Visit Muscat - Best of Muscat
Muscat is a small port city on the coast of the Arabian Sea and the capital of the Sultanate of Oman. Low whitewashed buildings dot the cityscape interspersed with numerous beautiful mosques whose spires rise into the clear blue desert sky.
Oman’s economy was predominantly oil driven, but they have of late begun to expand the tourism industry, opening up the country to visits from foreign nationals. Often called the “Jewel of the Middle-East”, Muscat is a vibrant city with a glorious history and surrounded by beautiful beaches that are easily within the reach of the city. It is the ideal base to explore the whole of the country, taking advantage of the well-developed roadways and easily accessible destinations around the city.
The city is ringed by the Al Hajjar mountains which rise dramatically from the coast and stretch far into the interior. These starkly beautiful, brown behemoths are often studded with tiny forts; some left over from the Portuguese occupation of the mid 16th century and some recently constructed.
The city boasts two natural harbors and is one of the most widely used shipping lanes in the region. Bordered by Yemen and the United Arab Emirates, Oman is a country with vast heritage and true natural beauty that cannot be compared to other countries in the region. If you are looking for a vacation on the coast of the clear cerulean waters of the Arabian Sea and in close proximity to a myriad of oasis, wadis and gorgeous natural springs, this is definitely the place for you. A drive down the coast gives an almost Mediterranean feel to this Arab city, with white bleached villas and palm trees swaying in the warm breeze. You can’t ask more of this city, but simply visit here and enjoy every bit of it.
Muscat Travel Tips
Essential travel information and Muscat tips for your visit
- Visit Muttrah Souk, the largest open air Arab market where one can buy Frankincense, local Keffiya’s (head scarfs) and Khanjars (Omani daggers) made by local craftsmen.
- Remember the desert climate and keep hydrated.
- Comment on religion or the internal political structure.
- Get into arguments with Taxi drivers.
- Time Zone: UTC+04:00
- Currency: Omani Rial (OMR)
- Electricity: The standard voltage in Muscat is 240V 50 Hz. Broadband internet is available in the city.
- Languages: Arabic, Urdu, Hindi and English
- International Operator: 1305
- Internal: 198
- Faults and complaints: 192
- Enquiries on traffic violations: 24510228 / 7
- Passports and Immigration: 24569606
- Medical Services: 603988
- Emergency Accident Services: 561447
- Other Medical Emergencies: 563625
- Tipping is not really a culture in Oman.
- Do not tip the taxi drivers as they already hike up their fares for tourists.
- Taxi drivers hike up their fares for tourists.
- “Sallam aleya Kum” is answered by “Aleykum ya Sallam” (meaning Peace unto you) and will be spoken to you by almost everyone you meet.
- Do not comment on religion or the internal political structure.
- Do not eat, drink, or smoke if you happen to visit during the Holy month of Ramadan.
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Travel to Muscat- Know before you go to Muscat
Facts and Stats for Muscat*
Pollution Statistics in Muscat
Know the pollution level of Muscat before you plan your visit.
Air Pollution 44.29 (Moderate)
Water Pollution 35.58 (Low)
Noise and Light Pollution 32.14 (Low)
Unattended dirt and garbage 20.54 (Low)
Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 30.56 (Low)
Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 35.19 (Low)
Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 33.06 (Low)
Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 26.79 (Low)
Muscat: Crime and Safety
How safe is Muscat for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Muscat.
Burglary and Theft 26.92 (Low)
Mugging and Robbery 23.86 (Low)
Assault and Armed Robbery 18.46 (Very Low)
Corruption and Bribery 42.58 (Moderate)
Car Stealing 23.48 (Low)
Robbery of Car belongings 30.38 (Low)
Attacks 24.23 (Low)
Drug offense 35.23 (Low)
Safety walking alone during daylight 88.81 (Very High)
Safety walking alone during night 73.48 (High)
Insulting and offensive behaviour 29.92 (Low)
Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 20.83 (Low)
Property crimes and Vandalism 30.77 (Low)
Living in Muscat - Quality of Life
Quality of Life Index of Muscat is 176.33 (Very High)
Safety Index 72.4 (High)
Climate Index 67.22 (High)
Pollution Index 42.97 (Moderate)
Traffic Commute Time Index 19.8 (Very Low)
Cost of Living Index 52.1 (Low)
Health Care Index 58.64 (Moderate)
Property Price to Income Ratio 4.59 (Very Low)
Purchasing Power Index 106.54 (High)
Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.
Cost for Essentials in Muscat
Here's how much it will cost to shop in Muscat
Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.19 USD
International Movie per seat 7.79 USD
Summer clothing in a chain store 44.16 USD
Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 85.51 USD
Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 56.74 USD
*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced and subjected to change without notice.
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