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Hotels in Muscat

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Hotel Bedrooms

The conference will take place at the Al Bandar and Al Husn Hotels within the Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort and Spa complex. The complex is approximately 45-60 minutes by car from Muscat Airport.

Attendees are responsible for making their own travel and accommodation arrangements.

The venue for the conference, the Shangri-La, is now fully booked.

Bedrooms will be available for the week of the conference at a special rate at the Al Bustan Palace, a Ritz-Carlton Hotel, which is located 10 Km away from the Shangri-La complex, and a 10-15 minute journey by car. A very limited number of Sea View rooms are available at the special rate of OMR 140 (+ tax).

To book, please contact, Mr. Hamed Al Ghafri, Assistant Director of Sales, Al Bustan Palace, a Ritz-Carlton Hotel
+968 247 64123 /



Visas and passport requirements

Citizens of many nations (including but not limited to: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Italy, Ireland, Japan, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Monaco, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, U.K., and the U.S.A.) are able to enter Oman and obtain a visa upon arrival for a nominal fee, without any preparations.

But it is your responsibility to check. If you have registered and require an official letter of invitation, please contact us at

To check visa and entry requirements for Oman, please visit: and or the website for the embassy or consulate of the Sultanate of Oman in your own country.

How does the visa upon arrival service work? 
If you hold an eligible passport, upon arrival at Muscat Airport, please queue at the Travelex Desk to obtain your visa. A 10 day Tourist Visa will cost OMR 5. After paying for your visa, proceed through Immigration before going on to Baggage Reclaim.

Meet and Greet
If you would like assistance at Muscat Airport upon arrival, Plaza Network offers a meet and greet service. This includes access to a lounge while a Plaza Network agent obtains a visa upon arrival for you. The agent will then escort you through immigration and baggage reclaim. This premium service is available for OMR 16.5 (discounted from OMR 21), excluding the cost of the actual visa on arrival. To book this, please contact Plaza Network Airport Premium Service by email: or telephone: +968 24518982, quote “CNI Luxury,” and state that you would like to book a Meet and Greet Service for arrival at Muscat Airport. You will need to provide Plaza Network with your personal and payment information.


By Car

Car transfers can be arranged from Abu Dhabi and Dubai Airports to the Shangri-La (both journeys approximately five hours).

Within Muscat, taxis are inexpensive, though you may wish to consider booking private cars and drivers through the Shangri-La.

Car hire (for driving in Oman only) can also be arranged through the Shangri-La – the Avis car hire company will deliver and collect vehicles.


By Air

Muscat is served by one airport – Muscat International Airport (MCT).
The airport is approximately 50Km from the Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort and Spa (45 minutes by car).

Direct flights to Muscat are available from Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Bangkok, Beirut, Delhi, Doha, Dubai, Frankfurt, Guangzhou, Istanbul, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Kuwait, London, Manila, Milan, Mumbai, Munich, Paris, Singapore, Zurich and many other major international cities.

Travellers from North and South America are able to reach Muscat by connecting via Europe or via Abu Dhabi, Doha and Dubai.

Travellers from the Far East are able to reach Muscat by connecting via Abu Dhabi, Bangkok, Doha and Dubai.

There are over 30 flights each day between Muscat and Abu Dhabi, Doha and Dubai (average duration 80 minutes).

The national airline of Oman is Oman Air, which has a 4-Star Skytrax rating.

As a Co-Lead Partner of the event, Oman Air is pleased to offer a 15% discount on Business Class tickets and a 10% discount on Economy Class tickets, exclusively for conference attendees, for travel to Muscat during the month of April 2017. This discount is available by clicking here. Please note discounted tickets are in limited supply, and subject to availability at time of booking. Terms and conditions apply. Discounted fares are only available to registered attendees of the conference.