The opening of Muscat’s new airport terminal has given Oman Air the chance to completely reimagine its ground product. The new passenger terminal building has already won awards, and by the look of the lounge, it might be winning some awards of its own.
The interiors of the lounges are just simply stunning. The design has been influenced by the mountains and terrain of Oman, and while there are some ornate finishes, the lounge design reflects “the un-spoilt, natural beauty of the desert and the rugged landscape of the mountains,” which can be seen illuminated behind the reception desk.
The interiors also pull on local cultural design with the ‘Mashrabiya’ traditional element of traditional Arabic architecture being used to provide privacy in communal areas and add to the fluidity of the spacing.
Spread over a two-story ground floor with a mezzanine, the lounges offer guests a wide array of food and beverage services including dining areas and bars, luggage room, entertainment area, a smoking room, prayer rooms, business centre, kid’s room, nap area, shower facilities, baby changing facilities and a wellness area.
The First Class lounge also offers exceptional services including a personal chef, limousine service from the lounge to the aircraft and relaxation rooms. The First Class lounge area is 429 square metres with an overall capacity of 100 people. The Business Class Lounge is 2,314 square metres with an overall capacity of 516 people.
Further to these premium lounges, all Business Class and First Class international guests travelling with Oman Air to Muscat International airport will also be invited to enjoy the impressive arrival lounge. Nature has been the inspiration behind this lounge and the elegant and tranquil surroundings offer semi-public spaces with plenty of light. The service area is located at the upper corner in order to leave a large communal space for guests to enjoy.
The arrival lounge, located in the mezzanine floor in the arrival side of the airport area is 237 square metres and has 90 seats. The lounge will allow guests to shower, get connected and enjoy breakfast after their flight.
All in all, partnered with the new interiors of their 787-9 fleet, the carrier has proved that it doesn’t have to be the largest carrier in the region to fight for the title of the best. With affordable fares too, now is a good time to experience the premium cabins of Oman’s flag carrier.