Barr Al Jissah recently hosted the Hapag-Lloyd Europa 2 cruise ship at its private marina. This was the first time in Muscat maritime history that a cruise ship was hosted somewhere other than Port Sultan Qaboos, reaffirming Barr Al Jissah’s emergence as a boating destination at the gateway to Oman.


Having been named the world’s number one cruise ship, the Europa 2 offers the very best of contemporary, modern design concept offering the ultimate in luxury with the greatest space per passenger and one of the largest collections of art at sea. Barr Al Jissah Marina is Muscat’s most private luxury marina, and Qantab bay – located just outside the marina – provided the perfect setting for the 225m cruise liner to moor. Around 300 guests from the cruise liner were shuttled to the marina by tender boats for an exclusive event at Shangri-La Resort and Spa’s Turtle Beach.


Situated in a secluded bay – where the Gulf of Oman meets the dramatic mountainous coastline – Barr Al Jissah brings together high-end homes with three luxury hotels managed by Shangri-La, complemented by a private marina, to deliver the perfect base for boating lovers to explore Oman’s pristine coastline. Its history goes back centuries, with archaeological finds providing evidence of an ancient and sophisticated trading community. Today, Barr Al Jissah combines the romance of Arabia with the considered elegance and tranquillity of the Mediterranean, to create a unique lifestyle destination in the region.