26 Sep Oman Air Joins Oman Desert Marathon as Official Airline Partner
Oman Air Joins Oman Desert Marathon as Official Airline Partner
Oman Desert Marathon has welcomed Oman Air, the national Airline of the Sultanate of Oman, as Official Airline Sponsor of its 2023 event. Under the partnership, Oman Air will offer participants and their relatives special fares when flying into Oman for the race, which is to be held between 21st and 24th January 2023. The Oman Desert Marathon, now in its eighth edition, will challenge athletes to take on a spectacular 165km four-stage footrace across some of the highest dunes and remote, untouched sands of the Omani desert.
Majid Suliman Al Qassabi, Oman Air Country Manager (Oman), said, “The partnership is part of Oman Air’s commitment to supporting the diversification and sustainable development of Oman’s economy and promoting major sporting and cultural events. We look forward to welcoming the athletes from all over the world for this exciting race and are pleased to provide them with an easy and seamless travel experience through our main hub in Muscat. With the weather cool and balmy in January, it’s the perfect time to enjoy one of the most beautiful deserts in the world alongside the abundant beauty, charm and culture that Oman has to offer.”
Said Al Hajri, Founder of Oman Desert Marathon, added, “Adventure and sports are among the fastest growing segments in tourism, helping stimulate the sector’s contribution to the economy in line with the nation’s future vision. More than just a race, Oman Desert Marathon highlights Oman’s capabilities for hosting key international events, as well as supporting cultural exchange and encouraging sports participation in the community. We are delighted to partner with Oman Air and to encourage even more people to come, while enhancing Oman’s status as an all-round touristic destination.”
The Oman Desert Marathon was last held in 2019 and, after a hiatus due to the pandemic, is now back with over 200 athletes expected to attend. The adrenaline-charged four-day race will require each runner to be self-sufficient and carry all their equipment and food with them, crossing some of Oman’s most breath-taking untouched natural landscapes, while offering them a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience authentic desert life.
Oman Air supports a number of sporting and cultural events as part of its active social contributions programme and its efforts to promote Oman as a leading international sports tourism destination, as per Oman’s 2040 Vision.
About Oman Air
Oman Air (WY), the national airline of the Sultanate of Oman, began its operations in 1993. Initially founded to serve key domestic routes, it has since undergone rapid growth and is today recognized as a major international carrier connecting cities around the world to Oman’s spectacular natural beauty, captivating charm and genuine openness. A Five-Star COVID-19 Airline Safety Rating from Skytrax and two consecutive (2021 and 2022) Five-Star Major Airline Ratings from the Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX) are among its many industry accolades.
About the Oman Desert Marathon
First held in 2013, the Oman Desert Marathon is a 165-kilometre race of self-sufficiency in four stages, including one night stage, through the spectacular Omani landscape with all its variety, from the Al Wasil oasis, crossing the desert to the Al Jawharat resort. The race guarantees participants a unique experience in the most popular and beautiful country of the Arabian Peninsula. The race is held in January to assure runners the best weather conditions.
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