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Issam Al Balushi
CONCIERGE GUIDE

Issam Al Balushi

concierge 96824680611

Welcome To Muscat

My name is Issam Al Balushi and I am the Guest Experience Manager. I look forward to welcoming you to the InterContinental Muscat, the home of true Omani hospitality. My team and I will be delighted to show you the treasures of this great country.

InterContinental Muscat's Concierge provides several different functions to guests and assist in providing them with all the necessary and relevant information with regards to the city and the hotel. The concierge team is in charge of booking tours and excursion, flight bookings, restaurant reservations etc.

LOCAL ESSENTIALS

THE PERFECT DAY

MORNING

After breakfast, head for the Grand Mosque, one of the biggest in the Middle East. Next, on to the fish market: the real hustle and bustle happens early so don't leave your visit too late. In order to get an understanding of the local culture and heritage, don't miss the Bait Al Zubair Museum in Old Muscat. The Sultan's residence, the Al Alam Palace, and the two 16th century Portuguese forts, Jalali and Mirani, are all interesting buildings.

AFTERNOON

After lunch take a stroll along the corniche and take a walk up to the frankincense burner: a monument on top of a small hill which gives you a great view over the city. Continue to the souk where you can start bargaining for local handicrafts, spices and a myriad of other things. For a beautiful sunset continue to the terrace of the Crowne Plaza, perched on cliffs overlooking the sea.

EVENING

To finish the day, have a relaxing evening stroll along Qurum beach which will bring you back to the hotel. For dinner, I would choose a typical Arabic restaurant, which serves authentic local fare.

INSIDER TIPS

LOCAL CULTURE

Clothing

Bring a light jacket during winter for cool evenings. Don't forget your swimwear.


What to wear

Oman is a Muslim country: please dress modestly but comfortably. Woman should wear skirts below the knee.


Tips

A guest can tip the staff at his discretion.


Weather

The climate in Muscat is hot and humid from April till September, and pleasant with temperature ranging from 18 to 23 in the evenings from October till April.


Weekends

Remember, our weekends are Thursday and Friday.


DID YOU KNOW ?

First time

Oman was the first Arab country to appoint a woman to head an overseas embassy.


Perfume

Amouage Gold is the most complex and most expensive perfume in the world with 120 ingredients. The bottle is made of French lead crystal and the top of 24ct gold.


Sindbad

The legendary sailor Sindbad set sail from Oman. There's a replica of the type of boat he would have used at the Al Bustan roundabout.


World record

The chandelier at the Sultan Qaboos Mosque is the biggest chandelier in the world according to the Guinness Book of World Records.


Perfect Day


WHAT TO PACK

Excursions

Oman is a country of adventure - don't forget strong shoes and casual clothes for your trips. Make sure you bring your driving licence so you can hire a 4x4 and explore the desert.


Money

Bring some local currency, Omani rials, to cover incidentals from the airport to the hotel. You can change dollars or euros at the bank inside the hotel.


Sun Protection

Ensure that you bring with you sun block for your protection.


InterContinental Muscat

  • P.O. Box 398
  • Muscat , 114
  • Oman
  • Front Desk +968-24-680000

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Languages spoken by staff

Arabic, German, English, French, Hindi, Italian, Dutch , Punjabi

Pet Policy

No Pets Allowed.
  • Local Time

    10:45 PM
    • CHECK-IN

      2:00 PM
    • CHECK-OUT

      12:00 PM

    Currency

    • Omani Rial ر.ع.‏ (OMR)

    Accessibility

    • Service animals allowed
    • 2 Room(s) with Accessibility Standards
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