Visa run, but make it cool.
Whether you're eagerly awaiting that work visa or graciously playing host to long-term guests, sooner or later, many Dubai expats find themselves in the 'visa run' showdown with Oman. While the notion of crossing borders may seem mundane, we're here to infuse your visa run with a cool and stress-free vibe, making it an adventure worth every mile. It's a journey that is more than just a passport stamp.
What to Pack
For your day out in the city, consider carrying a spacious purse with all your essentials. You'll want to have your wallet, phone, sunglasses, sunscreen, and a refillable water bottle to stay hydrated as you explore the city. A notepad and pen might come in handy for jotting down any interesting discoveries.
If you're planning to make it an overnight trip, packing a change of clothes is a must. Include a comfortable outfit for strolling around the city, such as a pair of stylish yet practical walking shoes. A book, cosmetics, and any necessary travel accessories should also find their way into your overnight bag.
Embrace the Journey
While road-tripping to Oman is a well-loved method for visa renewal, choosing the quick and easy flight to Muscat will have you just an hour away from the captivating landscapes of Oman.
As you settle into your seat, why not indulge in some in-flight entertainment? Download an episode or two on Netflix to watch on the flight, or, bring a good book to accompany you on your short voyage to Muscat. And while you're at it, peek into our celebrity airport style gallery for some travel outfit inspo.
Get a Day Pass at the Shangri-La
Take a pit stop at the Shangri-La in Muscat, pack your swimwear, and get ready for an unforgettable beachside escape. As you arrive at this luxurious oasis, you are instantly immersed in the traditional Omani culture, where a warm welcome of coffee and dates awaits, setting the tone for an enriching experience.
Whether you want to explore the marine biodiversity of Oman, float down the relaxing lazy river, indulge in a rejuvenating spa treatment, or kick your holiday up a notch with high-octane water sports, Shangri-La Muscat offers it all in one luxurious package. Your visa run now includes not just a renewal but also a day of luxury and relaxation by the serene shores of Oman.
Make It an Overnight Trip
To maximize your adventure and exploration, we recommend making it an overnight trip. This way, you can savor the local culture, discover hidden gems, and truly immerse yourself in the magic of Muscat.
Muscat is a city that seamlessly combines tradition with modernity, providing you with an unforgettable cultural experience. So put on your explorer's hat and get ready to uncover the secrets of this captivating city.
Now that you've refreshed and relaxed at the Shangri-La, it's time to explore the enchanting city of Muscat. Muscat has something to offer for every traveler, with attractions that span the spectrum of nature, art, culture, and shopping.
Nature enthusiasts will be captivated by the dramatic landscapes, where the mountains meet the sea. The Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, with its extraordinary architecture, is a must-visit for those who appreciate art and culture.
For avid shoppers and those seeking unique treasures, Muttrah Souk is a gem within Muscat. This long-running, old-fashioned bazaar boasts a remarkable array of household goods, clothing, spices, antiques, and much more.
What to Wear
The key is to strike a balance between comfort and style. Opt for lightweight, breathable fabrics to cope with Muscat's warm climate. Maxi dresses, tailored jumpsuits, and linen separates are all great choices for exploring the city in style. Pair them with comfortable walking shoes.
Remember to dress modestly, respecting the local culture and traditions. Long, flowy dresses, midi skirts, and loose-fitting tops are not only fashionable but also culturally appropriate.
Top off your look with a wide-brimmed hat to shield yourself from the sun and a pair of oversized sunglasses for a dash of glamour.