Tuesday, September 01, 2015
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How many of you knew that the GCC's oldest rugby club, Muscat Rugby Football Club, was founded on the 9th of August, 1971 and that His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said graciously accepted the position as patron of the rugby club? Amazing isn't it, we've got the oldest rugby club in the GCC right here in Muscat!

Time's have been hard for the club in recent years with the loss of it's clubhouse (and thus its main traditional source of revenue) and then the loss of it's rugby pitch in Khuwair a few years ago, which had been it's home since 1985 (between 1974-1985 the rugby club was in Wattayah). But MRFC have been very busy and have secured a new grass pitch in Bowsher (click here to see a map to it) and have been busily working on it's social club side of things with a number of very successful parties being held in the last year.

The life blood for the club is now membership dues, and September 1st see's the start of the new year for the club (Sept 1st - Aug 31st). Today the club launched their new website which features online membership sign-ups.

The 1st XV team have over 16 matches planned this coming season and are currently training twice a week on the new pitch on Monday's and Wednesday's from 6:30pm. The Muscat Pirates (kids section - separate membership dues available on the Muscat Pirates website) has over 150 kids enrolled and is busy many nights a week.

There are a number of benefits to being a member of the rugby club - but firstly - you don't have to be a rugby player to join! There are social memberships, and the social members are what helps the Club meet it's financial commitments throughout the year - keeping grass green and honouring fixtures in other countries is an expensive endeavour!

A social membership is RO 50 a year for a single membership, or RO 100 a year for a family membership (that is 2 adults and 3 kids maximum). If you'd like to play, that is RO 100 for single or RO 150 for family membership. There are also single monthly membership rates available, should you only be visiting for a shorter period of time (or have guests coming) that are RO 10 a  month.

At the time of publishing (1st September 2015), these are the currently confirmed membership offers one receives when becoming a member of the MRFC, you can always check the official website here for an up to date list of offers:

1. GRAND HYATT, MUSCAT

Menu & Beverages
10% discount on any food & beverage and other special promotions consumption for MRFC club members in the following outlets:
  • Safari Pub
  • The Safari Grill Hours
  • Copacabana Nightclub
  • Marjan Indonesian Restaurant & Pool Bar
20% discount on food & beverages in the following outlets
  • Tuscany Italian Restaurant
  • Mokha Cafe
  • Sirj Tea Lounge
  • John Barry Bar
After 21:00 hours we would extend a 20% discount on all beverage consumptions for MRFC members only at Habana Sports Bar.
40% Discount on any Club Olympus Membership for any MRFC member
Complimentary Pool Access
  • 01 October 2015 until 30 April 2016 free pool access up to 30 guests per day (Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday); 50% discount (Friday and Saturday)
  • 01 May 2016 until 31 July 2016 free pool access any day up to 30 guests per day
  • 1st August 2016 to 30th September 2016 free pool access during weekdays, 50% weekends, up to 30 guests per day
Blackout dates due to high occupancy are NO discounts applicable
  • 22 December 2015 to 11 January 2016 (both days inclusive)
  • Easter, Eid or any other Public Holidays
Room Prices
  • Grand Hyatt Muscat offers a special room only rate for MRFC members of OMR 105 exclusive of 17.4% tax and service charge during weekdays for single or double room in a 'Grand Room'
  • Grand Hyatt Muscat offers a special room only rate for MRFC members of OMR 59 exclusive of 17.4% tax and service charge during weekends for single or double room in a 'Grand Room'
  • Safari Village adjacent to Grand Hyatt Muscat offers a special rate of OMR 50 inclusive of 17.40% tax and service charge. The rate is for an Executive Suite on a single or double occupancy inclusive of breakfast and free internet.
  • All above rates subject on availability
  • Bookings need to be made in advance on 2464 1234 or via email to muscat.grand@hyatt.com
  • The rate cannot be used for any other purpose but for personal stays of members of MRFC
  • Please present your valid MRFC membership card while doing any room booking

2. GLORIA JEANS COFFEE'S

10% Discount*

Terms and Conditions: This agreement will run from 1st September 2015 until 31st August 2016. 

*Exclusions: Excluding Merchandise, Barista Pick Combos and not the be used in conjunction with any ongoing promotions.

3. AL QURUM VETERINARY CLINIC - AZAIBA BRANCH

10% off on all vaccinations, consultations and routine surgeries (such as neutering and spaying). 5% off on all pet shop items (food, treats and accessories).*

This agreement will run from 1st September 2015 until 31st August 2016. To avail the discount, we require all members to present their membership card. 

*Exclusions: From time to time Azaiba branch - Al Qurum Veterinary Clinic will offer sales and promotions to all clients, during this period the discounts offered to MRFC members will not apply. The cost of spaying / neutering stray animals is already at a discounted price and so addition discounts will not apply.

4. AYANA SPA

10% discount on all regular priced spa & beauty services above RO 7.000.

Terms and Conditions
•Discount is valid all days of the week.
•Discount not valid on retail products.
•Discount not valid on packages, monthly spa promotions & all EID period.
•To avail the discount, we require all members to present their membership card. 
This agreement will run from 1st September 2015 until 31st August 2016.

5. MORE CAFE

10% discount offer on total bill.*

Terms and Conditions: This agreement will run from 1st September 2015 until 31st August 2016. To avail the discount, we require all members to present their membership card. 

*Exclusions: Discount cannot be availed in combination with More Café Oman Loyalty Cards (Stamp Cards for Free Meal and Free Coffee). Discount cannot be availed in combination with discounts extended to holders of WGO, AWG and American Express cards. Discount is not available to More brunch, Afternoon Tea, Lunch combos or any form of set menus.

6. MUMTAZ MAHAL

10% discount offer on food items.*

Terms and Conditions: To avail the discount, we require all members to present their membership card. 

*Exclusions: Discount cannot be availed in combination with discounts extended to holders of WGO, AWG and American Express Cards. Discount is not applicable to set menus.

7. LEFT BANK MUSCAT

10% discount offer on food and beverage.*

Terms and Conditions: To avail the discount, we require all members to present their membership card. 

*Exclusions: Discount cannot be availed in combination with already specially priced events and offers.

More members discounts are being negotiated so hopefully the above list of offers will be expanded very shortly. Now what are you waiting for? Go and sign up today!

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