The inflighT mAgAzine of omAn Air
April 2011 Your CopY To Keep
Khartoum on the Nile
Khartoum on the Nile
Mountain biking the Sultanate
Mountain biking the Sultanate
Look after your heart
Look after your heart
Global gig guide
Global gig guide
Over the last couple of years, Oman Air has unveiled
new services to a range of exciting new destinations. These
Elsewhere, must-see destinations were the focus of Oman
Air’s recent participation in ITB Berlin, one of the
have increased opportunities for travellers from Oman world’s largest travel shows, where we were pleased
to see some of the most attractive and fascinating places to be promoting Muscat and Oman Air’s 40 other
on Earth. They have, of course, also enabled people destinations to both travellers and travel agents from
from around the world to visit Oman and to discover for around the globe.
themselves the unique history, culture and landscapes of
this beautiful country – and to make the most of Oman’s We were also able to showcase our expanding fleet of new
wonderful hospitality. aircraft. Having introduced luxurious Airbus A330
aircraft on our long haul routes, we are just about to
I am delighted to announce that the expansion of our receive the first of our impressive Embraer 175 jets. With
network is to continue this year and we will soon be 11 business class seats and 60 economy class seats, these
operating new services to two destinations that could not outstanding aircraft will operate on the regional routes.
be more different. The Embraer 175s offer a high level of comfort and
perfectly complement the A330s which have helped to
The Russian capital of Moscow is the largest city in ensure that Oman Air is recognised as one of the world’s
Europe and is steeped in history. It is home to a number great luxury airlines.
of World Heritage Sites and, from the ancient fortress of
the Kremlin and the city’s world famous metro system to With such exceptional aircraft, an expanding network
some of the world’s most opulent shopping opportunities, of wonderful destinations and a home base that offers
there is much for visitors to experience. everything the discerning traveller could wish for, Oman
Air is the ideal way to travel to Oman or further afield.
Khartoum is a very different sort of destination. The
bustling capital of Sudan is located where the White Nile Thank you for flying with us and we look forward to
and Blue Nile rivers meet and its blend of African and welcoming you back soon.
Arabic cultures– even the city’s name has Arabic roots
– make this a must-see destination for travellers from the Peter Hill
Gulf and beyond. Chief Executive Officer
Contents Festival focus
Calling all cool cats for the Cairo
Jazz Fest, and dreamers for the
Paris Festival of the Imagination.
Cushty Blue and
The the confluence of thewayWhite Niles, Khartoum is
Tripledisease by making sure you eat daily amounts of
throwing open its arms to industrial and tourism investment. three proven anti-heart attack food types.
Local mountain biking expert Bob Tunbridge chats to Wings about
the thrills and spills of the sport in the Sultunate.
28 Dumb luck
And they said it would never work! Here
are eight seemingly silly business ideas
that have netted their owners millions.
Life in all its forms on the third rock from the sun.
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Fair - May 8
Probably the largest folk
festival in the Rhine-Main region, this festival
comprises a market with stalls as well as parish
fair with fairground attractions. Fun and games
for the whole family! Frankfurt celebrates its
annual spring Dippemess, which dates back to the
14th century, when it was a medieval market for
pottery, especially ceramic bowls and pots (called
“dibbes” in the Frankfurt dialect). Today, the
spring fair is well-known for rides, roller coasters,
and fireworks. With visitor numbers reaching
2.5 million annually, the Dippemess always
features the latest high-tech rides and attractions
for all the family.
Located at the fairground on Ratsweg, take the
U-Bahn Line 7 to Eissporthalle/Festplatz. Tram
number 12 and bus numbers 103, 103N and 38
also stop at Eissporthalle/Festplatz.
Be a part of these fun and education cultural events this month
Untold stories about the land and the people, this
annual festival will leave you with insights into the Arab
world. The only such festival in the Middle East and
North Africa to be organised by an independent theatre
company, performances are mainly in Arabic and
English. The festival was first held in 1994, initiated by
members of Amman’s Al Fawanees theatre company to
provide a venue for artistic exchange among independent
and experimental Arab troupes. It aims to encourage
alternatives to the present environment in which
artists work in the Arab world, as well as increasing
their exposure. Enjoy performances from Egypt, Syria,
Lebanon, Italy, Palestine, Jordan, Sweden, and Turkey,
workshops, movie days, and three workshops on sound
techniques, improvisation and dance.
10 event Horizon
WHEN: April 19-20
WHAT: Middle Eastern art sale
The Christie’s sale of Middle Eastern Modern and
Contemporary art and the auction of dazzling jewels and
watches will be held at the Jumeirah Emirates Towers
Hotel. At Christie’s last sale in October 2010, an untitled
painting by Moudarres, similar in style to the current
work, sold for a record breaking $374 500. In the jewellery
section, a spectacular eight-strand graduated natural
pearl necklace with an antique diamond clasp is expected
to fetch unto $280 000. A delicate three-strand pearl
necklace is estimated at $75 000. www.christies.com
Fly Oman Air to these exciting events this month
Thai New Year Sci-Fi
WHEN: April 13-15 expo
WHAT: Songkran celebrates the end of its year in style, with WHERE: London
music, dancing and tons of splashing, as the usually chilled WHEN: April 23 -
residents explode in wild celebration. Picture Time Square May 02
right after the Dec 31st count-down, only extend it for three WHAT: Sci-Fi
days, add 40º C heat and an endless amount of water guns, London is an
buckets, bottles, or any other instrument that allows you to international London
soak a perfect stranger, while shouting “Sawadee pi mai” or science fiction and
Happy New Year. Dress accordingly! fantasy film festival,
specialising in films,
books and focusing
on reviews, forums
and news. With
fantastic success, as well as the recent boom in Marvel comic
films over the last decade, not to mention Lord of the Rings,
fantasy films and science fiction have never been more popular.
Described as a festival for people who don’t like sci-fi, this
particular event promises to attract a wide number of people with
different interests and tastes, not just strange Star Trek addicts.
Outdoor art expo
WHEN: April 15-21
WHAT: In the third week of the month, the
famous, trendy Via Bagutta in the city centre pays
host to an open-air art exhibition. After soaking
up all that culture, take in an espresso at one of the
many roadside cafes in the area, and watch La Dolce
Vita pass you by!
12 international Destination InternatIonal DestInatIon 13
The word khurtum means the end of an general Charles Gordon - Gordon of Khartoum - was defeated and killed
elephant’s trunk in Arabic, and could refer by Mahdi rebels. To this day, Khartoum’s oldest streets are designed in the
to the narrow spit of land that juts out into shape of the Union Jack.
the Nile at the confluence. Another theory is In more modern news, Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir recently
C us ht y wa y
that Khartoum is derived from the name of a accepted the result of a referendum on independence for the south, in
local oil plant, gartoon, which was extensively which 99% of voters chose to secede from the north.
cultivated in the area.
Khartoum is presently undergoing a massive modernising facelift. A
Modern-day Khartoum was founded in Chinese consortium recently signed a $1.2bn contract to build a new
the 1820s by the then Mahdi, or leader, airport with a runway long enough for the giant Airbus A380. It is
Muhammad Ali, as a military base. The British expected this will lure businessfolk and tourists alike. Khartoum is rich
were ousted from the region after the Battle of with breath-taking attractions, for example,
Straddling the confluence of the Blue and White Nile, Khartoum is Khartoum in 1885, when the legendary British
throwing open its arms to welcome industrial and tourism investment Abd-el-Qayum Gate, the Nile’s Islands, the Church of St Matthew,
King Farouqe’s mosque, Sayyid Ali’s mosque, the Republican Palace,
Is there possibly a river anywhere in the world that has inspired so much And if real estate is all about location, then the Botanical Gardens, west Omdurman’s desert and the Jebel Awlia
literature, so much poetry and so many expeditions as the Nile? The Khartoum is sitting pretty right at the mountain range.
Amazon, you say? Or perhaps the Mississippi? Even those grand old confluence of the White and the Blue Niles -
waterways don’t really hold a candle to the sheer romantic longings and the White flowing north from Lake Victoria,
exotic dreams lavished upon the Nile. and the Blue flowing west from Ethiopia and
Moreover, to talk about the Nile is to throw a spotlight on ancient both meeting at Al Mogran (meeting place) in
civilisations, long buried under drifting sands. Everyone knows about uptown Khartoum. Khartoum is actually one
Pharonic dynasties of ancient Egypt, but the great civilisation of Cush in of three sister cities, Omdurman to the north-
olden-day Nubia, or present day Sudan, dates back to at least 7 000BC, west across the White Nile, North Khartoum,
making it older (and longer-lived) than the Egyptian, Greek and Roman and Khartoum itself on the southern bank of
empires combined. It was once the centre of the known world, complete the Blue Nile.
with an alphabet, distinctive architecture and a flourishing trade.
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14 InternatIonal DestInatIon
Sudan is the largest, yet one of the least visited, Um Doum: For a pleasurable few hours away from the throb of Khartoum’s
countries in Africa. Although various ongoing traffic, rent a boat and travel along the Nile southwards to Um Doum Island.
conflicts mean much of this vast nation remains It is fresh and enjoyable on the water, and gives you a different picture of
off limits, travel is possible in the northeast, and in Khartoum. There are farms and rest houses along the banks of the Nile, a
parts of the south. Much of the Middle East and beach where people have picnics, and then the island itself where children can
Africa has a reputation for warmth and hospitality build sandcastles or bury themselves in the sand.
but Sudan is in a league of its own, making it a joy Omdurman market: This ancient Souq exhibits all types of handicrafts,
to travel in. It is common to be invited to stay at artifacts, souvenirs and various items of Sudanese folk memorabilia. Ivory and
someone’s home and most rural Sudanese would ebony candlesticks are carved by market craftsmen, goldsmiths and silversmiths
never dream of eating in front of you without fashion all kinds of jewellery and the atmosphere is lively and bustling. The best
inviting you to join them. Talking the afternoon time to visit is on Friday mornings. The market is usually open from 8am and
away over a glass or five of tea is a serious national closes at sunset.
ritual, which extends to dealings with officials.
Museums: Khartoum is home to several museums, including the Sudan
National Museum, The National Museum for Ethnography, Natural History
Most rural Sudanese would
Museum, and the Khalifah House Museum, plus others. The National
never dream of eating in
Museum contains antiquities and artefacts from several periods of Sudanese
front of you without inviting
history and pre-history, including glassware, pottery, statues and figurines
you to join them
from the ancient kingdom of Cush. Ancient Nubia’s Christian period is well-
If you are in Khartoum for a business trip or
represented, with frescoes and murals from ruined churches, dating from the
for a few days holiday, here are some of the
8th to the 15th century. The Museum’s garden contains two reconstructed
temples, which have been salvaged from the Nubian land flooded by Lake
The Mogran: Khartoum Mogran, at the Nasser. These Egyptian temples of Buhen and Semna were originally built
confluence of the two Niles is an outstanding by Queen Hatshepsut and Pharaoh Tuthmosis III respectively.
natural attraction famous for migratory birds,
The Mahdi’s Tomb: It is located at Omdurman and encompasses an
stunning flowers and various restaurants, as
important part of the country’s heritage during the Mahdist Era.
well as a family park.
Beit al-Khalifa, is situated opposite the Mahdi’s tomb. Once the home of the
Al Sabalouga: There are only six waterfalls Mahdi’s successor, the house was built of mud and brick in 1887, and is now a
on the River Nile, and five of these are in museum. It contains relics from Mahdiyya battles, including guns, war banners
Sudan. In the north of Khartoum, near the and suits of mail. An interesting collection of photographs depicts the city of
village of Al Sabalouga, is one wild and Khartoum at the time of the Mahdi’s revolt and its subsequent occupation by
beautiful gorge, accessible quite easily from the British.
Khartoum by private car.
Sheikh Hamad-el-Niles Tomb: On the western side of Omdurman on
Port Sudan: This area is known among tourists Fridays, many dervishes congregate dancing their famous and well-known rites
for its excellent and songs. The practice exemplifies the tradition of Sufi in the Sudan.
scuba-diving and beaches. Tourists, as well as far
Boatyard: It lies just off shore of the Abu Raouf quarter of
larger numbers of Muslim pilgrims en route to
Omdurman, on the western side of the Nile, where you can take in
undertake their once-in-a-lifetime Hajj to Mecca,
the manufacturing of traditional boats, the way it has been done
use Port Sudan as a departure point to cross the
Red Sea to Jeddah in Saudi Arabia.
16 InternatIonal DestInatIon InternatIonal DestInatIon 17
Shendi: If you have a day to spare, visit Shendi, some 150km north of Khartoum. This
is a good place to see the desert as well as temples of the Meroe culture. Shendi is the Learn Arabic NumBers
0 : Siffr 6 : Settah
centre of the Ja’aliin tribe and an important historic bustling trading centre. The pyramids
Useful words and expressions
1 : Wahid 7 : Sabaa
of Meroe (Begrawiyah) are 40kms north of Shendi. The ruins of the Royal City of Meroe Basics 2 : Itnain
8 : Thamaaneeya
are located about 100km south of Atbara. Residence of the kings of Meroe between Assalaam Alaikum : Peace be up on you 3 : Thalatha
592BC and AD350, the city shows strong Egyptian architectural influence. The ruined Wa Alaikum Assalaam : And peace be upon you 4 : Arba 9 : Tissaa
Temple of Amun is still standing, together with the remains of several palaces and a Marhabbah : Hello 5 : Khumsah 10 : Asharah
Sabah al Khair : Good Morning
Masah al Khair : Good Afternoon / Evening
Shukran ( Jazeelan) : Thank you (very much)
Know before you Go
Customs clearance: Long waits for customs clearance are not unheard of. Entering or
exiting by land usually goes smoothly. Alcohol is forbidden in Sudan, and attempting to
Ahlan wa Sahlan
: You are Welcome
Ahlan Beek : welcome to you (to a male) Oman Air will, from May, fly four times a
import it could bring strict penalties. Ahlan Beech (to a female) Ahlan Beekum (to a group) week between Muscat and Khartoum.
Credit cards: Because of the US embargo, no credit cards can be used in Sudan. Keef Haluk? : How are you?
Carrying out online transactions while you are in Sudan can cause problems, as some Al Hamdu Lillah (bi khair): Praise be to Allah (well) Visa requirements: An entry visa is issued at all
Ana Bikhayr, Shukran : I am fine, thank you Sudanese embassies and consulates around the world. All
merchants (especially American ones) will pick up your Sudanese IP address, and refuse
Maasalaamah : Goodbye passport holders must have at least six months remaining
to do business with you. If you attempt to use an American Express card for any online Inshallah : If Allah Wishes validity from the day of entry into the country. Three
transaction while in Sudan, you are likely to have the card summarily cancelled. Maashallah : What Allah Wishes passport-sized photographs are also required. All tickets
Permits and other legal requirements: Registration at the Ministry of Interior is Mabrook : Congratulations and documents for return or onward travel must be
obligatory within three days of arrival. It costs 110 Sudanese Pounds. Many hotels will Naam : Yes presented.
Aywa : Yeah / OK
complete the registration on your behalf. International Certificate of Vaccination for Yellow Fever
La : No
Independent travellers in Sudan require a Permit To Travel if going to any places the Min Fudluk : Please required if arriving from infected area within five days.
government deems unstable. Travel permits are not required for the Northern State, Shoo Hada? : What is this? NB: Your passport should not have any Israeli visa nor
nor on the road to Ethiopia. They are required if going near Eriteria, toward Darfur or Mafi Mushkil : No Problem immigration stamps inside.
Itfudul : Be my guest / My Pleasure
Tamaam : Perfect
Languages spoken: Arabic is the main language in the
Baadin : Later North. The official languages of Sudan are Standard Arabic
Dilwaati : Now and English. In the South, Dinka is spoken in many villages.
Ilyoum : Today Currency: 1 Sudanese Pound (SDG) = 100 piasters. The
Bukra : Tomorrow Sudanese Pound has replaced the Sudanese Dinar, which
Ashoofook Bukra : See You Tomorrow was phased out on 30 June 2007. 1 Sudanese Pound = 100
Affwaan : Excuse me/ Welcome Sudanese Dinars.
18 It’s Oman It’s oman 19
Local mountain biking expert Bob Tunbridge chats to Wings
about the thrills and spills of the sport in the Sultanate
The caress of the wind in your hair and the tang of the countryside on your lips? Calves like coconuts and
iron-hard wrists? Even the excuse to wear Lycra or get out into the fresh air once a week? If these things
sound appealing, then chances are you are a natural convert for mountain biking.
And the Sultanate of Oman is a superb destination for one of the fastest-growing adventure sports
in the world. You only have to Google mountain biking and Oman to see that for yourself. There are
superb offroad trails just a short drive from the capital area.
20 It’s oman
OMAN CABLES INDUSTRY (SAOG)
Track suit: There are also plenty of routes in Oman’s diverse in thick beds. Below the mountains there are
countryside, and if you are keen on joining in or starting up then it is wise wadi beds where you will see huge boulders.
to join a local cycling club. The main club, the MTB Ride club has around Several major wadis drain Al Jebel al Akhdar:
15 different routes which can vary in distance between 15km to 42km, Wadis bani Awf, Sahtan and bani Kharus north
depending on the area and terrain which varies from graded tracks, single to Al Batinah, and Wadi Ghul to the south. Trusted
tracks, goat tracks and in some cases prepared specific tracks. The way of life remains traditional with Globally.
Whether you want climbs, downhill, rocky and gravel terrain, easy flat scattered communities growing date palms and
areas or technical rides, there will be something for everyone. Most areas fodder crops fed by groundwater and springs.
have long established trails that were or are used by local villagers, plus In the more sheltered areas, a variety of tree
some of these trails/areas were used by off-road motorbikes and rally cars crops are grown, such as almonds, walnuts,
in the past. apricots, peaches, figs and pomegranates.
First of all, a quick scene-setter. Oman’s jagged mountains lie in the north Stunning scenery, great cycling, and the
and south of the Sultanate. The northern peaks are composed of hardest friendliness of the local people make this an
sedimentary rocks. In the Jebel Akhdar range these are very dense limestone unforgettable experience.
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Slow as you go: Mountain Biking Oman’s Robert Tunbridge
says that his club’s policy is “to ride as fast as the slowest rider”, and
there is plenty of scope to get yourself accustomed to cycling in
the area. One of the members is Oman’s top triathlete, Suleiman
Alalwi. The riding levels of club vary, but the focus is on the social
side to mountain biking. Of course, you do have to be reasonably
fit, and there are areas where newcomers can practice safely.
The Mountain Biking club ride in the following areas: Al-Amerat,
Al-Hadja, Al-Nahda, Al-Ansab, Hammam, Jiffnain, SQU area,
Al-Khoud, Marbella, Ghalla, Bowsher, Nahfa, Sa,al, Jiffnain, and a
little further away, including Yiti, Al-Hillo, Arqi and Quriyat.
All the day rides with support cars have included Nahkl to Rustaq
via Wadi Abad, plus Wadi Bane Awe/Wadi Sattan loop, Jebel
Shams, Jebel Akhdar, Rustaq to Ibri, (pre-tarmac) Quriyat to Sur
to Quriyat (pre-tarmac) return over two days, and many others.
The popularity of mountain biking in Oman is shown by the
increased number of regular meetings and day rides. For example,
the MTB Ride Group meet every Thursday afternoon all year
round in many different areas. There are also day rides during the
year as well an annual MTB Race, plus new special events like
downhill racing and the Trans Oman MTB event.
The easiest and quickest place to go for a ride is opposite Muscat
Private Hospital. Park in the car park out front, cross the road
and head for the back of the houses, veering right. There are a lot
of good single tracks and you will end up in old Bousher
village. From there you can follow the blacktop back which
brings you out at the stadium or you can go right on the
highway under construction.
Jebel Akhdar range: If you love fast cross-country
and like to test yourself on back-country trails, this is the
ideal ride for you. The riding conditions are excellent, on
broad paths and sometimes on rough jeep roads, including
sections of technically demanding single and doubletrack,
some tough climbs and some exciting descents. Altitude is
not generally a problem as the biking is mainly below the
Hajar Range: Travel deep into the Hajar Mountains on
remote trails through traditional Omani villages where the
locals show true Omani hospitality and provide a welcome
resting place with platters of fresh fruit grown on the green
plateaus of the mountain range which reaches some 3 000m.
Stunning single track, challenging terrain, beautiful scenery
and seldom visited villages, that’s what this holiday is all
about. This is pure Omani mountain biking at its very best.
Rules of the road: There are of course rules! Riders must
wear safety helmets, and be be self-sufficient in terms of
carrying ample water (one good way is to use a backpack),
some energy food, spare inner tubes, pump and basic spares.
For more information on mountain biking, please
contact Tunbridge on: Robert.RG.Tunbridge@pdo.co.om
24 HealtH & Beauty
Avoid heart disease by making sure you eat daily amounts of
three proven anti-heart attack food types
Every year, millions of people face the physical inactivity and tobacco use. Behavioural risk factors are responsible
uncomfortable realisation that all is not well for about 80% of coronary heart disease and cerebrovascular disease.
with their heart. Heart disease is, in fact, one The effects of unhealthy diet and physical inactivity may show up
of the leading causes of death around the in individuals as raised blood pressure, raised blood glucose, raised
world, with an estimated 23.6 million people blood lipids, and overweight and obesity; these are called ‘intermediate
dying from a heart attack or stroke. Around risk factors’.
one in five men and one in seven women will
Danger signals: Often, there are no symptoms of the underlying disease
die from the disease.
of the blood vessels. A heart attack or stroke may be the first warning of
According to the World Health Organisation, underlying disease. Symptoms of a heart attack include pain or discomfort
the most important behavioural risk factors in the centre of the chest, as well as pain or discomfort in the arms, the left
of heart disease and stroke are unhealthy diet, shoulder, elbows, jaw, or back.
In addition the person may experience difficulty in breathing or shortness
of breath; feeling sick or vomiting; feeling light-headed or faint; breaking
into a cold sweat; and becoming pale. Women are more likely to have
shortness of breath, nausea, vomiting, and back or jaw pain.
The most common symptom of a stroke is sudden weakness of the face,
arm, or leg, most often on one side of the body. Other symptoms include
sudden onset of numbness of the face, arm, or leg, especially on one side
of the body; confusion, difficulty speaking or understanding speech;
difficulty seeing with one or both eyes; difficulty walking, dizziness, loss
of balance or coordination; severe headache with no known cause, and
fainting or unconsciousness.
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26 HealtH & Beauty
People experiencing these symptoms should seek medical care immediately. and consultation, the EFSA Scientific Panel
However, in most cases it is a preventable illness and small lifestyle changes approved beta glucan as one of the first food
can make all the difference. It is known you are more at risk of heart disease ingredients to have proven health benefits.
if you smoke, have high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol levels or are Beta glucan is the soluble fibre naturally found
overweight. In addition to a healthy lifestyle, natural food supplements can in the cell wall of cereal grains. It is present in
help boost your heart health by reducing blood pressure and cholesterol barley, but to activate the cholesterol lowering
levels the natural way: effect, a person needs to consume at least 3g of
Dairy peptides: It is important to eat food types that contain natural barley beta glucan daily.
ingredients including dairy peptides - bioactive proteins extracted from milk Statins: At the moment, anyone judged to
by using advanced scientific methods - that have been proven to help reduce have a one in five or greater risk of developing
blood pressure after a minimum period of six weeks. Extensive research has cardiovascular disease over 10 years is advised
shown that dairy peptides (lactrotripeptides), the key ingredient in helping to by the NHS to take a statin. Although millions
combat high blood pressure. It also reduces the chemical in the blood stream of UK adults take statin drugs to reduce heart
that causes blood vessels to narrow and constrict. This will help the blood attack and stroke risk, recently there has been
vessels to relax and widen, and so the pressure of blood within the blood much debate over its side effects. It is therefore
vessels is reduced. important to consult your medical practitioner
Although dairy peptides can be found in milk, the beneficial blood pressure before embarking on any dietary supplements.
lowering effect is only activated when the bioactive peptides are extracted
from the milk. This means that drinking litres of milk is not going to lower
your blood pressure. An easy and effective solution is to take pills containing
these bioactive peptides.
Beta glucan: Clinical research has shown that taking 3g to 8g of barley
beta glucan a day reduces the ‘bad’ cholesterol (LDL cholesterol) by an
average of 10-14%. These results have been confirmed by the EFSA
(European Food Standards Agency) in 2009 after analysis of the clinical
research into the cholesterol-lowering benefits of beta glucan.
The EFSA is extremely cautious about allowing food brands to make health
claims for its products and ingredients. However, after a period of research
28 BusIness BusIness 29
Slightly dotty: Doggles:
1000 000 pixels, charge $1 per pixel – that’s Indulging the western world’s obsession with kitsch, this website designs
perhaps the dumbest idea for online business goggles for dogs. Sound ridiculous? Come on admit it, have you never put
anyone could have possible come up with. Still, your sunnies on your house pet and had a quiet giggle? Enough people
Alex Tew, a 21-year-old who came up with the have been, because this business now has shops all over the world and the
idea, is now a millionaire. owners are millionaires. (www.doggles.com)
And they said it would never work! Here are Writing on the wall:
Name of the game:
eight seemingly silly business ideas that have LaserMonks.com is a for-profit subsidiary of the Cistercian Abbey of Our
Got a great idea for a business, but just can’t
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Lady of Spring Bank, an eight-monk monastery in the hills of Monroe
County, 90 miles northwest of Madison in the USA. Real monks refill
The next time you have a brainwave business idea, and for someone else to name their brainchild for
your printer cartridges. Their 2005 sales were $2.5 million!
someone tells you it will never work, don’t be so quick to them? Creating domain names for others turned
listen, as these testimonials reveal. The company websites are (www.lasermonks.com)
out to be a thriving business for PickyDomains,
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want to pay them to come up with a snappy, Create a deck of cards featuring exercise routines, and sell it online for
memorable domain name. PickyDomains is $18.95. Sound like a disaster idea? But former Navy SEAL and fitness
expected to hit six figures this year. instructor Phil Black reported last year sales of $4.7 million. Surely beats
(www.pickydomains.com) what the military pays. (www.fitdeck.com)
(Image sources: Photolibrary, iStockphoto)
Christie Rein was tired of carrying diapers around in a freezer bag. The 34-year-old
mother of three found herself constantly stuffing diapers for her infant son into freezer
bags to keep them from getting scrunched up in her purse. Rein wanted something that
was compact, sleek and stylish, so in November 2004, she sat down with her husband,
Marcus, who helped her design a custom diaper bag that’s big enough to hold a travel
pack of wipes and two to four diapers. With more than $180 000 in sales
for 2005, Christie’s company, Diapees & Wipees, has bags in 22 different
styles, available online and in 120 boutiques across the globe for $14.99.
How is this for a brilliant idea? Get a postal address at North Pole,
Alaska, pretend you are Santa Claus and charge parents $10 for
every letter you send to their kids? Well, Byron Reese has sent
over 200 000 letters since the start of the business in 2001, which
makes him a couple million dollars richer. (www.santamail.org)
No more family feuds over who gets to pull the chicken or the
turkey wishbone. Fake wishbones might seem like an idea that
was destined to flop but plenty of people saw the need for exactly
that. Now producing 30 000 wishbones daily (they retail for $3 a
pop) Ken Ahroni, the company founder, saw sales in 2006 rocket to $1
32 FasHIOn & trends FasHIon & trenDs 33
Stride and tested
Rebels with a cause - taking the fashion world by storm this season is the tough girl look. There is
always a place for a funky pair of boots in any girl’s wardrobe and these will take pride of place. All the
top designers are cashing in, from Chanel to Burberry, biker chic suggests a wild, untamed, adventurous
spirit, while the heels capture that certain sense of feminine allure. www.chockersshoes.co.uk
Considered one of the oldest and finest watch making companies, Baume & Mercier’s
story began with the Baume family developing watch technology back in 1830. By 1918
the Baume family joined together with the Mercier family, whose watch designs and
artistic abilities were exceptional, and this merger began the Baume et Mercier watch
company. It was not long before the Baume & Mercier watch company became prominent
for their chronographs and precise watch timekeeping mechanisms. Today, Baume &
Mercier continues to produce their branded classic and sporty watch styles in quality
Break out of your comfort
zone and sport one of these
exquisite, jwellery puzzles that
are world’s away from the floral
designs and patterns that have
been a hallmark of women’s
jewellery for decades. Be a 21st
century trendsetter with fun,
freedom and authenticity. The
feel is comfortable to wear, The Spring/Summer watch look is
following the curves of the body an interpretation of a luxury sport
like a second skin. The lightness lifestyle with a sophisticated elegant
is only equalled by their majesty mood by combining sporty materials,
and acute attention is paid to classic shapes and imaginative designs. Black iron or
minor details. www.akillis.fr rose gold plated chronographs combined with innovative
materials such as rubberised straps and silicone wrapped
bracelets all create a unique range of luxury timepieces.
Stainless steel cases, distinctive dials and colours set off
coloured dial treatments and sophisticated croco-print straps in
a rubberised matte leather. www.emporioarmani.com
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Light graffiti Cub reporter
Welshman Michael Bosanko creates his amazing For Chaska the one-year-old
photographs by using only coloured torches and Water baby Andean bear, the necessities of
by leaving his digital camera on a long exposure. A Sea Otter floats in the life include a look at the morning
The effect is achieved by literally drawing the water to accustomise its newspaper and rigourous yoga
images while the camera is held on an cub to the water. Highly stretching. However, the newspaper
exposure that can last from 10 seconds social and intelligent becomes breakfast as Chaska begins
to almost one hour. (Photo: animals, this particular to chew it and yoga descends into a
Michael Bosanko/Barcroft species of otters can wrestling match after her twin-
USA/Getty Images) spend their entire lives brother, Bernardo, also one, tries to
never leaving the water. join in. (Photo: Jennifer Lockridge/
(Photo: Lynne Stone/ Barcroft Media/Getty Images)
Pine siskins duelling mid-flight in British Columbia,
White out Canada. These pictures were captured by a British
Like a creature out of photographer in an astoundingly fast 8 000th of a
a fantasy novel, a rare second. That means the camera’s shutter is opening and
albino peacock displays closing 250 times faster than a person can blink. Five
its pure white plumage flashes are simultaneously used to fire light towards the
Sun day afternoon during its courtship birds at 20 000th of a second while the shutter is open.
The solar eclipse as dance to attract a female. (Photo: Roy Hancliff/Barcroft Media/Getty Images)
seen behind the spire The peacock’s plumage
of the Burj Khalifa is white due to a missing
on January 4, 2011 in pigment, which is dark
Dubai, United Arab and absorbs light.
Emirates. (Photo: (Photo: imagebroker/
Ian Powell/Barcroft photolibrary)
FA Cup semi-finals
April 16, 17, Wembley
It’s all eyes on the goalmouth at the moment. 2008, mainly for financial reasons and to the disappointment of
Current FA champs are Chelsea, who beat traditionalists, all semi-finals have been played at the new Wembley
relegated Premier League side Portsmouth Stadium - giving a distinct advantage to London-based clubs.
in the 2010 final last May, to win a club The winning team takes home £900 000, the runners-up take home
first FA Cup and League Double. From £450 000. www.thefacup.com
F1 Grand Prix
April 10, Sepang, Malaysia
For the 11th time, this ultra modern Sepang
International Formula One Racing Circuit will play
host to the 2011 Malaysian Grand Prix, which is the
second Grand Prix in the 2011 Formula 1 calendar.
The circuit itself is one of the finest on the Formula
One calendar, with great modern facilities, including
a tempting shopping area and an interesting motor
museum. Sepang Formula 1 GP racing circuit is
user-friendly, spectator-friendly and very challenging
for the racing drivers. This Formula One circuit can
accommodate a total of 130 000 spectators, with
30 000 in the unique double-frontage Mall
Grandstand. A stunning “Tower” Grandstand, nestling
at the tip of this V-shaped Main Grandstand features
a roof, which looks similar to the Malaysian national
flower, the hibiscus. www.malaysia.grand-prix.com
The final of the long-established Emir GCC there are various prizes for the winners and the
Camels Race is held at Alshahaniya Race Track race itself is an entertaining show for everyone.
in Doha, attracting a select crowd of wealthy Thanks to a Swiss invention, today it is robot
camel owners to compete against each other every jockeys who attempt to persuade the animals to
year. Even though there is no gambling involved, run in a straight line.
38 reVIeWs reVIeWs
Super Hot: Living Through the
Director: James Gunn. Starring: Rainn Wilson, Ellen
Page, Liv Tyler, Kevin Bacon, Nathan Fillion, Linda
Cardellini. Studio: IFC Films. Releasing: April 1, 2011
Next Fifty Years on Earth
By Mark Hertsgaard, Green economics
A zany comedy starring Rainn Wilson as Frank, a This book pulls no punches and is likely to dishearten as much as it
seemingly average Joe who is madly in love with his encourages and shows the way forward. A candid wake-up call to the
troubled wife Sarah (Tyler). But when Sarah leaves Frank huge effort society has to make in order to stave off the worst effects
for Jacques (Bacon), a smooth-talking drug dealer, Frank of climate change, such as extreme storms, droughts, rising sea levels
transforms into pseudo superhero The Crimson Bolt, and mass extinctions of species. Hertsgaard says we already have
stakes out Jacques’ sleazy hideaway, and wages a one-man the technology to make a difference for the next generations, but the
war on crime. What he lacks in superpowers, he makes difficulty is in convincing a sceptical and apathetic public of the need
up for with a trusty pipe wrench. Every superhero needs to adapt, for example by strengthening sea defences, conserving water
and food supplies and preparing for more intense heat waves. The
a sidekick and so enters Libby (Page), a cute sociopathic
examples given are frightening, but at the same time shed light on the
teen working at the local comic book store, who morphs
changes we all must make.
into ‘Boltie’ and teams with Frank to take Jacques down.
The Net Delusion
The Conspirator The Dark Side of Internet Freedom
By Evgeny Morozov, Investigative journ
Director: Robert Redford Recent global events have thrown light on the
Starring: James McAvoy, Robin Wright, Justin Long, Evan Rachel power of the internet and social networking to
Wood, Kevin Kline, Alexis Bledel. Studio: Lionsgate Films, make dramatic changes in society, even to topple
Releasing: April 15, 2011 governments. But, argues Morozov, inventions
The story of the conspiracy to assassinate US President Abraham such as Google, Twitter and Facebook might have
Lincoln, the military trial of the lone female charged, and the a more sinister side. They might actually decrease
reluctant lawyer assigned to defend her. In the wake of Lincoln’ our freedoms. The author writes, “The dangerous
assassination, seven men and one woman are arrested and charged fascination with solving previously intractable social
with conspiring to kill the president, the vice-president, and the problems with the help of technology allows vested
secretary of state. The lone woman charged, Mary Surratt, 42, owns interests to disguise what essentially amounts to
advertising for their commercial products in the
a boarding house where John Wilkes Booth and others met and
language of freedom and liberation.”
planned the simultaneous attacks. Against the ominous back-drop of
post-Civil War Washington, newly-minted lawyer, Frederick Aiken,
a 28-year-old Union war-hero, reluctantly agrees to defend Surratt
before a military tribunal.
Director: Justin Lin
Starring: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson,
TJ Hassan, Joaquim de Almeida, Matt Schulze
The Last Dragonslayer
By Jasper Fforde, Fiction
Studio: Universal Pictures. Releasing: April 29, 2011 A mix of satire comedy authors Terry Pratchett,
Yet another instalment from the Fast and Furious series. Douglas Adams and Robert Rankin. Fforde is back with another
Former cop Brian O’Conner (Walker) partners with ex-con strange but comic world where magic is vanishing slowly. Now
Dom Toretto (Vin Diesel) on the opposite side of the law. it is really only useful for delivering pizzas and unblocking
Since Brian and Mia Toretto ( Jordana Brewster) broke drains. Jennifer Strange works for a combined magician’s home
Dom out of custody, they’ve blown across many borders and magician’s employment agency. Nearby is the wilderness
to elude authorities. Now backed into a corner in Rio de homeland/reservation of the last dragon on earth. There is a
Janeiro, they must pull one last job in order to gain their prophesy that he will be killed by a dragonslayer on Sunday at
freedom. As they assemble their elite team of top racers, the noon. That is all very well until 16-year-old Jennifer finds herself
unlikely allies know their only shot of getting out for good magically recruited to the position of the last ever dragonslayer
much against her will.
means confronting the corrupt businessman who wants
them dead. But he’s not the only one on their tail.
40 tecH talk tIme out 41
Watch me Life’s lessons
sleepof those people
If you’re one
One day a farmer’s donkey fell down into a well. The animal cried
piteously for hours as the farmer tried to figure out what to do.
Finally he decided the animal was old, that the well needed to be
that suffers from unusual sleep
covered anyway and that it just wasn’t worth retrieving the donkey.
patterns and you want to get
So he invited all his neighbours to come over and help him. They
your body back in to check you might be able to do it with this
all grabbed a shovel and began to shovel dirt into the well. At first,
acupuncture sleeping gadget, the Dreamate Sleep Inducer.
the donkey realised what was happening and cried horribly. Then,
Dreamate uses accupressure techniques to gently massage the
to everyone’s amazement, it quietened down. A few shovel loads
“sleeping golden triangle” on your left wrist. Used 30 minutes
later, the farmer finally looked down the well and was astonished
before bedtime, you can retune and reset your biological clock and
at what he saw. With every shovel of dirt that hit his back, the
train your body to relax and sleep. See results in as little as a week’s
donkey would shake it off and take a step up. As the farmer’s
worth of use, with best results after eight weeks. These precise
neighbours continued to shovel dirt on top of the animal, it would
pressure points, when gently massaged, calm the body, lower stress
shake it off and take a step up. Pretty soon, everyone was amazed
levels, and induce sleep, which is better than addictive sleeping
as the donkey stepped up over the edge of the well and trotted off!
pills that knock you senseless, but offer little improvement in your
Life is going to shovel dirt on you, all kinds of dirt. The trick to
sleep quality. Expect to pay around $79.99.
getting out of the well is to shake it off and take a step up.
Where you been?
Think of a cross between a USB memory
stick and a GPS receiver - this nifty device
remembers wherever you take it. The
Portable GPS Tracker is pretty small so you
could either always carry it on you or use it
They said it!
in 007 spy mode by planting it on a person or From a pilot waiting in a long takeoff queue: “I’m bored!”
vehicle you want to monitor. Once the tracker Ground Traffic Control: “Last aircraft transmitting, identify yourself
has done its travels and it’s back immediately!”
in your possession, you simply Unknown aircraft: “I said I was bored, not stupid!”
connect it to your PC and download the data. This data
can then be plotted on Google Earth, Mapquest maps,
Google.com and Virtual Earth to show exactly where it The pilot of a Cherokee 180 was told by the tower to delay take-off
has been, how long it took and how it got there. Very while a large DC-8 landed. The DC-8 pilot landed and passed the
useful for tracking your own holidays and backpacking much smaller Cherokee, radioing him, “What a cute little plane. Did
adventures. So not only can you bore visitors with your you make it all by yourself?” The Cherokee pilot replied snappily:
holiday snaps, you can also show them exactly where “I made it out of DC-8 parts. Another landing like yours and I’ll
you went. Expect to pay around $249.99 on Amazon. have enough parts for another one.”
And the award for ultimate gaming
The Rovio WiFi Roaming Bot is a robotic
chair is, drum roll, the Ultimate
Game Chair. This chair is packed
webcam with microphone and speaker for
two-way audio. This wi-fi connected bad bot Seven ways to improve
with features. To start off, there are 12
vibration motors throughout the chair
will stream video and audio to your favorite
web-enabled browser anywhere in the world! someone’s day
that are synchronised with the games Use your PC, your MAC, your iPhone, even • If you know that a friend is due home after a long time away, leave milk,
action. As far as sound goes, you can your PS3 to control Rovio. Drive the bot bread, juice, some cakes and a paper or magazine at his/her home.
use your stock headphones from a around the house, take pictures of the family • Write a thank you note to your child’s teacher for no apparent reason. It will
MP3 player etc, or plug the chair into and e-mail them to friends. All this can be done make her/his day, and it would also reap benefits for your child.
your home stereo system to get full from thousands of miles away. Every human
surround sound. There are adjustable family should own a Rovio. This way the • Buy a ticket to a movie and send it to someone who’s been working very hard lately.
3D stereo speakers built into the chair machines will be able to see and hear • Send a funny card to your partner’s office and write a loving message inside. It will
as well. It’s all leather material, has everything you do. put a smile on their faces and remind them that you still love them, and that you
an adjustable headrest, legrest, and www.coolest-gadgets.com still enjoy fun in your relationship just as you did in the beginning. You could
even a beverage and remote controller also include a picture of you two taken on your honeymoon or first holiday.
holder. Oh, and the chair will give • Leave an extra tip for the person behind the coffee/flower/ food store/
you a nice massage, too. Compatible restaurant/ counter where you visit today, and compliment them on a good job.
games consoles include the PS2, • If you’re visiting someone who has a child, offer to read the child a story or do a
Xbox, Gamecube, PC, Mac, PS1, and puzzle together. This means a lot to a parent.
Xbox Live. For audio only, you can
use all those and your iPod, DS, PSP, • If you have a friend who’s a single parent, offer to have the child, or one of the
or generic MP3 player. Expect to pay children over to your place for dinner and games. This gives the parent a welcome
around $400. break, and means more than you could imagine.
42 culture & HerItage tOurIsm & entertaInment 43
Al Jabar Al Akhdar Museums
There are more than 125 species of birds To make your cultural journey complete, a visit to at least
recorded at the Sayq Plateau and Jabal one of the dozen museums in Oman is recommended. The
Shams area of Al Jabal Al Akhdar, the Natural History Museum features Oman’s flora and fauna,
central mountain region of northern Oman. including some of the indigenous species. To get a glimpse
Wood pigeons, a species that breeds in these of Oman’s military history, visit the Armed Forces Museum.
mountains, and nowhere else in Arabia, The National Museum showcases a rare collection of the
have been recorded here. Moorhen were history of the ruling dynasty. The archaeological lineage of
found to breed for the first time at Saiq and the country can be found in the Omani Museum. There is
the first breeding for Isabelline Shrike for an exclusive museum for children, the Children’s Museum,
Oman and Arabia was confirmed. Possible that is educative as well as entertaining. Bait Al Zubair and
breeding for Isabelline Wheatear, another Bait Al Baranda are examples of how Oman’s history has
first for Arabia, has been suggested. been captured in a capsule for those who are not familiar
with it. For a complete listing of Oman’s various museums,
please refer to the local dailies.
Bait Al Zubair Museum
Bird watching has taken off in Oman recently, thanks to several fantastic viewing locations. Bird
watchers can drive to the deserts of the Empty Quarter, trudge across plains, climb mountains
or walk through the verdant summer meadows of Dhofar to catch a glimpse of some rare birds.
There are wading birds, spoonbills and flamingos at the Al-Ansab lagoons and eagles
at Qurum National Park to delight ornithologists.
Oman has a wide variety of staying options catering to
any and all types of visitors. From plush five-star beach-
facing resorts and spas for the more upmarket visitors, to
Qitbit the four-star, three-star, hotel apartments, camps, guest
houses, and youth hostels, everyone’s wallet is catered for.
Located in south-western Oman on the edge
Desert and mountain camps are particularly interesting
of the Al-Rub Al Khali desert, two migration
experiences if you have not had the opportunity to enjoy
seasons between March and April, and
them before. While in Muscat, you will be spoilt for
September to October, make this an important
choices, and when you head towards the interior you will
ecological bird habitat. Several species make a
experience true rustic charm and old-world elegance.
break here during their journey from Africa and
Either way, you will get to experience the essence of true
north west Asia. Sightings include sandgrouse,
Omani hospitality wherever you stay.
cattle egrets, golden eagles and the rare grey
hipocolious, white throated bee-eaters and City Seasons Hotel Muscat
dusky thrush, as well as many more.
Shopping Samail Souq
Acquatic waders When it comes to shopping, Oman is full of choices
both traditional and modern. If you are looking for
Ras al Hadd some of the world’s best brands, you could head
Viewing sea birds is best from to the nearest mega-malls, shopping complexes or
early summer until late autumn, hypermarkets. You can find these outlets all across the
when southern species move capital city, as well as in the larger cities like Nizwa,
out of the southern oceans. Sohar, Sur and Salalah.
Arabian species such as terns, If traditional shopping is your interest, then you must
Jouanin’s Petrel and Persian visit the Muttrah Souq beside the Muttrah Corniche
Shearwater tend to stay closer area. There are also some very old and famous souqs
inshore and the monsoon in Nizwa, Sinaw, Ibra and Salalah. For tourists,
upwelling produces good feeding these souqs are a paradise for souvenir hunting!
conditions along the Omani Frankincense, perfumes, spices, dates and antiques
coastline from Ras al Hadd jostle for space with electronic products, fashion
southwards. accessories and toys. For a complete Oman experience,
have a go at both the old and the new!
44 get FamIlIar Get FamIlIar 45
Whenever you travel overseas, it is often useful
to understand the local laws and customs in the
destination country, as they can often be very
different to your own.
To avoid any mix up or confusion with local laws
and customs we have provided some travellers tips to
assist you in having an enjoyable visit to the Sultanate.
Please be advised that the information contained
at a glance
on this page is not fully comprehensive and
may be liable to change without prior warning.
Consult a travel expert or your local embassy
prior to departing on your journey.
The Sultanate of Oman is the third largest country located in the southeast coast of the Arabian peninsula. The Sultanate is
Oman’s laws are based on Sharia law, also known
bordered by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in the west, the United Arab Emirates in the northeast, the Republic of Yemen in the as the Islamic Law. • Heavy rainfall can cause sudden and severe flooding to dry riverbeds,
southwest, the Strait of Hormuz in the north and the Arabian Sea in the east. • In Oman, it is illegal not to have some form of which may pass over a road. You are advised to take full precautions
Oman has a land area of approximately 3 09 500km2 and a 3 165km long coastline extending from the Strait of Hormuz in the official ID on you at any given time. Therefore, when driving during rains.
it is recommended that you carry either your • Oman is a Muslim country. You should respect local traditions, customs,
north, to the borders of the Republic of Yemen in the south.
passport, or a photocopy of, or some other laws and religion at all times and be aware of your actions to ensure that
Oman’s coast spans the three seas : the Arabian Gulf, the Sea of Oman and the Arabian Sea. A number of islands also are part of they do not offend other cultures or religious beliefs, especially during
valid identification card. Other forms of ID
Oman including the famous islands of Masirah and Halaniyat (Kuria Muria). The country’s northern most part, the Musandam such as overseas driver’s license or overseas ID the holy month of Ramadan, or if you intend to visit religious areas.
peninsula is Oman’s only coast on the Arabian Gulf and it is located across the strategic Strait of Hormuz.
cards will not be accepted.
• Visitors holding valid UK, Australian, and Basic Arabic Phrases
American and certain other nation’s driving Yes : naäam Excuse me : lao samaht
Area : 3 09 500km2. licenses (check with the embassy if your No : laa I am sorry : ana aasif
Population (2010) : 2.69 million, including 743 000 expatriates. country’s license is valid) can currently obtain Please : arjook Good morning : sabaah al khayr
Language : Arabic (official), English (widely spoken), German & French (most hotel staff ). an Omani license without taking a driving test. Thank you : shukran Good evening : masaa’ al khayr
Capital : Muscat. • Vehicles are driven on the right side of the road. You’re welcome : äafwan Good night : tusbih äalaa khayr
Local Time : GMT +4.
Currency : Omani Rial, which equates to US$ 2.58.
Shopping Hours : 09:00 - 13:00 then 16:30 - 22:00
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.
Islam is the official religion of the Sultanate of Oman.
(Image source: Ahmed Al Shukaili) (Image source: iStockphoto)
46 Oman aIr neWs
Oman Air Recognises Achievements
Of Airport Services Managers
At Major Muscat Conference
Oman Air has held a major conference of ambassadors for Oman Air and to raise the profile of the airline within
Airport Services Managers in Oman’s capital their own network airports.
city, Muscat. Other speakers at the conference emphasised the importance of
The conference brought together all of the customer service, effective communications and vigilance on security
national carrier of the Sultanate of Oman’s issues, whilst delegates also heard of plans for the expansion of Oman
Airport Services Managers to discuss a range Air’s fleet with the imminent arrival of the airline’s seventh Airbus A330
of key issues, review performance to date and first Embraer 175.
and plan for a future that will see the airline Bangkok was judged the Station of the year 2010 with Doha picking up
continue its rapid expansion. the first runner-up spot followed by Male the second runner-up.
Hosted by the Chief Officer, Airport Six more awards were presented to best performing Oman Air teams at these
Operations, Don Hunter, the conference airports – London, Lucknow, Chittagong, Cochin, Frankfurt and Bangkok.
saw presentations from members of Oman To honour and recognise the excellent support extended to Oman
Air’s senior management team, including Air, mementoes were presented to Royal Oman Police, Directorate
Chief Executive Officer Peter Hill. He urged General of Safety & Aviation Services and Oman Airport Management
all Airport Services Managers to act as Company during the awards presentation.
48 Oman aIr neWs
Oman Air Catering Services
CIEH Food Safety
Another accolade has recently been added to CIEH is also UK’s leading awarding body for vocational qualifications in
Oman Air’s Catering Unit at Muscat Intl Airport accredited food safety, health, and environment protection qualification.
- this being accreditation as a CIEH-registered In pursuit of elevating not only the service quality, but also improving the skills
training centre for food safety - levels 01 and 02. and knowledge base of its manpower, the Catering Unit started implementing
This will further enhance the staff ’s awareness the CIEH food safety course early in 2010. Following its certification, Oman
of the importance of food safety within the Air has now successfully run the first course with 27 participants.
production kitchens of Oman Air. Apart from the benefit of being an internationally recognised food safety
To Oman Air’s Catering Unit, customer curriculum, the Catering Unit also had incurred economic advantage having
satisfaction is paramount and this step will the course done internally, in terms of cost savings. There are no operational
undoubtedly satisfy our consumers expectation, losses in terms of manpower-hours since the training schedule is adjusted
and cement the reputation and business moving according to the operational requirements. The training contents are also
forward. The Catering Unit has two certified custom-fit to address the demands of the particular organisation, which in the
trainers. Both experts in the field of Food case of Oman Air has exacting criteria.
Safety Management. The Chartered Institute of As the forefront to Oman Air’s food safety program, the Catering Unit is
Environmental Health (CIEH) is based in the planning to have all its food handlers undergo the certification course within
UK and is an internationally recognized charity the CIEH Food safety qualifications and eventually expand its services by
and professional voice for environmental health. offering the course to the public.
Mercator Helps Automate
Oman Air’s Cargo Operations
Oman Air, the national carrier of the Sultanate of Oman, and Emirates and helping it to continue building its revenue
Group’s IT services business have signed a multimillion dollar deal. The deal streams. Mercator, the IT services business
calls for the deployment of Mercator’s SkyChain system to lift productivity of Emirates Group, deployed its internally
levels across the business. developed Cargo application, SkyChain, in
Mercator has helped Oman Air to make major changes to its cargo February 2011. The application provides a
operations management systems, replacing a paper-based, manual system, solution which supports the airline in increasing
with a fully integrated and automated model. This move will result in the productivity levels through more effective
airline achieving further cost efficiencies and greater levels of productivity, management of its cargo sales, exporting,
importing and transfer activities.
The implementation of SkyChain will provide
Oman Air with the required automation for
its end-to-end cargo operations. The system
delivers process efficiencies, providing real time
flight revenue monitoring, accurate shipment
pricing and tracking, optimised flight capacity
management and e-freight capabilities.
50 Oman air Fast Facts Oman air Fast Facts 51
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memorable experience. .ومز�يا ح�سرية من �أجل �أن تكون جتربة �ل�سفر �أكرث متعة وعالقة يف �لذ�كرة
Sindbad offers three tiers of membership - Blue, Silver and Gold. .يت�سمن برنامج (�ل�سندباد) على ثالثة م�ستويات للع�سوية: �لأزرق و�لف�سي و�لذهبي
The more you fly with Oman Air, the easier it is to progress to the وكلما �سافرت �أكرث على منت �لطري�ن �لعماين، �سيكون من �لأ�سهل لك �أن ترتقي �إىل
next higher tier. As a Gold or Silver member, you enjoy additional �مل�ستوى �لأعلى. و�إذ� كنت ع�سو� ف�سيا �أو ذهبيا، فاإنك �ست�ستمتع مبز�يا �إ�سافية مت
privileges designed exclusively for you.
Sindbad Mileage Chart: :جدول اأميال ال�سندباد .ت�سميمها خ�سي�سا من �أجلك
We invite you to become a member of our Sindbad Frequent Flyer The number of Sindbad Miles earned depends on the booking يتوقف عدد �أميال �ل�سندباد �ملقطوعة على درجة �حلجز، و�مل�سافة و�أي عرو�ض متاحة
Programme and enjoy a host of membership benefits and privileges, ندعوك لتكون ع�سو� يف برنامج ولء �مل�سافرين �لد�ئمني (�ل�سندباد) لت�ستمتع بت�سكيلة
class, distance travelled and any special offers available.
some of which are listed below. احت�ساب الأميال الدرجة فئة احلجز .من مز�يا ومكافاآت �لع�سوية �لتي و�سعنا بع�سا منها يف �لقائمة �أدناه
Class of Travel Booking Class Miles
If you are already a member, look for useful and timely information %300 P �لدرجة �لأوىل و�إذ� كنت قد �سجلت للع�سوية م�سبقا فاإنه ميكنك �لطالع على تلك �ملعلومات عن كيفية
about earning and redeeming miles. Full Fare First Class P 300%
%250 F �لدرجة �لأوىل - خمف�سة .�حل�سول على �لأميال وكيفية ��سرتد�دها
Discounted First Class F 250%
Should you have any query, feel free to contact us. The friendly %200 J درجة رجال �لأعمال .ملزيد من �ملعلومات �أو �ل�ستي�ساحات حول برنامج (�ل�سندباد) ميكنك �لتو��سل معنا
Sindbad Frequent Flyer Team would be happy to assist you. Full Fare Business Class J 200%
%150 C درجة رجال �لأعمال - ترويجية .حيث �سي�سعد فريق برنامج ولء �مل�سافرين �لد�ئمني (�ل�سندباد) مب�ساعدتك د�ئما
Sindbad mileS: You will earn Sindbad Miles on all your Promotional Business Class C 150%
%100 D درجة رجال �لأعمال - خمف�سة اأميال تاأهيلية: �سوف حت�سل على �أميال تاأهيلية يف كل مرة ت�سافر على رحالت �لطري�ن
Oman Air flights, as well as, on qualifying transactions with Discounted Business Class D 100%
Sindbad programme partners. Redeem your Sindbad Miles for
%100 Y �لدرجة �ل�سياحية .�لعُماين. توؤهلك هذه �لأميال لرتفيع درجة �لع�سوية من �لأزرق �إىل �لف�سي �إىل �لذهبي
Full Fare Economy Class Y 100% %50 �لدرجة �ل�سياحية - ترويجية
free tickets and upgrades. B, H, M و�سوف حت�سل على ميل تاأهيلي كلما قطعت ميال �أثناء �سفرك على �لدرجة �ل�سياحية
Promotional Economy Class B, H, M 50%
StatuS mileS: You will earn Status Miles every time you fly %25 K, L, N, Q, T, I �لدرجة �ل�سياحية - خمف�سة .وميلني عند �ل�سفر على درجة رجال �لأعمال وثالثة �أميال عند �ل�سفر على �لدرجة �لأوىل
Oman Air. Status Miles help you to qualify for higher membership Discounted Economy Class K, L, N, Q, T, I 25%
:عرو�ص ال�سندباد بطاقات اأمتعة: �ستح�سل على بطاقات مميزة لالأمتعة ل�سهولة �لتعرف عليها و�سرعة
tiers, taking you from Blue to Silver to Gold.
Sindbad Promotions: �ساعف اأميال ال�سفر: �أن�سم �ىل برنامج ولء �مل�سافرين �لد�ئمني .مناولتها عند �ل�سفر على رحالت �لطري�ن �لعُماين
luggage tagS: You will receive personalised luggage tags for easy
identification and more efficient baggage handling. Double Miles: Enroll in the Sindbad Frequent “�ل�سندباد” و �أح�سل على �سعف �أميال �ل�سفر على �أول رحلة بالطري�ن وزن زائد: يحق لك �حل�سول على وزن ز�ئد قدره 51 كجم �إذ� كنت حتمل �لبطاقة
Flyer Programme and get Double Sindbad Miles .�لعماين مكافاأة
exceSS baggage: You are entitled to an excess baggage allowance First on your first flight with Oman Air. هذ� �لعر�ض �سالح فقط لدرجات �لإير�د�ت �مل�ستحقة و�سيتم تطبيق الرحلة .�لف�سية و 02 كجم �إذ� كنت حتمل �لبطاقة �لذهبية
of 15 kgs as a Silver member and 20 kgs as a Gold member, on Flight نظام �لميال �مل�ساعفة على �ول رحلة على منت �لطري�ن �لعماين يتم الوىل خ�سم ال�سوق احلرة : يحق لك �حل�سول على خ�سم خا�ض عند �سر�ء �أي ب�سائع من
This promotion is valid only for eligible revenue
presenting your permanent plastic membership card. Bonus
booking classes and applies on the first Oman Air .ت�سجيلها يف نظام برنامج ولء �مل�سافرين �لد�ئمني %5 �ل�سوق �حلرة على منت �لطائرة، فحاملو �لبطاقة �لزرقاء يح�سلون على خ�سم قدره
duty Free diScountS: You are entitled to special discounts on flight registered in the Frequent Flyer system.
In-flight Duty Free items. Blue members receive discount of 5%, www.omanair.com �إحجز رحلتك �لقادمة عن طريق �و�لف�سية 7% و�لذهبية 01 %. ينبغي تقدمي بطاقة �لع�سوية �لد�ئمة للح�سول على هذ
Book your next journey on www.omanair.com and .)�خل�سم. (تطبق �ل�سروط
Silver members receive a discount of 7% and Gold members receive
earn a fabulous reward of 500 Bonus Sindbad
مكافاأة احلجز و�أح�سل على 005 نقطة �إ�سافية لأميال �ل�سفر �سمن برنامج �ل�سندباد
a discount of 10%. Present your permanent membership card to للدرجة �ل�سياحية و 0001 نقطة �إ�سافية لأميال �ل�سفر �سمن برنامج اختيار املقعد والوجبات مقدما: ميكن �ل�ستفادة من ميزة �حل�سول على �ملقعد �لذي
.عن طريق �ل�سندباد لدرجة رجال �لعمال لكل رحلة
avail of this discount. (Conditions apply). Miles in Economy Class and 1000 Bonus Sindbad
Booking Miles in Business Class, per sector travelled. ،تف�سله �أي�سا �لختيار بني �لوجبات �لتي تف�سلها، مثل �لوجبات �لنباتية، �ملاأكولت �لبحرية
Pre-aSSigned Seating and meal PreFerence: Get the benefit of موقع ال�سركة هذ� �لعر�ض �سالح فقط لدرجات حجز �لإير�د�ت �مل�ستحقة. �سيتم
preferential seating on Oman Air. You may also choose from
Bonus This offer is valid only for eligible revenue booking
على الإنرتنت �إ�سافة �أميال �ل�سندباد مع كل رحلة م�سجلة يف نظام برنامج ولء .ماأكولت مر�سى �ل�سكري، �لوجبات �لهندو�سية و�لفو�كه و�ملك�سر�ت �أو وجبات �لأطفال
classes. Sindbad Miles will be credited with each
Vegetarian, Asian Vegetarian, Seafood, Diabetic, Hindu, Jain, flight activity registered. .�مل�سافرين �لد�ئمني امتياز اإنهاء اإجراءات ال�سفر مبكرا : يف مطار م�سقط �لدويل، ميكنك �إنهاء
Fruits & Nuts, or a Child Meal. �إجر�ء�ت �ل�سفر مع حقائبك و�حل�سول على تذكرة �سعود �لطائرة قبل 8 �ساعات من
early check-in Privilege: At Muscat International Airport, you To view the complete list of exciting offers by Oman Air and ،لالإطالع على كافة �لعرو�ض �ملثرية للطري�ن �لعماين و�سركاء برنامج �ل�سندباد
.يرجى زيارة موقعنا على �لإنرتنت وقت �ملغادرة، ميكنك بعد ذلك �لعودة �إىل �ملطار و�مل�سي قدما نحو بو�بة �ملغادرة قبل
can check-in with your baggage and claim your boarding pass up to our Sindbad Programme partners, please visit our website.
8 hours prior to departure time. You may then return to the airport
.�ساعة فقط من موعد �لرحلة
and proceed to the departure gate just an hour before your flight. Oman Air Sindbad Frequent Flyer Programme, )برنامج ولء امل�سافرين الدائمني بالطريان العُماين (ال�سندباد امتياز اإنهاء اإجراءات �سفر العودة يف نف�ص يوم ال�سفر: عندما ت�سافر بني دبي
P.O. Box 58, Postal Code 111, Muscat, Sultanate of Oman, �ض ب 85، �لرمز �لربيدي 111، م�سقط، �سلطنة عمان
Same day return check-in Privilege: When you travel between Tel: + 968 24531111, Fax: + 968 24521075, وم�سقط �أو �ساللة وتخطط للعودة يف نف�ض �ليوم، فاإنه ميكنك �إنهاء �إجر�ء�ت �ل�سفر
Muscat and Dubai or Salalah and plan on returning the same day, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org +968 24521075 + : هاتف : 11113542 869+، فاك�ض .و�حل�سول على بطاقة �سعود �لطائرة لكامل �لرحلة
you can check-in and receive boarding passes for the entire journey. Website: www.omanair.com/sindbad email@example.com : �لربيد �للكرتوين
www.omanair.com/sindbad : �ملوقع �للكرتوين امتياز اإنهاء اإجراءات ال�سفر بالهاتف: ميكنك ذلك عندما تطري على رحالت
tele check-in Privilege: This is possible when you fly Oman Air Enroll Now: Please contact a member of the crew for the
out of Chennai, Hyderabad, Kochi, Mumbai, New Delhi Sindbad Application Form or enroll online at يرجى طلب منوذج الع�سوية يف ال�سندباد من اأفراد الطاقم اأو �سجل مبا�سرة .�لطري�ن �لعُماين خارج ت�سيناي، حيدر �أباد، كوت�سي، مومباي ونيودلهي �أو تر�فندرم
or Thiruvananthapuram. www.omanair.com www.omanair.com عرب موقعنا
Sindbad Programme PartnerS �سركاء برنامج ال�سندباد
H O S P I TA L I T Y G R O U P
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Code share ights (via Kuala Lumpur)
Oman Air Fleet اأ�سطول الطريان العماين
)3 اأيربا�ص 003-033 (عدد الطائرات
55 عدد املقاعد 032 مقعد • املــدى 005.01 كم • معدل ال�سرعة 178 كم بال�ساعة • الطول 802 قدم 8 ان�ش • الإرتفاع
RR Trent 772B قدم 3 ان�ش • طول اجلناح 791 قدم 01 ان�ش • نوع املحرك حمركني من نوع
)3 اأيربا�ص 002-033 (عدد الطائرات
عدد املقاعد 612 مقعد • املــدى 005.21 كم • معدل ال�سرعة 178 كم بال�ساعة • الطول 291 قدم 11 ان�ش
RR Trent 772B • الإرتفاع 75 قدم 1 ان�ش • طول اجلناح 791 قدم 01 ان�ش • نوع املحرك حمركني من نوع
)13 بوينج 008-737 (عدد الطائرات
41 عدد املقاعد 451 مقعد • املــدى 544.5 كم • معدل ال�سرعة 818 كم بال�ساعة • الطول 921 قدم 6 ان�ش • الإرتفاع
CFM56-7B قدم 2 ان�ش • طول اجلناح 211 قدم 7 ان�ش • نوع املحرك حمركني من نوع
)2 بوينج 007-737 (عدد الطائرات
عدد املقاعد 411 مقعد • املــدى 655.5 كم • معدل ال�سرعة 818 كم بال�ساعة • الطول 921 قدم 6 ان�ش • الإرتفاع
CFM56-7B 14 قدم 2 ان�ش • طول اجلناح 211 قدم 7 ان�ش • نوع املحرك حمركني من نوع
)2 اأي تي اآر 005-24 (عدد الطائرات
عدد املقاعد 64 مقعد • املــدى 477 كم • معدل ال�سرعة 525 كم بال�ساعة • الطول 17 قدم 5.11 ان�ش • الإرتفاع Ωƒ`Wô`ÿG
PWC127E 42 قدم 7.01 ان�ش • طول اجلناح 08 قدم 4.7 ان�ش • نوع املحرك حمركني من نوع Khartoum
AIRBUS A330-300 (Number of Aircraft 3)
Capacity 230 seats • Range 10,500 km • Cruising Speed 871 kph • Length 208 ft.
8 in. • Height 55 ft 3 in. • Wingspan 197 ft. 10 in. • Engines RR Trent 772B
AIRBUS A330-200 (Number of Aircraft 3)
Capacity 216 seats • Range 12,500 km • Cruising Speed 871 kph • Length 192 ft.
11 in. • Height 57 ft 1 in. • Wingspan 197 ft. 10 in. • Engines RR Trent 772B
BOEING 737-800 (Number of Aircraft 13)
Capacity 154 seats • Range 5,445 km • Cruising Speed 818 kph • Length 129 ft.
6 in. • Height 41 ft. 2 in. • Wingspan 112 ft. 7 in. • Engines Two CFM56-7B
BOEING 737-700 (Number of Aircraft 2)
Capacity 114 seats • Range 5,556 km • Cruising Speed 818 kph • Length 110 ft.
2 in. • Height 41 ft. 2 in. • Wingspan 112 ft. 7 in. • Engines Two CFM56-7B
ATR42-500 (Number of Aircraft 2)
Capacity 46 seats • Range 774 km • Cruising Speed 525 kph • Length 71 ft 11.5 in.
• Height 24 ft 10.7 in. • Wingspan 80 ft 7.4 in. • Engines Two PWC127E
Oman Air Offices Oman Air's 24x7 Call Centre: 2453 1111 2453 1111 :مركز الإت�سالت على مدار ال�ساعة طوال اأيام الأ�سبوع مكاتب الطريان العماين
STATION RESERVATION الــحــجـــز AIRPORT مكتب المطار المحطات Tele Check-in for Business اأرقام الإت�صال الهاتفي STATION RESERVATION الــحــجـــز AIRPORT مكتب المطار المحطات
Khasab 968 2673 1592 خصب Class and Frequent Flyer للم�صافرين على درجة Jeddah 966 2 6577979 966 2 6850868 جدة
Muscat 968 24765124/130 968 24519591/347 مسقط passengers travelling from رجال الأعمال وامل�صافرين Karachi 92 21 3569 3977/78/79/80 92 21 3457 0888 كراتشي
Salalah 968 2329 5045/2777 968 2320 2597 صاللة all India stations: كافة من الدائمني Kathmandu 0097714444384 كاتمندو
Abu Dhabi 971 2 631 9575 971 2 575 7846 أبوظبي Chennai: :املحطات بالهند Kochi 91 484 238 5080/81/82 91 484 2610169/170 كوتشي
Al Ain 0097137669943 0097137855191 العين Tel: (9144) 64561430 :ت�صينــاي Kozhikode 91 495 236 5972/3/4 91 483 2716561 كوزيكود
Amman 962 6 5004450 962 6 44514444 عمان Hyderabad: )9144( 64561430 :هـاتف Kuala Lumpur 006032145 6123 كواللمبور
Bahrain 973 1721 4887, 1750 0020 973 1732 9255/56/57 البحرين Tel: (9140) 9849632255 :حيــدر اأبــاد Kuwait 965 2295 8787 965 472 9198 الكويت
Bangkok 662 635 1222 ext. 23/24/26 662 134 1114-6 بانكوك )9140( 9849632255 :هـاتف Maldives 960 3006626 960 3006623 مالديف
Bangalore 91 80 4113 2900/3053/6531 91 80 6678 4242 بنجلور :كــوت�صــي Lahore 0092 42 3628 7891/92/93/94 الهور
Tel: (91484) 6466626 )91484( 646662326 :هاتف
Beirut 961 1 629866 بيروت London 44 (0) 8444 822 309 442087 574 984/5, لندن
Cairo 202 2576 2447 202 2265 2523 القاهرة
Mumbai: :مومباي Lucknow 91 522 229 3574/75 91 522 2439178/54 لكناو
Chennai 0091 44 4347 3333 0091 44 2256 4377 شيناي
Tel: (9122) 32500111 )9122( 32500111 :هاتف Milan 39 02 399192500 ميالن
Chittagong 0088312513581/82 250 0792008831 شيتاجونج
New Delhi: :نيو دلهي Mumbai 91 22 4322 9000/7 91 22 66859556/2/1 مومباي
Colombo 0094114462222 0094114462222 كولمبو Tel: (9111) 64591474 )9111( 64591474 :هاتف Munich 0049 8997596092 ميونخ
Dammam 00966 38961412 الدمام Thiruvananthapuram: :تريوفاننثابورام New Delhi 91 11 2376 6280/81/82/83 91 11 2565 4712 نيودلهي
Doha 974 4432 0509 974 4462 6835 الدوحة Tel: (91471) 3260152 )91471( 3260152 :هاتف Paris 33 1 47642150 باريس
Dubai 971 4 351 8080 971 4 224 5639 دبي Ras Al Khaimah 0097172287885 00971720448111 رأس الخيمة
Frankfurt 496 9 5830 0710 فرانكفورت Riyadh 966 1 473 3133 Ext. 101/3 الرياض
Hyderabad 91 40 23410800 91 40 6660 5669 حيدر أباد Tanzania 255 22 211 942600 255 22 284292800 تنزانيا
Islamabad 009251280 1501/02/03 إسالم اباد Thiruvananthapuram 91 471 243 7017 91 471 2501387 تيروفاننثابورام
Jaipur 91 141 400 2041/42/43 جيبور