It’s been a roaring success since being launched in November and now Mwasalat, Muscat’s official bus service, is expanding its reach to newer and longer-range destinations, including Salalah and Dubai, with a fleet of luxury coaches.
The new high-end bus service, which was launched last week and will use buses similar to the one pictured right, will cover four distant cities: Salalah, Marmul, Fahud and Dubai, with all routes starting from Muscat.
Following the path of its ambitious expansion drive, Mwasalat plans to add more routes to its charter in 2016. “During the first quarter of 2016, we are planning to initiate an Al Amerat-Ruwi service, as well as Muscat-Ruwi in the second quarter of 2016. We are also going to operate on another Al Khoud-SQU stretch,” a Mwasalat official told a local newspaper.
According to the official, the Muscat-Dubai route was launched in response to one of their surveys and the route will start from Ruwi, pass through Burj A’Sahwa, proceed to Mabela, Sohar and finally to Dubai in the UAE. The price for one-way trip will be RO5, while a return ticket will cost RO9. “Buses may stop in some wilayats along the way if necessary,” said an official, adding that more routes will be announced soon.
Welcoming the announcement, Abu Bakar, a resident, said: “Clearly, it is a great improvement in ground transport services. We’ll think twice before booking a flight ticket to Dubai as these buses are very good and spacious.”
An ongoing promotion for the Ruwi-Mabela route costs 100 baiza for a single zone route, and 200 and 300 baizas for the two and three zone routes, respectively, which will continue until February 28, 2016.
Meanwhile, on Tuesday morning, a Mwasalat bus was involved in a collision with another bus near the Grand Mosque in Ghubra on the Sultan Qaboos Highway, causing a huge traffic jam. Both buses were damaged and passengers were seen standing by the side of the road.