Gulf Circle Tours are a DMC with an outstanding reputation and highly experienced team who are able to showcase the unique features of Oman, with attention to detail and a great understanding of the MICE industry. Gulf Circle Tours are extremely skilled in event management and are able to offer assistance in planning conferences, conventions, meetings, corporate events, healthcare and pharmaceutical groups and of course incentives.
|Office 2101 Aspect Tower, Executive Towers, Business Bay |
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Mr Gaby Seikaly - Managing Director
|Specialise In||Incentives, Conferences, FITs, Conventions, Congresses, Product Launches, Corporate Travel, Events, Special Functions, Shore Excursions, Hotel Bookings, Conference Logistics, Corporate Functions, Corporate Group Travel, Corporate Meetings, Gala Dinners, Local Excursions, Meetings, Special Interest Groups, Teambuilding Events, Themed Dinners|
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Born in November 2001, Gulf Circle Tours has a current team of around 25 enthusiastic and professional permanent staff, GCT has penetrated the UAE market with great force by providing un-matched services to top clients from around the world.
Our expertise and dedication has gained us a reputation with our partner clients abroad and the local suppliers in the UAE as well.
As a full-service Destination Management company, GCT is the ideal partner for meeting and incentive travel planners. Meticulous attention is given to the smallest details. Customised events and theme venues are carefully researched to ensure they meet the desire of the most demanding of clients.
A 24-hour Customer Care unit is on call 365 days a year to provide assistance and answer any question our guests may have.
Multilingual professional staff, field officers, certified guides, drivers and Airport representatives, are all carefully selected to ensure the highest quality services.
We are committed to maintain and enhance the tradition of excellence started 5 decades ago. Our reputation for listening to our clients and delivering more than they expect, is something we do not take lightly. We will make it happen for you!
Oman is one of the world’s most exciting emerging tourist destinations, offering a genuine taste of old Arabia and an oasis of traditional culture amidst the frantically modernizing Gulf states. The country boasts a string of captivating attractions. Scenically, it’s one of the region’s most memorable destinations. From Hajr mountains to the remarkable fjords of the Musandam peninsula and the dramatic dunes of the Wahiba Sands, it is a spectacular natural experience. The country claims a variety of culturally absorbing sights, ranging from the traditional souks of Muscat, Nizwa, and Salalah to the atmospheric mud brick towns and towering forts of the interior.
Arrival to Muscat.
Meet, Greet & Assist.
Upon arrival at the airport, guests will be met by our Gulf Circle Tours representatives at the terminal and assisted through the visa procedures and the luggage collection.
Our meet & assist service includes:
Welcoming guests upon arrival at the terminal.
Assistance with Immigration Formalities.
Support with luggage collection & customs formalities.
Escort guests through the airport to awaiting vehicles.
Transfer to the hotel by coach.
Optional Traditional Arabic Welcome at Check-in.
Upon arrival at the hotel the group will be welcomed by 2 Omani Ladies traditionally attired with rose-water sprinklers and frankincense burners. Sprinkling of Rose water is a traditional Omani way of welcoming guests and frankincense is a daily ritual in Omani life when entering a home.
With the music of an Oud player (Traditional Omani music), the atmosphere gives a very warm welcome to guests in their first hours in Muscat.
Alternatively we can organize for an Omani band with dancers and drummers to perform in front of the hotel entrance during their arrival.
Overnight at the hotel.
Full day Muscat City Tour
Muscat offers visitors a unique opportunity to witness a modern city existing in harmony with its traditional culture. The tour winds through Oman’s exclusive residential area of Shati Al Qurum, with its elegant villas, arriving at the Grand Mosque at what may be the most exquisite mosque in Oman.
The Tour continues towards the Muscat Road at the Muscat Gate. Nect, visit to the Bait Al Zubair Museum, The Muttrah souq and the Fort of Jalalai and Mirani and Al Alam Palace (from Outside).
The Museum consists of a concise collection reflecting the splendid Omani Heritage. The Collection includes traditional Omani Weapons such as swords, daggers, rifles & their accessories, along with jewellery, cosmetics & costumes from various regions of Oman. We then proceed to the latest addition of Bait Al Zubair Museum the typical Omani Town House (optional) that graphically depicts the lifestyles in Oman between the 1920’s and 1970. The visitor can now see examples of both rural and urban traditional Omani architecture. The recently renovated and restored historic Omani town house at Bait Al Zubair enables you to step back in time and experience how people lived; and also give them a rare glimpse of photographs, prints and maps detailing the changing face of Muscat, the capital of Oman.
As a welcome at the Museum we can arrange for a nice set-up including 2 persons serving coffee, tea, dates and soft drinks to the guests at the entrance to the museum. Optional demonstration of local handicrafts.
We can also arrange for an Omani Kumma (hat) tailor and a Silver Khanjar handicrafts man to show their traditions and explain to the guests how these local symbols of Oman are produced. Oman is a nation of fisherman and the nets for fishing are still produced by hand. We can arrange for a demonstration of the local traditions and customs in the Palm house at the Bait al Zubair Museum.
Muttrah Souk: We continue our visit to the Muttrah Souk, one of the most popular souks in the Middle East. Take a walk through its labyrinthine-like alleyways beckoning with a myriad of merchandise, from imported fabrics to exotic Oriental spices, perfumes and richly hand crafted artefacts. A visit to this frenetic, pulsating hub of Muscat’s old quarter makes for a delightful experience.
We continue our visit to the magnificent Al Alam Palace, the official residence of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Said, the ruler of Oman. It is a ceremonial focus and symbol of Oman’s Renaissance. The palace is an architectural marvel for both its design and its location between the twin Portuguese forts Mirani and Jalali (A brief photograph stop from outside only).
Non-Exclusive Lunch at Mumtaz Mahal Indian Restaurant.
Be it in the day or at night, the view from the restaurant has got to be one of the best in Muscat. The restaurant is located on a man-made hillock & overlooks part of the sea and the city area. An artificial waterfall flows right from the top and into the park area. The group will then proceed indoors for one of the best Indian lunches available in Muscat.
After lunch, guests will return to the hotel.
Dinner at Safari Rooftop Grill House (Grand Hyatt Hotel).
Comprising of 3 Elements, the Safari Club is made up of the Safari Pub, Habana Café, and the Rooftop Grill House. Following dinner, a transfer would be available to return the group to the hotel however, if guests wanted to remain and enjoy the other elements of the Safari Club, individual return transfers can also be arranged. Please see below for brief descriptions of the Pub & Grill House:
Safari Pub: Wooden pillars and animal sculptures with an old jeep at the entrance give you the real African feel as you enter this Pub. Traditional African murals, painting and statues adorn the Pub with comfortable seating offered under a unique tarpaulin tent.
Roof Top Grill House: Fresh steak and seafood display on the Roof Top Grill House allows the guest to enjoy best meat of their choice with selections of wines and other regular beverages. This open air restaurant offers you a dramatic view of the Gulf of Oman on one side and the Hajjar mountain range on the other. Comfortable park/garden style seating beautifies this area.
Guests will be served hot and cold canapés on arrival. They will be served a 3 course set menu dinner with a 03 hours beverage package (Standard spirits, Beer, house wine, soft drinks and water). There will be a 04 piece band with entertainment which will add to the enjoyment of the lovely evening. Guests can also use the billiards in the second level of the pub.
After dinner guests will return to the hotel.
Overnight at the hotel.
Nizwa & Wadi tour with BBQ lunch on the Mountain.
07:00 – 17:30: We drive along the famous route once travelled by renowned travellers like Ibn Battuta and Marco Polo, to Nizwa. It is the traditional capital of the vast interior region of Oman.
Behind them, the impressive New Souk complex has been sensitively designed using Omani fort architecture and elegant Islamic arches. The air-conditioned halls of this souk are full of fresh fruit and vegetables, herbs and spices, huge stacks of dates and freshly caught fish. This is still the best place to buy traditional silver “Khanjars” (hand- carved Omani daggers) and Bedouin jewellery, where silver is still sold by weight. At the far end and through the gate, we come to the path which leads up to Nizwa Fort.
The 17th century round tower fort nearby is Oman’s most impressive tower. Built on a solid base of rock, the huge tower was designed to withstand the vibrations of 24 cannons. From the top, a superb panoramic view gives visitors a bird’s eye view all around Nizwa and the surrounding plains - a sure delight for all avid photographers!
From here the guests will proceed to Al Hamra. The town of Al Hamra sits over 600 metres above sea level and yet rising another 2400 metres above the town is Oman’s highest peak “Jebel Shams” which pierces the sky at over 3000 metres. The slopes of this dramatic peak, which fall away towards Al Hamra, are cut through with a number of Wadis.
Guests will enjoy a lovely lunch at the mountain top and then drive down towards Wadi Bani Awf. Be prepared for the adventure, crossing the Hajjar Mountains. Driving on the mountain is a very interesting section for thrill lovers. Indeed, nothing prepares you for what’s in store when you arrive at this splendid getaway after enduring a bone-jarring ride for the better part of an hour. Springing into view is the breathtaking sight of the Hajjars in all their magnificent grandeur. Oman’s unspoiled beauty unfurls in a rich tapestry of craggy peaks and rock scapes threaded by wadis, as far as the eye can see.
Bilad Sayt, a scenic oasis settlement, can be seen at the bottom of the gorge that plunges just beyond the rocky summit of Sharfat Al Alamayn. It is cool and blustery even at mid-day, with white cottony clouds hovering just overhead on this delightful promontory called Sharfat Al Alamayn. On a clear day, visitors can enjoy vistas of picturesque Wadi Bani Awf as they pass through the lush farmland and can watch the roaming camels as they travel towards the distant peaks of the Hajjar range which rise to more than 1000 metres.
Guests will then return to the hotel.
Exclusive dinner at the Turtle Beach Area (Shangri-La).
The guests will be welcomed at the entrance of the dinner venue with a glass of sparkling wine, red or white wine. Background music will be played which will create an atmosphere and beginning of the evening. A lovely BBQ buffet dinner will be displayed with a variety of items for the guests to choose from. Guests will have a 02 Hours beverage package (beer, house wine, standard spirits, soft drinks and water).
*Optional: Sea food BBQ Dinner can also be organized which will fit as a seafood theme dinner on the Dhow Beach area.
After dinner guests will return to the hotel.
Overnight at the hotel.
Full Day Dolphin watching with BBQ lunch – Dinner at a local Omani House.
08:00-16:00- Dolphin Watching Tour, Beach activities and BBQ lunch at the Bandar Al khairan.
The group will depart from the hotel and transfer to Marina Bandar Rowdah. From there they will then board the speed boats and proceed for the dolphin watching trip for two hours. Watching wild dolphins is a thrilling way to start the day and the lucky may even come across one of the many species of whale that can be found just a few kilometres from Muscat’s rugged coast. Not every trip guarantees a sighting, but you are sure to enjoy a trip out to sea and enhance your knowledge of nature’s most fascinating marine mammals.
Coconut Surprise during Dolphin Watching.
As a special surprise the group will go to the bay of a local fisherman village where two local fisher boats will come along and serve the guests fresh Omani Coconut drinks. This will be a unique encounter with the local culture and will add to their experience
The guests will then proceed to the Bandar Khairan which is 30 minutes by boat. On arrival to the beach the guests can relax and enjoy optional beach activities such as snorkelling and Kayaking.
The waters around Muscat are perfect for snorkelling. The shallow parts of the reef are the ideal location for a relaxing swim with mask, snorkel and fins to watch the abundant marine life below. The calm waters of our bay provide the ideal environment for both beginners and more experienced paddlers.
The guests will enjoy the BBQ lunch and relaxation at the beach. After lunch the guests will return back to the chosen Hotel at 16h 45.
Guests will have time for relaxation before dinner.
Exclusive Dinner in a local Omani House (Capacity is maximum 65 guests).
We can arrange for the group to have a traditional dinner in a still functioning old house in Muscat. Beautifully preserved and being a real home to residence, this is a unique insight into how the locals live. The house lies in the village of Sidab & has been renovated by the owner, who lives in the house. Here, guests will witness an authentic Omani house from the inside.
On arrival, the group will enjoy a welcome drink and dinner to atmospheric music playing in the background. A good time for the group to relax and catch up on the excitement of the day, while enjoying a delicious traditional meal. Another option is to arrange for a calligrapher to script the guest’s names and for local artisans to demonstrate their handicrafts like silver jewellery, leather products or wood carving.
Optional: Traditional Omani Oud and Tablah (Omani drums) Player will add to the true Omani feeling.
After dinner guests will return to the hotel.
Overnight at the hotel.
Departure transfer to Muscat International airport.
1001 Events assistance at departure.
1001 Events organisers will assist the guests with departure proceedings and be with the group up to departure to provide assistance for any issues that may arise.
Bait Al Zubair Museum
The Museum, located in Muscat, consists of a concise collection reflecting the splendid Omani Heritage, traditional Omani Weapons such as swords, daggers, rifles & their accessories, along with jewellery, cosmetics & costumes from various regions of Oman. The recently renovated and restored historic Omani Town house at Bait Al Zubair enables visitors to step back in time and experience how people lived and also give them a rare glimpse of photographs, prints and maps detailing the changing face of Muscat, the capital of Oman.
The Muttrah souq
This is one of the most popular souqs in the Middle East, with its labyrinthine alleyways beckoning with a myriad of merchandise, from imported fabrics to exotic Oriental spices, perfumes and richly hand crafted Artefacts. A visit to this frenetic, pulsating hub of Muscat’s old quarter makes for a delightful experience.
Al Alam Palace
The magnificent Al Alam Palace is located in the heart of the Old Muscat, the official residence of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Said, the ruler of Oman. It is a ceremonial focus and symbol of Oman’s Renaissance. The palace is an architectural marvel for both its design and its location between the twin Portuguese forts Mirani and Jalali. The palace is not open to the public, but visitors can walk around the yard and gardens in front of the palace.
Forts of Jalalai and Mirani
The Al Jalali and Al Mirani forts were built during the Portuguese colonial rule of Oman during the 16th Century, and now are beautiful windows into that era. They are situated on either side of a palace giving a fortified appearance to Muscat's harbour. The forts are examples of traditional architecture: and Al Jalali, especially, is bedecked with traditional doors, rugs and pottery. Both Al Jalali and Al Mirani have ancient war memorabilia, such as armour and weapons on display. Their strategic position on a mountain overlooking the harbour gives visitors commanding views of the city and Arabian Sea below.
Nizwa & Wadi
A drive through this famous route once travelled by renowned travellers like Ibn Battuta and Marco Polo, to Nizwa. It is the traditional capital of the vast interior region of Oman. Behind it, the impressive new souq complex has been sensitively designed using Omani fort architecture and elegant Islamic arches. The air-conditioned halls of this souq are full of fresh fruit and vegetables, herbs and spices, huge stacks of dates and freshly caught fish. This is still the best place to buy traditional silver “Khanjars” (hand- carved Omani daggers) and Bedouin jewelry, where silver is still sold by weight. At the far end and through the gate, is the path which leads up to Nizwa Fort.
The 17th century round tower fort nearby is Oman’s most impressive tower. Built on a solid base of rock, the huge tower was designed to withstand the vibrations of 24 cannons. From the top, a superb panoramic view gives visitors a bird’s eye view all around Nizwa and the surrounding plains. Next will be a visit to the town of Al Hamra which sits over 600 metres above sea level. Another 2400 metres above the town is Oman’s highest peak “Jebel Shams” which pierces the sky at over 3000 metres. The slopes of this dramatic peak, which fall away towards Al Hamra, are cut through with a number of Wadis.
Dolphin Watching and Beach Activities
Watching wild dolphins is a thrilling experience and also, with a bit of luck, you may get to watch one of the many species of whale that can be found just a few kilometers from Muscat’s rugged coast. Visitors are sure to enjoy a trip out to sea, on speed boats, and they can enhance their knowledge of nature’s most fascinating marine mammals. Just 30 minutes by boat is the Bandar Khairan Beach where guests can relax and enjoy optional beach activities such as snorkelling and Kayaking. The calm waters around Muscat are perfect for snorkelling. The shallow parts of the reef are the ideal location for a relaxing swim with mask, snorkel and fins to watch the abundant marine life below.
Sunset Dhow cruise
Oman is famous for its unique dhow building and courageous pioneering. Being located at a crossroads connecting shipping routes from far away countries, Oman has for centuries used the sea to its advantage. This explains Oman's beautiful Dhows; and Omani people take great pride in their strength and beauty. The Dhow cruise will sail along the magnificent coastline of Oman. Sailing on Oman‘s tranquil waters at twilight is a memorable way to explore the northern coast. The cruise will sail along Muscat‘s spectacular northern coastline as the sun sets on the horizon. Muscat is one of the oldest cities in the Middle East and the largest city in Oman. The walled city was built around Muttrah Harbour, a natural, deep water anchorage, which is the cultural and historical heart of Muscat.
Oman International Exhibition Centre
The Exhibition Centre is situated in close proximity to the Seeb International Airport, which is 35 km from the city centre (Muscat). The facility has an area of 12000 sqm indoor and 3000 m² outdoor.
Desert Challenge at Exclusive camp – Up to 100 pax
This fantastic and thrilling day gives clients the opportunity to experience something totally unique in the desert. The team building challenges will include Rope maze, Final Mission, holed bucket relay (with sand) and Water balloon Volley Ball.
Big picture – Up to 500 pax
A classic teambuilding experience in which everyone plays an active role in painting a masterpiece of epic proportions. Teams collaborate rather than compete to create 'the big picture' and all will be revealed when the great unveiling ceremony takes place.
Arabian Market – 100 to 500 pax
Split into ‘families’ and armed with a pouch of Arabian themed trading goods the teams are challenged with the objective of maximizing their families’ wealth.
No Limitz – 100 to 500 pax
Teams compete in a number of different sporting and mental challenges, winning points as they progress through the event, either on a beach or on a large grassy area like a football pitch.
Endurance Race with karts –Up to 100 pax
Endurance race with karts on a race circuit, Grand Prix style.
The Parade at the desert – Up to 500 pax
Each team will build a carnival float, design a flag and take part in the World Games Parade. The main objective is to build a decorative float and to choreograph and style a marching band in the given timeframe and with the allocated tools.
City Challenge – Up to 100 pax
This fun and adventurous challenge will have lots of surprises and excitement while participants find the clues as they unravel city of Oman and get a clear perspective of what the city has to offer.
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