Times of Oman
Nov 25, 2015 LAST UPDATED AT 01:14 PM GMT
‘Short-Breaks’ to woo GCC tourists
January 20, 2014 | 12:00 AM

Muscat: Oman Air and the Ministry of Tourism have announced the launch of 'Oman Short Breaks', a joint project offering convenient and competitively-priced holiday packages for customers from the GCC region, especially those from the UAE. The packages are available for travel during the forthcoming spring and summer seasons and include return flights with Oman Air along with accommodation in any of the many deluxe hotels in Muscat and Salalah.

Ghasi Humaid Al Hashmi, deputy director general of Tourism Promotion, Oman Ministry of Tourism, said, "The Oman Ministry of Tourism, in association with the several key players in the travel and tourism sector, is aggressively promoting the Sultanate as an attractive global tourist destination. Through our strategic partnership with Oman Air, we have been able to create a lot of awareness about tourism options in Oman, and this has generated fruitful results. Continuing with our past success, we have once again collaborated with Oman Air to launch the 'Oman Short Breaks' campaign for the upcoming tourist season."

The 'Oman Short Breaks' holiday package is designed for visitors from the GCC, and particularly from the UAE, who reside at flying distance of only two to three hours from Oman and are often on a look-out for short weekend packages to spend quality holidays with family and friends.

Masoud Al Balushi, Oman Air's Country manager — UAE, said: "Oman is an ideal holiday destination for tourists from both the Middle East region and further afield, and Oman Air is the perfect way to travel there. We are, therefore, delighted to join with the Ministry of Tourism to launch 'Oman Short Breaks', which will, over the space of just a few days, provide holiday-makers with a wonderful opportunity to explore 
Oman's many popular tourist destinations and enjoy a memorable Omani experience."

Oman Air currently operates seven daily flights from Dubai to Muscat, four daily flights from Dubai to Salalah, and three daily flights from Abu Dhabi to Muscat. 

Underlining the airline's commitment to service excellence, Oman Air's Business Class Seat on board its A330 fleet has been voted by Skytrax as the Best Business Class Seat in the world for two years in a row, in 2011 and 2012. Oman Air passengers can now experience a whole new level of on-ground service with Oman Air's premium front-end check-in facility exclusively for First Class and Business Class guests, besides Oman Air's Premium Lounges located at Muscat International Airport.

Muscat is one of the most visited cities in the GCC by international tourists. Rich in history and culture, the capital city boasts several tourist attractions including forts and castles, museums and forest reserves, wadis and beaches, souqs and malls as well as world-class hotels and restaurants. Salalah is another popular tourist destination in the region because of its location by the mountain range on the edge of the Indian Ocean. Also known as the 'Perfume Capital,' it is popular for its beaches, waterfalls, limestone cliffs, blowholes, coconut and banana plantations, and heritage attractions.

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