15 Best Things To Do in Muscat

Oman, a beautiful country, is a part of the Arabian Peninsula. Oman has been promoting tourism over decades and as a result, they have seen a significant high in their country`s tourism from the 2000s. Presently, the tourism industry has become a major part of their nation. Oman has offered lots of tourist attractions, especially on the cultural front.

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Muscat is a popular city in Oman that attracts a lot of tourist crowd and has been designated as the Capital of Arab Tourism in 2012. The historic appeal of the city is exotic to foreign travelers and they love to delve deeper into this realm of Muscat. This Arab city has great religious tolerance and this is what makes it the best place to visit for tourists around the world. The Arabian hospitality and laid-back attitude are reflected in its cities like Muscat.

Here is a list of top tourist attractions and 15 best things to do in Muscat:

1. Imbibe the old city feels

Parts of old Muscat have a very different vibe when compared to the newer developed parts. In the backdrop of barren mountains and surrounded by water bodies, here is where the history of the city resides. Taking a touristy walk around this part of the city will surely help you Muscat better. Al-Mirani fort, Al Alam/Sultan’s Palace, and the National Museum are some of the things worthy your visit here.

2. Admire the royalty of Al Alam Palace

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The palace and the museum is just a short walk apart. The palace is not accessible to public but can be admired from a distance before proceeding to explore the National Museum.

3. Get educated in National Museum

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The National Museum, situated just opposite to the Al Alam Palace, speaks all about Oman`s history and culture. For people who like to take a dig into their travel destination`s history will find it a worthwhile visit.

4. Know all about Muscat in Gate Museum

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This museum concentrates more on Muscat`s history and takes you through the city`s developmental stages over time.

5. Look up-top at the Al-Jailal Fort

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Muscat is full of a bunch of forts. If you are traveling around the city aimlessly, you will be able to spot quite a few of them. Even though most of these forts are not open to public access, they architectural beauty can be enjoyed with picture postcard snapshots.

6. Serenity at its best in Mutrah Corniche

Mutrah is the main port that is present in Muscat. The Corniche is a walkway that is built by the water. The complete stretch of walkway takes you to Old Muscat from Mutrah. People rent bicycles near Al-Riyam Park to cover this scenic walkway.

7. Shop your heart out at Mutrah Souq

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This is one of the most popular places to visit in Muscat among locals and travelers alike. To make the most of your experience, it is recommended to visit this souq in the evening since in the morning, not all the stalls stay open. Travels who love to pick up souvenirs and trinkets from their travel destinations must pay a visit to this market of Muscat.

8. Explore the local flavor in Mutrah Fish Market

They say, to experience the actual culture of the place you visit, you must visit the local markets of the place. For seafood lovers who would love to grab a bite of a fresh catch for a sumptuous meal, a visit to this fish market early in the morning is a must. The fishermen display their hard work for sea-food lovers.

9. Bait-Al-Baranda museum will take you back in time

This one is a humble and small museum that dates back Muscat`s history to nearly 750 million years ago. From the very beginning, that is how the tectonic plates shifted to give rise to the mountains around Muscat, one can get to the bottom of it all. For geology and geography lover, a lot of old maps along with their significance can be found in this museum. Also, this museum is unique interactive in enriching you with Muscat knowledge.

10. Relax all you can in Al-Riyam Park

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A giant incense burner is the main attraction of this park. Also, this is a kid-friendly park with playground. In the park, a short walk will take you to the giant incense burner from where you can enjoy a breathtaking view of Mutrah.

11. Take a dip in Shatti Al Qurum Beach

Beautiful weather and beautiful beaches defines Muscat in general. This beach is pristine and serene among the beaches in Muscat for people who would like to enjoy a dip and a peaceful tan. The beach is lined with a strip that houses a bunch of restaurants and cafes for you to enjoy a meal and a view.

12. Explore local culture in Royal Opera House

Located in Shatti Al Qurum, you can go to this beautiful opera house after the beach. The building itself is an architectural beauty worth having a look at. The shows inside are sought after by the locals too.

13. Take a religious dig in Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque

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The word “grand” did justice to the beauty of this Mosque. It can house 20,000 worshippers at a time in its main prayer hall. The main prayer hall also boasts of having the second largest Persian carpet on its wall. Apparently, this second largest carpet was weaved by 600 women artisans for around four years. This majestic Mosque of Muscat is located on the airport road. So, if you are on a transit in Muscat and looking around for things to do near Muscat airport, you have this grandeur of a mosque to go to.

It is to be noted that this mosque is open to public only from 9 am to 11 am and little kids are not allowed inside the mosque. Also, rules like a dress-code, footwear restrictions and gender segregation need to be followed when inside the mosque premises.

14. Go for a spin in Big Bus Tour from the Mutrah Souq

For lazy travelers who do not like to be the Columbus when in a new place, the best way to get to Muscat would be by this means. The big bus tour covers all the famous tourist spots in Muscat. This hop-on-hop-off city tour is very convenient and time saving for people who have a short stay in Muscat or are looking for things to do in Muscat in one day. Also, the taxi fares in Muscat is sky-high if you would want to go around from one spot to another yourself. The Grand Mosque is however excluded in this bus trip, which needs to be covered separately.

15. Awaken the adventure side of you in Sand dune bashing

The sprawling desert of Oman offers this adrenaline-pumping sport of sand dune bashing in luxury SUVs. Interest tourists who are looking for some fun things to do in Muscat can book themselves in these desert safaris and enjoy a day in the desert.

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Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Muscat, Oman

Must see places in Muscat ranked on popularity. Here is the complete list of best attractions in Muscat and point of interests to visit.

  1. Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque

    #1 of 90 Things To Do in Muscat
    Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque

    Tags: Mosque, Religious Site, Historical Site

    Address: Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, Bawshar Wilayat

    Timings: 08:30 am - 11:30 am Details

    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 ...Read more

  2. Royal Opera House Muscat

    #2 of 90 Things To Do in Muscat
    Royal Opera House Muscat

    Tags: Entertainment, Performance, Theatre, Architecture

    Address: Royal Opera House, Al Kharjiyah St, Muscat 103, Oman

    Timings: 08:30 am - 10:30 am Details

    Set in the heart of the Shatih-Al-Qurum area, the Royal Opera House Muscat (ROHM) is a beautiful example of contemporary Omani architecture in the Sultanate of Oman. The white marble facade is beautif...Read more

  3. Bait Al Zubair Museum

    #3 of 90 Things To Do in Muscat
    Bait Al Zubair Museum

    Tags: Specialty Museum

    Address: P.O. Box 257, P.C. 100 Muscat, Sultanate of Oman

    Timings: 09:30 am - 06:30 pm Details

    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 form...Read more

  4. Qurum Beach

    #4 of 90 Things To Do in Muscat
    Qurum Beach

    Tags: Outdoors, Beach, Walking Area

    Address: Shatih Al Qurum

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    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 peopl...Read more

  5. Wadi Al Arbeieen

    #5 of 90 Things To Do in Muscat
    Wadi Al Arbeieen

    Tags: Water Body, View Point, Nature

    Address: Wadi Al Arbeieen, Oman

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    Tucked in the extreme outskirts of Muscat, the Wadi Al Arbeieen is a hidden gem, to say the least. You might have to really dig this one out, as the adjoining areas carry no signs and are not very wel...Read more

  6. Mutrah Souq

    #6 of 90 Things To Do in Muscat
    Mutrah Souq

    Tags: Outdoors, Shopping Center, Souvenir Shop

    Address: Mutrah Corniche, Muscat, Oman

    Timings: 08:00 am - 09:00 pm Details

    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 s...Read more

  7. Qurum Natural Park

    #7 of 90 Things To Do in Muscat
    Qurum Natural Park

    Tags: Park, Leisure, Boating, Picnic Spot

    Address: Qurum Natural Park, Shatih al Qurum,Muscat

    Timings: 08:00 am - 08:00 pm Details

    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. T...Read more

  8. Mohammed Al Ameen Mosque

    #8 of 90 Things To Do in Muscat
    Mohammed Al Ameen Mosque

    Tags: Mosque, Religious Site

    Address: 23rd July St, Muscat, Oman

    This is one of those mosques that will leave you awestruck at the first sight! Intricate architecture, and a lot of attention to detailing, the presentation of this Muscat mosque, too is unmissable. D...Read more

  9. Al Alam Palace

    #9 of 90 Things To Do in Muscat
    Al Alam Palace

    Tags: Palace, Architecture

    Address: Waterfront, Muscat, Oman

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    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 ceremoni...Read more

  10. The Sultans Armed Forces Museum

    #10 of 90 Things To Do in Muscat
    The Sultans Armed Forces Museum

    Tags: Military Museum

    Address: Sultans Armed Forces Museum, Bait-Al-Falaj, Al-Mujamma Street, Darsait, P.O Box 113, P.C 113

    Timings: 08:00 am - 01:30 pm Details

    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...Read more

  11. Muscat City Centre

    #11 of 90 Things To Do in Muscat
    Muscat City Centre

    Tags: Entertainment, Mall, Shopping Center

    Address: Al Mawaleh South, Oman

    Timings: 10:00 am - 10:00 pm Details

    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 s...Read more

  12. Qantab Beach

    #12 of 90 Things To Do in Muscat
    Qantab Beach

    Tags: Outdoors, Beach, Walking Area, Snorkeling

    Address: Muscat, Oman

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    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 h...Read more

  13. Oman Avenues Mall

    #13 of 90 Things To Do in Muscat
    Oman Avenues Mall

    Tags: Entertainment, Mall, Shopping Center

    Address: Sultan Qaboos St, Muscat, Oman

    Timings: 10:00 am - 10:00 pm Details

    One of the best malls in Oman- the Oman Avenues Mall, is a favorite spot of locals for leisure, entertainment and of course retail therapy. Accommodating several brands across various genres, this mal...Read more

  14. Amouage Perfumery

    #14 of 90 Things To Do in Muscat
    Amouage Perfumery

    Tags: Tourist Center

    Address: Muscat PO Box 307 CPO 111, Oman

    Timings: 08:30 am - 04:30 pm Details

    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 an...Read more

  15. Al Sifah Beach

    #15 of 90 Things To Do in Muscat
    Al Sifah Beach

    Tags: Beach, View Point

    Address: Al Sifah Beach, Oman

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    If you are someone who is stuck between making the choice of the soft powdery sands of the desert or the azure sea of Oman, the Al Sifah Beach is that Muscat attraction you must head to! A beautiful m...Read more

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    Duration: 4 Hrs

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    Duration: 4 Hrs

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