Zurich: A Vintage City

The city of Zurich lies in the heart of Switzerland. Zurich has become more than a large financial institution. It’s multicultural people and the variety of leisure and fun activities has made it a top destination for tourists over the years.

Zurich is a global city with a low population and is home to large number of banking giants. It also has the fourth largest stock exchange in the world. The quality of life in Zurich is fantastic and that’s the reason Zurich was ranked first on a list of top 25 cities in the world ‘to make a base within’ by Monocle.

Interesting things to do in Zurich:

  • A journey up to Mt. Titlis to see a magnificent view of the Alps.
  • Take a day off the city life and walk to the top of Uetliberg.
  • Take a walk along the lake side and see how boundless the beauty of the world is.

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It’s a myth that Zurich is a dull city, but these are those people who haven’t been to the street parade that happens in August every year. Initiated by some 1000 enthusiasts’ way back in 1992, this open air dance party entertains around a million people. It was conceived as a demonstration for love, peace, liberty, generosity and tolerance.

Zurich is home to more than 50 museums and more than 100 art galleries with collections that date back to 19th century. Kunsthaus art museum is a must visit in the city which showcases works by Van Gogh, Picasso, Mondrian, Monet and many more.

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A short visit to the old town is worth the time. With ancient art galleries, antique and book shops it’s a perfect place for art lovers. Evening is the best time to visit as the town transforms into an entertainment hotspot as well.

Explore this vintage city with a modern touch as Oman Air now flies you to Zurich 4 times a week now.

 

 

 

 

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London

“By Seeing London, I have seen as much of life as the world can show”, said Samuel Johnson. The energy, the diversity and the soothing green spaces is all you need to spend your life peacefully. There is something about London that makes it the city we love, adore and dream of. This cultural melting pot London has grown to become one of the most important financial and cultural capitals of Europe, if not the world.

London Bridge

London is a world to explore with different districts that reflect different national characteristics, London’s strength and character lies in its cultural dynamism which has about 50 non-indigenous communities.

If you are a first-timer to London, here is a breakdown of the most famous tourism spots.

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Dedicate two or three days to seeing the sights and soaking up the sheer weight of history. Do not forget to fit in a visit to some of the famous art galleries and museums. Then allow for some serious shopping time at world-famous venues such as Harrods, Hamleys and Oxford Street. Finally, soak up some culture with a visit to Covent Garden, Carnaby Street and Camden Lock. For a hair-raising day out, take in the Tower of London and the London Dungeon, and then relax with some laughs at lifelike replicas of some of your favourite celebrities at Madame Tussauds Wax Museum. If you are a person of leisure then just strolling around on the streets of London is the best way to past your time and soak in the city’s unbeatable essence.

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In England, double deckers are either a chocolate bar, or a big red, double layered bus. We are talking about the buses here, which are an iconic feature of London, almost as much as Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament. They are a fantastic and fun way to get around the city, whether you just want to go shopping or be taken on a guided tour.

Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament in London.

Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament in London.

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The clock tower, built in 1288, on the Houses of Parliament houses a main bell known as Big Ben. Although the clock tower is a symbol of London and all things English, and a massive tourist draw card, the actual interior of the tower is not open to the public. It has featured in countless films and TV programs, and is the largest four faced, chiming clock in the world.

London Eye

If the top deck of a bus just isn’t high enough for you, aim for a bird’s eye view of London with a ride on Europe’s biggest Ferris wheel, the 135-metre high London Eye. Once described as London’s Eiffel Tower, its complete rotation takes about 30 minutes, so no stomach-churning rush here!

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For exploring this vibrant city and the wonderful serene locations just outside of the city fly with Oman Air every day of the week. Book here: www.omanair.com

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EXPO MILANO 2015

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Expo Milano 2015 started its journey from 1st May 2015 and will run along till 31st of October. Milan will be the epicenter of the world where more than 140 countries will be participating and will showcase their technological prowess in regards to being able to guarantee healthy, safe and sufficient food for everyone on the planet.

An Expo is an international platform for exchanging ideas and solutions where each country’s creativity and innovations are presented. Expo 2015 will be serving up opportunity to find out about world’s best dishes and agri-food traditions of each country.

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Milan Expo site comprises of an area of 1.1 million square meters which is very easily accessible from all the surrounding areas in Milan. The whole site is constructed with energy efficient and sustainable designs such that they can be reused or removed once the expo concludes.

There are 4 thematic areas in Expo Milano 2015.

  1. Pavilion Zero: This area will showcase the history of humankind and its relation with food. The future food district will explain how technology will be changing our food storage, distribution, and purchase ways.
  2. Children’s Park: Children will have the chance to know more about the theme of Milan Expo 2015 while having fun at Children’s Park.
  3. Biodiversity Park: A large garden in which a number of our planet’s ecosystems are reproduced.
  4. Triennale Museum: An exhibition which will explore the relationship between food and art.

Expo Milano 2015 will be showcasing Oman Pavilion which shows Oman’s attempts to take care of its water which is still based on an ancient underground canal system of ‘aflaj’. The ancient underground canal system of the ‘aflaj’ is declared World Heritage Sites by the UNESCO. You can discover it at Oman Pavilion at Expo Milano 2015.

Check out Oman Air website for deals and packages for Expo Milano 2015.

For more information click here Expo Milano 2015.

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MUSANDAM PENINSULA

There are very few places on earth which will take your imagination for a spin. Musandam Peninsula in Oman is surely one of those. Musandam’s beauty is a photographers dream, a poet’s inspiration and a traveler’s bucket list idea! Musandam is where you’ll find the marriage of the forces of the mountain and the sea. Nowhere else will you find such breathtaking scenes!

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It is located at the northernmost tip of the Arabian Peninsula, and jutting out into the Strait of Hormuz. Getting to Musandam is a highlight in itself. The beautiful picture perfect coastal region is a sight not to be missed. But the pleasurable ride begins from 30 km or so from Bukha to Khasab, driving along the Arabian Gulf where the serene beaches overlooking Hajar Mountains swivels a dream ride.

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Along the way, you’ll also see picturesque little mosques with their beautiful minarets near the coastline, tiny fishing villages & herds of goats. In recent years a lot Emiratis have been flocking to Musandam for weekends and mini vacations. They usually drive along the coast, camp at the beaches between Bukha and Khasab, in Wadi Al A’la in the acacia forest or at the back of the deep and marvelous fjords where they go diving.

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THINGS TO DO

  • A Dhow cruise should be on your to-do list for Musandam
  • Snorkeling
  • Camp on a secluded beach
  • Watch the dolphins
  • Drive to Jebel Harim and watch the Arabian Gulf

 

For the travelers without time on their hands, Oman Air flies you to Khasab daily from Muscat. Musandam has become an important tourist destination for Oman and across the region. Come to Musandam you won’t be disappointed!

 

 

 

 

 

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Paris: An Ideal Vacation

Paris is the most romantic and the most beautiful city in the world. A mere mention of Paris brings about a sense of joy to anyone who ever dreamed of visiting this stunning city. The Eiffel Tower, the Mona Lisa, the Moulin Rouge, the Arc de Triomphe, Disneyland are just few reasons to visit Paris.

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Paris is a timeless beauty which instantly absorbs your imagination with its imperial architecture, exquisite cuisine, modern elegant boutiques and astounding artistic monuments. Paris is itself an inspiring city in a way that so many cultures from all over the world go hand in hand.

There are a number of things to do when you are in Paris. Head first to the Eiffel Tower. no guesses here. These days clicking a selfie with the Eiffel Tower is what dreams are made of. While walking around, you can’t miss the artistic brilliance of Paris. It has been a major capital for art all over the world. You will witness the true meaning of art, culture and history in these museums.

Eiffel Tower

The Louvre (Louvre Museum) is one such place where you will find art, culture and history beautifully woven together. Built as a fortress in the 12th century under Philip II, it was later chosen as the place to display royal collection by Louis XIV. The museum was opened to public after the French Revolution in 1793. The Louvre is home to ‘Mona Lisa’ by Leonardo da Vinci which has been acclaimed as the best known, the most visited, the most written about painting in the world.

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But the most important place to visit this summer is Disneyland. It is the most visited place after the Eiffel Tower in France. It is not much different from the one in the US, it is just as entertaining and exciting. Originally called Euro Disney Resort, it is located at Marne-la-Vallée, 32 km east of the centre of Paris. It is the most visited park in the whole of France and Europe. It is a huge theme park with several resorts, a huge complex for shopping, dining and a golf course as well.

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It is a perfect vacation destination for families, friends or couples. There are more than 50 attractions to pay a visit to. One thing not to be missed is the Disney Parade with your childhood cartoon heroes – Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck and a lot more!

Oman Air flies you to Paris 4 times week.

Some tips:

  • Visa: If you’re a non EU passport holder, apply for a Schengen visa –this will entitle you to visit any one of 26 Schengen countries. For visitors from Oman, visit the Embassy of the country which will be your main destination that is the French Embassy in A’Sarooj, Qurm.
  • Credit cards are used widely, ATMs are frequent, but Euros is always useful for taxis, buses and tips.

Bon Voyage!

Here are some beautiful pictures of Paris.

Notre Dame, Paris Pont Alexandre III, Paris Eiffel Tower Jardin de Luxembourg

 

 

 

 

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FRANKFURT & MUNICH

Germany has a distinct personality of its own. The effervescent life on every corner is a big testimony of the same. The country has some of the busiest cities in the world to some of the most calming boulevards to glorious art galleries and countless entertainment zones. Germany is one of the biggest economies in the world with a high standard of living.

Oman Air flies you to Frankfurt and Munich, two important cities in Germany. Below are the must do things in both the cities.

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Frankfurt

Frankfurt

 

Frankfurt am Main, an old majestic city situated on banks of River Main is by virtue a lively, important commercial and trade fair city in Germany and Europe. Being at the heart of Germany and Europe, Frankfurt has a lot more variety and faces to offer. The first thing you will notice in the city is its high rise skyline which is dominated by a huge cluster of imperial buildings. There are a number of historical sites in the heart of this busy city. Frankfurt is a global city which frequently lists under best places to do business and live in.

Here are some of the most interesting things to do or places to visit in Frankfurt.

  • Rhine Valley Trip from Frankfurt including Rhine River Cruise & a visit to the Frankfurt City Forest is a paradise for nature lovers.
  • Walk around the vast ruins of Heidelberg Castle Heidelberg Old Town and soak in the old world charm and flair.
  • Visit Frankfurt’s Romer town hall and the Frankfurt Cathedral.
  • Hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour to experience the old and new.

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Munich

 

Munich is called the city of contrasts. One side of the city is ever growing and prosperous in every manner and other is the typical calm Bavarian Gemütlichkeit (coziness). Modernism and the old world charm blends perfectly in the city. The glitz and glamour of the city is perhaps what the Germans pride themselves rightly on.

Here are some of the most interesting things to do or places to visit in Munich.

  • Stroll through the English Garden to spend a calm and relaxing evening.
  • Visit the BMW museum to know about the history, present and the future of cars.
  • Visit the home stadium of Bayern Munich, Allianz Arena. It is one of the most spectacular football stadiums in the world.
  • The lavish and stunning castles in Munich are not to be missed at any cost!

Oman Air flies you to Frankfurt and Munich all week. Book here: http://www.omanair.com/

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EXPO MILANO 2015

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Expo Milano 2015 is a Universal Exhibition, an outstanding platform for exchange of ideas & solutions. More than 140 countries will take part and show their best technological advancements which will answer a vital need, which is to guarantee healthy, safe and sufficient food for everyone.

‘Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life’ is the theme chosen for the Expo Milano 2015. The theme will include how technology, innovation, culture, traditions and creative relate to food. The Expo will also be focusing on global issues and emerging situations but the primary focus would be on the healthy, safe and sufficient food for the entire world.

Global hunger is a real issue which has been coming up in recent years & also rapid depletion of agricultural traditions has escalated this problem to a certain extent. No one knows what quality of food will be produced in the years to come, thus it was necessary to bring up the issue.

Countries at the Expo Milano 2015 will gear up and share information on this theme, and various innovations that will help us in a sustainable future. This will include some of the best dishes, best methods of agriculture and various other traditions. Oman will also be participating with its own Pavilion.

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Oman Pavilion will be mostly about water. Since Oman is traditionally a desert country and is located in one of the driest areas on the earth it is worth knowing how they have managed to develop agriculture since all these years. The secret lies in the ancient underground water system called ‘aflaj’.

With almost negligible rainfall and very limited water reserves, aflaj has provided great relief to the agricultural sector. These underground reserves (aflaj) exploit the Earth’s gravity to distribute water wherever and whenever needed. UNESCO has recognized these 5 canals as World Heritage Sites.

The pavilion at the Expo Milano 2015 will be spread over 2790 sq. the pavilion will be portrayed by the Sun, Sand and the Sea as the theme. Visitors can enjoy a stroll in the garden and can also enjoy local produce of dates, honey and camel’s milk.

Don’t miss out. EXPO MILANO 2015 tickets are available now and you can enjoy up to 20% discount by purchasing your tickets before 30 April 2015 at only OMR 13.500.

For more info on how to get there with Oman Air check this: http://bit.ly/1DBt87e Fly daily with Oman Air to Milan and take advantage of our Oman Air Holidays packages to EXPO MILANO 2015, which includes Flights, Accommodation, Expo Milano 2015 tickets and Tours starting from OMR449, conditions apply.

To book your trip now to Italy and buy your EXPO MILANO 2015 ticket, please e-mail: expotickets@omanair.com  For more info check this link: http://www.expo2015.org/en

 

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GOA: A PERFECT SUMMER GETAWAY

India has been rising as a holiday destination lately and Goa has been emerging as the favourite in India. It’s a popular hotspot in India, which formerly was a Portuguese colony on the country’s west coast. The momentous city of Margao still reveals the enriching influence of the Portuguese, who first landed in the early 16th century as merchants and conquered it soon thereafter.

Goa is touted as the capital of holiday destinations in India. Goa has two main tourist seasons, winter and summer. Foreign tourists flock Goa during the winters to enjoy the easy breeze and ideal temperatures, while tourists from all over India visit Goa in the summer to beat the heat.

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Goa is the smallest state in India but it is like a pocket full of surprises. The charm of this place will surely take you by surprise. Goa exerts a powerful impact the moment you enter. It has a bit of something for everyone. The beaches surely fascinate your imagination but Goa has a whole lot more to offer. It will interest everyone from history buffs to water sport enthusiasts to seafood lovers to the lazy beach lovers. Goa is that perfect getaway you have to visit once in your lifetime and more.

When in Goa, shopping is a must. You will find almost everything from the most antique collections to the most authentic and beautiful handicrafts you will ever see. The Flea Market is your best bet to find some awesome bric-a-brac. But brush up your bargaining skills if you are to strike a good deal. It is the liveliest market in Goa that offers spices, handicrafts, clothes, footwear, beach wear, artificial jewellery and accessories.

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You are in for the time of your life if you are in Goa just for its beaches. There is nothing better than spending your vacation peacefully in the shacks on the shore line, sunbathing while reading a book or two! These serene beaches are sure to capture your imagination and enthrall you with its never ending beauty with a back drop of greenery. Varieties of water sports are also available from Paragliding to Jet Skis to Banana rides and much more.

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Goa is best explored on foot, Old Goa, an area of bare streets and ancient churches will still remind you of the Portuguese rulers. The old world charm still breathes in Goa.

A road trip is a must when you visit Goa. Explore the beauty of Paddy fields, lively villages, waterfalls, and much more. Such road trips actually tell you a lot more about India than a guide or a map can. Go away leaving your maps behind and discover the splendor of Goa as if you are a lost wanderer, trust us you will find your way back!

Oman Air now flies you to Goa 4 times a week! #GoGoa

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A BLESSED RETURN

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He arrived like a breath of fresh air after more than 8 long months. A wave of joy spread out across the nation which had a moment of relief attached to it. All the 11 governorates had been anticipating His Majesty’s arrival. Every Omani and non Omani was buzzing on social network regarding HM’s arrival. It was more than just happiness. It was just that they couldn’t control the excitement.

People flocked to the streets as soon as they heard about HM’s arrival. Articles, songs, poems and wishes flowed in a jiffy and it turned this occasion into a festival. Rallies were organized, public marches took place, people of all ages joined and prayed for HM’s wellbeing. There is a deep rooted relationship between every citizen and HM and it showed!

His Majesty is the architect of Oman’s modern renaissance. He has led the nation to unimaginable heights during his 44 year reign. His homecoming had to be one of the most joyous occasions in Oman’s modern day history. Everyone is praying for HM’s health and blessed life across the country.

Oman has progressed incredibly under HM’s vibrant and visionary leadership. Development can be seen in every walk of life in Oman and it has been successful only because of HM’s brilliant leadership. Be it health, education, standard of life, transportation, security, infrastructure or any other area, Oman has exceeded every expectation. HM’s vision has made Oman one the most peaceful countries in the world.

To wrap it up, Oman has got its character back. Oman has its voice and vision back. Oman has got its happiness back. There will be a lot of poems and articles on HM’s return, but people will still fall short of words to explain what they feel, such is the euphoria in the country and among its people.
We wish His Majesty the best of health. Long Live His Majesty Sultan Qaboos. Long Live Oman!

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Sultanate of Oman: A Traveler’s Paradise

They say travelling is the best thing that can happen to someone! It opens up a whole new aspect of promises, discoveries, new learning curves and thrill which is always around. One life altering journey can sometime show you a path you never thought of exploring. The Sultanate of Oman is a place that has all the perfect ingredients to give you a much needed get away from your usual life.

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Sultanate of Oman is a country of awe-inspiring natural splendor. It’s eye-catching varied landscapes, lovely beaches, infinite deserts, remarkable mountains and a rich culture makes it a one of a kind place. Sultanate of Oman is beautifully interwoven with history, folklore, serene beauty and exhilarating adventures. There are some places in the world which you have to visit to experience them, Sultanate of Oman is one such place. To top it the gracious and hospitable Omanis make you feel at home. They are modest, knowledgeable and lead a very simple life. Their imperial history has a huge impact on their behaviors & they take life for what it is, simple & soulful. Tourism in Sultanate of Oman has grown by leaps and bound since some years due to various factors. One of the main reasons has been ever pleasant Oman weather. No matter which time of the year it is, tourism has always seen an upward trend here. Oman Air has been a catalyst in this growing trend of tourism, being the national carrier of Sultanate of Oman, Oman Air flies you to Sultanate of Oman from 45 destinations in the world.

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Here is a list of experiences you can have in Oman:
• A wide variety of pristine beaches and islands.
• Spectacular mountains, canyons and wadis.
• World class diving, snorkeling and other water sports.
• Turtle, whale and dolphin 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 market 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 Festival.

Travelling is more than a bunch of beautiful landscapes and adventures, it is a transformation that goes on inside. It leaves a mark of new and eventful ideas that lead you to a place of self actualisation. Travel sometimes help you meet yourself, discover the lost soul. Pick up your bags and just walk away from all the worldly leisure!

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