Cradling between bay and the jagged brown mountains, the capital of Oman, Muscat revels in luxurious and magnificent structures. The central attractions of this walled city are its two 16th-century Portuguese forts, Al Jilali and Al Mirani that unravel colonial past carried on to present. Then, there is a royal palace Qasr Al Alam, that adds a dash of opulence to the city and adds to its tourist value. Stop in for some time at Mutrah Corniche Area to witness some local life and culture while you are in Muscat. Being an Islamic city, Muscat abounds in mosques amongst whomSultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, is the most well-known.
There are also happening beaches where you can spend some time watching the waves go by. Qurum Beach, Qantab Beach are few amongst many. There are also a number of museums such as Bait Al Zubair, Sultans Armed Forces Museum and Oman natural history museum that can introduce you to the city and country better. With such array of things to do in Muscat, it is certainly one of the cities in Oman that you can’t afford to miss.
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What to Do in and around Muscat
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Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, Bawshar Wilayat
08:30 am - 11:30 am
If you had a window seat on your flight into the city you would have noticed this architectural wonder even from the sky. The Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque is the third largest mosque in the world and a shining beacon that lights up the Muscat city skyline. Its golden-lit dome is 50 meters off the floor and is a spectacular sight in the clear desert nights. The mosque took over 6 years to be constructed, and features the world’s 2nd largest hand-woven Persian carpet, a 14 meter gold-plated Swarovski chandelier and five beautifully proportionate minarets that rise like graceful fingers into the night sky.
Inscribed with Islamic art and the many names of Allah in various scripts, the inner walls of the mosque are a marvel in themselves. The entire grounds are open to the public during visiting hours (check Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque timings) , including the library and the frangipani-filled and beautifully manicured gardens. The tranquil desert air and quiet vibes of this place of worship make it a beautiful place to visit.
One of the prime religious attractions of Muscat, Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque holds much importance. Since it’s a religious site, there are no tickets for Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque. However, if you wish to be enlightened on its significance, you can book tickets for Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque tours with us and get the best deals. Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque ticket prices come along in all ranges. Thus, it is best for you to get your Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque tickets as soon as possible.
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P.O. Box 257, P.C. 100 Muscat, Sultanate of Oman
09:30 am - 06:30 pm
The Bayt Al Zubair Museum is a privately owned and finded museum run by the Zubair family. To showcase Oman’s vast cultural and socioeconomic heritage, this museum was opened in 1998 in the former residence of Sheikh Al Zubair. They have a collection of ancient Omani artifacts that is widely acclaimed as the best in a private collection.
In 1998 His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Said gifted the museum with two ancient cannon, which are now one of the prime exhibits in this beautifully designed and maintained museum. The museum features weapons and tools of the ancient Omani, as well as attire, a huge collection of Khanjars (Omani daggers) traditional weapons and household artifacts. The ancient tradition of passing down artisan skills from father to son and mother to daughter is highlighted in this museum, with a collection of hand-woven textiles, baskets and other artifacts made from clay, leather and metal.
The museum is divided into three separate buildings. The Bayt-Al-Bagh (House of gardens) is the main museum building and showcases traditional Omani Architecture. It includes exhibits pertaining to the Al-Busaidi dynasty, including portraits of the current monarch and his ancestors. The garden features a beautiful barasti (Palm frond hut) as well as a Falaj system (ancient water distribution system) a souq area and a boat display. The Bait Dallaleel is adjacent to the main building, and allows visitors to step back in time and experience Omani life more than a hundred years ago. It also has one of the regions only domestic date stores. The third building is the Bait-Al-Oud or “Grand House” which was added in 2008 to celebrate the museums 10th anniversary. It includes ancient maps of the Arabian Peninsula region as well as historic photographs of Oman from years gone by. It also houses a collection of camera’s from older times. It is built to reflect the house of Sheikh Ali Bin Juma, father of Sheikh Al Zubair Bin Ali, which was located in the old Masqat region but was demolished to provide vehicle access to the palace.
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Waterfront, Muscat, Oman
12:01 am - 12:00 am
A good place to see the royalty mansion at its best, the Al Alam palace is a marvel even though you can admire it from a distance. Still a functional palace, the place is now used for special ceremonies and occasions- a rare peek in to the world gone by.
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Mutrah Corniche, Muscat, Oman
08:00 am - 09:00 pm
Only an avid shopper knows the true beauty of a traditional Souq. The vibrant shops flooding with goods which attract any passer-by’s eye is what Mutrah Souq is all about. Dash into the street shops which offer everything from clothes, gifts, souvenirs, bags to spices and fast food spots!
A perfect spot to splurge on gifts for friends and family.
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Royal Opera House, Al Kharjiyah St, Muscat 103, Oman
08:30 am - 10:30 am
Set in the heart of the Shatih-Al-Qurum area, the Royal Opera House Muscat is a beautiful example of contemporary Omani architecture. The white marble facade is beautifully lit up a golden-yellow in the evening and makes for a stunning sight. Built by a royal decree of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Said, it was designed and constructed by Carillion Alawi and completed in 2011. A debut season which included performances by artists such as Placido Domingo, Andrea Bocelli and Renee Fleming, the Opera House has also seen performances by The London Philharmonic Orchestra and the American Ballet Theatre.
The grounds of the Opera House contain formal and well horticulture gardens, and include an area which has exclusive retail shops and restaurants. There is also an art centre dedicated to musical, theatrical, operatic art of the region and the world. If you do not have the time to go for a show, they also organize tours of the facility in the mornings. The line-up of artists matches the best in the world, and the acoustics in the theatre are rated as among the best in the world.
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Medinat Qaboos complex, Muscat, Oman
12:01 am - 12:00 am
A cafe with a difference, the Kargeen Caffe is a delight for tourists. The decor, music and cuisine offer an authentic Arabic experience- welcomed by anyone who wants to visit the raw appeal of the city.
Do try their signature lamb dishes and the popular hibiscus drinks. The cafe is also popular for its avocado milkshake- a must to add to your food diary experiences.
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Shatih Al Qurum
This stretch of sand is well within the city limits. Located just off the Shatih-Al-Qurum region, this beach sees hundreds of people visit every day, both locals and tourists. One can always see people exercising on the pathway that runs parallel to the beach. The open expanse of water and rip-tides don’t make it an ideal place to swim. The beach sees some spectacular sunsets and one can see hundreds of people taking in the tranquil atmosphere so close to the city center.
The Muscat Municipality recently redeveloped the approach and back area of the beach, by culturing a beautiful lawn that runs parallel to the beach. On weekends one can see families enjoys a barbeque or tossing a Frisbee around on the grass, while the young boys and men set up goal post and play football along the entire length of the beach. If you are looking for peace and quiet on a weekend, this is not the beach for you.
There are several shisha parlours along this beach where one can take in the sunset while puffing on fruit flavored molasses in the early evening air.
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Al Mawaleh South, Oman
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
The Muscat City Centre is your one-stop for all shopping needs. Shop for clothes, perfumes, accessories, footwear or simply relax in the cafes that flood the place. Unleash the shopaholic in your or simple window-shop through the centre, the place is sure to keep you updated on the fashion trends in Muscat.
A must if you want to explore the urban side of the city!
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12:01 am - 12:00 am
The Qantab Beach is known for being low profile even though snorkelling and diving are arranged at some spots. If you miss sea breeze dearly, pack up on those beach towels and that picnic basket and head straight to the Qantab beach to laze down on its sandy goodness.
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Muscat PO Box 307 CPO 111, Oman
08:30 am - 04:30 pm
The Amouage Perfumery produces some of the finest and expensive perfumes in the world! How do these perfumers make the most divine fragrances in beyond anyone who has had a whiff of those notes! To answer, the perfumery arranges tours for visitors to show them all the work behind the magic- a rare experience in itself. Do visit the place if you appreciate the science behind that vial you so want to hold on to forever.
Located in the Bait Al Falaj fort (Built 1845) this historic site was constructed by Said Bin Sultan, the ancestor of the current monarch of the country. Kept in pristine white condition, the fort now contains snippets of Oman’s military history including a collection of armaments, canons, uniforms etc. That reflect this small nations glorious past.
The fort actually served as military headquarters from 1918 to 1978. In 1978 it was converted to a museum on the orders of H.M Sultan Qaboos Bin Said, and the museum was opened in 1988.
It has separate galleries dedicated to the Portuguese in Oman, Oman’s relationship with Islam, The Al-Busaidi dynasty (which includes the current monarch), as well as dedicated galleries to the various branches of the armed forces including the Royal Air force of Oman, Royal Navy of Oman, Royal Army of Oman etc. There is also a separate gallery dedicated to the reign of the current monarch, His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Said.
The museum library contains a collection of books on military and historical sciences, and can be accessed by the public between 7:30 a.m. and 2.30 p.m.
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Qurum Natural Park, Shatih al Qurum,Muscat
08:00 am - 08:00 pm
The Qurum Natural Park is the largest park in Oman and covers approximately 1716000 square meters. It contains a large lake for boating as well a fountain system that is switched on in the evenings.
The park has numerous winding paths through flower beds and scrub, with well-manicured lawns and amazing landscaping. It is close to the Muscat City Amphitheatre, and is usually one of the main venues for the Muscat Festival which occurs between January and February annually. The Sultan’s Rose garden is one of the main attractions in Qurum Natural Park. It is the ideal venue for a picnic or a leisurely stroll among greenery you would be hard-pressed to find anywhere else in the Middle-East.
The park is also home to many species of birds, which descend on the lake and has recently also seen flocks of migrating flamingos.
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Al Khuwayr Ash Shamaliyyah, Muscat, Oman
08:00 am - 01:30 pm
The Oman Natural History Museum is known for its flora and fauna information. A must if you love to know about the world you live in! Children enjoy the beautiful displays with especially the fossils of Mammoths and whales.
Whale room which displays huge skeleton of a sperm whale
Visit the museum during the mornings- a good way to learn something new!
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05:30 am - 07:00 am
This dramatic sweeping part of the coast is easily accessible from the city via a beautifully scenic drive through the mountains. Being further away from the city it does not see a lot of people on the weekdays but does garner some attention from the locals on the weekends.
The beach is divided by a huge red headland that stands clear of the water in the low tide. The low tide also leaves behind a couple of calm lagoons that make an awesome spot to soak in the soothing sea water if you don’t want to swim in the rougher main sea. Yiti village is home to traditional fishermen as is apparent from the amount of fishing nets, boats and other equipment you will see on your way to the beach. Yiti remains a beautiful place to watch the sun rise dramatically out of the sea for the dawn of each new day. Don’t blink – you may miss it.