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You can be in Turkey’s great city of majestic domes and bristling minarets with flights from Muscat to Istanbul with Qatar Airways. We offer unprecedented levels of luxurious in-flight services such as a delicious cuisine and that all-important extra leg-room thanks to our generous seating space. Fly to the legendary city of Istanbul in style and arrive refreshed and ready to enjoy its delights or do business.
Istanbul has more top-drawer attractions than most cities, thanks to its eventful history and prime geographical location. Asia meets Europe here, and the armies and individuals that have passed through it have all left their mark on its populace, cuisine and landmarks. From the old bazaars and shopping streets like Baghdad Caddesi to major monuments like the Blue Mosque, Istanbul is a cornucopia of cultural delights as well as a vibrant modern metropolis.
Muscat International Airport is a rapidly-expanding air transport hub that draws heavily on the design influences of Middle Eastern art.
Recent growth in passenger numbers has prompted a flurry of development, creating a more open, spacious departure area, and a greater choice when it comes to facilities, retail outlets and amenities. Qatar Airways flights from Muscat take you to destinations around the world in comfort.
Transportation and parking
Both short and long-term parking is available close to the main terminal. Parking attendants are on duty to help with any queries, and to ensure that all vehicles left in the car parks are safe and secure while the owners are away.
Pick-up and drop-off points are conveniently positioned right outside the terminal. Car hire is available in the main entrance hall, while regular buses arrive every few minutes. Buses stop on Sultan Qaboos Highway outside of the airport complex. Taxis are available, and a pre-booked limousine service is also available for passengers travelling with certain carriers.
Arriving in Muscat
Qatar Airways flights from Muscat depart from the main terminal. Check the screens as you enter the departures hall to find out which check-in desks are designated for your flight.
The Plaza Premium Lounge offers a relaxing, comfortable area for passengers while they wait for their flight to be called, with access to plenty of facilities and amenities.
Facilities and amenities
There are a number of ATMs and a Foreign Exchange Bureaus on site, as well as tourist information, porter services, prayer rooms and shower rooms. Duty-free shopping is available opposite Gate 4 on the ground floor, and a retail outlet selling a selection of magazines, books and goods is located near the east entrance. A choice of food outlets can also be found in the departures area, including Asian eateries, and cafés selling light snacks and coffee.
Sitting astride the Bosphorus, the iconic city of Istanbul bridges Asia and Europe both culturally and physically, giving it a unique perspective on both cultures, and a character unlike any other major city.
This energetic, frenetic city has been at the very heart of trade between the two continents for thousands of years, and today is just as important strategically, and a natural magnet for tourists looking for a fascinating and unique location.
Book a flight to Istanbul with Qatar Airways and you’ll quickly discover the charm of the city for yourself. From lively markets and souqs to exclusive malls, beautiful mosques and spectacular forts, Istanbul has it all.
Istanbul’s myriad of ancient monuments date back to the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman periods. Most, including the Hagia Sophia, Topkapı Palace, Sultanahmet Mosque (Blue Mosque), and Basilica Cistern are clustered around Sultanahmet Square, making a tour of some of the city’s finest attractions easy.
However, it is worth wandering a little further afield, and a stroll across the Golden Horn will bring you to Galata. This district to the north is full of its own attractions, including the Galata Tower, which provides visitors with magnificent panoramic views of the city.
If you’re interested in seeing some of the best examples of contemporary Turkish art then head to the Istanbul Modern on the waterfront.
A site of considerable religious importance and the home of another iconic image of Istanbul are the Galata Whirling Dervish Hall of Sufi Mevlevi order; you’ll find this to the north of the Galata Tower.
Flights to Istanbul with Qatar Airways land at Istanbul Atatürk Airport. Visa restrictions for entry into the country will depend on your country of origin, length of stay and whether your trip is for business or pleasure. Before you fly to Istanbul please check the visa and passport requirements.
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