INTERNATIONAL RUNNERS

RUN MUSCAT.
EXPERIENCE
OMAN.

JOINING US FROM ABROAD?

Running is the perfect excuse to experience Oman so we have teamed up with travel operators
to minimise your effort and maximise your savings when booking your trip to the Sultanate.

Travel Packages

Our partner, Oman Air Holidays is offering discounts of up to 30% on travel packages to the Sultanate of Oman, so planning your stay here just got a whole lot easier!

Deals are available on flights to Muscat, hotels and ground transportation. Simply click on the link below and fill in your requirements and an Oman Air Holidays representative will be in touch to help you plan your trip.

If you want to book your own trip then take a look at the information below to help you do so.


Transfers

Hotels

Car Rentals

Flights

Flights

Oman Air have exclusive deals for our runners and their friends and family travelling to Oman.

Travel Dates:  12 – 22 January 2020

Book Before:  5 January 2020

Discount Code: MMOS2020

Discount Value: Business 12% & Economy 20%

The primary international airport is Muscat International Airport, which is located 12km from the start line. Muscat Airport opened a new terminal for all international passengers in March 2018 and offers modern, internationally designed facilities.

Where To Stay?

Stay, relax and experience Muscat’s unrivalled hospitality before or after the Al Mouj Muscat Marathon 2020, enjoying first class accommodation and all that this beautiful country has to offer. If you’d like to be at the centre of all the marathon action, our official hotel partner is offering great rates on rooms that are located just a few minutes from the start line! Special runners’ rates are available at the Kempinski Hotel Muscat.

Rates:

Superior Room with Breakfast               Single 70 OMR                 Double 90 OMR

           

Or contact:

Faisal.alrawahi@kempinski.com

+968 92536075

Car Hire

We have partnered with Europcar, one of the world’s leading and largest car rental companies, to offer you a preferential rate during your stay in Oman.
Europcar can offer very competitive short-term rentals to suit every budget. Every car is fully maintained and insured for use in Oman, and includes 24×7 roadside assistance as well as 200km per day free mileage.

           

TOURS

Zahara Tours is the pioneer in Travel and Tourism business in Oman. Since its modest beginning in 1971, Zahara Tours has developed in to a prominent service organization recognized by IATA, SITE, and ASTA. They have an excellent reputation for a professional, efficient service employing multilingual tour guides with a fleet of deluxe air-conditioned luxury vehicles.

MYSTICAL MUSCAT

(Duration: 4 Hours – 100 KM – am Tour)

A city tour around Muscat offers visitors a unique opportunity to witness a modern commercial centre, which exists in harmony with traditional Arabic culture. With its natural harbour, Muscat, which means “Anchorage”, lies in a natural volcanic bowl. Tours of the Grand Mosque (daily except Friday) and Bait Al Zubair Museum (daily except Friday) offer a brief introduction that traces Oman’s history and development. Driving along the waterfront Corniche, the tour then visits the Fish Market and the colourful Muttrah Souq before proceeding to a photo stop at the magnificent Al Alam Palace, the official palace of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos, which is flanked by the 16th century Portuguese forts Mirani & Jalali. (Ladies must be fully covered and carry a head scarf and men must wear in trousers.)

Cost OMR 50 per saloon car (Maximum 3 Persons)

MUSCAT BY NIGHT (INCLUDING DINNER)

(Duration: 4 Hours – 80 km – pm Tour)

Pick up will be from your hotel at 1800 Hrs and the tour will proceed to Muttrah. Driving along the waterfront cornice, the first stop will be the bustling Muttrah Souq, which transports visitors back least a century to discover the true essence of Arabia. After having enjoyed some time at the Souq, a short walk along the cornice will offer many photo opportunities. With its full illumination, the “Frankincense burner” is a delight to watch at night. The next photo stop is at the magnificent Al Alam Palace, official palace of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos, flanked by the 16th century Portuguese forts Mirani & Jalali. After that the tour pauses at the Kargeen restaurant for a delicious Middle Eastern dinner, where the Lemon Mint is the highlight of the menu! (No alcohol is served). After dinner, the tour returns to the visitor’s hotel at around 21:30 Hrs.

Cost: OMR 97 Per Saloon Car (Maximum 3 Persons)

FASCINATING FORTS

(Duration: 08 Hours – 500km)

Nizwa, capital of the interior, is the birthplace of Islam in the Sultanate of Oman. Boasting the famous Round Tower Fort, built in the 17th century, Nizwa is also home to a Souq, which is renowned for its Friday cattle auction, intricately hand-carved “Khanjars” (daggers) and ornamental silver jewellery. On route to Jabrin, the tour visits the Bahla Fort, which has been declared as a World Heritage site. Jabrin, the finest of Oman’s castles, was built in the late 17th century and features stunning interior features, including ceiling paintings and beautifully executed woodcarvings. On the way to Muscat is the pretty village of Birkat Al Mauz, which is situated in the foothills of Jebel Akhdar (Green Mountains) and the opportunity to enjoy a walk through the area’s oasis and dense date plantations.

Cost OMR 100 per saloon car (Maximum 3 Persons)

A WADI WALK

(Duration 8 hours – 425 km by saloon car)

An ideal choice for active tourists wanting to experience Oman’s scenic beauty, the Wadi Walk tour starts with a coastal drive along the quaint fishing village of Quriyat, offering great sea views. The tour’s next stop is the Bimah sinkhole, a limestone crater with blue green water at the bottom, followed by a photo stop at Wadi Tiwi. The tour then proceeds to the pretty Wadi Shab. For those inclined, it is possible to walk right up to the source of the Wadi through lush green plantations of lemons, bananas and dates. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended for the fairly easy walk on a rocky path and for exploring all the area’s pools and waterfalls, before enjoying a picnic lunch in the serene surroundings.

Cost: OMR 110 per saloon car (Up to 3 Persons) (Not recommended in summer)

JEBEL AKHDAR TRAIL

(Duration: 08 Hours – 475 km by 4WD)

Departing from Muscat, the tour heads for Nizwa’s Round Tower Fort and Souk. The pretty village of Birkat Al Mauz, offers a walk through the area’s lush green date plantations. The tour proceeds to Wadi Al Madeen, where there is a check post. From here, a 36 km stretch of winding road leads to Jebel Akhdar, which, at 2000 metres above sea level, is the green jewel of the Al Hajjar mountain ranges, a unique spot in the Arabian Peninsula. Jebel Akhdar is famed for its refreshing cooler climate and fruit orchards, which are typically laid out in terraces on the mountain slopes, endowed with natural springs and aflaj. Its villages overlook a spectacular landscape of dramatic peaks, gorges and wadis. The roses of Jebel Akhdar fill the air with fragrance when in full bloom (March / April), and rose water is distilled in the homes of the villagers. (It is advisable to wear light comfortable clothing and walking shoes during the tour).

Cost OMR 130 per 4WD (Picnic lunch incl.) (Maximum 4 Persons)

WAHIBA WILDERNESS

(Duration: 09 Hours 550 km by 4WD)

Oman’s Wahiba Sands are a vast mass of undulating red and white dunes that rise to 200 metres. They are also host to a variety of flora and fauna, offering ever-changing patterns of the sand dunes that are a photographer’s delight. The tour will visit a Bedouin house in this incredible wilderness. In stark contrast, the trip also visits Wadi Bani Khalid, which is home to clear, deep blue water and comprises small pretty villages embedded in the mountains. (It is advisable to wear light comfortable clothing and walking shoes to fully enjoy the tour).

Cost OMR 130 per 4WD (Picnic lunch incl.) (Maximum 4 Persons)

1001 NIGHTS PACKAGE: 1 Night & 2 Days

Day 1:

At 08:00 the tour departs in 4WD vehicles, via the scenic and rugged coastal route, to Wahiba Sands. This tour offers breathtaking glimpses of the blue waters of the Gulf of Oman which are offset by pristine white beaches. Driving past the fishing village of Quriyat, there is a good chance of spotting flamingos and eagles at an inland stream. The tour will visit the picturesque Wadi Arabayeen, which features deep pools of water set among the date palms, before proceeding to the Bimah sinkhole, a spectacular limestone crater with blue green water at the bottom. While driving along the coast on clear sunny days, one might chance to see sharks in the deep blue waters or fleet footed gazelles sprinting across the rugged landscape. Arriving in Sur, the tour visits a traditional dhow factory and then continues along mountainous terrain offering breathtaking glimpses of the ocean. The tour progresses to Wahiba Sands, where a drive over the area’s vast mass of undulating red and white dunes offers the experience of a lifetime.

A night in tents at Ras Al Jinz Scientific & Visitor Centre.
Day 2:

08:00 Breakfast at the camp. Wahiba Sands is also home to the traditional Bedouin tribe, known for their hospitality and knowledge of the Sands. The tour will visit one of their houses situated in this incredible wilderness. In stark contrast, the trip also visits Wadi Bani Khalid, which is home to clear, deep blue water and comprises small pretty villages embedded in the mountains. (It is advisable to wear light comfortable clothing and walking shoes to fully enjoy the tour). A Set Menu Lunch will then be served at Al Sharqiyah Sands Hotel before the return to Muscat. Drop off to an individual’s hotel in Muscat is not included and must be booked independently.

Validity

Package Price in OMR

15th Nov – 15th Dec 1 SGL Room 1 TWN Room 1 TRPL Room 2 TWN Rooms
1 Person 2 Persons 3 Persons 4 Persons
Twin Sharing Per Person Price 365 416 495 604

Package Price Includes:

  • Two days 4WD with English speaking chauffeur
  • Set menu lunch at Sur Beach Hotel (Day 1)
  • Dinner (Day 1) and Breakfast at Wahiba Sands (Day 2)
  • Twin sharing accommodation at Ras Al Jinz Scientific & Visitor Centre.
  • Set menu lunch at Al Sharqiyah sands hotel (Day 2)

TURTLES BY NIGHT PACKAGE: 1 Night & 2 Days

Day 1:

At 0800 the tour departs by 4WD, via the scenic and rugged coastal route, to Ras Al Junaiz . Sights of pristine white beaches are enjoyed, alongside breathtaking glimpses of the Gulf of Oman.

Driving past the fishing village of Quriyat, there is a good chance of spotting flamingos and eagles at an inland stream. The tour proceeds to the picturesque Wadi Arabayeenu, which features deep pools of water set among the date palms, then on to the Bimah sinkhole, a spectacular limestone crater featuring blue green water at the bottom. While driving along the coast on clear sunny days, one might chance to see sharks in the deep blue waters or fleet footed gazelles sprinting across the rugged landscape.

Arriving at Sur, the tour will take in a visit to the fish jetty and traditional dhow factory. After a set menu lunch at Sur Beach Hotel, the tour continues to Ras Al Junaiz, a sanctuary for green turtles in Oman, and group members check into the hotel.

Following dinner, there is a short night drive to the Ras Al Jinz Scientific Centre, where trained guides provide an escort to the beach to watch the turtles coming into nest on the sands.

Overnight stay at Ras Al Jinz Scientific and Visitor centre or Similar.
Day 2:

Day 2 starts at 08:00 with a visit to Wadi Bani Khalid, home to clear, deep blue water and comprising small pretty villages embedded in the mountains. (It is advisable to wear light comfortable clothing and walking shoes to fully enjoy the tour).

The tour continues, arriving at Oman’s Wahiba Sands, a vast mass of undulating red and white dunes that rise to 200 metres. They are also host to a variety of flora and fauna, offering ever-changing patterns of the sand dunes that are a photographer’s delight. The tour will visit a Bedouin family in their traditional and simple habitat in this incredible wilderness.

A set menu lunch will be served at Al Sharqiyah Sands Hotel, before the return to Muscat at approximately 17:30.

Please note: the drop off to an individual’s hotel in Muscat must be booked independently.

Validity

Package Price in OMR

15th Nov – 15th Dec 1 SGL Room 1 TWN Room 1 TRPL Room 2 TWN Rooms
1 Person 2 Persons 3 Persons 4 Persons
Twin Sharing Per Person Price 404 492 606 752

Package Price Includes:

  • Two days 4WD with English speaking chauffeur
  • Set menu lunch at Sur Beach Hotel (Day 1)
  • Dinner (Day 1) and Breakfast at Wahiba Sands (Day 2)
  • Twin sharing accommodation at Ras Al Jinz Scientific & Visitor Centre.
  • Set menu lunch at Al Sharqiyah sands hotel (Day 2)

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WATERSPORTS

SEAOMAN

The Al Mouj Muscat Marathon takes places right beside the Marina and so you have a host of water-based activities at your fingertips. From sailing to speed boats, snorkelling to scuba diving and water skiing to wakeboarding, SeaOman have you covered. Due to limited availability please book ahead to avoid disappointment.

           

VISA & CURRENCY

Tourist Visas

Tourist visas must be booked online prior to travel. The onsite visa bureau at the airport has a limited service.
Residents of most countries can now apply online for a tourism e-visa. The visa options include 10 days, 30 days or multi-entry.
The process is quick and simple, with the visa usually issued in a day or two. It is the runner’s responsibility to keep up to date with any changes to the visa application process.

Currency

The local currency is Omani Rials. The currency is pegged to the USD, offering a stable exchange rate.
(1000 baisas equals 1 Omani Rial) 1 OMR = $2.6 USD. Currency exchange services are available at the airport currency exchange bureaus.

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