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Visit Muscat


Oman's clean and amiable capital city, Muscat, is the main entry point for most visitors. It's a pleasant mix of old and new, and a lovely place to spend a few days before venturing further afield. Muscat means ‘anchorage' and the sea is integral to the life of the city, with cruise ships and traditional wooden dhows docking in its harbour.

Muscat comprises three cities that have sprawled into one. Old Muscat is dominated by the cliff-side 16th-century forts of Al Mirani and Al Jalali, the al-Alam Palace and the sturdy city walls. The commercial and diplomatic distict of Ruwi reveals a more modern side to the city, its roads lined with manicured lawns and palm trees.

Muttrah is the third part of Muscat. Originally a fishing village, it is characterised by the Corniche, a popular and enchanting spot for evening walks and al fresco dining. Here too, is the Muttrah souk, a maze of pathways and one of the best souks in Arabia. Gold and silver jewellery is found in abundance, as are wooden carvings, ornaments, incense and spices. Ornate Omani daggers called khanjars are other items to haggle for in the souk.

The Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque - the third largest mosque in the world - is another of Muscat's standout attractions. It can accommodate up to 20,000 worshippers and is decorated with lavish marble panels, intricate tile work and a large Swarovski crystal chandelier, which hangs beneath its grand central dome.


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Top itineraries in Muscat

Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara, Oman

Oman in Style with Anantara

12-day tailor-made holiday from £5,010 pp incl. flights

This luxury holiday, staying at two spectacular Anantara resorts, combines the breathtaking beauty of Oman’s mountainous interior with the gold-sands beauty of its coast.

Wahiba Sands, Oman

Northern Oman Adventure

9-day tailor-made holiday from £4,700 pp incl. flights

See the varied natural and cultural highlights of northern Oman on this unforgettable private tour of its coast, desert and mountains.

Alila Jabal Akhdar

Luxury Oman: Muscat and Mountains

8-day tailor-made holiday from £3,540 pp incl. flights

Discover Oman in style, staying at the Alila Jabal Akhdar on the edge of a dramatic canyon before enjoying some beachside relaxation at the Al Husn Hotel at the Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort.

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Top places to stay in Muscat

Shangri La’s Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa

Shangri La’s Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa

Contemporary resort

Shangri-La’s award-winning Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa is a luxury complex of three hotels set between rugged mountains and the Gulf of Oman’s sparkling Al Jissah Bay, in Oman’s capital city of Muscat.

The Watergardens, The Chedi Muscat, Oman

The Chedi Muscat

Guide price from £1,615 pp

This 5* beachfront gem offers an exceptional spa, a private beach and an Asian and Mediterranean restaurant that’s one of the best in the city.

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Rose Season in Oman

Visiting Oman in the Rose Season

While Dubai builds high and Qatar flaunts its wealth, Oman – in its silent deserts, low-rise towns and fishing village coastlines – keeps the region’s rich, Arabian heritage alive. We take a look at the beauty of this country during its sensational springtime rose season.

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