Volume 7 - 2016

bookletia

The Pearl of the Orient: Manila

The inflight magazine of Oman Air | July 2016 | Your Copy To Keep

facebook.com/omanair | twitter.com/omanair | instagram@omanairofficial | youtube.com/omanair |Download Oman Air FREE App


Marhaba

On behalf of Oman Air, I am delighted to welcome you aboard

your flight.

Whether you are flying with Oman Air for business or leisure,

you will be pleased to know that our fleet continues to expand

with the arrival of more outstanding new Boeing aircraft. On

30th May our fourth Boeing 787-800 Dreamliner made its first

commercial flight to Salalah and the jet is now in service across

our network. And from July to November, a total of four new

B737-800 Next Generation aircraft will be added to our fleet.

This increase in the number of planes we operate enables us

to continue the growth of our international network. Our latest

destination was unveiled on 1st June, when our inaugural flight to

Mashhad, in Iran, took place. Oman Air now operates 14 flights

per week to Iran with the daily service to Mashhad running

parallel to our daily service between Muscat and Tehran. The

new service meets strong demand and we would advise you to

book early at www.omanair.com.

In addition to the introduction of new destinations, our expanding

fleet has enabled us to operate more flights to many of our

established destinations. Notable among these is the city of

Salalah, in Oman’s most southerly Governorate of Dhofar. The

city’s popularity during the Khareef – the region’s summer

monsoon – has traditionally seen Oman Air increase the number

of services we offer during this season. This year, we are

offering an unprecedented number of seats to Salalah, with

increased frequencies operating between Salalah and the Omani

capital of Muscat, and between Salalah and Dubai. There really

is no better time than now to discover the astonishing beauty of

Salalah in full bloom.

And in further good news for leisure travellers, we have just

launched a brand-new booking system for Oman Air Holidays at

www.omanairholidays.com. It offers a range of holiday products,

such as package holidays - including flights, hotels, transfer,

tours and activities - and dynamic packages, from which you can

choose to build the holiday of your dreams. Oman Air Holidays

also offers a fantastic range of special offers and I would urge

you to take a look as soon as you can.

Furthermore, members of our Sindbad frequent flyers program

can now earn 500 miles every time they hire from Europcar

thanks to Oman Air’s new partnership with the leading car rental

network.

So, with more aircraft, destinations, frequencies, choices and

benefits than ever before, you can be sure that Oman Air

is committed to going the extra mile for you, our respected

customers. Thank you for choosing to fly with us, and we look

forward to welcoming you aboard again very soon.

Paul Gregorowitsch

Chief Executive Officer

World’s Leading Airline

Economy Class 2014 & 2015

World’s Leading Airport Lounge

Business Class 2015

Best Airline Staff Service

Middle East 2014 & 2015


Navigation

9

Diary

A wrap up of what

festivals, events

and sports are

happening around

the world this month

Must See:

Oman

Ras al Jinz

Turtle Reserve

15

16

Check Out

The Pearl of the

Orient: Manila

Check In

The best of

the Salalah

Tourism

Festival

22


Navigation

Römerberg:

Frankfurt’s ‘Old Town’ 28 historical highlight

Swimmer

to sailor:

Team Oman

Air’s Nasser Al

Mashari

32

47

Oman Air News

Oman Air’s news and events

Also…

Path to Success (34)

Family Traveller (36)

Oman View (40)

Travel Guide (42)

Welcome Aboard (44)

In-Flight Entertainment (50)

Programme for the

Endorsement of

Forest Certification

Forest

Stewardship

Council

Please

recycle after

use

The paper used for Wings of Oman Magazine is duly certified by the PEFC

and FSC, and contains FSC mix pulp, FSC recycled pulp, FSC controlled wood

pulp, and pre-consumer reclaimed papers. The PEFC is an international nonprofit

non-governmental organisation dedicated to promoting good practice

in the forest, throughout the entire forest supply chain, to ensure that timber

and non-timber forest products are produced with respect for the highest

ecological, social and ethical standards. The FSC is an international, nongovernmental

organisation dedicated to promoting responsible management

of the world’s forests.

Oman Air’s inflight magazine is issued by :

Corporate Communications &

Media Department - Oman Air

P.O. Box 58, Muscat International Airport,

Postal Code 111, Sultanate of Oman

Tel: +968 24519616, Fax: +968 24510771

E-mail: wings@omanair.com

Website:omanair.com

ADVERTISING ENQUIRIES,

CONTACT: advertising@npaoman.com

National Publishing &

Advertising LLC

P.O. Box 3112, P.C. 112, Ruwi

Muscat, Sultanate of Oman

Tel: +968 24793098, Fax: +968 24708445

Editorial

Editing Director

Paul Winter

paul.winter@npaoman.com

Mohammad Abu Al Majd

Client Servicing Executive

Ruwayda Al Barwani

Designers

Justin Das

Mohammad Asif

Media Manager –

Advertising & Marketing

Vijay Murkute

advertising@npaoman.com

Photographic Contributors

Cover Image: GettyImages

GettyImages/Shutterstock

© Red Bull Media House/Darren DeSilva/

Geoff Odell/Red Bull Content Pool

Balikbayan Handicrafts/

www.balikbayanhandicrafts.com.ph

Creative Commons License/

www.flickr.com/photos/marypaulose

Dubai Summer Surprises/

www.visitdubai.com

Extreme Sailing Series/Jesus Renedo/

www.extremesailingseries.com

Malaysian Mega Sale Carnival/Picture

courtesy of Tourism Malaysia/

www.malaysia.travel

Royal Enfield Himalayan Motorcycle

Odyssey/www.royalenfield.com

Salalah Tourism Festival/Times of Oman/

ONA

Salalah Tourism Festival/

www.beautifulsalalah.com

Zanzibar International Film Festival/

Peter Bennett/www.ziff.or.tz

The publisher regrets that they cannot accept

liability for errors or omissions contained in

this publication, however caused. The opinions

and views contained in this publication are not

necessarily those of the publisher.


Diary

Zanzibar International

Film Festival

Where: Zanzibar, Tanzania

When: 9 July – 17 July

What: Zanzibar International Film

Festival is one of the highlights of the

island nation’s cultural calendar with

thousands of people attending every

year. Films, filmmakers, film-lovers and

tourists all flock to the festival, which

celebrates music, the arts and the spirit

of the island itself.

Oman Air flies 7 times a week

between Muscat/Zanzibar

Festivals around the world

Singapore Food Festival

(Throughout July, Singapore).

Impark Summer Festival

(28 July – 21 August, Munich, Germany).

Amman Arab Film Festival

(17 July, Amman, Jordan).

Bastille Day

Where: Paris, France

When: 14 July

What: The famous French

national holiday on the 14th

July is a huge celebratory

event in Paris. From morning

to well into the night, a

selection of exceptional

events – including

military parades, dance

performances, fireworks

displays, and much more –

make this a day not to be

missed.

Oman Air flies 6 times a

week between Muscat/

Paris

Singapore Dragon Boat Festival

Where: Marina Reservoir, Singapore

When: 23 July – 24 July

What: This is Singapore’s number

one dragon boat festival. A festival

atmosphere rules the day as the dragon

boat racers sweat it out for victory and

prestige on these traditional, colourful

boats. There’s also great food and

music for the spectators, and it all goes

down at Singapore’s popular Marina

Reservoir.

Oman Air flies 6 times a week

between Muscat/Singapore

9


Diary

Malaysian Mega Sale Carnival

Where: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

When: Throughout July and August

What: Kuala Lumpur has a seemingly endless array

of malls, shopping centres, and local markets dotted

around the city – stocking literally everything and

anything you could think of, and more. And the

brilliant news is that much of it (especially fashion

accessories, shoes, and clothing) will be on sale

this month, as part of the Malaysian Mega Sale

Carnival. You won’t go home empty-handed!

Oman Air flies 7 times a week between Muscat/

Kuala Lumpur

Royal Enfield Himalayan

Motorcycle Odyssey

Where: New Delhi, and

throughout northern India

When: 7 July – 23 July

What: The Himalayan Odyssey

is a motorcycle adventure where

a bunch of riders explore around

2 200 kilometres of northern

India’s most spectacular

Himalayan mountain roads and

landscapes on classic, Indianmade

Royal Enfield motorcycles.

It is undoubtedly one of the most

spectacular motorcycle journeys

in the world.

Oman Air flies 14 times a

week between Muscat/Delhi

Events around

the world

Njangattiri

Aanayoottu

Elephant

Feeding

Ritual (22 July,

Throughout

Kerala, India).

Beirut Colours

Festival (25 July,

Beirut, Lebanon).

Manila Foods

and Beverages

Expo (22

July, Manila,

Philippines).

Dubai Summer Surprises

Where: Dubai, UAE

When: 9 July – 20 August

What: The much-awaited annual

extravaganza – the Dubai

Summer Surprises – is back in

its 19th edition with exciting

activities for the entire family.

This is when you can make the

most of exclusive shopping

deals, thrilling competitions, and

unlimited entertainment activities

across Modhesh World and

various other malls in Dubai.

Oman Air flies 70 times a

week between Muscat/Dubai

(49 Oman Air) (21 code share

flights with Emirates)

11


Diary

Tour de France

Where: Throughout France, including Paris

When: 2 July – 24 July

What: Now in its 103rd year, the Tour de

France will begin at the historic landmark of

the Mont-Saint-Michel Island, on France’s

western coastline, before heading off

to complete 20 stages, and a total race

distance of 3 519 kilometres. As is custom,

the Tour then ends with a final ceremonial

stage around the Champs-Élysées

Boulevard in Paris. Britain’s Chris Froome

of Team Sky (and of Tour of Oman-winning

fame) will be back to defend his title this

year, after winning the race in 2015 (he also

won the race in 2013).

Oman Air flies 6 times a week between

Muscat/Paris

British Formula 1 Grand Prix

Where: Silverstone, England

When: 8 July – 10 July

What: ‘F1 drivers call the British Grand Prix

at the iconic Silverstone circuit ‘insanely fast’.

We simply call it one of the world’s greatest

sporting events. Throw in a great weekend-long

party and the race is on!’ Well that’s the news

from this month’s British Formula 1 Grand Prix

hosts at the famous Silverstone Circuit, just

north of London. It’s going to be fast and fun!

Oman Air flies 14 times a week between

Muscat/London

Sport around the world

IRONMAN European Championship

(3 July, Frankfurt, Germany).

European Athletics Championships

(6 July – 10 July, Amsterdam, Netherlands).

UEFA Euro 2016 Final

(10 July, Stade de France, Paris, France).

Kirkpinar Traditional Turkish Wrestling

(18 July – 24 July, Edirne, Turkey).

Ride London Cycle Tour

(30 July – 31 July, London England).

Extreme Sailing Series Act 4

Where: Hamburg, Germany

When: 28 July – 31 July

What: With a compact race course of only 600

metres long by 300 metres wide on the River

Elbe, in Hamburg’s HafenCity area – combined

with strong tides, shifty winds and passing boat

traffic, this month’s Extreme Sailing Series action

should be very intense. Last year Hamburg

presented the sailors with rolling thunderstorms,

crashes, and even a capsized boat – so who

knows what will happen this time around!

Oman Air flies 7 times a week between

Muscat/Frankfurt and 7 times a week

between Muscat/Munich

13


Must See Oman

Ras al Jinz Turtle Reserve

Latitude: 22° 25’ 18” N

Longitude: 59° 50’ 7” E

Located just south of Oman’s coastal town of Sur, on the eastern tip of the Arabian Peninsula, Ras Al Jinz Turtle

Reserve is home to one of the largest nesting areas in the Indian Ocean for the endangered Green Turtle.

1. According to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), green turtles

are one of the biggest of all of the sea turtles (and also the

only herbivore among the different species).

2. Green Turtles are found mainly in tropical and subtropical

waters, and tend to migrate long distances between

feeding grounds and the beaches from where they lay their

eggs.

3. A perfect example of this is of course Oman’s Ras Al Jinz

beach, where scientists say that around 20 000 to 30 000

female turtles come each year to lay their eggs. (Peak

season is from July to October).

4. The beach, in fact, forms part of the greater Ras Al Jinz

Turtle Reserve, which was established by Royal Decree in

1996, to better protect the natural environment of these

visiting turtles. It now stretches over an area of 120 km 2 ,

and includes 45 kilometres of coastline.

5. At the time of laying their eggs, the female turtles drag

themselves out up the beach during the night and, using

the tips of their fins, will dig a hole in the sand in which to

lay and bury their eggs.

6. When these eggs hatch around 50 to 70 days later, the

turtle hatchlings begin the most dangerous journey of their

lives, as they flap and crawl their way along the sand, back

to the relative safety of the sea – all the while at risk of

being eaten by natural predators like seagulls, crabs and

land-based mammals like foxes.

7. Visitors should keep in mind that by law, they are only

allowed to get up close to the turtles when accompanied

by a registered guide.

8. Oman in fact has five of the world’s seven species of sea

turtles – including Green, Loggerhead, Hawksbill, Olive

Ridley, and Leatherback Turtles.

9. Classified as endangered, green turtles are threatened

by overharvesting of their eggs, hunting of adults, being

caught in fishing gear, and by loss of their nesting beach

sites.

10. Visitors to the area can book themselves into the Ras

Al Jinz Turtle Reserve eco-resort – which has standard

‘Carapace’ rooms available for guests, as well as a set

of luxury eco-tents. A buffet breakfast, turtle viewing

(evening and dawn), and entry to the Turtle Reserve

Visitor Centre are typically included in the stay.

Getting to Ras Al Jinz

Ras Al Jinz and Ras Al Hadd can easily be accessed by

road from Muscat – by driving first along the Muscat to

Sur coastal highway; through the coastal town of Sur

itself; and then along the (signposted) road that links Sur

to Ras Al Jinz and Ras Al Hadd. To find out more about

the Ras Al Jinz Turtle Reserve, go to

www.rasaljinz-turtlereserve.com

15


Check Out

Manila is a city filled with energy, industriousness, humanity and culture

The Pearl of the Orient: Manila

‘The Pearl of the Orient’, as the Philippines city of Manila has been lovingly referred to in the past,

is now a true South East Asian mega-city, filled with energy and industriousness, and bursting with

humanity and culture. Thankfully, for the visitor, there are still countless ‘pearls’ to be discovered in

Manila – like the following travel experiences – as you make your way around the city.

Explore Intramuros: One of the city’s top tourism destinations,

the Spanish walled city of Intramuros is where you can step back

in time to the 1500s and get glimpse of the country’s colonial past

that lasted 333 years. You can also enjoy a ride in a traditional

Kalesa horse-drawn cart around the city’s walls.

Visit the Cultural Centre of the Philippines: This is the home

of performing artists and orchestras including the Philippine

Philharmonic Orchestra and the Bayanihan Philippine Folk Dance

Company – and where you can get a dose of the best of Manila art

and culture.

16

Escape to Ayala Museum: This small, but well maintained

museum has unique collections of archaeological artifacts and

trade ceramics from Manila’s past, as well as a collection of fourcenturies-old

gold jewellery items. It’s also a nice place to escape

the hustle and bustle of the city.

‘If you’re keen for a crowded, but

fun ride through the streets of

Manila, a jeepney is the answer’


Check Out

Travel Token: Miniature Jeepney Taxi

Jeepneys were originally made from US military jeeps

left over from World War 2, and are now the most

popular means of public transportation around Manila

and the rest of the Philippines. They are known for

their crowded seating as well as their fantastically

colourful paint designs, and have become an icon of

Philippine city culture. For visitors to the Philippines, a

miniature jeepney makes for a perfect travel souvenir

to take back home. But don’t miss out on a ride in a

real one either!

17


Check Out

Shop at the Mall of Asia: Claimed to be the world’s third largest

mall by the Philippine Tourism Board, the Mall of Asia is a massive

shopping space (almost half a million square-metres) with more

than 600 retail outlets. It also has an IMAX Theatre, bowling

centre, plenty of restaurants, and much more to see and do.

Philippine’s National Museum: The magnificent building of the

Philippine’s National Museum houses some of the most valued

artifacts that represent the cultural heritage of the Filipinos. One

of the most significant exhibits, are the collection 3 000-year-old

Neolithic Manunggul burial jars that were found at the island

province of Palawan, and which signify the belief in life after death

by the Filipino people living at the time. (On Sundays, entrance to

the museum is free).

Kultura Filipino: This centrally-based outlet sells locally-made

handicrafts, delicacies, and traditional Filipino clothing. It’s the

perfect place to get your cultural fix – and some interesting crafts

items to take home with you.

Greenhills Shopping Centre: The Greenhills Shopping Centre

in San Juan City is the place to go bargain hunting for electronic

goods, men’s and women’s fashion accessories, jewellery, and

lifestyle and homeware products. Make sure your bargaining skills

are sharp!

Street Food: Some of the best culinary experiences in any city

are found at its street food markets and vendors and Manila is

no different. There are both wonderful, and somewhat weird and

‘Manila’s 8 000 square-metre oceanarium features

a spectacular 25 metre underwater acrylic tunnel,

where you can literally take a walk below the seas’

unusual dishes available, so it’s best to go with a local so you

know exactly what you’re eating!

Ride in a Jeepney: Manila’s brightly coloured Jeepneys were

originally made from US military jeeps left over from World War

2, and are now the most popular means of public transportation

around Manila and the rest of the Philippines. If you’re keen for a

crowded, but fun ride through the streets of Manila, a jeepney is

the answer.

Visit Chinatown: Manila has one of the largest Chinatowns in

the world, where one can find exotic Chinese goods and some

delicious street food-style dishes.

Explore Manila Ocean Park: Manila’s 8 000 square-metre

oceanarium features a spectacular 25 metre underwater acrylic

tunnel, where you can literally take a walk below the seas. There’s

also a ‘Sharks and Rays Encounter’, ‘Mermaid Swim Experience’,

‘Trails to Antarctica’, and ‘Jellies Exhibit’, which will keep you and

your family enthralled for hours.

The Phillipine Halal Tourism Project: Welcoming the

Halal Tourism Project

The Philippines is accelerating its plans to position itself as one of

the world’s preferred destinations for Muslim tourists – especially

from the neighbouring ASEAN region and the Middle East. The

Philippine Halal Tourism Project of the Department of Tourism and

the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos aims to welcome

the Halal conscious traveller to destinations all over the country.

The project follows a 100 day timetable for kitchens of 50 hotels,

resorts, restaurants, and other tourism-related establishments to

be Halal-certified in a growing list of popular tourism destinations

like Manila, Cebu, Boracay, and Davao.

A traditional Kalesa horse-drawn cart at Intramuros

19


Check Out

Manila has one of the largest Chinatowns in the world

To find out more about experiencing the best

of what Manila and the Philippines has to

offer, visit the official Philippines tourism site

www.itsmorefuninthephilippines.com

Manila: City Facts

Oman Air flies 7 times a week between Muscat/Manila

Visa Requirements: The Philippines grants visa-free entry to passport

holders of certain countries, while requiring a visa from others. You can

confirm if your passport will require a visa for entry to the Philippines by

visiting www.philippine-embassy.org.sg.

Languages: Filipino (Tagalog) and English are the two official languages

of the Philippines.

Currency: The Philippine Peso (PHP) is divided into 100 sentimo. Bank

notes come in denominations of 20, 50, 100, 500, and 1000 Peso.

1 Philippine Peso (PHP) = 0.0083 Omani Rial (OMR)

1 Philippine Peso (PHP) = 0.022 United States Dollar (USD)

(June 2016)

20


Check In

The festival celebrates the best of Oman’s heritage and culture

The best of the

Salalah Tourism Festival

The ever popular Salalah Tourism Festival kicks off this month in Oman’s picturesque southern region of

Dhofar, and runs until late August. It’s a festival of culture, art, shopping, and sport – and a meeting place for

visitors and families from all over the Gulf and the Middle East. Here’s some highlights to experience this year.

Spectacular weather: The Salalah Tourism Festival

might be a wonderful celebration of Omani culture and

heritage, but the heart of it all is a celebration of the

spectacular weather of the ‘Khareef’ monsoon season, which

takes place from around June to September each year. This

is when the entire region experiences drastically cooler

temperatures, constant mist and light rain, and when the

foliage, streams and waterfalls in the area seem to magically

come alive.

Delicious Omani and Dhofar cuisine: If there’s one

item on the agenda that you can be forgiven for focusing all

your attention on, it’s the serving of authentic Omani cuisine

and delicacies throughout the length of the festival. You can

treat yourself and your family to traditional Omani dishes –

both savoury and sweet – that also feature flavour influences

from the Dhofar region.

A culture trip: A highlight of many of the festival days are

the traditional Omani and Dhofari dance performances which

are literally filled with colour (as the performers are often

adorned in colourful Omani dress) and which are a reflection of the rich

cultural heritage of Omani people. And, the same goes for the music,

poetry, and song performances on the go every day. Last year, there

was also the Al Bara dance contest for children, which was put on by the

Zubair Corporation in support of Omani traditional heritage and arts.

Exquisite craftsmanship: The festival is also the best time to

meet the men and women that create some of the highly treasured

craft items in the Sultanate. There are basket weavers, potters,

woodworkers, weavers, silversmiths, coppersmiths, boat builders, and

many more master crafters, and it’s fascinating seeing how each of

them brings their products to life from raw materials. Of course, you

get the chance to buy what they’re making as well.

Festive fireworks: Dazzling displays of fireworks are regularly

scheduled on nights throughout the duration of the festival. After a long

day of festival experiences, it’s pleasure to just sit back and enjoy the

show.

‘The ‘Khareef’ monsoon season is at the

heart of the Salalah Tourism Festival’

22


Check In

A highlight of the festival are the many colourful music and dance performances

Traditional ways of life on display

The festival is a meeting place for visitors and

families from all over the Gulf and the Middle East

Shopping: It’s probably impossible to walk away from the

Salalah Tourism Festival empty handed! In previous years, the

organisers have stated that the festival is the biggest and best

opportunity for the entire year in Salalah for buying things. It’s

hard not to agree. This includes men’s and women’s fashion items,

home products, traditional crafts, Omani delicacies and sweets,

jewellery, fragrances, livestock and agriculture products, and lots,

lots more.

Sport in Salalah?: Beach championship? Equestrian races?

Shooting contests? Traditional wooden ‘Huri’ canoe races? Salalah

Tourism Festival Soccer Cup? It all took place at last year’s Salalah

Tourism Festival, and there’ll be similar things on the go this year.

Dhofar adventures: Admittedly, the Salalah Tourism Festival

is not the only thing worth seeing in the region at the moment. A

‘Dhofar list of things to see and do’ could include these:

• Explore Wadi Darbat: The highlight of this wadi is the

series of waterfalls, which come alive during the Khareef season.

• Visit Shatti Al Mughsayl and Al Marneef Cave: The

long, sandy stretch of Al Mughsayl beach, and the popular Al

Marneef blowholes and Al Marneef Cave are easily accessible by

car, and well worth spending time at.

• Drive to Mirbat: About an hour’s drive east of Salalah is the

picturesque seaside town of Mirbat.

‘The festival is the best time to meet the craftsmen and

women who create the Sultanate’s highly treasured

craft items’

There is much to explore around Salalah – like Wadi Darbat More traditional dance

25


Check In

• Shop at Salalah’s Souq: Salalah’s Al Hafah Souq is where

you can bargain for and buy anything from traditional textiles, to

silver and gold jewellery, to various Omani craft items, and enjoy

a cup of Omani ‘Kahwa’ coffee served with dates.

• Buy frankincense: Since ancient times, Dhofar’s

‘Boswellia’ trees have been known to produce some of the

finest Frankincense in the world. Don’t go home without a

bag or two!

During the ‘Khareef’, Dhofar’s foliage, streams and waterfalls seem to magically come alive

27


Landmark Travels

Römerberg: Frankfurt’s ‘Old

Town’ historical highlight

Keen for an historic journey through Frankfurt and its fascinating

‘Altstad’ Old Town district? Don’t miss the charming collection of

traditional wooden buildings at Römerberg.

Frankfurt’s Römerberg is a collection of ornately decorated wooden

buildings that formed the historic heart of Frankfurt’s ‘Altstad’ Old

Town district during medieval times.

The collection is made up of the iconic Römerberg City Hall, as well

as the Römer buildings, and what makes them especially significant

is that they were all almost completely destroyed during a night

of bombing raids in World War 2 in 1944, before being faithfully

restored to their exact original state (reportedly from their original

plans!) a few decades later in 1986.

Every building that forms part of the Römerberg collection has

its own name, which recalls each one’s proud history according

to the City of Frankfurt tourism guide. There’s the ‘Great Angel’,

where Frankfurt’s first bank was established in the 17th century;

the ‘Golden Griffon’, as well as the ‘Wild Man’, ‘Small Badger Hill’,

‘Great and Small Lauberberg’, and the ‘Black Star’.

These days, the Römerberg remains Frankfurt’s top historical

attraction – not only because their wooden architectural features

and ornate painted designs are charmingly beautiful, and literally

look like something out of a children’s fairytale story – but also

‘After they were almost completely destroyed during

a night of bombing raids in World War 2, the buildings

were restored to their exact original state (reportedly

from their original plans!) in 1986’

28


Landmark Travels

because they show you how fascinating and attractive Frankfurt must have been

during medieval times.

In fact, as you get up close and personal with each building and make your way

around the cobbled streets of Römerberg’s central square, it’s easy to feel as though

you have travelled back in time a few hundred years to the real medieval Frankfurt.

Surrounding the Römerberg are restaurants and cafes, art galleries, landmarks like

the iconic bronze ‘Fountain of Justice’ from 1543, souvenir shops, museums, and a

bunch of other attractions. This all makes it an excellent place from which to explore

Frankfurt’s Old Town for the morning or the day.

Also, at certain times of the year, various food markets become part of the

attractions around Römerberg. One of these is Frankfurt’s much-loved Christmas

Market (from mid-November to mid-December each year), which has a history

that goes as far back as the mid-1300s. It’s the perfect place to sample local sweet

delicacies and traditional Frankfurt cuisine, and the elaborate stand decorations and

celebratory atmosphere are guaranteed to put you in a good mood for the festive

season.

Of course, after the Römerberg, the famous River Main is a literally just a few metres

away – where you can take a scenic river cruise to get a view of the Frankfurt city

skyline – arguably the most spectacular city skyline in Germany.

To find out more about Römerberg, and

other Frankfurt attractions, visit www.

frankfurt-tourismus.de.

The Römerberg: Frankfurt on Foot

Most experienced travellers will

agree that the best way to experience

Römerberg is on foot, by walking,

as part of well-established tours like

the Frankfurt City Walk, where you

have the chance to explore Frankfurt

during the course of a two-hour guided

walk to visit the city’s most interesting

locations (including the Römerberg),

as well as the city’s famous banking

district and more. The City Walk also

takes you to the 200 metre-high Main

Tower, which offers panoramic views

of the city from its rooftop observation

platform.

30


Oman Adventure

Swimmer to sailor: Team Oman

Air’s Nasser Al Mashari

From the time he swam his first length in the local swimming pool to the moment he picked up his first

sailing world championship, Nasser Al Mashari has discovered water, whether he is in it – or on it – to be

a treasure chest of opportunity.

One of Oman Sail’s leading athletes with an unquenchable appetite

for success is the 32 year-old Nasser Al Mashari. He is currently

campaigning on the Oman Air GC32-design boat, in order to

add another crown, the 2016 Extreme Sailing Series title, to his

burgeoning collection.

But charging around an aquatic race track in China or Russia or

Australia, wrestling with sails and ropes at the front of Oman Sail’s

high performance ‘flying’ catamaran Oman Air before a crowd

of thousands, is a far cry from his formative years competing for

Oman as a youth swimmer. Growing up by the water as part of

a small fishing village community, he was six years of age when

the pool first beckoned but it proved a strong and instant bond

and within a year, he was signed up with the local swimming

club where he attracted the attention of the Oman Swimming

Association. An athletic physique combined with a model approach

and technique convinced them of his potential and he rose quickly

through the ranks to represent Oman in swimming competitions

around the Gulf and beyond, most notably at the World Youth

Games in Moscow in 1998.

Inevitably, his talents started to earn him a living as an instructor

and lifeguard and it was while he was based at the Al Bustan

Palace Hotel, where they had a fleet of sailing dinghies, that a new

opportunity arose for Al Mashari that was to prove life-changing.

The connection with sailing was immediate and within months, he

took things one step further and began teaching others. It was a

natural step but one that stood him in good stead when Oman Sail

began advertising for sailing instructors in 2009.

Initially, they trained him up to be a qualified international coach but

his strong and muscular physique, honed through swimming training,

also caught the eye of Oman Sail’s selectors looking for a bowman

to make up their Extreme 40 crew in the Extreme Sailing Series that

year. What he lacked in experience and skill, he made up for with a

lion-hearted spirit and total dedication, qualities that earned him the

biggest break of all – a chance to race with some of the best sailors in

the world on the highest profile racing circuit of any.

32

It required him to step up his training, but seated alongside the likes

of Sir Ben Ainslie and Sidney Gavignet was a sure fire way to fast

track his progress and just four years after he stepped aboard a

boat, Al Mashari earned his first international spurs as a member

of The Wave, Muscat, champions of the 2012 Extreme Sailing

Series. There have been two more world championship titles since

then, and now in 2016, Al Mashari and Oman Air continue to

pull out all the stops to strengthen their position as overall series

leaders in pursuit of the Extreme Sailing Series crown.

Follow Team Oman Air’s progress and stay up to date with the

Series by following the #teamomanair hashtag on Facebook,

Twitter and Instagram.

2016 Extreme Sailing Series standings

1st Oman Air (OMA) 23 points

2nd Alinghi (SUI) 21 points

3rd Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT) 21 points

4th Land Rover BAR Academy (GBR) 19 points

5th SAP Extreme Sailing Team (DEN) 15 points

6th Sail Portugal (POR) 13 points

7th One (CHN) 13 points

8th Team Turx (TUR) 11 points

2016 Extreme Sailing Series schedule

Act 1: Muscat, Oman, 16-19 March

Act 2: Qingdao, China, 29 April-2 May

Act 3: Cardiff, UK, 23-26 June

Act 4: Hamburg, Germany, 28-31 July

Act 5: St Petersburg, Russia, 1-4 September

Act 6: Istanbul, Turkey, 22-25 September

Act 7: Lisbon, Portugal, 6-9 October

Act 8: Australia, 8-11 December


Path to Success

Drifting to success in Oman

It’s been said that drifting is the fastest growing form of motorsport in the world. It combines the

most exciting elements from multiple motorsport disciplines into one heart-stopping, and very

crowd-friendly show. The good news is that drifting is alive and well in Oman.

If you didn’t already know, drifting is a competitive motorsport

where drivers intentionally oversteer their cars around a predetermined

route, causing loss of traction in the tyres, while

still attempting to maintain control through all the corners of the

course.

Their cars are specially modified, and there’s always guaranteed

to be an excess of smoking tyres, screaming engines, and

showmanship from the drivers at a drifting event – and plenty

of thrills and spills in between. Drivers must display exceptional

handling skills at high speed – all the while pushing their engines

and cars to the limit.

Performances are judged according to the speed, angle,

showmanship and line taken through a corner or set of corners,

and drivers are also awarded points for the amount of smoke

produced from their tyres, how close they drift to the wall or

designated ‘clipping point’, and also the entire crowd’s reaction.

In Oman, enthusiasm for drifting is growing at a rapid rate, and

there are more and more events and competitions being arranged

through organisations like the Oman Drift Arena and the Oman

Automobile Association.

The annual Red Bull Car Park Drift is now also well-established in

the Sultanate, and will once again be taking place later this year

as a qualifier for the prestigious Middle East ‘King of Drift’ finals.

In fact for the very first time, the local qualifying event will be held

in Oman (on the 28th October) – as well as the main regional final

(taking place on the 9th December), which is usually hosted in

Dubai. The event is the perfect opportunity for motorsport lovers

and drift fans to enjoy a ‘hands-on experience’ of drifting, as the

organisers explain.

34


Path to Success

There was also the hugely popular ‘AutoX Challenge RD1’ drift

event, which formed part of last month’s Ramadan Motorsports

Festival 2016 at the Oman Automobile Association, and several

more drift competitions are planned for the rest of the year.

One of the stars of drifting in the Sultanate has been Oman’s Ali Al

Balushi, who has won the Red Bull Car Park Drift for three years in

a row since 2013, and will no doubt be back in action – and a very

firm favourite – at the event later this year.

Another star is Said Badwawi, who is part of the Oman drifting

team called the ‘Oman Mustangers’ (a name which comes from

the Mustang car they use to compete in), and who achieved fourth

position overall at the celebrated Qatar Drifting Championship in

Doha, in April this year.

Badwawi was up against some top-notch competition throughout

the event, but managed to edge out most of them for his fourth

place – and to prove that not only is the sport of drifting very alive

and well in the Sultanate, but that there are some very talented

drivers drifting their way around Oman’s race tracks.

35

Drifting: Oman Automobile Association

To find out more about competitive drifting in Oman,

visit the Oman Automobile Association site www.

omanauto.org or go to www.facebook.com/

omandriftarena

Red Bull Car Park Drift

On the 28th October this year, Muscat will play host to

the 2016 edition of the now-famous Red Bull Car Park

Drift local qualifiers. Then, on the 9th December, Muscat

will also host the main regional final, which will feature

drivers from all over the Middle East, competing for

the prestigious title. In 2015, the crowd turn-out was

huge, so this year should be bigger and better, and we’ll

certainly see drivers pushing things to the absolute limit.

To find out more visit www.redbull.com/cpd


Family Traveller

Minneriya National Park:

Sri Lanka’s wildlife wonder

If you and your family are lucky enough to find yourself travelling to Sri Lanka in the

next few months, take them to explore the famous Minneriya National Park – where

they can see large numbers of native wild elephants, and a whole lot more.

For a relatively small island,

Sri Lanka has a lot to offer the

traveller. From beach holidays,

to land and sea-based adventure

sports, pilgrimage sites, ecotourism

experiences, luxury hotels

and resorts, historic tours, spa and

wellness centres, whale watching,

exotic culinary delights, and of

course the thriving metropolis

of Colombo itself – Sri Lanka

seems like is a world of wonderful

experiences, jam-packed into one

small island.

But one of Sri Lanka’s greatest

attractions remains its wildlife, and

especially its native Sri Lankan

Elephants, which are one of the

three recognised subspecies

36


Family Traveller

of Asian Elephant, and which can be seen in abundance at the

Minneriya National Park.

Located more-or-less in the centre of the island between Habarana

and Pollonnaruwa, Minneriya is a haven for these elephants, who

end up migrating from the surrounding jungles to enjoy the lush

grass fields on the banks of the Minneriya reservoir, during the dry

season from December to March.

This is when huge numbers of elephants can be seen, ranging from

dozens of members per herd – up to an astounding 700 in number.

It’s a truly thrilling sight and as mentioned, if you’re lucky enough

to find yourself travelling to Sri Lanka in the next few months, take

your family to Minneriya – they will love you for it!

The traditional way of viewing the elephants, along with the rest of

the park’s wildlife, is from the back of a safari-style jeep, with one

of the park’s guides as your driver and tour guide for the day.

Endemic monkeys as well as many resident and migratory bird

species can also be spotted at Minneriya, and also endemic

reptiles like the Painted-lip Lizard, Saltwater Crocodile, Indian

Python and Water Monitor. In fact, despite its relatively small size,

Sri Lanka is included among the top five biodiversity hotspots in

the world, according to the Sri Lanka Tourism association.

Of the ninety-one species of mammals found on the island, the

elephants are a highlight – but there’s also Sloth Bears, Leopards,

Wild Buffaloes, and some rarer species like the Red Slender Loris

(the tiny, nocturnal primate, which your children are guaranteed to

fall in love with when they see one) and the rather crazy-looking

Purple-faced Leaf Monkey, which all get lots of attention from ecoaware

travellers.

For travelling families, Sri Lanka can literally be world full of

wonderful experiences. If you’re coming to visit, do not miss out

on the island’s natural wildlife – and especially not the Sri Lankan

Elephants!

Sri Lanka Elephants: Conservation

Sri Lanka’s Department of Wildlife Conservation has several

elephant conservation initiatives on the go at the moment.

Besides the haven of Minneriya National Park, two other

initiatives include the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage in Kegalle

(where injured elephants are treated, and orphaned baby

elephants cared for), and the Udawalawe Elephant Transit

Centre in Udawalawe National Park (where there is an elephant

rehabilitation centre, and where orphaned elephant calves are

kept until they can be released safely back into the wild).

Sri Lanka’s wilderness and wildlife:

Go to Sri Lanka’s official tourism site

www.srilanka.travel to find out more about visiting

Minneriya National Park, and other wildlife and

wilderness experiences on the islands.

39


Oman View

Ziyad Al Dughaishi

Ziyad is a young Omani photographer who picked up the hobby of capturing still moments of life in

2014 when he bought his first professional camera. Since then, his camera wouldn’t leave his side.

Wherever he travels, he finds pleasure in photographing nature, people’s lifestyles, and the rare

moments that life grants from time to time. Ziyad’s work features not only beauty but creativity in

concept too, as his technique takes a line in photography unmatched by others. His talent won him

accolades at the UAE International Photography competition in 2015 and lately, he won the second

prize in the 45th National Day photography contest organised by the Photographic Society of

Oman. For more information about Ziyad and his work, check out his page on instagram:

www.instagram.com/black_code77

40


Travel Guide

Savvy Traveller

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 enclaves – 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.

For the traveller, the Sultanate of Oman has a large

variety of 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 Festival.

There are currently four UNESCO World

Heritage Sites in the Sultanate of Oman

• Aflaj Irrigation Systems • Frankincense Trail

• Archaeological Sites of Bat • Bahla Fort

Sultanate of Oman: Fact Sheet

Area

: 309 500 km2

Population (2016) : 4 419 003

(2 006 734 expatriates)

Language : Arabic (official)

English (widely spoken)

Capital

: Muscat

Local Time : GMT +4

Currency : Omani Rial, which equates to

US$ 2.58

42


Travel Guide

Currency

The local currency is the

Omani Rial (referred to as RO

or OR or OMR). It is further

divided into 1000 Baizas.

Currency denominations are

available in 50, 20, 10, 5 and

1 Rial and 500 and 100 Baiza

notes. Coins are available in

50, 25, 10 and 5 Baizas.

43


Welcome Aboard

Experience Oman Air’s

Award Winning Services

Welcome aboard! Oman Air is committed to providing you with a safe, reliable and

seamless flying experience – enhanced by warm and friendly customer service.

Book and

Check-In

Online

Oman Air offers

an interactive

online booking

check-In facility for

convenient, stressfree

airport checkins.

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.

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 Check-In

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.

44


Welcome Aboard

In-flight Connectivity

Whichever cabin you are

travelling in, you can send SMS

or make calls to your friends,

family or colleagues with our

OnAir mobile services. Log-on

and check emails, surf the

web and update your social

media with Oman Air’s WY-Fi

internet services. And our

great-value, flexible pricing

means that you can choose the

level of connectivity you want,

whenever you fly on our Airbus

A330 Fully Connected flights.

Chauffeur Services

Oman Air offers premium travellers a host of distinctive

services that will enhance their travel experience.

First and Business Class passengers can now take

advantage of our complimentary Chauffeur Drive

airport transfer service at select destinations across our

network. With an attentive service that comes with a

personal chauffeur, luxury vehicles and speedy door-todoor

transfers, you can now travel in comfort and style

with Oman Air.

In-flight Entertainment

Sit back and enjoy your journey in comfort, with a great

range of the latest Arabic and international movies,

up-to-the-minute TV shows, including satellite TV news,

as well as music and games – all at your fingertips, and

all on demand.

Oman Air Lounges

If you want to experience the privilages of Oman Air’s famous standards

of superior comfort and indulge yourself in a relaxing experince before you

travel, enjoy a heartly meal, or simply unwind, our lounges ensure a relaxing

start to your journey that reflects the outstanding Omani hospitality you will

enjoy aboard our aircraft, all whilst preserving key elements of our deeprooted

culture and heritage. Relax in our First and Business Class Lounges’

elegant environment and enjoy the very best in hospitality and service as you

prepare for your flight.

Our Bangkok lounge is designed for customers travelling in First or Business

Class, and for those holding Gold and Silver Sindbad cards, and can be

used and enjoyed at a minor cost. The Majan Lounge is open to Premium

customers travelling on airlines operating from Muscat International Airport

and for Oman Air passengers holding Gold and Silver Sindbad membership

who are travelling in Economy Class, and can be used and enjoyed at a minor

cost. Each lounge also has an experienced and professional team of customer

service staff on hand to look after you before you board your flight.

45


New ground handling partnership scheduled

for Omani airports

Oman Air and Menzies Aviation recently took a major step toward

forming a joint venture partnership to provide ground handling services at

all airports across Oman.

The two companies signed a Memorandum of Understanding

confirming their intention to work together, and they will now enter

a period of due diligence and focus on regulatory requirements, with

the aim of forming the joint venture within the last quarter of 2016.

The move is the latest step by Oman Air towards reconfiguring its

handling businesses, and Oman Air has expressed its pleasure to

have signed the Memorandum of Understanding.

Menzies Aviation is considered a highly professional, global company

with a proven track record, and the partnership will enable Oman Air

to access new technology, improve training, and achieve the highest

standards with regard to ground handling operations.

Oman Air News

Oman Air boosts Salalah flights

for Khareef season

Oman Air, the national carrier of the Sultanate of Oman, is to operate more flights than ever before to

the southern city of Salalah during this summer’s Khareef season. The airline has increased frequencies

to Salalah in previous years, but will this year offer an unprecedented number of seats to the increasingly

popular destination, in response to rising demand.

Eleven flights a day will be operated between Salalah and Muscat,

with a capacity increase of 15 000 seats compared to the previous

year. In addition, the deployment of Boeing 737, Boeing 787 and

Airbus 330 aircraft on the Salalah/Muscat/Salalah sectors will

increase the availability of seats on the route.

The Dubai/Salalah route will witness the operation of one daily

flight in the months of July and August. Furthermore, from 1st

September Oman Air will deploy Boeing 737s on the Salalah to

Dubai route, replacing smaller Embraer 175 regional jets which

are currently in use. This will enable increased numbers of

customers from the UAE to enjoy both Oman Air’s outstanding

passenger experience and the warm hospitality offered to visitors

in Salalah. From January to December 2015, a record 52 274

47

seats were offered by Oman Air on flights between Salalah and

Dubai. In 2016, Oman Air will increase that number to 74 176

seats, which will be a capacity increase of 42%.

The increased frequencies will be supported by a range of

attractive special offers for customers travelling to Salalah from

points throughout Oman Air’s growing international network.

Previous offers on flights to Salalah have included ‘Two fly for

the price of one’ tickets, short-term sales on Business Class and

Economy Class fares, and a range of Economy Class promotional

fares.

The Khareef season runs from June to September and sees

monsoon mists and rains sweep across the southern tip of the

Arabian Peninsula. The cool, damp weather attracts thousands

of visitors every year, especially from more northern parts of

the Gulf region, where summer temperatures can rise to over 50

degrees Celsius.

Salalah, the principal city of Oman’s most southerly Governorate,

Dhofar, has experienced major year-on-year growth in visitor

numbers in recent times. Increasing numbers of travellers from

the Gulf, the Far East and Europe are visiting the city and its

surrounding region, which offers a unique and ancient culture,

dramatic mountain backdrops and unspoiled tropical beaches.

As the national airline of the Sultanate of Oman, Oman Air has

repeatedly expressed its long-term commitment to supporting

the economic development of Salalah and the Dhofar region.

This includes the continuing expansion of its tourism sector. In

addition to offering year-on-year increases in flight frequencies,

Oman Air is a major sponsor of the Salalah Tourism Festival and

has also worked in close partnership with OAMC (Oman Airports

Management Company) to modernise and expand the city’s

airport.


Easy booking with Oman Air Holidays

Oman Air Holidays has launched the first fully online holidays booking engine in Oman.

The holidays’ division of the national carrier of the Sultanate of Oman has unveiled a

dynamic new website and booking system at www.omanairholidays.com.

The booking service offers a range of holiday products, such as

package holidays – including flights, hotels, transfer, tours and

activities – and dynamic packages, which customers can build to suit

their needs.

The system also offers a wide range of individual travel products,

such as flights and hotels, short holiday packages, and car rental.

Customers can then choose the products and services that best suit

their needs and budget.

Oman Air News

In addition to the flexibility and convenience it offers,

omanairholidays.com currently features a wide range of special

offers. Customers bound for Oman can choose from great value

packages which include accommodation at the InterContinental

Muscat, the Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort and Spa, or the Al

Bustan Palace Hotel, or they can head inland for the Salalah Special

and the Desert and Wadi Adventure.

Special rates are available for Honeymoon Holidays, Golfing in

Oman, and Oman by Design. Meanwhile the Muscat Sea and Land

Tour, Salalah Special and Summer in Oman packages offer the

opportunity to explore the country in more depth. Further afield,

Dubai Specials, Sindbad Members Exclusive Offer Zanzibar and

Umrah packages each offer outstanding value.

Omanairholidays.com has been launched following last year’s

agreement between Oman Air and Rezgateway to develop a

complete holiday reservation system. In addition to delivering

expanded choice and convenience for customers, the system enables

Oman Air to source products and services seamlessly from any

provider in the world, via XML/web services. In addition, it allows the

airline to distribute Omani products worldwide at the click of a button.

A330s introduced on Oman Air’s Doha route

Oman Air recently introduced its award-winning Airbus A330-200 aircraft to the hugely popular Muscat to Doha

service. As from the 1st June last month, the A330s began operating every Sunday (WY670), Monday (WY670)

and Tuesday (WY664) as part of the airline’s schedule of four daily flights to Qatar’s capital city.

Oman Air’s upgrade of the selected flights

from narrow-body aircraft to the spacious

and luxurious A330s has been undertaken

in response to increasing demand for

flights between Muscat and Doha. The

larger jets offer 20 business class seats

and 196 economy class seats, enabling

many more customers to fly between the

two cities and access Oman Air’s rapidly

expanding global network.

When Oman Air first launched its Muscat-

Doha service in 1996, it offered three

flights per week. Frequencies subsequently

increased to seven flights per week and

then 21 flights per week by the first quarter

of 2015. The airline now offers 28 flights

per week and in 2015, Oman Air carried

134 832 passengers on the route – which

was an increase of 41% on the previous

year.

To date, Oman Air’s A330 fleet has

been deployed primarily on long haul

routes. However, the aircraft’s flexibility,

capacity and comfort also make it ideal for high-demand, short

haul operations. It provides an outstanding environment in

which customers can enjoy Oman Air’s authentic hospitality and

welcoming on-board service. The deployment of A330s on Oman

Air’s Muscat-Doha service forms part of the airline’s current

49

ambitious fleet and network expansion plan. In addition to increasing

the size of its fleet to 70 aircraft by 2020, Oman Air is unveiling

a range of exciting new destinations, increased frequencies and

expanded capacity on established routes, and improved connections

at its home base of Muscat International Airport.


On Board

In-Flight Entertainment

Welcome to the world of Inflight Entertainment from Oman Air.

Sit back, relax and travel in comfort with a specially curated selection of Western,

Arabic and International movies, television & music - all to be enjoyed at your fingertips.

Movies Hollywood

Barbershop: The Next Cut

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Midnight Special

NEW ON-BOARD

(Dis)Honesty: The Truth About Lies

Poison Pen

Mirrors To Windows: The Artist As Woman

My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2

SILVER SCREEN CLASSICS

Gigi

The Divergent Series: Allegiant

The Jungle Book

50


On Board

Movies Hollywood

How to be Single

The Finest Hours

Movies International

Kung Fu Panda 3

The Intern

BOX OFFICE FAVOURITES

Daddy’s Home

Everest

In the Heart of the Sea

Joy

The Big Short

The Revenant

The Transporter: Re-fueled

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND

Cars

Dark Knight

Frozen

My Big Fat Greek Wedding 1

Rocky

Something’s Gotta Give

The Fugitive

Titanic

Nil Battey Sannata

Kocan Kadar Konuş 2

Swara Bhaskar won

for Best Actress at the

Silk Road International

Film Festival for her

spectacular performance

in this heartwarming

feature that

delivers a powerful

message about chasing

one’s dreams irrespective

of their past.

Ezgi Mola and Murat

Yildirim are back and

bigger than ever in this

hilarious sequel. Efsun

is now with the man

of her dreams, but will

she make it through

the never-ending

family drama to have

a peaceful life with

Sinan?

Pavada

Little Mountain Boy

And many more ... Please see the onscreen guide for your full entertainment lineup

51

HINDI NEW

Chalk N Duster

Prem Ratan Dhan Payo

HINDI CLASSIC

Aankhen

Anamika

Beta

Dil

BENGALI

Asha Jaoar Majhe

Gaariwala

KANNADA

Ram Leela

Uppi 2

MALAYALAM

Ithu Thaanda Police

TURKISH

Bana Masal Anlatma

Dügün Dernek 2

Hayat Öpücügü

GERMAN

Herbert

ITALIAN

Io che amo solo te

TAMIL

Irudhi Suttru

Rajini Murugan

TELUGU

Sardaar Gabbar Singh

Subramanyam for Sale

URDU

Main Kukkoo Aur Woh

Meri Awaz Suno

PERSIAN

Night Shift

Risk of Acid Rain

SINHALA

Lantin Singho

Pravegaya

MARATHI

Mumbai-Pune-Mumbai2

Poshter Girl

FESTIVAL FAVOURITES

Adam

El Clan

FRENCH

Les nouvelles aventures d’Aladin


On Board

TV Western

BUSINESS WORLDWIDE

Shark Tank

COMEDY

Doctor Foster

Life in Pieces

The Grinder

DOCUTAINMENT

Breathe: Yoga Saved My Life

Crazy About Tiffany’s

NOSTALGIA

Fawlty Towers

Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

TRAVEL & BEYOND

Bazaar

Open Skies

Seven Wonders of the Muslim

World

Wildest Middle East

Downton Abbey

Extreme Sailing Series

DISCOVERY CHANNEL

How It’s Made

Naked Speed

Through The Wormhole With

Morgan Freeman

Wondernesia

BRITISH TV

Alan Partridge’s Mid-Morning

Matters

Sherlock

The Graham Norton Show

Top Gear: The Races

DRAMA

Bones

Rosewood

The Last Panthers

LIFESTYLE & SHOWBIZ

Hollywood’s Best Film Directors

Running Wild With Bear Grylls

The Indian Dream Hotel

GLAMOUR

In Louboutin’s Shoes

Passion for Fashion

Rachel Hunter’s Tour of Beauty

Royal Jewellers

SPORT

ICC World T20 2016 - The Highlights

Simply Nigella

11.22.63

MUSIC & ARTS

The Last Lennon Interview

OLYMPIC FEATURES

Gillette World Sport

TV International

The Kapil Sharma

Show

Kapil Sharma is back

with a bang, kick

starting the hilarious

and most awaited

talk show of the year.

Catch all six episodes

featuring Shahrukh

Khan, Aishwarya Rai,

Yo Yo Honey Singh

and more!

Charlie Chaplin

HINDI

Mission Sapne

Yaar mera superstar

GERMAN

Deutschland 83

Murder By The Lake

KANNADA

Bappare Bhojana

Chinnara Chillipilli

Harateya Melaku

Punch Kajjaya

NON-VERBAL

Hardy Collections

URDU

Joru Ka Ghulam

Ooper Gori Ka Makaan

Tonite with HSY

TAGALOG

Must Date the Playboy

BENGALI

Didi no.1

Mirakkel Akkel Challenger

MARATHI

Aamhi Saare Khavayye

Chala Hawa Yeu Dya

TELUGU

Boom Boom

INDONESIAN

D’sign

Kelas International

OK-Jek

Chefs Table Comedy Stars Pillalu Pidugulu

And many more ... Please see the onscreen guide for your full entertainment lineup

52

TAMIL

Ilayaraja Aayiram - Aarambam

Pongal 2016

Koffee With DD

MALAYALAM

Suryotsavam


On Board

Audio Western

Cole Swindell

You Should Be Here

Beyonce

Lemonade

Gandalf

All Is One One Is All

BWB

BWB

Cyndi Lauper

Detour

Kyle Craft

Dolls of Highland

Markus Schulz

Watch the World

Huelgas Ensemble

Firminus Caron Twilight

of the Middle Ages

Various Artists

Green Room

Billy Ocean

Here You Are The Best

of Billy Ocean CD1

Arbor Labor Union

I Hear You

The Ready Set

I Will Be Nothing Without

Your Love

Empire Cast

Empire Season 2

Sam Beam Jesca

Hoop

Love Letter for Fire

Audion

All Is One One Is All

Various Artists

Namaste Healing

Various Artists

On Your Feet

dvsn

SEPT 5TH

Various Artists

Shostakovich The Complete

Symphonies CD7

YoYo Ma The Silk

Road Ensemble

Sing Me Home

Chloe x Halle

Sugar Symphony

Meghan Trainor

Thank You Deluxe

Weather Report

The Legendary Live

Tapes 1978 1981 CD4

Maybird

Turning Into Water

Prince

Ultimate

Audio International

Various Artists

1920 London

Jagjit Singh

ParwaazLive In Singapore CD1

Various Artists

Azhar

D Imman

Wagah

Thaman S

Sarrainodu

Soulvibe

Bersinar

Bird Thongchai

Bird All Time Hits CD1

Various Artists

Cabaret

Harjot

Chann Warga Single

Santhosh Narayanan

Iraivi

Santhosh Narayanan

Manithan

NR Raghunanthan

Mr Mommaga

Various Artists

Rough Guide to a World of

Psychedelia

Various Artists

Zubaan

Louie Gonnie

Songs from the Black Cedar

Hills

ADo

The Best of ADo

Ricky Hsiao

The Mystic World

Top One Project

Top EP

SP Venkatesh

Veera Ranachandi

Radio Western & International

WESTERN

INTERNATIONAL

Oman Unlimited

Malayalam Chart Busters

Fusion

Melodi Garuda

Maestro

Pinoy Power

Cool Jazz

Fatafati Hits

Sham On Board

Dance Club

Golden Oldies

Urban Vibes

Top Hitz

Chennai Parade

Bollywood Masala

Sandalwood Reloaded

The Marathi Hits

Tollywood Tadka

Sufi For The Soul

Mando Blitz

Chill Out

Africana Beatz

And many more ... Please see the onscreen guide for your full entertainment lineup

Sinhalese Mix

53


Sindbad Program

Hello and welcome to Sindbad, the frequent flyer program of

Oman Air. Whether you’re travelling on business or going on a

holiday, join Sindbad today and make your journey with Oman

Air even more rewarding.

Earn & Spend Sindbad Miles

Sindbad membership earns you Sindbad miles both in the air and on the

ground. Fly with Oman Air, our partner airlines or transact with any of our

global network Partners and earn Sindbad miles. You can choose to spend your

Sindbad miles for free flights, flight upgrades, exciting raffles, promotions and

more.

Exclusive Privileges & Benefits

Sindbad has three tiers to offer- Blue, Silver and Gold. The more you fly

with Oman Air, the higher your Tier. As a Silver and Gold member, you earn

additional privileges designed exclusively for you.

Sindbad Partners

As a Sindbad member, you have the added benefit of earning extra miles as

well as special offers from our global network of partners which include Hotel,

Leisure and Lifestyle, Car rental, Telecommunication and Retail Partners.

Benefits and Privileges

• Complimentary Airport Lounge Access

• Extra baggage allowance of up to 20 Kg

• Duty Free discounts of up to 10% discount on Oman Air In-flight Duty Free

• Check-in at Priority Counter

• Priority baggage handling

• Double miles on your first flight

• Bonus miles, discounts and special offers from Partners

• Buy, Gift and Share Miles

Pick a destination Let your

Sindbad Miles take you there

Earn miles for flights made up to

3 months prior to your enrolment.

Join today by visiting Sindbad.

omanair.com or ask your hostess

for an enrolment form.

54

More magazines by this user
Similar magazines