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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.

Top itineraries in Muscat

Northern Oman Adventure

8-day tailor-made journey from £2,855 pp incl. flights

See the varied natural and cultural highlights of northern Oman on this unforgettable eight-day tour in the company of a private driver-guide.

Muscat and Mountains

8-day tailor-made tour from £2,290 pp incl. flights

Sample Oman's incredible culture on this tailor-made tour, visiting Nizwa, capital of the interior and birthplace of Islam in Oman, and Muscat, the capital with its bustling souq (market) and sparkling gulf. Stay at Alila Jabal Akhdar and Shangri-La Muscat (al Bandar) during this tour.

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Top places to stay in Muscat

Shangri La’s Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa

Contemporary resort from £1,290 pp incl. flights

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 Chedi - Muscat

Designer resort

This luxury hotel offers a 1,000ft private beach, views of the Gulf and surrounding mountains, an exceptional spa and one of the best restaurants in Muscat. For king beds and BOSE sound systems, we recommend a Deluxe or Deluxe Club Room. Club Suites have open-plan bathrooms with rainforest showers.

Sifawy Boutique Hotel, Oman

Small & intimate hotel

The newly-opened Sifawy Boutique Hotel is a 45 minute drive from the Omani capital Muscat and is located in the brand new, picturesque Jebel Sifah marina with its shops, restaurants, cafes and nearby golf course. This luxury boutique hotel blends European style with traditional Omani architecture.

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Muscat articles

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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