Omega celebrates 50th anniversary of moon landing

George and Amal Clooney attended an event by Omega to pay tribute to the 50th anniversary of the first lunar landing.
Updated 26 May 2019

Omega celebrates 50th anniversary of moon landing

Omega partnered up with NASA to pay tribute to the 50th anniversary of the first lunar landing back in 1969.
George and Amal Clooney were in attendance as were an impressive lineup of NASA veterans.
The event took place at Florida’s Kennedy Space Center, where guests enjoyed the “Golden Moments” dinner underneath a Saturn 5 rocket.
President and CEO of Omega Raynald Aeschlimann said he was proud of the Swiss brand’s claim-to-fame as the first watch worn on the moon. “It’s a huge achievement to land on another world,” he said.
Omega ambassador George Clooney drew a great deal of media attention, but the actor was determined to ensure the spotlight remained on his fellow guests. “It’s a great pleasure to be here — and an honor. I have enormous respect for the people who made the Apollo missions such a success.”
Clooney was joined on stage by veteran of four NASA space missions and commander of Apollo 10 Lt. Gen. Thomas Stafford, along with CAPCOM for Apollo 11 and Apollo 16 lunar module pilot Charlie Duke.
Reflecting on the pioneering spirit of the Apollo era, Duke described it as an exciting time but stressed that the success of the 1969 mission was down to hard work and commitment. “We were heading to the moon, but we were also grounded, very realistic, and we never took success for granted, not once.”
Stafford talked about the “alien yet familiar” qualities of the lunar surface, and spoke proudly of his role in Apollo 11’s glory. “It was a great honor for me to play my part in the successful mission that followed.”
Also in attendance were astronaut and artist Nicole Stott, NASA pilot and ISS commander Terry Virts, ESA astronaut and NASA veteran Jean-François Clervoy, and former NASA engineer and the man behind the Moonwatch, Jim Ragan.
To mark the 50th anniversary, Omega released a 42 mm Speedmaster in 18-carat Moonshine gold — a new alloy which is said to offer a paler hue than traditional yellow gold and higher resistance to fading over time. The design is replete with lunar history as well as modern materials and a new movement. The limited-edition watch is limited to 1,014 pieces.


Russia’s cultural capital beckons GCC travelers

Updated 17 October 2019

Russia’s cultural capital beckons GCC travelers

  • Citizens of Oman, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia can now benefit from fast and convenient 
eVisa portal when arranging their next visit to the city of St. Petersburg.
Guarded by two marble lions at the entrance, the Four Seasons Hotel Lion Palace St. Petersburg sits within the walls of a 19th-century royal palace in the beautifully preserved imperial city of St. Petersburg. Celebrated globally for its history and architecture, Russia’s cultural capital recently became an even more attractive destination for GCC travelers thanks to the introduction of a convenient new online eVisa process.
Launched at the beginning of October, the St. Petersburg eVisa portal enables citizens from Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Oman to enjoy the benefits of fast and simple online visa applications. Travelers can simply fill in the online form, upload a photograph, and can complete the entire process in just a few clicks. Applications can be made within 20 days of traveling, and up to four days before arrival. The visa is valid for stays of up to eight days in St. Petersburg and the surrounding Leningrad Region.
Felix Murillo, general manager of Four Seasons Hotel Lion Palace St. Petersburg, said: “The introduction of the eVisa portal offers a new level of convenience for international travelers, making it easier than ever for GCC citizens to arrange a trip to our wonderful city. Our concierge team takes great pleasure in highlighting St. Petersburg’s historical and cultural visitor attractions, and will be happy to arrange anything our guests may require to turn every trip into an unforgettable experience. We look forward to welcoming visitors from the Middle East to our beautiful hotel to share cherished moments and create memories that will last a lifetime.”
The Four Seasons Hotel Lion Palace St. Petersburg is located in the upmarket Admiralteysky district and was originally constructed in the early 19th century for Prince Alexander Yakovlevich Lobanov-Rostovsky.
Since first opening its doors to guests in 2013, the property offers 183 rooms, including 26 sumptuously decorated suites.
Perhaps the most stunning of the hotel’s accommodations is the one-of-a-kind Lobanov Presidential Suite, where guests can gather by the living room fireplace for a night of intimate conversation, host an al fresco dinner party on the expansive private terrace with stunning views of the Admiralty building and the surrounding park, or retreat to the grand master bedroom for a quiet and cosy evening.
The hotel is inviting guests to embark on a range of culinary adventures across its three restaurants. Diners can experience pan-asian fusion flavors at Sintoho, authentic Italian dishes at Percorso and modern Russian cuisine at The Tea Lounge.
Catering to the needs of visitors from the Middle East, halal meat is available on request.