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Al Husn Hotel, Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa

Region Oman

The Al Husn Hotel is part of the Barr Al Jissah, Shangri La Resort which is located about fifty kilometers from Muscat Airport in an isolated sandy cove with the Hajar Mountains as a backdrop. The Al Husn is the premier property and is located on top of a cliff giving it impressive views of the resort and the Omani coast. The hotel has well appointed rooms and three fine dining restaurants and an impressive infinity pool. Guest can use all the facilities at the other hotels as well.

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Hotels in Oman
Oman hotels are located in or around Muscat with some additional Oman hotels located in Salalah and a few smaller Oman hotels in the provinces. The hotels in Muscat include the major groups like Shangri-la, Radisson SAS and Intercontinental Group as well as luxury boutique hotels like The Chedi. The hotels include 5 star Oman hotels and 4 star Oman hotels and for budget travellers there are numerous local hotels which tend to be rated 3 star and below.



The stock of hotels in Oman was recently added to in 2006 with the opening of Shangri-La’s Barr Al Jissah Resort which encompasses the Al Waha, Al Bandar and Al Husn hotels. The Shangri-La is now the premier resort hotel in Oman along with The Chedi which has won numerous Conde Nast awards. Reacting to this new competition InterContinental’s Al Bustan hotel which was traditionally one of Oman’s leading hotels has closed down in January 2007 for a complete refurbishment.



In Muscat are Oman business hotels like the Radisson SAS, the Crowne Plaza and Intercontinental and along the coast line are the Oman Resort Hotels.



Like a number of Middle East Countries Oman has an ambitious hotel building programme and plans for four new Oman hotels on the Wave which is Oman’s new mega offshore development



Cranley now lists most 5 star hotels in Oman and most 4 star hotels in Oman with free comprehensive Oman hotel reports, hotel information, independent ratings and reviews including many photos. This makes Cranley the most comprehensive independent guide on Oman hotels today on-line. Oman hotels were indeed Cranley’s second country following the launch of UAE hotels and further Oman hotels continue to be added to the site on a regular basis.
Background

Facts and Figures

Below are a few helpful facts to help familiarise you with the Sultanate.

  • Total Population is 2,415,576 (1,802,931 Omani and 612,645 Expatriate)
  • Total Land Area is 309,500 Km2
  • Capital City is Muscat (estimated population, 664,826)
  • Time Zone is GMT + 4
  • Total paved roads 14,681Km

Source: Statistical year Book, Ministry of National Economy, 2005

A Brief History of the Sultanate of Oman

Dating as far back as the third millennium BC, the history of Oman has retained a rich and exhilarating record of the difficult struggles faced by the Omani people against the backdrop of treacherous mountain terrain, harsh desert plains and mysterious seas. There exists within its vivid history a dialogue of harmony and companionship, plotting the course of civilization in the region, as the portal through which the first man crossed in his travels and migrations from the heart of Africa to Asia.

Among the key historical events, which have ultimately shaped the nation are:

  • Due to its strategic location, linking international trade lines, Oman has always attracted the avaricious. As such, the eastern coast, including the city of Muscat.
  • The early Nineteenth century saw the Sultanates of Muscat and Oman become one of the most important states in the region, controlling many of the coasts of Persia and Pakistan in Asia and the island of Zanzibar in East Africa.
  • 1964, the Sultanate discovered oil.
  • 1970, the dawn of the modern renaissance and reign of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said, who still resides in power to this day.

Geographical Locations

The Sultanates tactical positioning has enabled it to play an effective role in many issues and developments occurring in the region. Located in the South Eastern corner of the Arabian Peninsula. The country is subject to a hot northern climate and a tropical southern climate.

Among the key geographical considerations and attractions are:

  • Oman is the third largest country in the Arabian Peninsula (total area of roughly 309,500 square kilometres.)
  • The Northern peninsula of Musandam is separated from the mainland by part of the United Arab Emirates. The peninsula is situated at the doorway to the Persian Gulf overlooking the Strait of Hormuz.
  • Oman is bordered by the Republic of Yemen to the South West, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to the West and the United Arab Emirates to the North.
  • Oman has an impressive coastline measuring 3165 kilometres, along the Gulf of Oman to the North and the Arabian Sea to the South.
  • Oman is sovereign over 293 islands, of which 85 have a little more than a 200 metre area and 31 little more than 500; frequented predominantly by migrating and settling birds, rare animals, fish and turtles.
  • According to the Ministry of National Economy¡¦s latest statistics, the population stands at 2,415,576 persons, with Omanis making up 74.6% of the resident population (1,802,931). The most densely populated area within the country is the Governorate of Muscat, situated on Oman¡¦s northern coast; it is home to one third of the total population.

Topography

The landscapes of the Sultanate are vast and variable, catering to all tastes. This rare and charming combination of beauty and variety greatly serve to attract tourists and visitors to the shores of Oman, with its appeal ever increasing as more and more people learn of this hidden treasure.

The sundry topography of Oman naturally divides the country into three distinct regions, each with its own identity, ranging from rugged mountains and rocky deepwater fjords in the North, to spectacular dunes and two large salt flats in the centre, to the lush green hills of Dhofar in the South.

North: The northern coastal strip along the Gulf of Oman is known as the Batinah coast; a narrow fertile plain separated from the remainder of the country by the Hajr Mountains, stretching approximately 650km along the Gulf of Oman, from Ras Musandam to Ras Al Had in Sur, at the Eastern point of the country. Roughly at the mid point between these two points lies the valley of Sumail, which dissects the range into Al Hajr Al Sharqi and Al Hajr Al Gharbi. The latter is home to the highest peak in the Sultanate, Jabal Shams (Sun Mountain), standing an impressive 2997 metres above sea level. The southern slopes of the range are noted for their oasis towns where date groves flourish in the dry desert air.

Centre: Rocky steppes and sand dunes form roughly 82% of the central topography of the Sultanate, extending from Rimal Al Sharqiyah in the East to the outskirts of the Empty Quarter desert in the West. At the centre of this region lie salt plains, along whose perimeters unravel magnificent oasis villages enriched with lush palm groves.

South: In the south lies the second mountain range in Oman; the Qura Mountains, which attract the light monsoon rains during the mid-summer months. The mountains turn green with vegetation helping delay the effects of erosion resulting in a soft rolling landscape akin to central Africa. This time of year is known locally as the Khareef.

As in the north, a narrow fertile plain lies between the mountains and the sea, with the city of Salalah in between, surrounded by lush vegetable farms and coconut groves.

Reference Ministry of Tourism

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