Muscat holds such a delightful mixture of ancient cultural heritage and modern style.
Muscat is the capital of Oman and is considered to be the heart of Oman. Visits to Muscat offer a vast variety of nature just waiting to be explored. There are golden beaches, mountains, and sand dunes at Bawshar Sands.
Muscat holds such a delightful mixture of ancient cultural heritage and modern style. As you walk throughout this capital city you'll spot houses, gates, old markets, little shops and lovely winding roads full of authentic Omani history. Alongside the historical parts are the modern markets, shops, buildings and streets.
This allows Oman to preserve its wonderfully vast historic character, while at the same time enjoying its rather more contemporary spirit. Muscat prides itself as one of the cleanest Arab capitals, and has gained the honour of winning the Cleanest Arab City Contest several times in a row.
* Qasr Al Alam Royal Palace - This beautiful palace stands on the head of a natural deep water harbour. Visitors are not allowed to visit the palace, but they are allowed to take photographs at the entrance of the palace.
* Corniche Area - This is a popular place for a walk and also for its many eating places. Climb to the base of Mutrah Fort (at the east end of the Corniche walk) for a spectacular view of the city.
* Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque. Mostly the entire complex is open to non-Muslim visitors. Non-Muslims may visit from 8AM to 11AM every day except Friday. Ladies are however expected to keep their heads, ankles and wrists covered while visiting the mosque. Must sees in the mosque include the Swarovski crystal chandelier, the second largest hand made Persian carpet in the world and the marble panelling.
* Bait az-Zubair Museum - The museum itself features displays on Omani social history, while tours are frequently run of the neighbouring reconstructed townhouse.
* Al-Hanan, Ruwi (Cuisine - Indian).
* Al-Shaheen, Honda Road, Ruwi (Cuisine - Pakistani).
* Al-Tarboosh, opposite the Sabco Centre, Qurm. Fast Arabian/Lebanese-style food available for takeaway or eat-in on the first floor.
* Saravana Bhavan, Opp. O.C Centre, Ruwi (Cuisine - Indian).
* Bella-Pais, MAM roundabout, just off the Nizwa turn off (Cuisine - Greek + Other).
* Gujrat Bhojan Shala, Ruwi High Street, Ruwi (Cuisine - Indian).
* Muscat also has a large number of small and large parks, the largest being the Qurum National Park or rose gardens which include a large man-made waterfall, a lake and an amusement park which is a must to visit during the Muscat festival.
* Riyam park - also with rides and an Arabian watch tower.
* A number of factories are open for visitors such as the Omani halwah factory and the Amouage perfume factory. Amouage perfume is the most valuable perfume in the world.
* Wadi Shab
* Nakhal Fort. This splendid fort is about 40 minutes drive east of the city, located at the base of the Jebel Akhdar section of the Hajar Mountains.
* Scuba Diving
* Night Safari
* Camel Racing
* Turtle Watching
* Dolphin Watching
* Horseback Riding