Wadi Shab, about one and half hours drive from Muscat, is one of the must see attractions from the city.
This is an ideal getaway and a day trip from Muscat.
The route is to take the Muscat Expressway to Sur and once you cross Tiwi you will see the signs for the Wadi al Shab hotel from 15 kms ahead.
The drive is very scenic and refreshing. No food joints or eateries available along way.
Pack enough water too.
The link below gives a good synopsis of each major Museum in the general Muscat and Matrah area. The information includes opening hours, prices, addresses, etc.
The Historical Association of Oman has a strong supporting force for the preservation and presentation of local history and culture. The locations referenced here are endorsed by the HAO, but there are also lectures, seminars, field trips, etc.
It’s a beautiful place located in Bandar Jissah. The place is deserted, quite and beautiful. It has nice beach, barasti huts, restaurant and camping ground. The place now has been taken over by German management and they also organized half day and one day diving trip. The price starts from 6 OMR (Omani Rial) or 10 GBP (British Pound). They also organize special trips to Daymaniyats Islands and Ras Abu Daud wreck dive. They rent diving equipment (start from 3 OMR) and also conduct diving course for beginner. (Diving pool is also available for the course)
To entrance this place, a visitor will be charged for entrance fee, also for stay overnight in the camping ground. The place is nice, especially for diving lover, or people who love a quiet place.
Note : Price need to be always checked.
Muscat airport is one of the largest and finest airports in the world with very large terminals and facilities.Muscat International Airport formerly Seeb Airport is the main airport in Muscat, Oman. It is the hub for the national carrier Oman Air. The distance from Old Muscat is 30 km and it is 15 km from the main residential localities. At the moment the airport is being expanded and modernized. The airport will be upgraded to 12 million-passenger capacity during the initial stage and subsequently to 48 million. The initial stage is scheduled for completion in 2011. The airport was renamed on 11 February 2008 from the previous name, Seeb, to Muscat International Airport
Muscat, the official capital of Oman, is only a small part of a larger grouping of cities and towns strung some 40kms along the coast of the Gulf of Oman, which is known locally as the "Capital Area" or the "Muscat Municipality." Never much deeper than 3 or 4 kms, this string of towns forms a sort of necklace sandwiched between the sea to the north and a very rocky, primeval-looking range of barren mountains to the south. Despite its ceremonial position as capital, the neighboring cities of Muttruh, with its superb corniche encirling a charming bay, and Ruwi, the traditional commercial center of the area, are both much more important.
A thriving and strategically located port of the Arabian peninsula in ancient times, Muscat is the capital of modern Oman. It has a somewhat medieval appearance with two old Portuguese forts, Jelali and Merani. These picturesque old structures co-exist with modern, commercial, and residential quarters of the neighboring coastal towns, and lend the city an ambience all its own . The seaside, ceremonial palace of H.M.Sultan Qaboos Said, nestled between steep rocky hills, offers a spectacular sight, especially at night.
The Gulf of Oman or Sea of Oman , is a strait (and not an actual gulf) that connects the
Our first view of Oman & Muscat was great. We had read in the Geography book about gulf of Oman so much and our first encounter was breathtaking. We were really amazaed that how they have converted a desert and a non descript place in to a great port and trading centre in the gulf.
Arabian Sea with the Strait of Hormuz, which then runs to the Persian Gulf. It is generally included as a branch of the Persian Gulf, not as an arm of the Arabian Sea. On the north coast is Pakistan and Iran. On the south coast are Oman in the east, and the United Arab Emirates for a short distance in the west.
The rocky Western Al Hajar Mountains dominate the landscape of Muscat. The city lies on the Arabian Sea along the Gulf of Oman and is in the proximity of the strategic Straits of Hormuz. Low-lying white buildings typify most of Muscat's urban landscape, while the port-district of Muttrah, with its corniche and harbour, form the north-eastern periphery of the city. Muscat's economy is dominated by trade, petroleum and porting.
An enlightened water fountain is located halfway between Mutrah and Old Muscat. The area is like a picnic area. This is a romantic place in the nights and you can see young Omani couples sitting together.
The Sultan has moved from Al Alam Palace to another majestic palace, 400 metres away and slightly more hidden than the former place. It was not allowed to walk towards it. (See the white building in the middle of the picture). The sultan has only one wife, according to the taxi driver.
The water along to coast of Muscat runs deep and contains the natural harbours. The Mutrah harbour is small and shaped like a horseshoe, with small waves and it is sheltered from the wind. The portuguese found this place to be a perfect for their vessels.
Mutrah is an old town in Muscat, and is in my opinion the best place to stay in Muscat. The rocky Al Hajar Mountains dominate the landscape and make Mutrah to a charming place. The town has outdoors restaurants, shopping in the souq, the fish market, the sea front promenade with the beautiful walking area flanked by picturesque forts. Many mosques are located within the centre of Mutrah and you can hear the prayer on the top of the minaret several times a day.
The history museum, Bait Al Baranda in Mutrah, shows the Muscat's history and presents an interactive exhibition from the 750 million years story of the region.
Opening Times: Sat to Thu 09:00-13:30 & 16:00-19:00 hours.
Entry fee: 3 rials (8 USD) per person.
Al-Lawatiya Mosque (Mosque of the great prophet) is located in the beautiful sea front promenade in Mutrah. The blue minaret dominates the skyline of Mutrah. And the top of the minaret is illuminated in the nights. You can hear the prayer on the top of the minaret several times a day.
Al Bahri Road is a 4-lane road from Mutrah to Old Muscat. The road has a beautiful sea front promenade, and you can actually walk all the way from Mutrah to Old Muscat. People are running here in the afternoons.
Officially called Masjid al-Rasool al-A'tham (mosque of the great prophet), al-Lawatiya Mosque as it is known, dominates the skyline of Matrah. Although of modern construction, it is still faithful to traditional Islamic architecture. Its mosaic-covered onion dome and blue minaret make it one of the more beautiful mosques in town. It is located on the scenic Matrah Corniche.
I dive around the world both for work as a saturation diver and as a keen recreational diver.
I recently when to Oman for a 10 day holiday and wanted to get some time in the water scuba diving. After asking around and looking at 2-3 of the major operators in Muscat I decided on Go Dive Oman which is a fairly new dive operation. I liked the owner a New Zealand couple both where really friendly and helpful with all aspects of diving, plus they even gave me some great advice on local places to stay and some very cool spots to see, that where not to be found in the Lonely Planet.
i was really impressed with the service and the vessel, the office was located right on the beach by the local Yacht Club. the staff where professional and had excellent knowledge of the dive location and the fish life. I went out with them for 5 days, each was a day trip and every time i was very pleased with the dives - the fish life was incredible and plentiful.
I dove on reefs , bommies and islands - they were all great dives and i was not disappointed. the visibility was a solid 20-25m so great for photos.
i dove an excellent wreck an 84 metre ship, "Al Munnassir” . The 3,000 tonne ship was sunk in 30 metres of water, The turquoise waters of Bandar Khairan close to Muscat. The wreck is home to fish and other marine life of quite a magnitude. the schools are massive and the water is thick with fish.
i have no reservations recommending the guys at Go Dive Oman, they made my trip so much better with not just great diving but also their service and the land activities they told me about.
you must call these guys if you want a great experience !
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