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Oman Air First Class Lounge Review Muscat MCT

July 15, 2023
Osman Dadi
The Oman Air first class lounge in Muscat MCT is a truly special experience
Location:
Oman Air First Class Lounge
Dates:
January 2023
Managed By:
Oman Airr
Accessible To:
Oman Air First Class travelers
Last Updated:
January 2023

The Oman Air First Class Lounge is Oman Air’s dedicated section of its flagship lounge facility for First Class passengers. The Business Class lounge is adjacent to the First Class, and it is a larger space for business class passengers.

Oman Air First & Business Lounge entry facade
Oman Air First & Business Lounge entry facade

I tried the lounge on a roughly three-hour overnight layover between my Bangkok to Frankfurt flight on Oman Air. I must say I really enjoyed this experience, especially the privacy and personalized attention. While visiting the Lounge, I truly felt like a V.I.P. or a member of a Royal Family.

Oman Air First Class Lounge Location & Entry

After disembarking from my short Oman Air First Class flight from Bangkok, I went through the transit security checkpoint without going through Omani immigration. I took the elevator up to Level 5 of Muscat Airport, in the middle of the Airport Terminal.

Oman Air First & Business Lounge entry and facade
Oman Air First & Business Lounge entry and facade

All lounges are located on this level; however, the Majan lounge is an additional level up via escalators. The Oman Air Lounge entry is a single point, with the business-class Lounge on the left and the first-class lounge on the right.

Entry

This was one of the most architecturally detailed lounges I’d seen. Gold finishes throughout. Full of Omani and Middle Eastern design elements, with a design inspired by the mountains, desert, and Islamic Arabic Architecture embedded in the country.

An Oman Air Plane scale model and a framed image of the Sultans of Oman in the entry lobby..
An Oman Air Plane scale model and a framed image of the Sultans of Oman in the entry lobby..

The Majan lounge was similar in this regard, although it still felt commercial but very beautiful. In the Lounge lobby is an Oman aircraft scale model and a framed image of the Sultans of Oman.

Got a chance to post with the plane and have my photo taken. Love these models of the B787.
Got a chance to pose with the plane and have my photo taken. Love these models of the B787.

Oman Air First Class Lounge Layout and Space

Overall, the lounge is accented with stylish wall decor and ambient lighting. There are two main sections of the first-class lounge, one internal with lower ceilings and many lounge seats, and another area with very tall ceilings, the main Bar and Restaurant Area, and a Living Room lounge area.

Main Oman Air First Class lounge areas with departure boards
Main Oman Air First Class lounge areas

However, It was also completely empty! In all seriousness, only two other passengers visited during my time in this lounge.

Main Oman Air First Class lounge areas with departure boards
Main Oman Air First Class lounge areas with departure boards
Main Oman Air First Class lounge areas with departure boards
Main Oman Air First Class lounge areas with departure boards

I could not imagine a more private Lounge experience, and in trips since have yet to experience this anywhere else!

In another area, a living room setup in the lounge, which is super comfortable and quite elegant.
In another area, a living room setup in the lounge, which is super comfortable and quite elegant.
Additional seats overlooking the tarmac area, right across from the First Class Bar.
Additional seats overlooking the tarmac area, right across from the First Class Bar.

One important thing to remember is that no flight departure announcements are made – passengers are still expected to manage their own time and make their own way to their flight when ready.

Private Dining Area in the other corner of the Bar/Lounge space, overlooking the tarmac.
Private Dining Area in the other corner of the Bar/Lounge space, overlooking the tarmac.

There are many different facilities in the lounge. I didn’t get a chance to explore all of them, we’ll cover the Atrium, Restaurant & Bar, Nap and Shower Rooms, and parts of the Business Class Lounge.

List of Facilities:

  • Private Family Room
  • The Atrium Lounge
  • Business Center
  • Prayer Room
  • Restaurants
  • Family Room
  • Nap Room
  • The Spa by Shangri-La
  • Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa

Access to the Oman Air First Class Lounge comes with several perks. First Class passengers have access to both the first and business class lounges.

In addition to the features below, there’s one computer station, an iMac for getting work done, making printouts, and general internet access

Spa & Wellness Area

Located upstairs in yet another part of the Lounge. Unfortunately, it was closed during my visit, as it’s only accessible during daylight hours. When this is open, Oman Air first class passengers get a complimentary 15-minute treatment.

Entry to The Spa & Wellness Area by Shangri-La. This was unavailable during my visit.
Entry to The Spa & Wellness Area by Shangri-La. This was unavailable during my visit.

Nap Rooms

Two private nap rooms with enclosed doors are available to First Class passengers. They are named the  “Muscat” and “Salalah.” The nap rooms offer Pyjamas and amenity kits like those onboard Oman Air First Class.

Oman Air first class lounge Private Nap room with amenity kit and PJs
Oman Air first class lounge Private Nap room with amenity kit and PJs

It also has blankets and some massage oils. It is comfortable in a private setting, like a miniature hotel room. I did note that they are tiny.

Private Nap room in Oman Air first class lounge
Private Nap room in Oman Air first class lounge

One weird thing about the rooms is that there are no power outlets inside, something not thoroughly thought out in the design phase. The lamp light can be turned off by pressing the floor button on the cord.

Private Nap Room for a deep rest pre-flight.
Private Nap Room for a deep rest pre-flight.

WIFI Access

Wi-Fi was provided by code and voucher; It seems like everything at Oman Air is done this way.

Connecting was easy by plugging in the code. I did a one-hour Zoom call with a client in New York City while here (overnight in Muscat and during the day in New York).

Lounge Wifi Access along with the dessert menu.
Lounge Wifi Access along with the dessert menu.

I found the connection to be very stable and made communications easy. Aside from some light background music, the lounge was extremely quiet, making business calls reasonably easy.

Oman Air First Class Lounge Shower

I didn’t try it, but the Lounge does come with a single shower room. Once inside, I found that everything comes wrapped neatly and with perfect amenities.

Shower and Toilet is simple and very spacious.
Shower and Toilet is simple and very spacious.

The experience felt very classy and high-end.

Sink on the side with lotion and hand wash soap available.
Sink on the side with lotion and hand wash soap available.

The amenities come with gold flakes inside, including the soaps and shampoos. Another Middle Eastern quality to this Lounge, with Gold everywhere.

Shower Room Amenities
Shower Room Amenities

Shower amenities

The shower rooms featured the following amenities:

  • Shaving Kit
  • Comb
  • Body Lotion
  • Bath & Shower Gel
  • Conditioner
  • Conditioning Shampoo

Oman Air First Class Lounge Food & Beverage

Undoubtedly the best part about the first class Lounge is the food. The Oman Air first class lounge offers a totally custom, dedicated dining experience. However, I was already full from my earlier flights which also had tons of food.

Fine dining table setup.
Fine dining table setup.

The staff – I already had three staff serving me as the single passenger that night trying anything – encouraged me to order as much food as I wanted.

Full fine dining setup of my meal.
Full fine dining setup of my meal.
Spring Chicken Musakhan with Tomato Cumin Sauce
Spring Chicken Musakhan with Tomato Cumin Sauce

I obliged and chose three meals, all I could fit in my stomach before my next flight.

Oman Air first class lounge Classic Arabic Mezze
Oman Air first class lounge Classic Arabic Mezze
Delicious lamb chops
Delicious lamb chops

I had heard that the Oman Air Lounge comes stocked with very rare drinks, including the Hennessy Paradis Cognac.

Hennessy Brandy, served with warm nuts and dates of various kinds. I also got an Arabic Coffee.
Hennessy Brandy, served with warm nuts and dates of various kinds. I also got an Arabic Coffee.

Unfortunately, this was not available during my visit; instead, I tried a regular Hennessy. The bartender also recommended a John Dewars whiskey for my second round, which I also obliged.

John Dewar whiskey.
John Dewar whiskey.

Oman Air Business Class Lounge

One thing to note is that first class passengers can also access the business class lounge. So I also got a guided tour of the Business Class lounge, and I was escorted through by one of the staff in the First Class Lounge.

I visited during the Holiday season, the Business Class Lounge was decorated appropriately with this Christmas tree.
I visited during the Holiday season, the Business Class Lounge was decorated appropriately with this Christmas tree.

Interestingly, some parts of the Lounge are better suited for lounging, such as the Business Class nap areas with flat beds with power outlets. Also, the business class dining area is really large, and had a number of people grabbing food from the Buffet. There’s also a Juice Bar available.

The Business Class dining area, accented with a large painting just above the buffet area.
The Business Class dining area, accented with a large painting just above the buffet area.
Juice Bar with three flavors available.
Juice Bar with three flavors available.

The business class lounge also has a dedicated bar but with not nearly the same selection of Alcohol.

Business Class Spirits and Bar counter
Oman Air Business Class lounge Spirits and Bar counter

Cigar Lounge:

One unique feature of the lounge is the dedicated cigar lounge room for smokers.

Cigar Lounge room for smokers, In the Business Class  Lounge.
Cigar Lounge room for smokers, In the Business Class  Lounge.

This is a private smoking room with individual seats; however, keep in mind that the lounge does not come with Cigars.

Cigar Lounge room for smokers, In the Business Class  Lounge.
Cigar Lounge room for smokers, In the Business Class  Lounge.

Final Thoughts

The Oman Air First Class Lounge is One of the most unique and incredible lounge experiences I’ve had. In my estimation, it is one of the world’s leading First Class lounges.

Sadly I did not feel like my layover was long enough to truly enjoy this lounge since I didn’t get a chance to try the Nap Room, Shower, and Spa experiences. The bar and dining facilities are excellent. I also missed the top-shelf liquor selection, which was slightly less than expected.

The sheer exclusivity of the Oman Air First Class cabin is truly unique and unrivaled. By design, there will never be too many guests visiting at any given time. As a result, I found the service swift, attentive, and friendly.

Without a shadow of a doubt, the Oman Air First Class Lounge experience is one of the hidden gems of luxury travel. The fact you can now unlock it with Aeroplan points by redeeming them for Oman Air First Class awards is an awesome bonus.

I definitely look forward to visiting once again in the Oman Air First Class Lounge on a future journey.

Pros

  • Exclusivity – seriously felt like a King or Prince visiting this Lounge.
  • Huge Space.
  • Delicious food.
  • Friendly staff.
  • It was so quiet!

Cons

  • I Wasn’t able to try the Spa & Wellness Area or the Barr Al Jisan Lounge & Spa.
  • The silence is both good and bad – for once, I actually felt like a King and wondered what I was doing there.

Verdict 10/10