Today,Muscat offers a seemingly unlimited choice of shopping, entertainment, culture and dining to its visitors.
Muscat is one of those capitals with so many layers of history, whose strategic location made it particularly appealing for quite a few empires, from the Persian Sassanids to the Arabs, the Ottoman and the Portuguese, the last one being defeated in 1744 by the same dynasty that has been ruling since then.
Muscat, has a variety of attractions, from glorious mosques to fascinating museums to tranquil beaches and it is a modern metropolis, where you can find all the luxury the Gulf Monarchies are famous for, yet, unlike Dubai, it has a real soul, its own character, traditions, and history.The city is ringed by the Al Hajjar mountains which rise dramatically from the coast and stretch far into the interior.
The ideal time to visit Muscat is during the winter months from November to March April. The coolest months are December and January when the nights are cool and the day temperatures remains below 30°C. April to September is the off-season when temperatures can soar very high and the heat gets unbearable.
Fish Market – From giant tuna to marlin, this is one of the best places to visit in Muscat.
Souq Muttrah is a traditional bazaar.
Mutrah Fort – Built by the Portuguese in the 16th century during their rule.
Al-Bab al Kabir (Muscat Gate Museum) – This beautifully renovated building used to be the main entrance to Muscat and it has a museum that showcases the history of Oman.
Muttrah Corniche is near one of the most important ports in Oman, Port Sultan Qaboos in the heart of the capital.
Al Alam Palace – The Sultan’s private home.
Al Mirani Fort –The fort was built by the Portuguese in the 16th century.
The Royal Opera House in Muscat is Oman’s premier venue for musical arts and culture.
Amouage Perfumery The visitors can examine the delicate individual scent components that go into making some of the world’s most luxurious perfumes.
Bait Al Zubair is a museum, located on Al Saidiya Street, Old Muscat, Oman. The museum has an extensive collection of ancient weapons, including khanjar, household equipments, and costumes. Outside the museum is a full-scale Omani village and souk.
National Museum – It showcases the history of Oman, from the first human evidence 5 million years ago to today.
The Grand Mosque is a masterpiece in any sense! As soon as you enter,a great tranquillity pervades you and you feel like staying forever.
Mohammed Al Ameen Mosque is a relatively new addition to Muscat – it opened in 2014. However, it can proudly take its place as one of the city’s most beautiful mosques.
** The Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque and Mohammed Al Ameen Mosque in Muscat can be visited between 0800 – 1100 hrs on working days from Saturdays to Thursdays and it remains closed on Friday and public holidays
We selected for you the best restaurants in the city.
• KERGEEN CAFÉ
If you’re after an authentic Omani experience, the good value Kergeen Café is for you. Located at the heart of the Medinat Qaboos complex, this restaurant offers a choice of open-air and majlis-style dining areas.
• Restaurant for Eadt Africa -Zanzibar Food-Al Gubra
There aren’t enough food, service, value for money atmosphere for Zanzibar Restaurant & Coffee Shop, Oman yet. It offers a true taste of the traditional Omani food and Zanzibari food, celebrating the historic ties between the Sultanate and Zanzibar
• Al Aktham Restaurant
Al Aktham Restaurant is a local favorite from 1990. The menu comprises a variety of global cuisine ranging from Arabic, Continental, Chinese and Traditional Indian flavors.
• Mundi Reef Restaurant
. It offers a true taste of the traditional Arabian Omani food and Yemani, celebrating the historic ties between the Sultanate and Yeman
• Bait AL Luban -Mutrah
A fantastic choice for anyone looking for authentic home cooked food, Bait al Luban is located in a renovated 140-year old guesthouse, opposite Mutrah’s Fish Market.