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Croatia is an Eastern European country with a long coastline on the Adriatic Sea. Encompassing more than a thousand islands, it’s also crossed by the Dinaric Alps. Its inland capital, Zagreb, is distinguished by its medieval Gornji Grad (Upper Town) and diverse museums. The major coastal city Dubrovnik has massive 16th-century walls encircling an Old Town with Gothic and Renaissance buildings. Hvar, a Croatian island in the Adriatic Sea, is best known as a summer resort. Highlights of the port town Hvar include its 13th-century walls, a hilltop fortress and a main square anchored by the Renaissance-era Hvar Cathedral. The island also features beaches such as Dubovica and inland lavender fields. Boat excursions serve the nearby Pakleni Islands, which have secluded beaches and coves.

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Long, lean Hvar is vaguely shaped like the profile of a holiday maker reclining on a sun lounger, which is altogether appropriate for the sunniest spot in the country, and its most luxurious beach destination. Hvar Town, the island’s capital, offers swanky hotels, elegant restaurants and a general sense that, if you care about seeing and being seen, this is the place to be. Rubbing shoulders with the posh yachties are hundreds of young partygoers, dancing on tables at the town’s legendary beach bars. The northern coastal towns of Stari Grad and Jelsa are far more subdued and low-key.

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Hvar’s interior hides abandoned ancient hamlets, craggy peaks, vineyards and the lavender fields that the island is famous for. It’s worth exploring on a day trip, as is the southern end of the island, which has some of Hvar’s most beautiful and isolated coves.

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Stari Grad, on the island’s north coast, is a quieter, more cultured and altogether more sober affair than Hvar Town, its stylish and sybaritic sister. If you’re not after pulsating nightlife and thousands of people crushing each other along the streets in the high season, head here and enjoy Hvar at a more leisurely pace. That said, you can easily see all of the little town’s sights in half a day.

The name Stari Grad means ‘Old Town’, a reference to the fact that it was founded in 384 BC by the ancient Greeks, who knew it as Pharos. The surrounding fields are still divided into parcels of land demarcated in antiquity. The town sits at the end of a deep inlet, with the narrow lanes of the old quarter spreading out on its southern side. The waterfront promenade continues along the northern bank to a small beach.

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The island of Hvar is the queen of the Croatian Dalmatian islands. It has been famous since the antique because of its important strategic and nautical position, the rich of the various historical periods, the culture and natural monuments and the literature.Thanks to the mild climate, the warm winters and pleasant summers Hvar receives many guests, scientists and travelers, who are attracted by the dense mediterranean nature, rich tradition and architecture, and nightlife.

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Through the centuries, an oasis of culture has remained here, a testimony to the identity. Hvar has celebrated 140 years of organized tourism, and today it is considered to be one of the 10 most beautiful islands in the world. Whatever you are looking for on your vacation, you may find it here; night life and cultural attractions of cosmopolitan Hvar town, boat excursions to Pakleni Islands, sandy beaches near Jelsa, the ancient town Stari Grad in which past centuries mingle with modern tourist facilities.

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Rich cultural and historic heritage of Hvar, that dates back to pre-historic times, unique gastronomy, beautiful beaches and bays , crystal blue sea, high quality accommodation in apartments and rooms at private houses, hotels, and the hospitality of the local people are the guarantees of a holidays in Hvar you will always remember.

Create Your Legacy

DJI is back with a major revision to its popular Ronin gimbal with the heavily upgraded and more expensive ( Ronin 2 ). DJI is a world crusher in drones, but the company has long felt like the “second brand” of gimbals, with FreeFly systems and its MoVi being at the top of the pecking order. While the Ronin has the biggest rental base on indie platforms like ShareGrid, MoVi has the biggest penetration into high-end production. With the Ronin 2, announced last April and shipping as of a few weeks ago, DJI is clearly pushing hard to get to the same dominant position in ground stabilization they have in the sky. The massive team of engineers, product designers, and market researchers behind this product clearly emphasizes that point.

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At launch, the Ronin 2 design felt like a major revision that seriously took into account feedback from the marketplace and set out to be a gimbal that everyone would be happy with in demanding shoot situations. Combined with the launch of the Ronin 2 to fill in the gap at the entry level, the top end Ronin was free to move up to the top of the market. We got our hands on a unit to see for ourselves if the Ronin 2 would fulfill its promise.

Ronin 2 exists to let filmmakers capture the scene they see in their mind. Upgraded high torque motors allow it to support a wider range of cameras, resist hight winds and G-forces caused when mounted to a car and keep it moving smoothly in flight.

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Summer Hustle

There is something magical about summer, wether it’s the long nights spent outside or the way the sun streams through the windows in the early morning. Enjoy the most lovely time of the year with one of those inspirational gateway.

Tokyo

Yoking past and future, Tokyo dazzles with its traditional culture and passion for everything new.

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Paris

Paris’ monument-lined boulevards, museums, classical bistros and boutiques are enhanced by a new wave of multimedia galleries, creative wine bars, design shops and tech start-ups.

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Lisbon

When the city sizzles in summer, lisboêtas don’t have to go far to keep their cool. Enchanting beaches lie north and south of the capital. There are also rippling woods brushed with pine and eucalyptus, marshy reserves where bottlenose dolphins splash, hills studded with fanciful palaces, and limestone cliffs where dinosaurs left their footprints 150 million years ago all within an hour of the capital.

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Bangkok

Explore the best of Bangkok on a private tour that takes in the highlights and gives you a glimpse ate local life. Visit hidden gems, food havens and Buddhist temples by tuk tuk, boat and on foot. End at local cafe for a refreshing drink.

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Kyoto

Kyoto is old Japan writ large: atmospheric temples, sublime gardens, traditional teahouses and geisha scurrying to secret liaisons.

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London

One of the world’s most visited cities, London has something for everyone. From history and culture to fine food and good times.

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Barcelona

Barcelona is an enchanting seaside city with boundless culture, fabled architecture and a world class drinking and dining scene.

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Seoul

Over the last decade Seoul has worked hard to soften its industrial hard edges into an appealing urban ideal of parks, culture and design. Glass, concrete and steel are crafted into natural forms at the spectacular Dongdaemun Design Plaza & Park and City Hall. The popularity of the beautifully landscaped parks alongside the central Cheong-gye stream and the Han River has spurred on the creation of more green spaces and cycle routes. Join Seoulites enjoying time out shopping in stylish boutiques and drinking at cool cafes and convivial bars.

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Osaka

Osaka is not a pretty city in the conventional sense though it does have a lovely river cutting through the centre but it packs more colour than most. The acres of concrete are cloaked in dazzling neon, shopfronts are vivid, unabashed cries for attention. This is not a city that prefers to dress all in black.
Above all, Osaka is a city that loves to eat. It’s unofficial slogan is kuidaore ( eat until you drop). It really shines in the evening, when it seems that everyone is out for a good meal and a good time.

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Rome

A heady mix of haunting ruins, awe-inspiring art and vibrant street life, Italy’s hot blooded capital is one of the world’s most romantic and inspiring cities.

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We all have two choices, We can make a living or we can design a life.

Amsterdam Calling

Amsterdam, It’s the capital and most populous municipality of the Netherlands. Its status as the capital is mandated by the Constitution of the Netherlands, although it is not the seat of the government, which is The Hague. Amsterdam has a population of 851,373 within the city proper, 1,351,587 in the urban area, and 2,410,960 in the Amsterdam metropolitan area. The city is located in the province of North Holland in the west of the country but is not its capital, which is Haarlem. The metropolitan area comprises much of the northern part of the Randstad, one of the larger conurbations in Europe, with a population of approximately 8 million.

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Most people in The Netherlands own a bicycle because it’s a pretty easy way to get around this generally flat country. Even when cars came within the reach of most people, the bicycle remained popular and city planners have made the cars fit around the bikes, not the other way around. But for the visitor unaccustomed to so many bikes it presents a few hazards to being a pedestrian. There’s another reason why people ride bikes a lot in the Netherlands, fuel is expensive and there is a general urging to stop relying on cars in certain areas.

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Otherwise, getting around the Netherlands should be fairly easy. It’s a small country, so trips are short and public transportation like buses and rail are well maintained and easy to navigate. Lines run frequently and pre-arranged tickets are rarely needed. The entire country is governed by one-fare system to make things simple. In June 2011 they phased out the old strippenkaart, literally a strip of cards you stamped onboard a tram  and replaced them with a credit card-style smart card called the OV-chipkaart. It’s an electronic card with a built-in chip for use on all public transport in Amsterdam including buses, trams and metros. The card can be topped up with credit in euros. You can get unimited travel throughout Amsterdam on its trams, trains and buses for 24 hours from as little as 7 Euros. Or use the card to travel for a week, or a whole season.

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Like in any major city, rogue locals will try to scam an unsuspecting tourist in Amsterdam. If you remain smart, wary and alert, you should have a trouble-free visit.

Visitors to the Netherlands posting on a popular travel forum say some individuals may pretend to be police officers and question you over drug possession or counterfeit currency.

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This is preying on a widespread fear in Europe that the central currency, the Euro, is easily forged and put into circulation. There was a flood of fake 100Euro notes in the Netherlands in 2004 and many businesses in smaller towns stopped accepting them – you may still find some reluctance.

Here’re some tips on spotting a fake Euro note:

  • Euro notes are made of 100% cotton material, making them hard, stiff and firm when touched; not flimsy.
  • Hold the note against plain light and look for the whole denomination number on all corners on both sides of the bank note. The number should be perfectly printed. There should be a dark security stripe across the note.
  • The hologram image changes from the value to a window or to a door symbol when turned in the light. The denomination number on the back should also change from purple to a green.
  • You can carry small battery-operated ultra violet lights to check notes. Under the UV light you should see the signature of the president of the European Central Bank and the flag symbols turn green, the star symbols turn orange.

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Amsterdam can seem like a wonderland for adult pleasure, depending on what you are into. From the liberal drug policy to the sex for sale in the windows, you can find a party here if you want to. Amsterdam, known for its Red Light District planned to ban foreigners from its (in) famous coffee shops, where you can order dope straight up or cloaked in a milkshake. Just as the new “locals only” laws came into effect there was a change of government. Although technically speaking you need a weed pass to purchase, the government has ordered that the police not enforce the law. Drugs and scantily clad prostitutes can make for an interesting environment. Never take pictures of women posing or doing other activities in the red windows unless you want your camera taken from you. Also don’t focus on drugs at the expense of monitoring your alcohol. Travellers to Amsterdam and other cities in the Netherlands have reported possibly being drugged at hotel bars and nightclubs. Many of these drugs are colourless and odourless, but produce fatigue, nausea and confusion. Do not leave your drink unattended or let a stranger buy you a drink.

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There is a major scam surrounding accommodation booking which is big in Amsterdam, but you usually get taken before you arrive. It is possible to find short-term rentals and other housing opportunities using sites like Craigslist and Gumtree, but criminals are now posting bogus properties with a cheap price. You can narrow down which accommodations are suspect by simply reading the ad. Often, a scammer will use poor language, pictures that look too good to be true, and web sites with bad designs. These web sites often have very similar URLs to other rental ads. Asking the ad poster to inspect the accommodation or having a friend in the area inspect it will usually be met with a “no” if the ad is indeed a fake. The good thing with scams on the more popular listing sites is that savvy community members will often start forum threads saying which ads are scams or are suspected of being scams.

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CitizenM Amsterdam, This unique hotel offers modern rooms with mood lighting, free Wi-Fi and a flat-screen TV with free on-demand moviesCitizenM Amsterdam includes designer lounges and is just under half a kilometer from the RAI Conference Centre.

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Each room at citizenM Amsterdam has wall-to-wall windows and an extra-large bed with luxurious linen. With the Ipad minis, guest can modify room color, climate control, control the smart-TV and also adapt the blinds and black-out curtains. Guest can also bring and connect their own device. The bathroom facilities include a transparent pod with a rain shower in the room.

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Amsterdam Zuid Train Station is a 5-minute walk from citizenM hotel. The Prinses Irenestraat tram stop is only 130 m from the hotel. It offers direct services to the center of the city including Dam Square in 25 minutes and Central Train Station in 30 minutes.

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In the many living rooms at the hotel guests can use iMac computers and free printing facilities. Each of these rooms features a different atmosphere suitable for working, relaxing or meeting with friends.

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Sandwiches, sushi and warm meals are available at canteenM. Freshly prepared coffee is also served by the in-house baristas. During the evening, guests can enjoy exotic cocktails, draft beers and champagne at the bar.

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Zuideramstel is a great choice for travelers interested in convenient public transportationshopping and old-town exploration.

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Smart Stay

As the traveler who has once been from home is wiser than he who has never left his own doorstep, so a knowledge of one other culture should sharpen our ability to scrutinize more steadily, to appreciate more lovingly, our own. People wonder why so many writers and bloggers come to live and visit Paris. I’ve visited Paris for more than seven times and the answer seems simple to me, because it’s the best place to pick ideas. Just like Italy, Spain or Iran are the best places to pick saffron. If you want to pick opium poppies you go to Burma or South-East Asia. And if you want to pick novel ideas, you go to Paris.

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The citizenM Paris Gare de Lyon is set in the 12th district of Paris. It offers breath taking views on the Seine and is located near to Gare de Lyon train station. Located close to Metro (Gare de Lyon) and two major train stations. Also, several cafes and restaurants in the area to choose from. Very clean, and a modern interior design. The CitizenM’s beds are the most comfortable hotel beds I’ve ever experienced. Have also stayed at New York property and had the same experience there. The staff is friendly and the hotel is run efficiently. Hotel location directly across from Gare de Lyon also is extremely convenient for airport transport and for getting around Paris.

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Each room is fitted with large beds, a power rain shower, free movies and Ipad that control the entire room. Rooms are also equipped with a mini fridge, hairdryers and custom made amenities. Free WiFi is available throughout the hotel. There is a 24 hour desk and food and beverage area, canteenM, that offers draft beers, barista made coffees and the best cocktails in town.

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Within walking distance guests can find Opera Bastille is 900 m away, while Notre Dame Cathedral is 1.3 km from the property. The nearest airport is Paris – Orly Airport, 13 km away and Charles de Gaulle is a 30-minute train ride away with the direct RER B train from Chattel. 12th arr. is a great choice for travelers interested in historycathedrals and architecture. It’s guests’ favorite part of Paris, according to independent reviews.

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A walk about Paris will provide lessons in history, beauty, and in the point of Life.

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The Future of Possible

The best thing about a picture is that it never change, even when the people in it do. The whole point of taking picture is so that we don’t have to explain things with words.

We photographer have very great responsbiliy . We have in our hands to raise the film from industry to art, and therefore we have to go to our work with seriousness, we must desire something, we must dare something, and we must not jump where the guide is the lowest. If the film as an art is not to come to the standstill, we must work to create a brand of style, a brand of personality in the film. Only from that can we hope for renewal.

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ZENMUSE X7 Fully compatible with the DJI Inspire 2, the Zenmuse X7 is a compact Super 35 camera with an integrated gimbal made for high-end filmmaking. DJI Zenmuse X7 is Hands Down the Best Camera for Aerial Cinematography Under $10K. The latest camera from drone market leader DJI, puts cinema-quality image making capability into the hands of aerial cinematographers and filmmakers at more indie-friendly prices than previously available. The Zenmuse X7 is a 6K, Super 35mm camera designed and optimized for drone use (specifically the Inspire 2 platform). Boasting a 6016×3200 resolution (when shooting Adobe Cinema DNG RAW), 14 stops of dynamic range, and a set of four proprietary, DL-Mount lenses (16mm, 24mm, 35mm, and 50mm), the Zenmuse X7 camera system was certainly worth investigating to see just how much quality is now within reach of indie filmmakers who, until recently, have had to sacrifice footage quality to get their aerial shots unless working with a large budget.

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Arabian Gulf Pearl

Doha, capital of the peninsular Arabian Gulf country Qatar, is a modern city on Doha Bay. Ringing its downtown waterfront are numerous parks and the Corniche Promenade. On a man-made island, the I.M. Pei–designed Museum of Islamic Art houses an extensive collection from across the Muslim world. At Souq Waqif, a traditional market, vendors offer goods like clothing, crafts and spices.

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Near Souq Waqif is turreted Doha Fort (Al Koot Fort), built in the 1920s and now containing a small museum. The Mathaf Arab Museum of Modern Art focuses mainly on art of the Arabian Peninsula, with works dating from the 19th century to today. Wooden boats cruise Doha Bay, offering skyscraper and Corniche views. The northern Katara neighborhood has a beach and cultural center. Offshore is the Pearl, a massive artificial island with high-end shops. Nearby, Doha Golf Club has an 18-hole championship course. Twenty kilometers northwest, Barzan Tower is a watchtower completed in the early 1900s.

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Doha was founded in the 1820s as an offshoot of Al Bidda. It was officially declared as the country’s capital in 1971, when Qatar gained independence from being a British Protectorate. As the commercial capital of Qatar and one of the emergent financial centres in the Middle East, Doha is considered a world city by the Globalization and World Cities Research Network. Doha accommodates Education City, an area devoted to research and education.

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Doha is located on the central-east portion of Qatar, bordered by the Arabian Gulf on its coast. Its elevation is 10 m (33 ft). Doha is highly urbanized. Land reclamation off the coast has added 400 hectares of land and 30 km of coastline. Half of the 22 km² of surface area which Hamad International Airport was constructed on was reclaimed land. The geology of Doha is primarily composed of weathered unconformity on the top of the Eocene period Dammam Formation, forming dolomitic limestone.

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The Pearl is an artificial island in Doha with a surface area of nearly 400 ha (1,000 acres) The total project has been estimated to cost $15 billion upon completion. Other islands off Doha’s coast include Palm Tree Island, Shrao’s Island, Al Safia Island, and Alia Island.

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Doha has a hot desert climate (Köppen climate classification BWh). Summer is very long, from May to September, when its average high temperatures surpass 38 °C (100 °F) and often approach 45 °C (113 °F). Humidity is usually the lowest in May and June. Dewpoints can surpass 30 °C (86 °F) in the summer. Throughout the summer, the city averages almost no precipitation, and less than 20 mm (0.79 in) during other months. Rainfall is scarce, at a total of 75 mm (2.95 in) per year, falling on isolated days mostly between October to March. Winters are cool and the temperature rarely drops below 7 °C (45 °F).

Sport in Qatar is primarily centered on football in terms in participation and spectators. Additionally, athletics, basketball, handball, volleyball, camel racing, horse racing, cricket and swimming are also widely practiced. There are currently 11 multi-sports clubs in the country, and 7 single-sports clubs. The largest sporting event hosted in Qatar was the 2006 Asian Games, hosted in Doha. There were 46 disciplines from 39 events contested. On 2 December 2010, Qatar won the rights to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup, thus becoming the first Arab nation to host the tournament.

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A land of beautiful contrasts, a dynamic and exciting cultural experience, yet with a sense of timeless serenity and tradition. Qatar brings together old world hospitality with cosmopolitan sophistication, the chance to enjoy a rich cultural tapestry, new experiences and adventures. Absorb the unique ambience and explore the possibilities of unexpected Qatar. You’re sure to be captivated.

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Beauty has an Address

OMAN, like the diversity of the environments and terrains in Oman, Omani people’s features differ as well. The desert dwellers’ features are different from those of mountain dwellers, and the features of the urban population are different from those residents of remote villages who depend on agriculture and livestock for their livelihood. In general, Omani features are characterised by a broad smile and the authentic Arabic generosity that is in the Omani blood. This is evident in the Omani hospitality widespread throughout the country, whether be it the aromatic Omani coffee offered to visitors or the laden palm trees that welcome anyone who wishes to taste their fruit.

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Oman’s history tells stories of heroism, courage, wisdom, patriotism, love and devotion to homeland. This brings us closer to understanding the richness of the Omani cultural experience which has contributed to the building of modern Oman. Oman’s strategic location has played a major role in many campaigns and regional conflicts in this region. Oman overlooks the Arabian Sea, the Sea of Oman and the Arabian Gulf. It also controls the Strait of Hormuz, which is one of the most important facilities in the region, linking the Sea of Oman with the Arabian Gulf. The Strait of Hormuz is a gateway to all ships coming from the Indian Ocean and Arabian Sea. Al Wattih in Muscat Governorate is one of the first inhabited cities. Modern archaeological discoveries suggest that humans settled in it during the Stone Age, i.e. more than 10,000 years ago. The Babylonians and the Assyrians settled in Oman because they wanted to control the trade route that linked Asia to the shores of the Mediterranean Sea.

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The Babylonians and the Assyrians settled in Oman because they wanted to control the trade route that linked Asia to the shores of the Mediterranean Sea. With the spread of Islam, and Mazin Bin Gadhubah joining Islam as the first person in Oman and his emigration to Medina to meet the Prophet, Peace be upon Him, the first mosque was built in Oman. This is Al Midhmar Mosque that still stands to this day in Wilayt Samail . These events paved the way for the two kings of Oman at that time, Jua’fer and Abd Ibni Al Jalandi, to enter Islam wholeheartedly and with utter conviction after receiving a letter from the Prophet, Peace be upon Him. A Hadith mentions that the Prophet, Peace be upon Him, said “God’s mercy be on the people of Al Ghubaira” (i.e. the people of Oman). “They have believed in me although they had not seen me”. Also stated in the sermon our Master Abu Bakr Al-Sidiq, the caliph of the Prophet, Peace be upon Him, to the people of Oman: “People of Oman you, you have entered Islam voluntarily although the Prophet has not come to your land on foot or on horse. You have not opposed him as other Arabs opposed him, and you have not called for separation or dispersion. May God unite you in benevolence.”

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With the election of Ibn Masood, the first imam, in 751 AD, the Imamate era began in Oman and lasted four centuries until 1154. Several attempts were made to restore the rule of the Imamate in Oman in the mid-fifteenth century, but did not succeed. During the period 1498-1507 AD, the Portuguese tried to control Oman. Omani history tells the story of the Omani people who expelled the Portuguese with their struggle and heroism. Nasser bin Murshid was elected Imam in 1624. Because of the coastal location of Oman, the Omani navy occupied a leading position regionally. This sparked the ire of the Portuguese, who did not forget their devastating defeat. Fierce battles erupted between the Portuguese Navy (which had made India its base after the liberation of Oman) and the strong Omani navy. After a fierce battle, the Omani fleet was able to defeat the Portuguese fleet. Because of the coastal location of Oman, the Omani navy occupied a leading position regionally. This sparked the ire of the Portuguese, who did not forget their devastating defeat. Fierce battles erupted between the Portuguese Navy (which had made India its base after the liberation of Oman) and the strong Omani navy. After a fierce battle, the Omani fleet was able to defeat the Portuguese fleet.

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Oman had been the target of a number of attempts by the Persians to invade its territory, but the steadfastness and heroism of the Omanis were successfully combined to defeat the occupier. The invaders were defeated, underscoring the exploits of Omani heroes in defending their lands. This great victory was achieved at the hands of Imam Ahmed bin Saeed Al Busaidi, who defeated the Persians and was elected imam. With the advent of 1970 came the dawn of a modern renaissance in the Sultanate, with the beginning of the prosperous era of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said, may God protect him.

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The spectacular emptiness of the Arabian landscape provides with amazing travel experiences and the best planning advice canvas upon which is projected a riot of cultural, natural, intellectual and trading wonders. National Geographic magazine ranked Oman one of the top 100 destination in the world in 2017. It has amazing geographical diversity, plus diversity in the seasons of the climate.

Here is the list of best hotel in the Governorate of Muscat and its suburbs.

  1. The Chedi Muscat

This property is a 5-minute walk from the beach. This 5-star beachfront resort in Muscat is a 15-minute drive from Muscat International Airport. It has a spa with massage services, swimming pools. Free WiFi is available throughout the entire property. The air-conditioned rooms at The Chedi Muscat have a flat-screen TV, a private espresso machine and a spacious work desk. Some rooms have a seating area. The Chedi Muscat also features 6 restaurants where guests can enjoy Arabic, Asian and fusion cuisine. The restaurants have indoor and outdoor dining areas.

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The Chedi Muscat’s spa specializes in Balinese therapies, but also features therapies based on aromatherapy, Ayurveda and herbalism. Free parking is available on-site. This property also has one of the top-rated locations in Muscat! Guests are happier about it compared to other properties in the area. This property is also rated for the best value in Muscat. Guests are getting more for their money when compared to other properties in this city.27145010

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2. Crowne Plaza Muscat OCEC

The hotel 23 km from Muscat. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. Nice modern facilities and decor, good food for room service, in the restaurant with an excellent breakfast. Each room at this hotel is air-conditioned and is fitted with a flat-screen TV with satellite channels. Some units include a seating area to relax in after a busy day. Guests can find a kettle in the room to make tea or coffee. The private bathroom includes bathrobes, free toiletries and a hairdryer.

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Guest can engage in various activities, such as golfing, snorkeling and diving. The hotel also offers car hire. The nearest airport is Muscat international Airport, 5 km.

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3. Muscat Hills Resort

Situated within the idyllic private bay of Al Jissah, Muscat Hills Resort offers 35 rustic barasti style, air-conditioned huts on the beach, along with its very own, fully equipped dive centre. The property gives guests the opportunity to experience a stay without televisions and telephones. Unparalleled in the Middle-East, the resort is home to an exclusive beach club, all nestled within its own secluded, private beach. Barasti Beach Hut guests can also enjoy complimentary kayak to explore the private bay and benefit from WiFi throughout the resort

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Reminiscent of a modern Mediterranean beach club with white décor and minimalist finishings throughout. It has barasti style air conditioned huts on the beach with open air bathrooms and private terrace. The resort offers a stunning Mediterranean restaurant, serving a wide-range of Mediterranean dishes including with selected authentic Arabic cuisine and fresh seafood directly from the sea. Additionally, there is a beach bar with shisha lounge.

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The resort offers an onsite pool and a children’s pool, in addition, schedules trips for Dolphin Watching & Snorkeling to specially selected spots can be offered straight from the resort by its own operating Dive Centre. Other activities include Watersports, Jet Ski, Paddle Boards and Kayaking, as well as a luxurious, private stretch of beach which is exclusively reserved for its Barasti Beach Hut Guests. Enjoy ambient music as you sunbathe with a live DJ who plays every weekend. Muscat Hills Resort is situated 45 km from Muscat International Airport in the secluded and calm waters of Al Jissah Bay. Local sites include: the friendly fishing town of Qantab – 5 minutes (the next bay over), Bandar Khiran: 15 minutes (by boat), Mutrah souq (one of the oldest in the world): 20 minutes sea view drive away and Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque: 30 minutes. Free parking is available at the property.

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This property also has one of the top-rated locations in Muscat. Guests are happier about it compared to other properties in the area.

4. Al Bustan Palace, A Ritz-Carlton Hotel

Al Bustan Palace, a Ritz-Carlton Hotel, features luxurious rooms and suites with private terraces. All rooms include an electric kettle, a mini bar and a flat-screen TV. Some rooms include a seating area. Kids have access to Ritz Kids, an engaging program for children of all ages to take part in various beach and outdoor adventures, including Al Bustan reef snorkeling, table tennis, beach soccer, or arts and crafts. The program also invites children to discover our destination with several activities designed to discover the local culture and traditions, such as a henna tutorial, Omani culture workshops, Arabian tales story-telling or a hotel tour to meet the palace’s famous coffee man.

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Al Bustan Palace features 3 restaurants, serving a variety of international cuisines. Al Khiran Terrace is an all-day dining restaurant overlooking the infinity pool and the sea of Oman. Beach Pavilion restaurant is an elegant beachfront specialty restaurant serving the freshest fish and seafood. Award-winning China Mood restaurant features authentic Chinese cuisine in a sophisticated, yet comfortable, setting. Guests can also relax with a cocktail by the pool at BLU Bar or a uniquely flavored tea with a modern twist at The Atrium Tea Lounge. Muscat International Airport is a 45-minute drive away. Downtown Muscat and Al Alam Palace are a 20-minute drive from the hotel. Car rental can be arranged by the 24-hour staff. Free private parking is available at Al Bustan Palace, a Ritz-Carlton Hotel.

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This property also has one of the top-rated locations in Muscat. Guests are happier about it compared to other properties in the area.

5. Kempinski Hotel Muscat 

This property is a 4-minute walk from the beach. Nestled within the coastline community of Al Mouj and ‘the new heart of Muscat, the five-star hotel will be an unparalleled luxury destination in Oman’s captivating capital. Comprising 310 rooms and suites which all have a desk and a flat-screen TV. With a private bathroom equipped with a bath and free toiletries, certain rooms at Kempinski Hotel Muscat also have a balcony. Guest rooms will provide guests with a wardrobe and a coffee machine.

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Kempinski Hotel Muscat will also offer state-of-the- art meeting facilities, world-class restaurants and bars, private bowling and entertainment centre, a fully equipped fitness centre and an authentic spa experience. A dedicated events centre perfect for meetings, conferences, weddings and events is located in the striking diamond-shaped Muscat Ballroom – a 1,100 sq m pillarless ballroom with a private entrance accommodating up to 800 guests and 11 separate function rooms.

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Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre is 9 km from Kempinski Hotel Muscat, while Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque is 13 km from the property. Muscat International Airport is 5 km away.

6. InterContinental Muscat

This property is 2 minutes walk from the beach. With direct access to sandy beaches, InterContinental Muscat offers lush gardens with a free form pool. Its 900-m² Palm Beach Club includes a gym, hot tubs, saunas and plunge pool. The air-conditioned rooms all have a private balcony with mountain or sea views. They come furnished with a seating corner and a work desk. A satellite TV, minibar and coffeemaker are standard amenities.

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Guests can enjoy Hawaiian, Tahitian and Polynesian dishes in tropical surroundings at Trader Vic’s. Free Wi-Fi is available at The Muscat InterContinental’s 5 restaurants.

The Muscat InterContinental features two floodlit tennis courts and a range of health and beauty treatments are offered at the extensive spa. At the Palm Beach Club guests can also make use of a steam room and fitness centre. On the grounds of the resort there is a children’s playground and extensive gardens leading directly to the beach.

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Located in Muscat’s lofty diplomatic district, this InterContinental is a 15-minute drive from Seeb International Airport. Sultan Qaboos Mosque is a 5-minute drive away. Free private parking is available. This property also has one of the top-rated locations in Muscat! Guests are happier about it compared to other properties in the area.

7. Shangri-La Al Husn Resort & Spa 

Shangri-la Al Husn Resort & Spa is located in a unique destination in Muscat the capital of Sultanate of Oman. The resort is surrounded by the pristine waters of the Gulf of Oman in the Bay of Barr Al Jissah against a dramatic mountainous backdrop.Al Husn, meaning the Castle has 180 Guest rooms and is an exclusive hotel with its own private beach. The rooms are amongst the largest and most luxurious in Oman, with an inviting décor inspired by royal Arabian palaces and accented by authentic Omani artworks.

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Guests can enjoy access to the private a 100 m beach, as well as enjoy daily buffet breakfast, mini-bar, daily afternoon tea and pre-dinner cocktails and canapés service, all with compliments.

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Located only 45 minutes from Muscat International airport and 20 minutes from Muscat City,  the resort is perfect for business and leisure guests. Airport transfer is arranged by the hotel upon request.

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This property also has one of the top-rated locations in Muscat, Guests are happier about it compared to other properties in the area.

8.  Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa 

In a stunning bay over looking the Gulf of Oman, this ultra-luxurious resort is accessed through a private man-made tunnel in the Hajar Mountains. Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort and Spa offers a full-service spa complex and spacious rooms with panoramic views.

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Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort and Spa’s Arabian-inspired rooms feature private balcony, terrace, or patio facing the Arabian sea or the extensive garden. Boasting 12 treatment villas, Chi, The Spa features vitality hydro pool, herbal steam room, tropical showers, an ice fountain and a relaxation area. Water sports facilities are available at the private beach. Other activities can be arranged by the tour desk.

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Muscat International Airport is a 45-minute drive away. Muscat City Centre Mall can be reached by car in 25 minutes. The resort boasts a lazy river stretching 500 m from Al Waha to Al Bandar hotels. Cool Zone and Adventure Zone are designed to offer younger guests a variety of activities. In addition to a wide range of water sports, camel and pony rides along the beach are also offered.

The Barr Al Jissah Resort features 8 world-class restaurants serving a variety of international cuisine. A deluxe breakfast is prepared daily. The B.A.B. Lounge provides a relaxing environment for enjoying pre-dinner drinks or late-night cocktails.Free WiFi is available throughout the entire resort. Tours of nearby historic sites, desert safaris and boat excursions can be arranged. Central Muscat is a 15-minute drive away.

9. Six Senses Zighy Bay

This property is 3 minutes walk from the beach. Set between the mountains and a 1.6-kilometre private beach on Zighy Bay, this village-style resort offers luxury villas with private pools and Six Senses Spa, a comprehensive spa and wellness center including Moroccan hammams. Modern gourmet cuisine is served at Sense on the Edge, located 293 m above the sea level, and presenting panoramic views over the Gulf of Oman. Zighy bar offers a relax ambiance for chill out or to enjoy the selection of tapas while wine cellar offer guests a wide range of wine selections.
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Six Senses Zighy Bay features extra large villas in traditional Omani style, complemented by flat-screen TVs, home theatre systems and poolside dining areas. Some villas have a wine cellar, and private massage rooms.

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The staff at Six Senses organise several daily activities, including snorkeling excursion, sunset cruises and cooking classes. Guests can train at the gym, or play a game of tennis with friends.

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Parking on the property is free of charge. Six Senses Zighy Bay is a 120-minute drive to Dubai. This property also has one of the top-rated locations in Dibba! Guests are happier about it compared to other properties in the area.

10. Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort

Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort, the highest five star resort in the middle east on the curving rim of a great canyon, is a secluded haven for the intrepid and discerning. 21 km from Nizwa, the resort features panoramic views from the cliff-edge infinity pool. Guests can enjoy free WiFi throughout the property.

A total of 115 luxury rooms and villas overlook either the dramatic canyon or tranquil gardens and a spa-like bathroom complete with a rain shower. Luxury villas grant guests an intimate escape each with personal villa host services and a private infinity pool overlooking the cliffs or hidden in an exotic garden. Each villa features state-of-the-art interactive LED IPTVs and spacious walk-in dressing areas, all adding to a sense of sublime luxury.

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A selection of six dining venues to choose from, Al Qalaa a fine dining Arabian grill concept, Bella Vista a Roman inspired restaurant overlooking the grand canyon, Al Maisan all day dining serving world classics and cooking classes or Al Baha the café deli situated in the open air courtyard. Celebrate on Diana’s Point platform with a unique private dining experience overlooking the canyons.

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A cliff-edge infinity pool, 2 hot tubs, children’s pool, state-of-the-art Fitness Centre and tennis court are available to enjoy. The Anantara Spa harnesses the essence of Arabia complete with a Hammam and private outdoor relaxation areas and separate male and female indoor swimming pools. The kids’ and teens’ club offers fun-filled activities for all ages.

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The resort presents travelers with authentic experiences, allowing them to explore the nearby culture, history and landscape. Activities include Via Ferrata, hiking, cultural tours, abseiling, mountain climbing, archery and mountain biking.

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The property is accessible only by 4×4 (4-wheel drive) vehicles two hours from Muscat International Airport or four and half hours from Dubai – past date plantations, dry riverbeds known locally as wadis, and historical forts. Luxury transfers can be arranged on request.

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