MUSCAT

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Old forts, museums, and very few high-rise buildings constitute the city of Muscat, a delightful and distinctive capital city that has it all.

Enclosed between mountains and the ocean, Muscat is a very unique capital city that offers a rich cultural experience for tourists to learn about Oman heritage and its traditions.

Compared to extravagant neighbor cities like Dubai or Abu Dhabi, the port city of Muscat is a breeze of fresh air. It offers excellent hospitality, dazzling souks, and a fantastic opportunity to connect and learn the history of the country. Muscat mixes few high-rises and luxury shopping malls with ancient landmarks such as the Al Jalili Fort or the Mutrah Souq, a traditional market where you can test your bargaining skills, located in Old Muscat.

Other impressive landmarks of the city include the Sultan Qaboos Grand

Mosque, the largest mosque in Oman with an impressive library collection, a stunning chandelier and beautiful marble floors, the remarkable Royal Opera House, an architectural masterpiece that hosts musical arts and performances, and a rich variety of museums such as the National Museum.

Away from the streets of Muscat, the coastline and its pristine waters welcome every year groups of dolphins that will delight you with their mid-air pirouettes and acrobatics.

All in all, the vibrant ambiance of the city, along with the effusive Omani hospitality, superb seafood, and the cultural richness makes Muscat a perfect travel destination in the Middle East.

Enclosed between mountains and the ocean, Muscat is a very unique capital city that offers a rich cultural experience for tourists to learn about Oman heritage and its traditions.

Compared to extravagant neighbor cities like Dubai or Abu Dhabi, the port city of Muscat is a breeze of fresh air. It offers excellent hospitality, dazzling souks, and a fantastic opportunity to connect and learn the history of the country. Muscat mixes few high-rises and luxury shopping malls with ancient landmarks such as the Al Jalili Fort or the Mutrah Souq, a traditional market where you can test your bargaining skills, located in Old Muscat.

Other impressive landmarks of the city include the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, the largest mosque in Oman with an impressive library collection, a stunning chandelier and beautiful marble floors, the remarkable Royal Opera House, an architectural masterpiece that hosts musical arts and performances, and a rich variety of museums such as the National Museum.

Away from the streets of Muscat, the coastline and its pristine waters welcome every year groups of dolphins that will delight you with their mid-air pirouettes and acrobatics.

All in all, the vibrant ambiance of the city, along with the effusive Omani hospitality, superb seafood, and the cultural richness makes Muscat a perfect travel destination in the Middle East.

KEY ATTRACTIONS IN MUSCAT

A DAY TRIP WHEN IN MUSCAT

WADI BANI KHALID

Travel South Muscat to find the most beautiful desert paradise, Wadi Bani Khalid. This green oasis with natural pools, palms, and caves is the perfect destination for those who want to escape the heat in Muscat. Visitors can enjoy a unique and refreshing day trip swimming in the crystal clear waters. For those who love trekking, you can also organize 2 and 3-day trips to take you over the mountains, passing by the narrow Moqal caves, and reaching Wadi Tiwi near the coast.

WADI SHAB

In the East coast of Oman, visitors can explore Wadi Shab, the most popular and beautiful wadi in Oman. It is the perfect green paradise spot for a swim-and-hike day tour for people who want to escape the heat and want to see the other side of Oman, the greener one. Visitors can get to Wadi Shab with a guided tour or self-driving, as signs are clearly indicated from the main road. Once there, you will cross the river on small boats to reach the hiking part that leads to the swimming spot. And at the end of Wadi Shab awaits a gem for the adventurous spirits who can swim, a hidden cave.

BIMMAH SINKHOLE

Less than 2 hours away from the city of Muscat, on the way of Wadi Shab, awaits the blue-green waters of the Bimmah Sinkhole. It is an unusual and natural limestone formation perfect for a relaxing swim and snorkeling into the unknown to explore the native fauna. Besides the already amazing sinkhole, mountains and a pleasant park surround it, forming a striking scenery. The sinkhole accessible via steep steps, adding to the magic of this place. It is best to visit in the morning, as it gets crowded in the afternoon. There are toilet facilities for visitors but no other facilities or amenities.

WADI AL ARBEIEEN

Another favorite outdoor destination for visitors is Wadi Al Arbeieen, also spelled Wadi Al Arbaeen or Wadi Al Arabiyeen. This fascinating wadi is located around 90 minutes away from Muscat and offers the ultimate relaxing experience for your ears thanks to the sounds of the running water, the singing of birds and the whistling of the wind traveling through the narrow channels. This wadi is the perfect spot to picnic, swimming, and explore its waterfall and shower under it. Visitors can organize a trip to this wadi and back to Muscat, or as a part of a route to explore Wadi Shab and Bimmah Sinkhole.

NIZWA

The ancient city of Nizwa, less than 2 hours away from Muscat, is settled on a plain surrounded by palm plantations, some of Oman’s highest mountains, and characterized by seasonal rivers. The city, which was the capital of Oman back in the 6th century, is most known for its Nizwa Fort, the Nizwa Souq and the Falak Daris. The fort was built in the 1600s with a distinctive 40-meter tall round tower from where visitors can admire the magnificent views of the Hajar Mountains. Inside the high-walled traditional Nizwa Souq, visitors can find small shops with silversmiths working on exquisite pieces. Finally, the Falak Daris, one of the biggest irrigation channels in Oman honored, along with other 5 channels, is a Unesco World Heritage site.

ALWAYS MORE TO DISCOVER

GETTING TO MUSCAT

Muscat International Airport is the main airport in Oman and in Muscat and is the hub for Oman Air. It is located 14 kilometers away from the city center. Oman Air connects and operates regularly scheduled flights to and from Muscat with international destinations in Asia, Africa, and Europe including Goa, London, Amsterdam, Paris, Guangzhou, as well as it connects Muscat several regional destinations including Sharjah, Abu Dhabi, Cairo, Dubai, Riyadh and Salalah among others.

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WHERE TO STAY IN MUSCAT

Muscat offers a large selection of luxury hotels and well-known chains such as the Kempinski, Intercontinental, the Grand Hyatt, the Crowne Plaza or Radisson Blu. These hotels offer world-class services and amenities to ensure the best accommodation experience for guests. If you are looking for a cheaper option, there are also many hotels and apartment hotels that you can book for the duration of your stay in Muscat.

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MUSCAT TRAVEL TIPS

  • The best way to get around Muscat and its surroundings is by taxi, hiring a driver or renting a car. There are also bus options to travel outside Muscat
  • Orange and white taxis in Muscat don’t run by meters; therefore, it is recommended to ask your hotel for the estimated price of the ride
  • Visitors can download Mosalat and Marhaba taxi company apps which run with taxi meters
  • Visitors can also download O Taxi (just for Muscat), Mwasalat or Careem app-based taxi services
  • It is recommended for visitors to dress with decorum when visiting Muscat. The recommended dress code includes tops with sleeves and Capri pants

  • When visiting mosques, women should additionally have their heads covered
  • When traveling outside of Muscat, do not forget to bring water and sunblock with you

REAL EXPERIENCES IN MUSCAT