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The Essence of Elegance: Oman’s Damask Rose

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Amidst the rugged grandeur of Oman’s landscape, the Al Jabal Al Akhdar region stands as an emerald oasis, where nature’s artistry unveils itself in the form of the Damask rose. As spring breathes life into the mountains, the air is imbued with a fragrance so divine that it seems the heavens have found a resting place on Earth. The roses bloom in a symphony of pink, perfuming the air with a scent that mingles with the mountain breeze and invites travellers to partake in the splendour.

The Damask rose, or Ward Al Jabal as it is affectionately known is no common flower. It is the pride of Omani culture, a botanical jewel cherished for its beauty and healing properties since time immemorial. Nurtured by the unique climate of Al Jabal Al Akhdar, the roses offer a sensory experience deeply embedded in the fabric of Omani heritage.

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Visitors to this enchanting region can witness the age-old tradition of rose water distillation, a craft that captures the essence of the rose in a liquid that is as precious as it is versatile. The process is a testament to the harmony between the Omani people and their land — a delicate dance of time-honoured techniques that yield a product revered for its quality and connection to the soil.

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The Chedi Muscat, a paragon of luxury in the Gulf of Oman, extends the rose experience into every aspect of its guests’ stay. From the elegantly appointed rooms that overlook manicured gardens to the exclusive spa where the rose’s therapeutic benefits are harnessed, every detail is suffused with the charm of the Damask rose.

As the rose gardens of Al Jabal Al Akhdar come into bloom, guests are invited to immerse themselves in the floral abundance. Walking through the rose-laden paths is visually striking and a journey through an aromatic paradise, where every breath is a reminder of the rose’s timeless allure.

The Chedi’s spa, with its array of treatments, showcases the Damask rose’s versatility. The rose’s essential oils, known for their calming and restorative properties, are incorporated into massages and facials, offering a blend of indulgence and well-being that speaks to both body and soul.

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But the journey with the Damask rose continues after the visit. Oman celebrates its rosy treasure by offering it in various forms that visitors can take home. Rose water, rose oil, and dried petals are packaged beautifully, perfect for those wishing to carry a piece of Oman’s natural wonder back home. These fragrant souvenirs serve as a lasting connection to the experience, a way to savour the memory of Oman and its floral emblem.

The Damask rose’s presence in Omani culture is a story of beauty, tradition, and the land’s generosity. It is a story best experienced at The Chedi Muscat, where elegance is found, felt, lived, and breathed. Come and be a part of this narrative, where the petals of the Damask rose unfold to reveal the heart of Oman.

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About the Damask Rose

Scientific Name: Rosa damascena

Origin: The Damask rose is believed to have originated in the Middle East and has been cultivated in the region for thousands of years, with a notable presence in Oman.


  • Skincare: Rich in vitamins and antioxidants, Damask rose water and oil are known for their hydrating and anti-inflammatory properties, making them ideal for refreshing and soothing the skin.
  • Aromatherapy: The scent of the Damask rose is used to alleviate stress, promote relaxation, and enhance mood.
  • Culinary: A flavouring agent in Middle Eastern cuisine, adding a subtle floral note to dishes and desserts.

Fun Facts:

  • The Damask rose is integral to Omani culture, with its harvest season being a time of celebration.
  • It takes approximately 10,000 roses to produce just one teaspoon of rose oil, reflecting the rose’s precious nature.

How to Use:

  • In Skincare: Apply rose water as a toner after cleansing or mix with natural ingredients to create a hydrating face mask.
  • In Aromatherapy: Use rose oil in diffusers or add a few drops to a warm bath for a relaxing experience.
  • In Culinary Delights: Infuse rose water into sweets like baklava or ice cream for a floral twist.

Experience the timeless allure of Oman’s Damask rose during your stay at The Chedi Muscat, where elegance meets indulgence. From the exclusive spa treatments harnessing the rose’s therapeutic benefits to the floral abundance of Al Jabal Al Akhdar’s rose gardens, immerse yourself in the essence of Oman’s heritage. Allow the petals of the Damask rose unfold to reveal the heart of Oman.

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