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Oman emerges as Middle East’s most glamorous destination

It may be the less well-known neighbour to the popular United Arab Emirates, but Oman is starting to make a name for itself on the Middle Eastern tourist trail. With a raft of stylish new hotels and alternative holiday options, Oman is emerging as the glamorous alternative to Dubai or Abu Dhabi. Oman’s capital, Muscat, has long been its main tourist centre, but developers are starting to see the potential in the country’s expansive coastline and  vast, untamed interior. Top names in luxury travel, including Four Seasons and Missoni are lining up extravagant offerings in the newly sought after beach resort of Jebel Sifah, while Luis Vuitton are rumoured to be adding to their hotel portfolio by joining French hotel operator Cheval Blanc on the tiny southern island of As Sodah. Venturing inland, Oman’s spectacular scenery is there for the taking, and Asian boutique hotel specialists Alila is taking the initiative, developing the first luxury resort in the stunning mountains of the Jabal Akhdar region. There has also been significant investment in infrastructure to ensure that this beautiful region can be enjoyed, with the emphasis placed on sensitive development that compliments its surroundings. While luxury hotels spring up across Oman, there are also options for travellers looking for something different. Stylish camping providers, such as Hud Hud Travels, have seen Oman’s vast potential and offer expeditions and tours to some of the country’s most secluded and spectacular locations. There is plenty more in store for Oman as it emerges as a major player in the world of luxury tourism, with its diverse landscapes and stunning scenery providing rich pickings for developers. It seems that Oman’s star will continue to rise in 2013, making it one of the most attractive luxury destinations for holidaymakers looking for something extra special. Image sources: 1 2 3
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