Istanbul is a major city in Turkey that straddles Europe and Asia across the Bosporus Strait. Its Old City reflects cultural influences of the many empires that once ruled here. In the Sultan Ahmet district, the open-air, Roman-era Hippodrome was for centuries the site of chariot races, and Egyptian obelisks also remain. The iconic Byzantine Hagia Sophia features a soaring 6th-century dome and rare Christian mosaics.
Climate in Istanbul
Istanbul is known for its 4 seasons,
Spring : (March, April, may ) is very well for visiting turkey to experience beautiful nature, local life, mild temperature
Summer : (June, July, August ) is the highest season to visit turkey to experience warm summer temperatures, swimming, sun bathing .
Autumn : (September, October, November ) is very nice to visit turkey to experience discovering historical sites, comfortable temperatures, local life and unique nature.
winter season : (December, January, February) is one of the best times to visit turkey, to experience authentic local life, skiing and other winter sport.
General Information about Istanbul
Currency: Turkish lira
Spoken language: Turkish, English
Time difference between Oman and Turkey: + 1:0 hours
Best time to visit: spring (March to June) &autumn (September to mid-November) are the best time to visit when temperatures are more pleasant and the skies are clear.
Information about Flights to Istanbul
Flight option: Turkish Airlines(codeshare with Oman air), Gulf Air, Fly Dubai, Qatar Airways
Approximate flying hours: 6 hours
The number of flights in a day :
Turkish Airline ( 1 flight ) non-stop
Gulf air (2 flights) via Bahrain
Fly Dubai (3 flights) Via Dubai
Emirates (2 flights) Via Dubai
Qatar airways (3 flights) Via Doha
interesting facts about Istanbul
Istanbul is the only city in the world which is both in Europe and Asia geographically
Blue Mosque is the only mosque in Istanbul with six minarets, which is the maximum number you can have in a mosque.
Grand Bazaar is the biggest old covered bazaar in the world, with over 3.000 shops.
Hagia Sophia was the largest church in the world for about 900 years.
Visa regulation to turkey
www.evisa.gov.tr (To apply) for E - VISA