Muscat Travel Guide

Exploring Muscat, Oman

Muscat is the capital and largest city of Oman. It is the seat of the Governorate of Muscat, it combines the charms of an old world Arab enclave with the amenities of a fast paced metropolis. Nestled between the turquoise blue waters of Gulf of Oman and the rugged mountains of AI Hajr, here you will find a harmonious blend of traditional culture, cuisine, arts and architecture with the unbridled energy of modern life.

Muscat Known since the early 1st century CE as an important trading port between the west, the east, and Africa Muscat was ruled by various indigenous tribes as well as foreign powers such as the Persians, the Portuguese Empire until the Yaʾariba imamate restored Omani rule in 1649. Although Muscat was not Oman’s capital. A regional military power in the 18th century, Muscat's influence extended as far as East Africa and Zanzibar.
As an important port-town in the Gulf of Oman, Muscat attracted foreign tradesmen and settlers. Since the ascension of Qaboos bin Said as Sultan of Oman in 1970, Muscat has experienced rapid infrastructural development that has led to the growth of a vibrant economy and a multi-ethnic society.

 

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Sunset Cruise Muscat, Oman

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Muscat Sightseeings

Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque

The mosque is built on a site occupying 416,000 square meters. The chandelier above the praying hall is 14 meters it is the world's second largest chandelier. It weighs 8 tons, includes 600,000 crystals.

National Museum of Oman

Opened July 30, 2016, Is the Sultanate of Oman’s flagship cultural institution, showcasing the nation’s heritage from the earliest human settlement in the Oman Peninsula some two million years ago through to the present day.
The 14 display halls houses the Land and the People Gallery, Maritime History Gallery, Arms and Armor Gallery, Civilization in the Making Gallery, Aflaj Gallery, Currency Gallery, Splendors of Islam Gallery, Oman and the World Gallery, Renaissance Gallery, and the Intangible Heritage Gallery among others.

Bait Al Zubair

Bait Al Zubair (House of Al Zubair) is a private museum that opened its carved wooden doors to the public in 1998. It is totally funded by its founders, the Zubair family.is dedicated to showcasing important ethnographic artefacts reflecting the highly specialized inherited skills that define Oman’s society, both past and present. Traditional craft industries

Royal opera House of Muscat

The ruler of Oman, Sultan Qaboos bin Said Al Said has been always a fan of classical music and arts. In 2001, the sultan ordered the building of an opera house. The Royal Opera House reflects unique contemporary Omani architecture, and has a capacity to accommodate maximum of 1,100 people. The opera house complex consists of a concert theatre, auditorium, formal landscaped gardens, and cultural market with retail, luxury restaurants and an art center for musical, theatrical and operatic productions.

Souq Mutt ‘rah

Before the discovery of oil, Muttrah was the center of commerce in Oman (Muscat). It is still a center of commerce as one of the largest sea ports of the region is located there.
The Muttrah Souq is perhaps one of the oldest marketplaces in the Arab world. It is located adjacent to the harbor of Muscat and has seen immense trade in the age of sail.
The Souq retains the chaotic interest of a traditional Arab market albeit housed under modern timber roofing. Shops selling Omani and Indian artefacts together with a few antiques jostle among more traditional textile, hardware and jewelry stores. Bargaining is expected although discounts tend to be small.

Al Alam Palace

"Al Alam" means "The Flag" in Arabic. The palace, one of six royal residences of the ruling monarch Sultan Qaboos. It has a history of over 200 years, built by Imam Sultan bin Ahmed the 7th direct grandfather of the current Sultan. The existing palace, which has a facade of gold and blue, was rebuilt as a royal residence in 1972. The inner grounds of the palace remain off-limits but visitors are permitted to stop near the gates and take photographs. Al Alam Palace is surrounded by the Mirani and Jalali Forts built in the 16th century by the Portuguese.

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