Taking the route less travelled is translated at Six Senses Zighy Bay by discovering Musandam through the Omani Sea, guests won’t have to walk on water, as the newly relaunched Dhahab – meaning ‘’gold’’ in Arabic – will take them this Eid on a unique three-day experience, gliding through the ancient sailing routes on this 90 foot (27.5 meters) beautifully handcrafted traditional vessel, surrounded by the mesmerizing charm of the azure waters, and the majestic mystery of the fjord mountains.
Just in time to offer travelers the ultimate getaway experience for Eid Al Adha, Dhahab was redesigned to contain all the modern comforts, furnished in a relaxed artisan style that compliments the villas décor at Six Senses Zighy Bay. Dhahab offers a well-appointed spacious king bed cabin and two twin bed cabins, featuring spacious bathrooms and can accommodate six people comfortably. Inside Dhahab there’s a wide selection of games and a relaxing private lounge to watch movies on demand awaiting. At night, the daybeds on the upper deck and the captain’s deck provide the most picturesque platform for stargazing. A wide range of water activities can be booked to enjoy the arresting beauty of the underwater world with tailor-made dive experiences for novices and experts alike. Those who prefer above-water activities can tour the fjords in a speedboat, kayak (both single and twin), hand-line fish, or perfect their water-skiing skills.
The three-day cruise Dhahab starts from Zighy Marina, cruising towards Haffa and Sanat bays, guests will enjoy the legends and folklore tales recited by the experienced crew and discover the legend of the dinosaur footprint. Leaving Sanat, the cruise continues along Lima Bay to anchor in Khor Kabahl for lunch where a leisurely afternoon is spent swimming, kayaking, snorkelling, fishing or taking a speedboat tour along the majestic fjords. After a sumptuous dinner prepared on deck by the Dhahab private chef, guests can spend some time surrendering to the marvelous Omani starry night before their overnight stay.
A morning yoga session on the upper deck starts the second day before guests can jump into bespoke diving experiences where they can explore the colorful corals and underwater life, guests of every level can book and enjoy these activities, and to ease the weary muscles afterwards, guests can book a wellness treatment, an experienced Six Senses Spa Zighy Bay therapist will be escorted from the resort via speedboat to deliver a private and personalized therapy session to sooth the muscles and relax the body.
On their last day aboard this hand-crafted boat, Dhahab will depart for Khor Habaleen bay, passing quaint fishing villages, which seem almost frozen in the past. Guests can learn about local culinary traditions with a cooking class on-board or relax over a gourmet lunch before cruising back to Zighy Marina at Six Senses Zighy Bay.
Dhahab offers the best of two worlds, the adventure of an out of the ordinary cruise, and the comfort of private accommodation with outstanding service, tailoring the itinerary as per the guests’ requirements and needs, providing unforgettable moments of adventure, peace and tranquility, the perfect setup for a short Eid escape.
The three-day/two-night tailored itinerary is priced at OMR 8,470 net, and the shorter program of 2 days / one nights is priced at OMR 4,812 net.
Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) are playing a vital role in the success of Al Mouj Muscat, as the Integrated Tourism Complex (ITC) continues its growth as a diverse and vibrant community.
According to Nasser bin Masoud Al Sheibani, CEO of Al Mouj Muscat, creating a place where locally owned businesses can thrive has been part of the community’s strategic plan throughout its development. That not only helps shape Al Mouj Muscat’s unique sense of place but also contributes to the diversification and growth of the Omani economy, in line with the Oman 2040 Vision.
“SMEs play a critical role in national and local economies, and Al Mouj Muscat has consistently supported local entrepreneurs in establishing and growing new ventures,” said Al Sheibani.
“As an Integrated Tourism Complex (ITC), we have a clear role in developing tourism-related enterprises, in particular. Al Mouj Marina has successfully partnered with a select range of local start-ups, SMEs and other partners to offer an array of leisure activities, from diving and charters to wakeboarding and jet-skiing.”
To recognise the achievement of SMEs that operate within it, Al Mouj Marina has recently rewarded its top-performing partners with benefits to support them enhance their marketing exposure and customer experience. The initiative focuses on providing SMEs with support to enhance their businesses, particularly their customer service standards, through various improvements.
Photo courtesy of Souq Es Sabt
While the 13 tour operators and other marine businesses now operating from Al Mouj Marina are a particular source of pride, Al Mouj Muscat is also engaging with start-ups across the board. Independent retail stores, restaurants and cafes are a feature of the main leisure areas – The Walk, Marsa Plaza and The Promenade, and in the past winter, a food trucks area was added, allowing entrepreneurs to test the market for their ideas.
In all, Al Mouj Muscat has more than 30 SMEs operating within the development and supports more than 120 throughout its diverse projects and businesses.
“We support a growing number of SMEs and hope to support more in the future,” said Al Sheibani. “Al Mouj Muscat has invested in many local Omani businesses and entrepreneurs in terms of guidance and funding. By supporting SMEs and local suppliers, the company remains committed to the country’s vision of supporting the expansion and diversification of the Omani economy.”
Photo courtesy of Al Mouj Muscat.
Al Mouj Muscat has also hosted the seasonal Souq es Sabt – the Saturday Market – which is Muscat’s first and only farmers’ market offering fresh seasonal produce, and this year held a Ramadan Night Market on the last weekend before Eid Al Fitr. The Ramadan event was a joint initiative with Riyada – the Public Authority for Small and Medium Enterprises Development – and offered an array of Omani food and handicrafts, fashion, art exhibits, books, and other products, including unique concepts.
Every initiative builds on Al Mouj Muscat’s mission to bring about transformational change to create a more sustainable future. To serve a larger national purpose, Al Mouj Muscat has made societal value creation the core of its business strategy.
“It is gratifying to see Al Mouj Muscat is going through a very rewarding journey to realise its aspiration to be a source of sustainability in Oman,” said Al Sheibani. “We are delighted to embrace a strategic approach for innovation and growth. Encouraging this strategy will contribute to scaling up action for a sustainable future.”
When it comes to cooking and eating the freshest vegetables and herbs, we recommend growing your own. Make the most of your harvest this year by selecting plants that will thrive in your space. Container gardening is a great option, perfect for those who want to plant on patio or deck spaces. You can use containers to grow favorite herbs and vegetables, so you can harvest fresh flavours right outside your door.
Whether you have a condo patio, a high-rise rooftop, a quaint sunny corner of your yard or even a window box, the experts at Burpee Plants know anyone can be a successful gardener no matter their level of experience or space available. Here are top suggestions for plants perfect for small spaces that bring the performance and flavour:
Confetti Pepper: Petite peppers pack a lot of punch in a little 2-ounce size that can be eaten fresh at any stage, from green to ruby red. The eye-catching leaves are beautiful, too. Kids especially enjoy watching the fruit change colors over time and snacking on the bountiful harvest.
Atlas Tomato: If you want a big slicing tomato for sandwiches or a stacked caprese salad, the Atlas Tomato is for you. This container-friendly beefsteak tomato is disease resistant, which means healthy plants all season, and features impressive, extra-large tomatoes that are as fun to grow as they are to eat.
Jungle Parrot Pepper: Named for its adorable, beak-like shape, this pepper is perfect for patio containers. It ripens to a beautiful, rich red that adds a pop of color to your space. Enjoy this sweet and delicious pepper fresh from the vine, displayed as a table centerpiece, sliced for a sauté or as stuffed appetizers.
Merry Mint Fresh Flavors Herbs: Add healthy flavor to all types of cooking by planting your own herbs. Merry Mint and other favorite flavors can be snipped as needed for salads, marinades, garnishing and more. From parsley and basil to sage and thyme, herbs are easy to care for – both indoors and outdoors – and easily expand your recipe possibilities.
Discover more garden inspiration, DIY projects and new recipes, like this Fauxjito, by visiting burpeehomegardens.com:
Ingredients: Merry Mint from your herb garden, Still water, Sparkling water, Glass carafe
Directions: Chop and muddle a few sprigs of Merry Mint and add to the carafe. Next, fill carafe full with one-third still water and then two-thirds sparkling water. Pour into glasses and enjoy!
How about a quick itinerary from Muscat to some of the most visited towns in Oman? Sounds like a great plan to me. Nizwa and Bahla in Ad Dakhiliyah region are destinations with rich, revered history and lots of wonderful sights to see and places to visit. Here is a simple full-day guide for a much-needed weekend escape.
07:00 am: On a good morning, pack a couple of clean shirts and pants and hit the road to Nizwa (use Google Maps or Waze for location). It will take around 1 hour and 40 minutes. If you haven’t had your breakfast at home, then make sure to stop at Ahlain Café at the petrol station nearby Al Sahwa Roundabout for a hot cup of the cardamom-infused karak tea.
08:45 am: Arrive at Nizwa and start your tour by visiting Nizwa Fort, an ancient castle that’s been celebrated for generations. Explore the insides of this concrete beauty and visit the museum that’s located within.
Jabreen Castle. Photo courtesy of Omantripper.com
11:00 am: Head over to the adjacent Nizwa Souq, a traditional market and bazaar where you can find handmade pottery, traditional Omani daggers, sweet halwa, dates, spices, traditional rifles and many other items. Spend a couple of hours in the narrow alleys of the market, it’s an experience like no other.
01:00 pm: By now your stomach is growling. Take a rest and have your lunch at Al Masharef restaurant in the main road of Nizwa town, about 4.5 kilometres away from Al Khanger roundabout.
02:00 pm: Drive to the neighbouring town of Bahla to visit Jibreen Castel, a very huge building that has a number of secret rooms, go to the top of the castle and enjoy a beautiful view of Bahla.
Photo courtesy of catbirdphotography.wordpress.com
03:30 pm: Continue the forts-of-Oman tour with a visit to Bahla Fort. It’s about 10 kilometres away from Jibreen Castel. Bahla Fort is listed on the UNESCO World Heritage list, the has been renovated and is considered one of the oldest forts in Oman. Make sure to take a photo of the palms trees that surround the fort.
05:00 pm: Go to Falaj Daris, which is about 15 minutes away from Bahla Fort. Located within Falaj Daris Park, this Irrigation system is one of the largest in Oman and packs a lot of history for the locals.
BMW is unveiling a new edition of the model that lit the fuse for an innovative and highly distinctive breed of car: the Sports Activity Coupe (SAC). The new BMW X6 blends the agile and versatile driving properties of a Sports Activity Vehicle with the head-turning looks of a coupe. The third-generation X6 employs a clean, exclusive design language to underscore its confident and commanding appearance. And advanced powertrain and chassis technology teams up with a wealth of innovations to deliver a uniquely sporting yet also luxurious driving experience. Like its predecessor, the new BMW X6 will be produced in the US at BMW Group Plant Spartanburg. The market launch will begin in November 2019.
The new BMW X6 has grown by 26 millimetres in exterior length over the outgoing model (to 4,935 mm) and by 15 mm in width (to 2,004 mm). It now stands 6 mm lower (at 1,696 mm) and combines dynamically stretched proportions with exceptional visual muscularity. The car’s wheelbase has increased by 42 mm to 2,975 millimetres.
The large, single-frame BMW kidney grille is the most striking feature of the front end, the outer edges of the kidney grille now approaching the headlights at a clearly defined angle. The new BMW X6 is available for the
first time as an option with an illuminated BMW kidney grille, which adds an exclusive flourish to the exterior design. The illumination is activated by opening or closing the car, but the driver can switch it on and off manually too. This lighting function for the kidney grille is also available while driving.
If the optional BMW Laserlight with Adaptive LED headlights is specified, a BMW Laserlight spotlight with Selective Beam optimises the non-dazzling high beam function, whose range increases to around 500 metres.
BMW Laserlight can be identified by the blue x-shaped elements inside the signature BMW twin headlights. The flanks of the new X6 are defined by familiar BMW proportions, a crisply drawn character line and the dynamic roofline. 19-inch light-alloy wheels are fitted as standard, with other wheel variants ranging in size from 20 to 22 inches available as an option. The BMW X6 M50i and BMW X6 M50d come with 21-inch light-alloy wheels as standard.
The new BMW X6 is available from launch in xLine and M Sport model variants as an alternative to standard specification. The two equipment lines each have their own distinctive design cues.
Interior: an exclusive ambience imbued with sporting flair.
The interior of the new BMW X6 is geared squarely to delivering an exclusive and dynamic driving experience. Clear structures lend the cabin a modern and sporty appearance. The design of the cockpit, complete with the new arrangement and design of the control elements, represents a progressive re-interpretation of the driver focus for which BMW is renowned. The new BMW X6 comes as standard with Vernasca leather upholstery.
The interior offers a high degree of variability, thanks to 40:20:40 split rear seat backrests that can be folded down to increase boot capacity
from 580 to 1,530 litres. Highlight equipment features from the list of optional extras include multifunction seats with massage function for the driver and front passenger, four-zone automatic climate control, thermoelectric cup holders, glass applications for selected controls, the Panorama glass roof Sky Lounge, the Ambient Air interior fragrancing package and the Bowers & Wilkins Diamond+ 3D Surround Sound System.
Four powerful engines and an M duo from launch.
The line-up of engines available for the new BMW X6 from launch includes two petrol units and a pair of diesel variants from the latest generation. The model line-up is spearheaded by a BMW M model with a newly developed 390 kW/530 hp V8 petrol engine. The BMW X6 M50i (fuel consumption combined: 10.7–10.4 l/100 km [26.4–27.2 mpg imp];CO2 emissions combined: 243–237 g/km)* is joined in the range by the BMW X6 M50d (fuel consumption combined: 7.2–6.9 l/100 km [39.2-40.9 mpg imp]; CO2 emissions combined: 190–181 g/km)* with 294 kW/400 hp six-cylinder in-line diesel engine and a quartet of turbochargers. A straight-six petrol unit with output of 250 kW/340 hp sees action in the BMW X6 xDrive40i (fuel consumption combined: 8.6–8.0 l/100 km [32.8–35.3 mpg imp]; CO2 emissions combined: 197–181 g/km)*, and the BMW X6 xDrive30d (fuel consumption combined: 6.6–6.1 l/100 km [42.8–46.3 mpg imp]; CO2 emissions combined: 172–159 g/km)* employs a six-cylinder in-line diesel with 195 kW/265 hp. All variants of the new BMW X6 fulfil the requirements of the EU6d-TEMP emissions standard.
The M Sport exhaust system fitted as standard on both M models is also available as an option for the other versions of the BMW X6 or as part of the M Sport package and gives the car an unmistakable and emotionally rich aural presence.
All-new BMW X6 models come as standard with an eight-speed Steptronic transmission, while intelligent all-wheel drive maximises traction, agility and directional stability. The latest generation of the BMW xDrive system once again splits drive torque between the front and rear wheels variably and as the situation demands – only now with even greater precision and speed.
In situations which do not require all-wheel drive, the drive can be channelled entirely to the rear wheels in the interests of efficiency. The xDrive system also maintains a rear-wheel bias in, particularly dynamic driving situations. The car’s sporting attributes are aided by the electronically controlled M differential lock at the rear axle available as part of M Sport specification or in conjunction with the optional xOffroad package.
Perfectly tuned chassis systems enhance sporting responses, comfort levels and off-road prowess.
A double-wishbone front axle and five-link rear axle give the new BMW X6 the ideal suspension tools to deliver dynamism and ride comfort on the road, plus unshakable traction off the beaten track. Dynamic Damper Control is included as standard, the Adaptive M suspension Professional with active roll stabilisation and Integral Active Steering endows the car with exceptionally agile and dynamic driving qualities, and the new BMW X6 is also available with two-axle air suspension including automatic self- levelling. The car’s height can be altered at the touch of a button in the cockpit through a maximum of 80 millimetres. An off-road package is available for all model variants except the BMW X6 M50i and BMW X6 M50d, allowing the driver to choose from four modes that optimise progress over snow, sand, gravel or rocks respectively. And at the press of a button, they can also activate the ideal settings for the vehicle’s ride height, the xDrive system, accelerator response, transmission control and the DSC system’s corrective inputs.
Innovative driver assistance systems offering new functions.
An extensive selection of standard and optional driver assistance systems mark out the new BMW X6 as an exceptionally innovative Sports Activity Coupe. Fresh from the addition of myriad new functions, the systems do an extremely effective job in enhancing comfort and safety. Standard
specification for the new BMW X6 includes Cruise Control with braking function and the Collision and Pedestrian Warning with City Braking function, which also alerts the driver when a cyclist is detected. The Active Cruise Control system with Stop & Go function is available as an option. The Driving Assistant Professional can also be found on the options list for the new BMW X6. This complete package of safety- and comfort-enhancing tech includes both the steering and lane control assistant with Traffic jam assistant and lane-keeping assistant with active side collision protection. The Evasion Assistant is another component of the Driving Assistant Professional, as are the rear collision warning, road priority warning and wrong-way driving warning systems, crossing traffic warning, Lane Change Warning and the Emergency Stop Assistant. The innovative reversing assistant, which helps the driver when exiting parking spaces and manoeuvring within a confined space represents another step en route to automated driving.
BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant is on hand to help the driver. The BMW Live Cockpit Professional in the new BMW X6 combines a new display and operating concept with unbeatable connectivity. It includes a high-resolution instrument cluster and a Control Display, both with a screen diagonal of 12.3 inches. The new BMW X6 comes with the BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant, an intelligent digital character who responds to the prompt “Hey BMW”. One unique feature over other digital assistants is that drivers can choose their name for him. The arrival of the BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant ensures there is always a genuine BMW professional on board. He can explain all sorts of different functions, provide up-to-date information and assist the driver.
The range of functions and skills available will be constantly expanded as part of regular updates, which can be carried out seamlessly on a smartphone and in-car via Remote Software Upgrade.
Empowering the next generation of young Omani hospitality leaders, Al Bustan Palace, a Ritz-Carlton Hotel, recently concluded its “Junior Hotelier” programme. Held in partnership with the Child Care Center in Al Khoud, the week-long initiative invited six students to work behind-the-scenes at the hotel, immersing them into the world of hospitality and eventually inspiring them to select a career in this field.
“We are always excited to meet ambitious young Omanis who might join our passionate team,” said Nabil Al Zadjali, Executive Assistant Manager (EAM) at Al Bustan Palace, a Ritz-Carlton Hotel. “Thanks to our partnership with the Child Care Center, the “Junior Hoteliers” program has offered a great opportunity for these students to expand their horizons and discover the myriad of careers available in Oman’s burgeoning hospitality industry. Through it, we hope to inspire more of Oman’s youth, to tap into their vast potential, and build up the next generation of hospitality leaders.”
The six students who recently completed their education and showed an interest in the hospitality industry were introduced to the hotel’s various departments, assisting in day-to-day operations. The program began with an orientation, followed by working closely alongside managers and supervisors in the areas of Housekeeping, Recreation, Culinary, Engineering and Security.
The “Junior Hoteliers” program falls under The Ritz-Carlton group’s Community Footprints programme, part of which at creating a positive impact on the lives of others and making a meaningful difference in the communities The Ritz-Carlton serves. In Oman, this mission includes an ongoing partnership with the Child Care Center, which aims to empower orphans by providing them with vocational training and educational programs, equipping them with tools to improve their lives. This year the program also coincided with World Youth Skills Day on the 15th July, highlighting the importance of youth skills development and providing them with marketable skills.