundreds of species found in Oman, many are strikingly beautiful and colourful. Many of them also exhibit the type of fascinating behaviour and habits and migration movements – which are of keen interest to birders. And very conveniently, many of them can be easily tracked down via the excellent road infrastructure that exists throughout the Sultanate. Oman is a bird-watching paradise. And it would be a shame for its birds to continue being under-watched!
Bird-watchers in the Sultanate are very privileged, in that their adventures to track down Oman’s birds in their natural habitats will lead them to some of the most interesting natural terrain and fauna and flora on the Arabian Peninsula. Here are some of the well-known birding spots…
Al Batinah Coastline
This section of shoreline stretches in a northwest direction away from Muscat, and includes the Mangrove stands that are just north of the coastal town of Sohar. The region is excellent for viewing waders, gulls, terns, and in summer, the Sooty Falcon. The Sohar Sun Farms is a vast farming complex near Sohar, which is also home to a vast range of birds – and often, and enthusiastic bunch of birdwatchers.
The steep sea cliffs and fjords of the Musandam enclave at the northernmost tip of the Arabian Peninsula are the location of nesting sites of numerous species of seabirds – including huge, spectacular flocks of the Socotra Cormorant (they sometimes number in their thousands when flocking).
Ash Sharqiyyah Region
While much of the Ash Sharqiyyah region consists of sparse desert terrain, the coastlines are teaming with life – and birds. The famous Turtle watching beaches around Ras Al Hadd are the temporary home of many migratory birds, including the beautiful Redbilled Tropicbird, as well as various wader species.
Al Hajar Mountains
One of the most exciting events in the world of ornithology was the discovery of a reported news species of owl, now named the Omani Owl, which was discovered in the Al Hajar Mountains. But these mountains hold dozens of other bird species as well – in what is magnificent scenery.
Masirah Island and the nearby Bar Al Hikman Peninsula are home to huge numbers of bird species and especially, seabirds. Along with Masirah, there are also the enchanting Hallaniyat Islands off the coastline of Dhofar, and the Daymaniyat Islands and Fahal Island, near Muscat – all of which are extremely important to Oman’s birds (including breeding Sooty Falcons).
Muscat and Surroundings
The parks and gardens dotted around Muscat itself offer fantastic opportunities for bird-watching, and the chance to see species like the Yellow Wagtail, Purple Sunbird, Grey Francolin, Common Kingfisher, White-spectacled Bulbul, and Rose-ringed Parakeets. Al Qurum Natural Park is home to a surprising number of interesting birds too – including the colourful Indian Roller and Green Bee-eater. The coastline around Muscat also offers the chance to see a range of seabirds – like various herons, waders, gulls and terns. And the Al Ansab wetland area has a reported 291 species of bird, which makes it another popular watching spot. Interestingly, the Sunub waste disposal site outside Muscat is a premier site for observing large numbers of eagles and vultures.
Richly rewarding birding For birders, the Dhofar region in southern Oman deserves a special mention. Here there is Afro-tropical forest vegetation in the interior, stretches of beach and rocky shoreline, as well as estuary systems (known locally as khors) that open up into the sea during the rainy Khareef monsoon season. During the Khareef season, the constant drizzle causes the plants, grasses, trees, shrubbery and natural vegetation in the hills and valleys around Dhofar to come to life. On the coastline, Bridled Terns, Skuas, and Jouanin’s Petrel can all be viewed – as well as Red-necked Phalaropes in large numbers. The coastal khors are a haven for water birds, with Pheasant-tailed Jacanas, Lesser Flamingos, African Spoonbills, and many others commonly being seen.
In the interior of Dhofar, the mountain forests are home to many afro-tropical species, such as the African Paradise Flycatcher, Shining Sunbird, and the Yellow-bellied Green Pigeon. Hume’s Tawny Owl, Spotted Eagle Owl, African Scops Owl and Verraux’s Eagle are also found here, among many other special birds. Dhofar offers exceptional territory for bird-watching, and any trip done here in search of birds, will be richly rewarded.
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For travellers, Bangkok’s street markets, food bazaars and floating markets combine shopping and sightseeing into one great adventure. And they offer an unforgettable look into the life and spirit of Thailand’s past, present, and future.
The street markets, food bazaars and floating markets dotted around Bangkok offer a fascinating insight into the life and tradition of this exotic and legendary South East Asian city. In fact, the markets of Bangkok could well be considered one of the world’s defining travel experiences. And they are reason enough to travel here.
Or Tor Kor Market
Or Tor Kor Market is one of the most famous fresh goods markets in South East Asia. Without a doubt, it’s also one of the most famous in the world for passionate foodies, cooks, and travelling chefs. With such a huge range of exotic fruits, fresh vegetables, meats and seafood on offer, it is hard not to be inspired to want to purchase everything you need to make a memorable meal. Of course, there’s plenty ready-to-eat meals available here too – like steamed fish curry custard, som tam, chilli paste dishes, green and red curries, vegetable stir-fried dishes, deep-fried fish, grilled prawns, and much, much more. Or Tor Kor is a food experience of a lifetime. Or Tor Kor is next to Kamphaeng Phet Station, in the central art of the city (opposite the Chatuchak Weekend Market). Opening Times: Every day from 6 am until 8pm.
Klong Suan ‘100 Years’ Market
It’s been said that the best way to ‘see’ Klong Suan is too sample small taste offerings from each of the food stalls as you make your way around market, before settling down to a sit-down lunch of whatever takes your fancy. Khlong Suan is a canal which once provided the easiest way to journey from Bangkok to the more easterly Bang Pakong River. The market sprung up along this canal more than 100 years ago, and it is packed with lines of tiny, old-fashioned wooden shops and storefronts that are filled with an endless array of food products and household supplies. This is classic old-style Thai market territory. So do not come here without your camera! Klong Suan is located around 20 kilometres east of Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport. Opening Times: Every day from early morning to around 4pm.
Chatuchak Market in Bangkok
Chatuchak ‘Weekend’ Market is the largest market in Thailand. Its sheer size – there are around 8000 market stalls here – and the availability of all different kinds of merchandise here is truly astounding. It’s been said that if you can dream it up in your mind, the market at Chatuchak probably has it in stock! The whole area is divided into several sections – the clothing and accessories section; handicrafts; ceramics; furniture and home décor items; foods and beverages; plants and gardening tools; art; pets and pet accessories; books; antiques and collectibles; and a miscellaneous and used clothing section. Chatuchak is located next to Kamphaeng Phet Station, in the central part of the city (opposite the Or Tor Kor Market). Opening Times: The weekend market is open on Saturdays and Sundays (9am to 6pm), and Fridays (6pm until 12pm). The plant sections are open on Wednesdays and Thursdays (7am until 6pm).
Bangkok Flower Market
Bangkok Flower Market (also known as Pak Klong Talad) is the biggest wholesale and retail fresh flower market in Bangkok. For travellers, the prices are incredibly cheap. And the range of flowers and flora-related items is spectacular. Some tourism guides suggest the best time to visit the market is in the early hours of the morning – from around 3am to 4am – when flower vendors prepare their merchandise for the day ahead. The Flower Market is located on Chak Phet Road, near the Memorial Bridge, in central Bangkok. Opening Times: Open 24 hours a day.
Rod Fai Market (‘Train Market’)
Rod Fai Market is one of Bangkok’s more modern market offerings. It is an open-air bazaar home to a bunch of passionate vendors and hobbyists selling vintage collectables from days gone by – from antique furniture, to vintage car parts, iconic brand memorabilia, and much more. Rot Fai Market is located just behind Seacon Square Shopping Mall, between central Bangkok and Suvarnabhumi Airport. Opening Times: From sunset to midnight, Thursday to Sunday.
Bang Nam Pheung Floating Market
Bang Nam Pheung is one of Bangkok’s slower paced and more low-key and peaceful floating markets (although it stills gets very busy at times). It is surrounded by lush, green, tropical vegetation, and is more a combination of ‘floating market’ and ‘land-based market’, as there are vendors selling their wares from boats in the river, as well as a series of stalls and market stands located on solid ground. The array of freshly prepared traditional dishes on offer here – either prepared by cooks in the river on their long-tail boats, or by the hard-working stall owners on land – is truly astounding, and makes for an unforgettable Thai cuisine adventure. Bang Nam Pheung is located about 10 kilometres southeast of downtown Bangkok. Opening Times: On weekends from 7am until 3pm. Damnoen Saduak Floating Market Damnoen Saduak is the most popular and well-known floating market in Thailand. Because of this, it tends to be somewhat touristy and overcrowded, but it remains a place for excellent photo opportunities, excellent food, and an excellent experience of the beautifully organized chaos and colour of a Thai floating market. Many travellers visit Damnoen Saduak as part of a day outing tour group, as it is 110 kilometres west of Bangkok. Opening Times: Daily from 7am until 11am.
Khlong Lat Mayom Floating Market
The chance to float around one of Bangkok’s canals on a traditional long-tail boat tour is one of the main reasons why visitors love making their way to Khlong Lat Mayom. That – and the food. At Khlong Lat Mayom, next to its main canal, are dozens and dozens of food stalls serving everything from fried squid to spicy salads, tropical fruits, barbecued pork and chicken kebabs, red and green Thai curries, and dried fish. This delicious food can be partnered with smoothies, potent coffee, iced tea or freshly prepared fruit juice. Like all of the floating markets of Bangkok, Khlong Lat Mayom gives a fascinating insight into the daily life of the Thai river people – and also what ‘Old Thailand’ must have been like hundreds of years ago. Khlong Lat Mayom is situated about 18 kilometres west of downtown Bangkok. Opening Times: Weekends and public holidays from 9:30am until 5pm.
Talin Chan Floating Market
One of the fascinating attractions at Talin Chan, are the hundreds of huge catfish swimming along the surface of the canal waters – and waiting to snap up any sort of food titbit thrown into the water. Floating markets seem to be irresistible destinations for tourists, and Talin Chan is definitely one of the better ones. A morning or afternoon here can be spent sampling some of South East Asia’s finest food delights, being guided in a long-tail boat around the canals here, shopping through a vast array of market homeware, clothing and gift stores, and even getting relaxing foot massage for a very good price. There’s also often traditional Thai music on the go here, which adds to Talin Chan’s allure. Talin Chan is situated about 12 kilometres northwest of downtown Bangkok. Opening Times: Weekends from 9:30am until 5pm.
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There are not many cities in the world that showcase a skyline better than Shanghai
Second tallest building in the world!
An insight in the life that resides on the street and unfolds each passing day in Shanghai.
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If you love adventure travelling, Oman is the place you should visit now. Its impressive scenery pleads for discovering a wide range of activities which will delight your inner adventurous traveler.
Rock climbing & Abseiling
If you wish to go a bit further and want to increase that level of excitement and if Rock Climbing and Abseiling is your game then there is no better place than the Hajjr peaks. These beautiful sea cliffs are visited by climbers from all over the world. First timers can also try ‘by wire’ routes at Bander Khayran, Snake Canyon, and Jebel Shams.
Four Wheel Drive Tours
Hajjr Mountains are stunning when it comes to a four wheel drive tour, it is one of the most breathtaking journey you can ever imagine.
Marine activities & water sports
Oman has an exceptional blend of natural coral reefs, vivid coastal scenery and inspiring wreck-diving (ship wrecks) experiences. After all Oman is currently considered one of the top ten dive spots in the world, with scuba divers coming from across the globe.
Check out this video on diving in Oman:
Oman’s coastline stretches around 3,165 kilometers. These beaches overlook Sea of Oman, Arabian Sea and the Straits of Hormuz. These beaches are tourist friendly and are perfect for summer holidays. Fishing and marine excursions are also ideal with such diverse geographical make up.
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