In Brief

Sohar's Mercure ... 151-room hotel

Sohar gets a Mercure

YOU may have seen a new landmark in Sohar. The 151-room freehold hotel, located in the heart of Sohar, is AccorHotels Mercure-branded property. The first guests have already enjoyed their stay last December 2016. Olivier Granet, managing director and chief operating officer for AccorHotels Middle East, commented: 'As a leading global hospitality company within the region, we are delighted to debut the Mercure brand in Oman, a brand with a robust international network and commitment to quality. With six hotels in operation and three in the pipeline with our partner Action Hotels within the region, we value this relationship and look forward to widening our footprint as well as building brand equity in Oman.'


Oman Air’s generous allowance

OMAN Air has introduced a generous baggage allowance at the start of the new year. This means, moving away from the traditional kg weight based allowance and excess baggage charge to a more simple policy based on number of bags being checked-in, that will save money for travelling guests.

Under the new policy, Oman Air guests will continue to receive a generous free baggage allowance to all destinations, this translates into one piece of baggage of up to 30 kg in economy class, and an additional piece of baggage of up to 20 kg is in business class. Silver and Gold Sinbad members stand to gain even more. Members are entitled to one piece of baggage of up to 30 kg plus one additional piece of baggage of up to 20 kg in economy class.


Six Senses Zighy Bay wins laurels

SIX Senses Zighy Bay has been named in The Gold List 2017: The 20 Best Hotels in the World, by Condé Nast Traveller magazine. Speaking about the recognition, Aaron McGrath, general manager at Six Senses Zighy Bay said: 'It is fantastic news for all of us here at the resort! A marriage of natural beauty, exquisite high-end services and a passionate and dedicated team, has allowed us to be recognised by this esteemed publication and its list. We will strive to remain on the list for years to come. We would like to once again thank the expert panel of judges for their vote and we look forward to welcoming you all in 2017.'


Rotana Salalah plants an in-house nursery

The nursery has been created with over 200 plants

THE five-star waterfront Salalah Rotana Resort has unveiled an in-house plant nursery as part of its sustainability initiatives and to meet its landscaping needs.

The nursery has been created with over 200 plants. Keeping to its environmentally friendly objective, a drip irrigation system has been utilised for the project with a network of pipes allowing water to flow directly to the plant root, resulting in water savings and less maintenance.

Hossam Kamal, general manager of Salalah Rotana Resort, said, 'As climate change continues to be a global speak, we recognise that the journey to a more sustainable environment will be achieved only by our collective effort. By initiating this project, we are doing our part towards a safer environment. Our plant nursery signifies a key milestone in our sustainability efforts demonstrating our commitment to our environment and all stakeholders'.