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Sea Taxi service launched in Muscat
( Between Marina Bandar al Rowdha and the Jebel Sifah Marina )

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A new Sea Taxi Service that will be operational between Marina Bandar al Rowdha and the Jebel Sifah Marina


By A Staff Reporter -MUSCAT — For the first time in Oman, Muriya Tourism Development Company, has established a new Sea Taxi Service that will be operational between Marina Bandar al Rowdha and the Jebel Sifah Marina, with three round trips on weekends and on weekdays.

Initiated in collaboration with Jassa Beach Sea Tourism Company, the Sea Taxi service will open up new opportunities of travel for residents as well as visitors to Jebel Sifah, Muriya’s premium holiday destination. Passengers can look forward to a novel taxi experience that will take them on a scenic trip, alongside the beautiful coast, with the added possibilities of dolphin watching — an attraction on this route.

“This is an ideal package for families with children; there is an element of picnic woven into the ride that will pass through the picture perfect locale of the area. It not only provides an alternate option for car trip, but also ensures a ride that is complete with elements of fun and freshness. The service presents numerous options for those seeking a relaxed outing with a picnic by the beach,” said Bahaa Kareem, Marketing Director of Muriya, explaining about the new service and the opportunities it presents.

Up to 20 passengers can be accommodated in the Sea Taxi, which will, on an average, take about 45 minutes to reach the destination. It will operate three round trips during weekends and at convenient timings on other days, especially for people who prefer to spend a day with lunch and dinner at Jebel Sifah. Equipped with on board safety measures and manned by experienced personnel, the new service promises an exciting option, especially for families and larger groups.

The present schedule of trips from Bandar Al Rowdha to Jebel Sifah on Thursdays and Fridays is 11 am, 5 pm and 7 pm, with two trips — at 5 pm and 7 pm — on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The return trip from Jebel Sifah to Bandar al Rowdha is scheduled for 4 pm, 6 pm and 10.30 pm on Thursdays and Fridays, while on Wednesdays and Saturdays it is at 6 pm and 10.30 pm.

The Sea Taxi is also expected to cater to tourists, encouraging day-long excursions with dining options. Guests of the newly opened Sifawy Boutique Hotel could also avail the service, enjoying the alternative of making a grand entrance at the hotel, via sea route. Further, the lineup of authentic regional and international dining experiences and exciting water sports offered at Sifawy could be a bigger draw for visitors, following the new travel option.

“Our objective is to provide an alternative choice for our guests, more so for those who prefer to relax and unwind in the serene ambience of Jebel Sifah without having to worry about the drive to and from the city. We hope it will infuse an unhurried pace within our facilities at Jebel Sifah; we want our guests and visitors to experience a pampered lifestyle and savour the bounties of nature as well as the facilities provided at Sifawy Boutique Hotel and As Sammak restaurant,” said Rana Abu Dargham, Senior Commercial Lease of Muriya.


Marina Bandar al Rowdha, Muscat

The Marina is located between the warm blue waters of the Gulf of Oman and the craggy Hajar Mountains of northern Oman. There are 500 wet and dry berths serviced by modern launch equipment, all berths are behind security barriers manned 24 hours a day.

There is a fully equipped marine workshop, a 65 ton travel lift and specialist marine workshops, including marine electronics, carpentry, welding and painting. The marina boasts its own licensed restaurant which serves an international cuisine. The snack menu can be enjoyed at the poolside with its adjacent Jacuzzi and fine dining can be enjoyed Al Fresco or in the welcoming ambience of the Blue Marlin restaurant. Charter boats are available for coastal cruises, whale and dolphin watching, sports fishing and sunset cruises. There is an on-site scuba diving operator. No membership is required to use the above facilities, our restaurant, bar and pools are open to all.

A recently added attraction is a semi-submersible boat which operates in the beautiful khawrs at Bandar Al-Khayran. Passengers are taken from the marina to the semi-submersible by a fast transfer boat and they then embark in the semi-sub for an hour of underwater exploration. The coral reefs of Bandar Al-Khayran provide a home for thousands of fish, turtles, eels and crustaceans which passengers observe through large underwater windows. The whole experience is like diving but without getting wet. Passengers sit a climate controlled cabin about 2 meters below the waterline in complete safety. On completion, passengers return to the marina aboard the fast transfer boat, the whole experience taking about 2 hours and 15 minutes.

The marina is committed to enabling our many customers to enjoy to the full the beautiful and bountiful inshore waters of the Sultanate.

Read more about Marina Bandar Al Rowdha

Jebel Sifah Marina

The heart and hub of Jebel Sifah, the Marina is the first inland marina in Oman. With a docking range of up to 60 meters in length, the Marina is designed to comfortably accommodate 94 boats. In addition, there is space for a further 100 boats in the dry storage facility located with the maintenance area with its own boathouse and 24/7 security.

The Sifawy Boutique Hotel in Jebel Sifah offers 55 rooms and suites and aims to become one of the best 4 star hotels in Oman in terms of quality and service.

Jebel Sifah is one of three destinations in Oman currently under development by Orascom Development and its local partners. It is planned to develop Jebel Sifah into a leisure destination covering an area of more 6.2 million square meters and offering five 4 and 5 star hotels, shopping complexes, restaurants, a marina and a golf course.

Jebel Sifah and the Sifawy Boutique Hotel are located just 45 km away from Muscat and 65 km from the international airport.

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