Review: Oman Air Business Class Lounge Muscat Airport

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Since I was flying Oman Air first class I spent most of my time in the first class section of the lounge, which greatly exceeded my expectations.

However, since I had time, I figured I might as well check out the business class section of the lounge as well. As a point of comparison, here’s a review of Oman Air’s business class lounge in their old terminal from a couple of years ago, which was already quite nice.

From the first class section of the lounge there was a door leading to the business class section, though a code is required to open the door. Since the staff to guest ratio in the first class lounge is roughly 1:1, Salim not only opened the door for me, but actually accompanied me on a tour of the business class section of the lounge.


Oman Air Lounge door to first class section

The business class section of the lounge has a bar that looks similar to the one in the first class lounge, except it’s a bit bigger. The bar is where all the alcohol is served, as it’s not otherwise displayed in the lounge.


Oman Air Business Class Lounge Muscat Airport seating


Oman Air Business Class Lounge Muscat Airport bar

In this area there’s some traditional lounge seating set up in rows.


Oman Air Business Class Lounge Muscat Airport seating

Near the entrance to the first class lounge there’s also some high-top seating.


Oman Air Business Class Lounge high-top seating


Oman Air Business Class Lounge Muscat Airport dining area


Oman Air Business Class Lounge Muscat Airport seating

The lounge had two main dining areas. One was completely deserted when I visited the lounge. My guess is that there’s only food there during peak hours, and clearly when I visited the lounge wasn’t a peak period. It had over a dozen dining tables and a self serve buffet.


Oman Air Business Class Lounge dining area


Oman Air Business Class Lounge Muscat Airport dining area

There was also a display kitchen, but again, there was no one in it.


Oman Air Business Class Lounge Muscat Airport dining area

Then there was a second dining area, which was larger, and was also where all the food was located while I was in the lounge.


Oman Air Business Class Lounge Muscat Airport dining area

The food selection was on a semi-circular buffet.


Oman Air Business Class Lounge buffet

There were a variety of cold options, including croissants, fresh fruit, cheese, cold cuts, cereal, etc.


Oman Air Business Class Lounge food selection


Oman Air Business Class Lounge food selection


Oman Air Business Class Lounge food selection


Oman Air Business Class Lounge food selection


Oman Air Business Class Lounge food selection


Oman Air Business Class Lounge food selection


Oman Air Business Class Lounge food selection

There were also several hot options, pictured below.


Oman Air Business Class Lounge food selection


Oman Air Business Class Lounge food selection


Oman Air Business Class Lounge food selection


Oman Air Business Class Lounge food selection


Oman Air Business Class Lounge food selection


Oman Air Business Class Lounge food selection


Oman Air Business Class Lounge food selection

Then there was a selection of self serve soft drinks, water, juice, two types of Nespresso coffee machines, and dates.


Oman Air Business Class Lounge coffee machine


Oman Air Business Class Lounge coffee machine


Oman Air Business Class Lounge food selection


Oman Air Business Class Lounge food selection

Beyond the dining and bar area, the lounge has plenty of other seating. The lounge has a bit of an odd layout, which I appreciate, since it creates quite a few unique zones, and makes the lounge feel less crowded.


Oman Air Business Class Lounge Muscat Airport seating


Oman Air Business Class Lounge seating


Oman Air Business Class Lounge seating


Oman Air Business Class Lounge seating


Oman Air Business Class Lounge seating


Oman Air Business Class Lounge seating

The lounge then has some other unique features. First of all, there are a few daybeds with curtains around them, so while they’re not fully private, they’re better than nothing.


Oman Air Business Class Lounge Muscat Airport relaxation area


Oman Air Business Class Lounge Muscat Airport relaxation area

Then the lounge also has four nap rooms, with fully flat daybeds for those who want to get some rest during their layover. Each of these rooms also has a small table.


Oman Air Business Class Lounge nap room


Oman Air Business Class Lounge nap room

Then the lounge has a couple of private cinema rooms, with comfortable chairs with ottomans facing TVs.

Oman Air Business Class Lounge relaxation area


Oman Air Business Class Lounge relaxation area

Then the lounge also has family rooms, which are private rooms intended for families traveling together. Unfortunately they were all occupied, so I wasn’t able to take a look at one of them.

Then there was a play area for kids.


Oman Air Business Class Lounge kids play area

The lounge also has stairs leading up to a second floor, though that section was blocked off. The lounge will also eventually have a spa. I was told that the spa was ready, but that they just didn’t have therapists yet, but were hoping to have them within a few weeks. So hopefully the spa opens soon.


Oman Air Business Class Lounge stairs

Oman Air business class lounge Muscat bottom line

Oman Air is already one of my favorite airlines, and the new Muscat Airport ground experience they offer only elevates my impression of them further. Not only is the terminal itself beautiful, but the lounges are great as well.

Now, in fairness, I would actually say that the first class lounge is what shines here most, given how huge it is, the extensive a la carte dining, the personalized service, and the beautiful decor.

However, the business class lounge is excellent as well. It’s large, and I imagine it shouldn’t get too crowded even during peak hours. It has a solid food selection, nice furnishings, and lots of unique concepts you don’t see in other lounges, like nap rooms, cinema rooms, family rooms, and hopefully soon, a spa.

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Comments

  1. I usually stay in first class lounges around the world. However, judging by this review, I must say this Oman Air business lounge is far better than several first class lounges such as Emirates, Concorde room and Singapore.

  2. @Endre. Yes please remind us again about your paid econ oops! I mean first class travel. I’m sure everyone has forgotten

  3. Was here a few weeks ago with a nighttime departure. In the evening, the lounge is more ‘fun’ than pictured here. Very good food selection, all stations manned, a few more people but still spacious and private enough. Really liked it.

  4. @Endre
    As per the review: “solid”, and it appears so. But better than EK or SQ F lounges? I hardly think so.
    Other: the capsules from those awful Nespresso machines are not recycled in most places but go direct to landfill. It’s mostly lousy tasting coffee in any case but they should be avoided for environmental concerns.

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