In the last installment, I covered my 10-hour stay in the Oman Air First Class Lounge prior to my Oman Air 787 First Class flight from Muscat to London.
Although I spent most of my time in the First Class section, I also visited the Oman Air Business Class Lounge before my flight, as I felt the lounge was worth a quick review for those of you who might be flying Oman Air business class in the future.
Oman Air Business Class Lounge Muscat – Access
To access the business class lounge, you must be flying Oman Air in business class or First Class departing on the same day. Additionally, Oman Air Sindbad Silver or Gold Members can enter the lounge as well.
Business class and First Class passengers pass through the grand golden metal doors of the joint lounge complex, where staff at the check-in will scan your ticket and grant access.
Passengers then diverge, with the First Class entrance to the right and the business class entrance to the left.
Oman Air Business Class Lounge Muscat – Seating
Much of the design is similar to the First Class lounge, though obviously this lounge accommodates a far larger crowd, with a capacity of 500 people.
Within the lounge, an array of metallic gold and marble are mixed into lines and curves of the lounge, recreating forms seen in Oman’s natural landscape.
Traditional Arabic architecture can be observed in the geometric patterns of the lounge, such as in the partitions placed throughout for added privacy.
Armchairs are positioned all along the windows, which span the length of the lounge. The seats offer views across the tarmac, where aircraft can be seen coming and leaving the airport.
The floor-to-ceiling windows lead all the way to the business centre at the far end of the lounge, which consists of three computer workstations with iMac computers.
Also placed near the windows are three high-top tables. As you move past the bar, six more high-tops are situated by the window.
Throughout the lounge, additional smaller clusters of seating can be found with couches, lounge chairs, and coffee tables. Some of these areas are situated away from the main dining area for a quieter atmosphere.
Oman Air Business Class Lounge Muscat – Dining
There are two dining areas; one is located near the lounge entrance, and the other is further back into the lounge past the bar. Only one was operational during my visit due to the limited passenger numbers; however, both generally offer the same food selection when they’re open.
The first dining area (which was closed during my visit) is smaller and has seating for two at a table, while the other (which was open) is much larger and more cafeteria-style, with up to three seats per table.
While the Oman Air First Class lounge offers a premium à la carte service, the business class lounge features a self-serve buffet instead.
The selection generally includes a mix of Western and Omani dishes, although I didn’t eat here, as I opted for the elevated dishes of the First Class lounge instead.
Oman Air Business Class Lounge Muscat – Other Facilities
Between the two dining areas is a well-stocked bar and a cigar lounge. The bar is very similar to the First Class lounge in design, but is much larger and can accommodate more passengers.
Meanwhile, at the very far end of the lounge is a series of private nap pods separated by curtains, as well as four sleeping rooms that are available on a first-come-first-served basis.
As I had discovered, these sleeping rooms in the business class lounge were actually superior to those in the First Class lounge. The square footage is larger, there’s a desk and power outlets, and most importantly, the lights could actually be dimmed.
The business class lounge offers two small shower cabins. They carry the same luxurious Amouage-branded hand soap and amenities offered in both the First Class lounge and onboard Oman Air First Class flights.
The lounge also offers a family room and a kids’ playroom. The family room consists of loveseats and chairs, separate from the main areas. The kids’ room is fitted with a couple of entertainment pieces, such as a slide and colourful decor.
Furthermore, a few private cinemas are also available in the business class lounge. These feature comfortable lounge chairs with an ottoman for resting your feet, facing flat-screen TVs mounted on the walls across.
Lastly, just up the staircase on the upper floor, there’s a shared spa between the business class and First Class lounges. Business class passengers must pay for treatments, while First Class receive a complimentary 15-minute treatment when they visit the lounge.
The Oman Air business class lounge is larger than the First Class lounge with a less personalized degree of service, but still offers a generally relaxed and welcoming atmosphere.
The interior architecture is unique and prestigious, while the lounge comes with a wide range of premium offerings for Oman Air business class passengers between the buffet-style dining, bar, nap rooms, sleeping rooms, showers, and spa.
If you’re flying Oman Air business class out of Muscat, I’d certainly recommend making time for a lounge visit before your flight. And if you’re a First Class passenger, you may also want to drop into the business class lounge to make use of their superior sleeping rooms, too.