About the Event

Connections invites our luxury buyer members to meet with exceptional hotels, boutique properties, experience providers and destination management companies from Oman.

We invite you to experience Oman in the Connections Way. Enhanced with live, local, authentic experiences, the event will highlight Oman as the luxury eco-destination in a region of opulence, while celebrating its rich culture and ancient history at the same time.

When & Where

21 - 24

Muscat
Muscat

Sponsors and Partners

Agenda

Sunday, 21st November

Buyers Check-In

Location: Al Bustan Palace, A Ritz-Carlton Hotel

Informal Cocktail Reception hosted by Al Bustan Palace, A Ritz-Carlton Hotel, sponsored by Sultanate of Oman Ministry of Heritage and Tourism

Duration: 2.5 hours

Location: Al Bustan Palace, A Ritz-Carlton Hotel

Monday, 22nd November

Breakfast

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Location: Al Bustan Palace, A Ritz-Carlton Hotel

Opening Welcome

Duration: 45 minutes

Location: Al Bustan Palace, A Ritz-Carlton Hotel

With special guest Director General of Tourism Promotion for the Sultanate of Oman Ministry of Heritage & Tourism.

Meet at the supplier’s table and choose a Connections Experience

Duration: 45 minutes

Location: Al Bustan Palace, A Ritz-Carlton Hotel

These activities are intended to act as an enhancement to the tabletop introductory meetings. As soon as you meet, we encourage you to try an activity together. However, the choice is yours!

Meet at the supplier’s table and choose a Connections Experience

Duration: 45 minutes

Location: Al Bustan Palace, A Ritz-Carlton Hotel

These activities are intended to act as an enhancement to the tabletop introductory meetings. As soon as you meet, we encourage you to try an activity together. However, the choice is yours!

Coffee Break

Duration: 30 minutes

Location: Al Bustan Palace, A Ritz-Carlton Hotel

Meet at the supplier’s table and choose a Connections Experience

Duration: 45 minutes

Location: Al Bustan Palace, A Ritz-Carlton Hotel

These activities are intended to act as an enhancement to the tabletop introductory meetings. As soon as you meet, we encourage you to try an activity together. However, the choice is yours!

ConnecTALKS: Future of Luxury Travel in the Middle East

Duration: 45 minutes

Location: Al Bustan Palace, A Ritz-Carlton Hotel

With special guests Director General of Tourism Promotion for the Sultanate of Oman Ministry of Heritage & Tourism, Haitham Mohammed Al Ghassani and Owner and Chairman of Jacobs Media Group, Clive Jacobs.

Lunch hosted by Al Bustan Palace, A Ritz-Carlton Hotel, sponsored by Sultanate of Oman Ministry of Heritage and Tourism

Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes

Location: Al Bustan Palace, A Ritz-Carlton Hotel

Transfer from Al Bustan Palace, A Ritz-Carlton Hotel to Royal Opera House Muscat, sponsored by AFAQ Travel & Tourism

Duration: 30 minutes

Meet at the supplier’s table and choose a Connections Experience

Duration: 30 minutes

Location: Royal Opera House Muscat

These activities are intended to act as an enhancement to the tabletop introductory meetings. As soon as you meet, we encourage you to try an activity together. However, the choice is yours!

Meet at the supplier’s table and choose a Connections Experience

Duration: 30 minutes

Location: Royal Opera House Muscat

These activities are intended to act as an enhancement to the tabletop introductory meetings. As soon as you meet, we encourage you to try an activity together. However, the choice is yours!

Coffee Break

Duration: 30 minutes

Location: Royal Opera House Muscat

Meet at the supplier’s table and choose a Connections Experience

Duration: 30 minutes

Location: Royal Opera House Muscat

These activities are intended to act as an enhancement to the tabletop introductory meetings. As soon as you meet, we encourage you to try an activity together. However, the choice is yours!

Meet at the supplier’s table and choose a Connections Experience

Duration: 30 minutes

Location: Royal Opera House Muscat

These activities are intended to act as an enhancement to the tabletop introductory meetings. As soon as you meet, we encourage you to try an activity together. However, the choice is yours!

Transfer from Royal Opera House Muscat to W Muscat, sponsored by AFAQ Travel & Tourism

Duration: 30 minutes

Informal cocktail reception hosted by W Muscat, sponsored by Sultanate of Oman Ministry of Heritage and Tourism

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Location: W Muscat

Dinner hosted by W Muscat, sponsored by Sultanate of Oman Ministry of Heritage and Tourism

Duration: 1 hour 30 Minutes

Location: W Muscat

First Transfer from W Muscat to Al Bustan Palace, A Ritz-Carlton Hotel, sponsored by AFAQ Travel & Tourism

Duration: 30 minutes

Second Transfer from W Muscat to Al Bustan Palace, A Ritz-Carlton Hotel, sponsored by AFAQ Travel & Tourism

Duration: 30 Minutes

Tuesday, 23rd November

Breakfast

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Location: Al Bustan Palace, A Ritz-Carlton Hotel

Transfer from Al Bustan Palace, A Ritz-Carlton Hotel to Bait Al Zubair Museum sponsored by AFAQ Travel & Tourism

Duration: 35 minutes

Welcome Briefing

Duration: 10 minutes

Location: Bait Al Zubair Museum

Meet at the supplier’s table and choose a Connections Experience

Duration: 30 minutes

Location: Bait Al Zubair Museum

These activities are intended to act as an enhancement to the tabletop introductory meetings. As soon as you meet, we encourage you to try an activity together. However, the choice is yours!

Meet at the supplier’s table and choose a Connections Experience

Duration: 30 minutes

Location: Bait Al Zubair Museum

These activities are intended to act as an enhancement to the tabletop introductory meetings. As soon as you meet, we encourage you to try an activity together. However, the choice is yours!

Coffee Break

Duration: 30 minutes

Location: Bait Al Zubair Museum

Meet at the supplier’s table and choose a Connections Experience

Duration: 30 minutes

Location: Bait Al Zubair Museum

These activities are intended to act as an enhancement to the tabletop introductory meetings. As soon as you meet, we encourage you to try an activity together. However, the choice is yours!

Meet at the supplier’s table and choose a Connections Experience

Duration: 30 minutes

Location: Bait Al Zubair Museum

These activities are intended to act as an enhancement to the tabletop introductory meetings. As soon as you meet, we encourage you to try an activity together. However, the choice is yours!

ConnecTALKS: "Making History for My Country" with Nadhira Alharthy

Duration: 30 minutes

Location: Bait Al Zubair Museum

Lunch hosted by Bait Al Zubair Museum, sponsored by Sultanate of Oman Ministry of Heritage and Tourism

Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes

Location: Bait Al Zubair Museum

Transfer from Bait Al Zubair Museum to Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah, sponsored by AFAQ Travel & Tourism

Duration: 30 minutes

Meet at the supplier’s table and choose a Connections Experience

Duration: 45 minutes

Location: Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah

These activities are intended to act as an enhancement to the tabletop introductory meetings. As soon as you meet, we encourage you to try an activity together. However, the choice is yours!

Meet at the supplier’s table and choose a Connections Experience

Duration: 45 minutes

Location: Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah

These activities are intended to act as an enhancement to the tabletop introductory meetings. As soon as you meet, we encourage you to try an activity together. However, the choice is yours!

Coffee Break

Duration: 30 minutes

Location: Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah

Meet at the supplier’s table and choose a Connections Experience

Duration: 45 minutes

Location: Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah

These activities are intended to act as an enhancement to the tabletop introductory meetings. As soon as you meet, we encourage you to try an activity together. However, the choice is yours!

Meet at the supplier’s table and choose a Connections Experience

Duration: 45 minutes

Location: Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah

These activities are intended to act as an enhancement to the tabletop introductory meetings. As soon as you meet, we encourage you to try an activity together. However, the choice is yours!

Transfer from Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah to Al Bustan Palace, A Ritz-Carlton Hotel sponsored by AFAQ Travel & Tourism & free time

Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes

Transfer from Al Bustan Palace, A Ritz-Carlton Hotel to Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah, Muscat sponsored by AFAQ Travel and Tourism

Duration: 30 minutes

Closing Dinner at Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah, Muscat, sponsored by Sultanate of Oman Ministry of Heritage and Tourism

Duration: 3 hours

Location: Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah

Transfer from Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah, Muscat to Al Bustan Palace, A Ritz-Carlton Hotel sponsored by AFAQ Travel & Tourism

Duration: 30 minutes

Transfer from Shangri-La to Al Bustan Palace, A Ritz-Carlton Hotel sponsored by AFAQ Travel & Tourism

Duration: 30 minutes

Wednesday, 24th November

Buyers Breakfast

Duration: Morning

Location: Al Bustan Palace, A Ritz-Carlton Hotel

Check-out & optional post-event buyer tours

Location: Al Bustan Palace, A Ritz-Carlton Hotel

In Conversation with Her Excellency

In October 2020, Connections Head of Marketing & Communications Gemma Fitchett talks to Her Excellency Maitha Al Mahrouqi, Undersecretary for Oman Ministry of Heritage & Tourism about the status in Oman and the GCC.

Dress Code

Dressing conservatively is appreciated, with clothing that covers knees and shoulders are required for men and women.

Men are advised to wear long-sleeved tops and pants.
Shorts are acceptable, although long pants are more preferred.
Men’s tops and t-shirts must cover their shoulders.

Women are advised to wear loose clothing.
Shoulders and arms must covered at all times.
Avoid wearing strapless tops and dresses.
Dresses and skirts should be knee-length or longer.
Wearing long pants is also acceptable.

Women are also advised to carry a shawl at all times to use for covering your hair, especially when visiting religious and conservative areas.

Connections Oman Experiences

At Connections, we’re dedicated to creating the best possible environment to help our buyers and suppliers create deep, lasting business relationships.

Connections Experiences are intended to act as an enhancement to the tabletop introductory meetings. As soon as you meet, we encourage you to try and activity together. However, the choice is yours!

Monday Morning at Al Bustan Palace, A Ritz-Carlton Hotel:

  • Omani Dates & Coffee
  • Hosted Tour of Al Bustan Palace
  • Tales of the Seafaring Past
  • Majid Trading & Khazana shop for Village Arts & Crafts
  • Amouage Shop for Amouage Perfumes
  • Hotel Spa Boutique
  • Meditation

Monday Afternoon at the Royal Opera House Muscat:

  • Tour of the Royal Opera House and Musical Instruments
  • Tour of the Auditorium
  • Live Western Music Showcase
  • Live Oriental Music Showcase

Tuesday Morning at Bait Al Zubair Museum:

  • Omani Dagger Experience
  • Frond Industry Experience
  • Experience the Traditional Omani
  • Omani Men’s Fashion Experience
  • Omani Hospitality Experience
  • Omani Frankincense Experience
  • Omani Music Experience
  • Omani Henna Experience

Tuesday Afternoon at Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah:

  • Camel Rides on the Beach
  • Meet the Turtle Ranger
  • Frankincense Experience
  • Walk on the Beach
  • Classic Car Tour
  • Chi the Spa Experience
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