The Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque is Oman's main mosque. Construction on the mosque began in 1995 and ended in 2001. The massive structure, constructed of Indian sandstone, holds 20,000 worshipers total,... more
Mutrah Souq is among the most interesting traditional market in the Arab Gulf States. It is centrally situated in the downtown of Mutrah, with the main entrance to Al Bahri Road and the sea front. The... more
Old Muscat is located at the southern end of Muscat. It is the administration area and houses majestic buildings and old forts. It is the cleanest place I have seen. (The cleaning personnel works 24... more
With its shores open to the Ocean, Oman is graced by beautiful natural long beaches. Unlike other Gulf nations on the closed waters of the Gulf, the beaches of Oman have tides, waves and native sand.... more
The Al Alam Palace is the palace of Sultan Qaboos of Oman. The Palace was built in the 1970s and it looks it, with its plastic-looking Disney pastels and unusual trumpet-shaped flaring columns. The... more
Saw this on the tourist map and thought it might be an interesting place to see. The tour was free of the small perfume factory where everything is done by hand! The guide explains how the perfumes... more
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... more
The Matrah "Dark Market" Souq is an area of open walkways. The "Dark" comes from the overhead roof that was put above the corridors to give shade and a cooling effect.
The Matrah Souq is arguable the... more
Elsewhere in the walled city you can visit the Omani-French Museum, a rather less interesting collection of documents and artefacts relating to the friendship between France and Oman, located in the... more
Muttrah Fort lies on a tall, steep hill along the Corniche, overlooking the Souk of Muttrah. The fort was constructed by the Portuguese in the Sixteenth Century.
Formerly a prison, the fort is now... more
Located at the eastern end of the Matrah Corniche, al Riyam Park takes advantage of stunning views and the unique natural landscape. The green park is located on a small peninsula and includes two... more
Of a recent and more symbolic construction, the Muscat Gate signals the arrival into Old Muscat. It was built in a traditional Omani style over Al-Bahri Road, the main road linking Old Muscat to... more
This is a great museum to give you an insight into Omani life with its wide range of displays of handicrafts, jewellery and weapons. There are a few exhibits outside too of a traditional house and... more
Muscat is the capital of the Sultanate of Oman, a 5,000 year old country in the heart of the Arabian desert-
Although Muscat is turning into a city day by day, it has preserved its Arabic and Islamic...
Unique among its sister cities in the Gulf, Muscat is where chocolate-coloured mountains touch the ocean. Although a sleepy town compared to Dubai, Muscat has more successfully blended tradition and...
Greater Muscat is made up of three distinct cities, separated geographically by hills and ridges, and each with its own particular identity.
Muscat is the old port area; Mutrah, to the northwest, is...