Salalah - Dubai from 4th May
Muscat - Zanzibar from 16th May
The National Carrier of the Sultanate of Oman will be resuming services between Salalah and Dubai from May 4th and between Muscat and Zanzibar from May 16th. Salalah flights will operate twice weekly on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Zanzibar will operate 3 times a week on Mondays, Tuesdays and Saturdays.
Announcing this, Abdulrazaq Alraisi, Chief Commercial Officer, Oman Air said:
"Oman Air is very happy and excited to bring back Zanzibar to our Network. It is a unique destination in terms of tourism potential as well as business and commercial prospects. Oman has friendly relations with Zanzibar and represents our third destination in Africa and second in Tanzania. We are confident Zanzibar will open up new and unique opportunities in bi-lateral tourism and promote both inbound and outbound travels for Oman as well as Zanzibar. Our flights will help build stronger business ties between the two nations and will increase opportunities for tourists from Europe and India sub-Continent who wish to explore and enjoy this unique destination. "
Once a major dhow building hub of the East African region, Zanzibar is now a bustling fishing centre and much of the area's rustic charm remains to delight sports and cultural enthusiasts as well as nature and party lovers. Tourism has long since replaced the ancient art of dhow-building as the town's major industry, but the essence of olden days and its cultural heritage can still be found.
With Salalah Tourism Festival round the corner, the direct and non-stop flights from Salalah to Dubai is expected to bring in big number of tourists into Salalah who can enjoy the cool climes of this city as well as enjoy the festivities of the 45-days-long Salalah Tourism Festival which coincides with the Khareef season.
Abdulrazaq Alraisi said: 'The number of tourists from the Gulf states visiting Salalah during the annual Khareef season has been steadily increasing. With our direct flights we are sure we can cater to more enthusiastic travellers who wish to escape the sizzling summer heat of much of the Arabian Gulf for the cool climate and Monsoon showers of Khareef season."