In Muscat, Oman is the a city in the oldest Arab state in the Middle East where Arabic is mostly spoken and is open for tourism and business travellers who can enter freely as the visa restrictions where not as strict. The tourism movement here only really started going in 1987.
Muscat International Airport
Formerly called Seeb International Airport is the most expansive airport in Oman and the main hub for enthusiastic travellers, and is around 32 km away from the old city of Muscat. A new terminal which should replace the old one is planned to be finished beginning of 2016 which will handle 12 million travellers per annum and will be home to the national carrier Oman Air.
Public transport is limited in Muscat to a system of mini buses and the so called baisataxis, and it is a custom to share any modes of transportation which makes getting around town much more cheaper. Drivers will negotiate the cost of the fare at the start. It is recommended that you should ask for advice to avoid being overcharged.
Up until 1970, the state of Oman had almost no hotels.
Today Oman has transformed itself into a 5 star destination and in some areas of the state travellers will find themselves limited to just luxury and high-end accommodation which for the budget traveller will not find appealing at all.
However, Muscat is the ideal destination to be for luxury travellers, as shown below ‘The Chedi’ (sheer luxury) is one of those premium hotels with limited access until the traveller is a guest.
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