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Originally a separate village, Ruwi is now yet another neighbourhood in the row of towns that make up Greater Muscat. Ruwi is located inland in a valley (Wadi al-Kabir) behind Matrah and is surrounded by rugged mountains. It has traditionally been the financial and business centre of Greater Muscat where many relatively higher modern buildings have been built for banks, ministries, shops and hotels. Ruwi also contains a few embassies, the Muscat Gold Souk and a number of museums. In recent years, though, the more modern neighbourhoods further west, closer to the airport, have been drawing new businesses towards them and Ruwi may be somewhat losing out.
Ruwi - Communications Tower
One of the most peculiar buildings in Ruwi, the Communications Tower is a modern construction. It was built to resemble an Omani castle with a huge modern tower and antenna sticking out of the middle. While I applaud the revival of traditional architecture, I do not believe this particular building was well executed. Nevertheless, it is a landmark in Ruwi. Attached is a photo taken from the taxi (sorry for the reflection on the glass).
Ruwi is the hub of Muscat, the centre for much of the modern business that has now made its home in the Omani capital. As well as being a business centre it has become the place of choice for up-and-coming Muscat citizens to meet. It also contains some of the best social spots in the city.
There are a number of cultural attractions in this area, among them the National Museum, located near Abdulridha Mosque, which has a small but interesting collection of artefacts, including jewellery, traditional clothing and weapons, and ceramics from the region.
Ruwi is one of the most important areas of Muscat as it is the commercial district with lots of businesses, hotels, traffic etc. You will also find a lot of travel agencies located here which you can contact and arrange your city tour or trips around Oman. The tallest buildings in Oman are also located in this area, which the tallest is the Sheraton Hotel which is at most 20 storeys (they do not have the really tall buldings in Oman, since space is plenty here).
Al Bustan and Ruwi
Al Bustan is a road to reach Bandar Jissah. If you have your own transport, just follow the sign from Ruwi. The road to Bandar Jissah is beautiful. There is stop point which give you a great scenery of surrounding of Muscat and Al Bustan.
Ruwi is also known as “Little India” in Muscat. The city is surrounded by rocky mountain and has a beautiful scenery. There are several hotels here. This is the last city before the visitor reach Bandar Jissah.
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