Oman’s tourism department has introduced a new eVisa service to attract outbound travellers to the country. The first stage comprises non-sponsored tourist visas for people from 67 countries as well as GCC residents employed in 116 professions.“The Sultanate’s announcement of the eVisa system will ensure the continuous growth of Oman’s tourism sector in the coming years as this provides not only tourists but also investors, businessmen, researchers and students easier access to visa processing. Last year, the number of tourist arrivals reached three million and it is expected to increase to more than four million by 2020,” said Salim Adi Al Mamari, Director General- Tourism Promotion, Ministry of Tourism Oman.Through the eVisa system, visitors can get their visa applications processed in accordance with the laws and regulations of Oman. Tourists will only need to fill up the form online and attach the necessary documents as well as pay the application by credit card through a Global Payment Gateway that is officially certified by Oman. All applicants will receive notifications through the emails provided.The eVisa system will also allow Oman to receive more tourists from key markets such as China, Russia and the U.S. and drive the demand for experiential travel to the Sultanate, he added. Tourists can apply for online visa at evisa.rop.gov.om.
Picture the perfect place for a digital detox: on the top of a mountain, with no distractions, just a breathtakingly beautiful natural playground with space to wander and simply be while admiring the awe-inspiring majestic landscape and inhaling bucket-loads of crisp fresh air.Well, look no further, Adler Mountain Lodge – located in the heart of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Italian Dolomites – is offering the South Tyrol’s first digital detox package from 12 to 19 November 2017.This Digital Detox Week provides guests with an opportunity to put aside their electronic gadgets for a few days (or the full week) and appreciate the manifold benefits. Research proves that those who do detox digitally become more peaceful, breathe more deeply and slow down when prised away from their phone, tablet or laptop. Not just that, they are more present, having deeper, more connected conversations with friends and family, and become more reflective, finding solutions for problems when they go for a walk, for example, rather than staying glued to their social media channels.Guided by the motto “disconnect to reconnect”, the Digital Detox Week programme at Adler Mountain Lodge will include coaching with Annemarie Sanoner (a member of the sixth generation of the family who owns the Adler hotel group, who is also a qualified yoga teacher, Ayurvedic therapist and stress management coach), Meridian Yoga to help open blocked energy pathways, and guided walks and e-bike tours through the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Dolomites.There will also be a cookery class, learning to make a regional speciality, and a creative art class with a professional local artist, drawing the natural landscape al fresco (if weather permits), in order to allow participants to focus on creating something for themselves (rather than putting a ready meal in a microwave or simply scrolling through their tablet screen). For a touch of pure indulgence, the programme also includes a chocolate tasting and reduced prices on spa treatments for those in search of a little pampering.Prices for the Digital Detox package start from €624 per person sharing a room for three nights, rising up to €1339 per person sharing a room for a week’s stay. Rates are offered on a full-board basis, including a buffet breakfast in the morning, light healthy lunches on the sun terrace or packed lunches (individually assembled according to guests’ needs) for those spending the day exploring the Dolomites, a South Tyrolean afternoon tea and a gourmet dinner in the evening. Mineral water, soft drinks and a wide choice of local wines and liqueurs are also included and are available throughout the day.Also included is a daily-changing programme of daytime activities, such as fitness classes in the wellness zone, and evening entertainment, for example, star gazing classes from a professional astronomer – what could be more perfect, up in the mountains with no light pollution?Rest assured that a few days away from blue light will help de-frazzle the brain and participants will leave feeling less anxious, more connected and completely recharged. What more can you ask of a holiday?Go back to the e-newsletter Go back to the e-newsletter