Colourful celebrations have been held in Muscat, as delighted winners of a joint Oman Air Inflight and Muscat Duty Free promotion accepted the keys to their prizes of brand-new Kia cars.
The winners of the promotion, customer Ms INTISAR AL KINDY, who won a Kia Cerato and Oman Air staff members Nasseer Al Kindy who won a Kia Rio and Ms Ausara Saleem who won a Kia Picanto, were announced at a ceremony held at Oman Air Catering, along with various other cabin crew staff who won rewards in different categories. Each winner, together with Oman Air, Muscat Duty Free and Kia Oman managers and staff, as well as members of the media, was then invited to dine on a mouth-watering meal prepared by the national carrier of the Sultanate of Oman’s catering experts.
Oman Air Inflight and Muscat Duty Free promotion
The presentations followed the launch, earlier this year, of a series of promotions by Oman Air Inflight Duty Free and Muscat Duty Free, aimed at both customers and staff.
From April, every passenger who spent more than OR50 on Oman Air Inflight Duty Free’s exciting range of products was offered the chance of winning a KIA car in the airline’s exciting raffle.
In parallel, Oman Air’s Inflight Duty Free teams and staff from Muscat Duty Free also had the opportunity to win one of two Kia cars. One went to the member of staff who sold the most Duty Free items and the other was awarded to the salesperson with the second highest number of sales.
Andrew Walsh, Chief Officer- Airport Operations of Oman Air, said:
“I am delighted to have presented these superb cars to our valued customer, INTISAR AL KINDY, and to our hard-working members of staff, Nasseer Al Kindy and Ausara Saleem. Congratulations to each of the winners who, I am sure, will greatly enjoy driving away their new prizes. I would like to thank all those customers who entered the raffle for taking part. I would also like to thank all those members of the Oman Air Inflight Duty Free and Muscat Duty Free teams whose outstanding efforts have made this promotion a great success.
Eng. Abdulaziz Alraisi, Chief Officer - Management Affairs of Oman Air and the chairman of Muscat Duty Free added:
“Muscat Duty Free takes pride in offering an extensive variety of products that provide Oman Air passengers an elite inflight shopping experience by providing an array of attractive products. This promotional scheme serves as an appreciation and recognition towards Oman Air’s loyal passengers.”
About Oman Air
Oman Air is the flagship carrier of the Sultanate of Oman and an Official 4 Star Airline (Skytrax 2011). Founded in 1993, the airline has since witnessed massive growth and has played a major role in making Muscat an important traffic hub in the Middle East, supporting the commercial, industrial and tourism sectors.
The airline currently operates direct international flights from Muscat to Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Doha, Dubai, Jeddah, Riyadh, Dammam, Tehran and Kuwait, in the Gulf region, as well as Cairo, Beirut and Amman within the wider Middle East region.
In addition, Oman Air flies to ten destinations in India (Mumbai, Chennai, Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram, Hyderabad, Delhi, Lucknow, Bangalore, Kozhikode and Jaipur), Chittagong in Bangladesh, Karachi, Islamabad and Lahore in Pakistan, Kathmandu in Nepal and Colombo in Sri Lanka. Oman Air also flies to the Maldives, Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur, Zanzibar and Dar Es Salaam. Its European destinations are London, Milan, Munich, Frankfurt, Paris and Zurich.
Oman Air has also codeshare partnerships with Emirates Airlines giving travellers better connectivity and an extended range of services between Dubai and Muscat as well as with Qatar Airways allowing Oman Air’s customers to book flights from any of the 42 departure points within its network to Doha, the capital of Qatar. Earlier this year, Oman Air, entered into a codeshare partnership with Ethiopian Airlines, the national carrier of Ethiopia on the Muscat and Addis Ababa sectors, which will offer greater choice for customers of the two airlines.
Oman Air’s fleet currently consists of four Airbus A330-200s, three Airbus A330-300s, 17 Boeing 737-700s/800s, four Embraer E175s and two ATR 42s. Six Boeing 787 Dreamliners are on order for delivery from 2015, three Airbus A330s are expected from December 2014 and six Boeing 737-800s will be added to the fleet, also from 2014. In addition, Oman Air announced at the Paris Air Show 2013 an order for six Boeing 737-900ERs – the first Gulf carrier to take the aircraft. By 2016, Oman Air’s total fleet size is expected to be around 50 aircraft.
Oman Air’s outstanding aircraft interiors include its First Class Mini Suite, which provides each of the six First Class passengers with direct aisle access and converts to the longest lie-flat seat in the skies. The A330’s 20 award-winning Business Class seats each provide direct aisle access, ample storage space and the latest technological amenities. Economy Class seats offer adjustable head and leg rests, together with generous leg and elbow room.
A state of the art in-flight entertainment system features individual seatback screens, audio and video on demand and live satellite TV. In addition, Oman Air has pioneered both mobile telephony and Internet connectivity on board its flights and this is available in all three classes.
Superb new First and Business Class lounges have been opened at Muscat International Airport, featuring elegant and tranquil relaxation areas, complimentary spa treatments and à la carte dining. A lounge-to-aircraft limousine service is also offered to First Class passengers at Muscat.
Oman Air’s commitment to quality, comfort and a seamless passenger experience has resulted in international acclaim, including: Best Business Class Seat in the World (Skytrax World Airline Awards 2011, 2012); Service Excellence, Middle East (Skytrax World Airline Awards 2011); Best Luxury Airline, Middle East (Business Destinations Awards 2011, 2012, 2013); Technological Innovation of the Year (Aviation Business Awards 2010); as well as recognition in the TravelPlus Amenity Bag Awards 2010 (three Gold, one Silver), 2011 (two Gold, one bronze), 2012 (one Gold); the Cellars in the Sky Awards 2010 (Silver) and 2012 (two Gold), the KLIA Awards 2011, the 2009 Vision Awards (one Silver, one Bronze) and the Travel Industry Club Awards 2010 (Silver), TTG Travel Award 2011 as Commended Airline of the Year, Best In-flight Connectivity & Communications award in The 2011 Passenger Choice Awards in Seattle USA, The Airline of the Year Award at France's Lauriers d'Or du Voyage d'Affaires, Top Resa 2011.
Sri Lanka tourist earnings up 26-pct to October 2013
Sri Lanka has earned 996.2 million US dollars from tourism services in the ten months to October 2013, up 26% from a year earlier(2012), data released by the Central Bank showed. Tourism arrivals rose 16.8% to 904,015 in the same period. The average stay has moved up 10.5 nights from 10 a year earlier, he said.
Last year Sri Lanka was estimated to have earned 1,038 million US dollars from tourism up 25.1 percent from a year earlier with 1,005,605 tourists coming to the island. This year Sri Lanka targeted 1.2 million tourists with an ambitious 1.5 billion US dollars in revenues. Tourism is an export of services and is one of the factors that contribute to a country's merchandise trade deficit when the received dollars are spent. Don S Jayaweera, director general of the Sri Lanka's tourist authority told a business forum in Colombo last month that the average spend per day by a tourist was 109 dollars this year up from 65 in 2009.
The Colombo Night Races 2013, set to be the ‘festival of the year,’ will take place on the 15th of December with the qualifying rounds to be held on 14 December 2013.
This year the Colombo Night Race Team is proud to announce for the first time ever a Formula One car will be in Sri Lanka when Infiniti Red Bull Racing – four times Formula One Constructors’ World Champions – will promise an unforgettable experience of speed and smoke as they thunder along the streets of Sri Lanka with Formula One driver Daniel Ricciardo driving a RB9.
The Colombo Night Races 2013 is organised by the Carlton Motor Sports Club in conjunction with the Asian Motor Racing Club (AMRC) and Sri Lanka Racing Riders Associations (SLRRA) and Sri Lanka Association of Racing Drivers& Riders (SLARDAR).
Entries for the motor cars were for the following classes – Formula McLarens 1300cc carbureted, Formula McLaren’s 4 1300cc EFI, SLAS Homologated Cars SL-H (Up to 1600 cc), SL-GT (Grand Touring Cars) up to 3500 cc and SL – S Specials up to 1500.
Former Sri Lanka team assistant coach Paul Farbrace will take over as the next Sri Lanka coach from Graham Ford, after the series against Pakistan in December-January.
Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) Executive Committee ratified his appointment unofficially last evening and decided to call Farbrace for a routine interview, which will take place on Monday source said.
Former English first class cricketer Farbrace is currently assistant coach to Jason Gillespie at Yorkshire. He had applied for the Sri Lanka job earlier but later withdrew from the race.
Farbrace who was assistant coach with the Sri Lanka team to Trevor Bayliss from 2007, was wounded in the Lahore terrorist attack on the national team and in March 2009 he left the job shortly to join Kent as head coach before taking up his current position at Yorkshire.
Nicknamed “Farbie”, he was a talented wicket-keeper and a right-handed batsman who represented Kent from 1987 to 1989 and Middlesex from 1990 to 1995 in 40 first-class matches.
Hark! A baby cries to begin the Bellbirds carols DOUG JONES reporting
A young baby’s cries were heard just before the carol singing commenced. While one cynic was heard to say: “seems like baby Jesus is born a little early”, that baby seemed to have set the tone for the entire evening.
Indeed, the truth that Christmas is children and children make Christmas was brought home clearly to all present at the Bellbirds Christmas Carols and dinner held on Saturday, 7 December. As many of our photographs show, children were the main attraction and they gave much laughter and joy to their parents, grand parents and all adults present – even Santa (who arrived with considerable help from his long-time friend Graham Masefield) could not hide his enthusiasm that even an overgrown white beard failed to cover.
Oh! that Bellbirds committee had imbued the hall with an unmistakable Yuletide feeling – tables festooned with Christmassy colours, glowingly twinkling centrepieces, a Christmas tree crowned with a brightly silvery star rising proudly on stage - this had to be Christmas!
What was more…every guest that walked in the door received the first piece of Christmas cake of the season, wrapped in yuletide red bow and paper, from the President, Angela Jansz, herself!
Then, of course, guests had Gordon Rebeira, Darrell de Silva and Cliff Willenberg, their guitars in warm embrace, entertain with seasonal music until the Bellbirds choir took over with the carols for the evening, accompanied by the trio. Must I add, one or two children were part of that choir?
Next, the dinner – varied, delicious and plenty enough to feed the throng.
You cannot hold that Gordon back. Carols done, he had to swing into something gyrating and toe-tapping. That he and the boys did with customary aplomb. Needless to say, the dance floor (or whatever was left of it) was devoid of space to put another foot in. But guests all danced on until the raffle draw was done (much to the smiles of the winners and ‘after-all this Christmas’ kind of tolerance of the losers). After which, they wer all back for a final swinging session.
What a night to welcome a Happy Christmas even if it was some weeks away!
KARACHI (AFP) - Pakistan announced Friday it will play a full series of three Tests, five one-dayers and two Twenty20 internationals against Sri Lanka in the United Arab Emirates starting in December.
Since an attack on the Sri Lankan team in Lahore in 2009, Pakistan has been forced to play all top-level home international matches at neutral venues with insecurity too great for foreign teams to tour.
Sri Lanka will open the tour with two Twenty20s in Dubai on December 11 and 13 before playing five one-dayers between December 18 and 27, two in Sharjah on December 18 and 22; two in Abu Dhabi on December 25 and 27; and one in Dubai on December 20.
The three Tests will be played in Dubai from December 31-January 4, in Abu Dhabi from January 8-12 and Sharjah from January 16-20.
Pakistan is also likely to play a Twenty20 against Afghanistan on December 8, which would be the first between the two teams. Final confirmation of the match is due in a few days.
Pakistan will also play a two-Test, five one-day and two Twenty20 series against South Africa in the UAE in October-November.
20/05 T20 - Oval 22/05 1st ODI - Oval 25/05 2nd ODI - Durham 28/05 3rd ODI - Old Trafford 31/05 4th ODI - Lords 03/06 5th ODI - Edgbaston 12/06 to 16/06 1st Test - Lords 20/06 to 24/06 2nd Test - Headly
Commonwealth Youth Forum An inspiring performance from the Commonwealth Youth Forum currently taking place in Colombo, Sri Lanka
Full praise to the persons who planned and choreographed this performance!
* Happy couple Nisansala and Nalin beat previous Thai record by 30 bridesmaids
* Sri Lanka's First Lady, Shiranthi Rajapaksa - wife of the President - was guest of honour
* Wedding dress designer Champi Siriwardana said it was her dream to stage the record-breaking nuptials