Muscat Travel Guide

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Muscat Things to Do

  • Muttrah Souq

    Muttrah Souq, the oldest marketplace in Muscat, is a place to visit for shopping. The covered bazaar consists of many shops and stalls selling souvenirs, clothes, silverwear and goldwear, spices, etc. Just like any other tourist spot, bargain is a must. In the heat of Muscat, it is nice to hide in the shade and look at the shops. The shop owners...

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  • Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque

    If you take the Expressway from the airport towards the city you'll travel past the Grand Mosque completed in 2001,for the 30th year as Head of State for his Majesty the Sultan Qaboos. It should definitely be on every Muscat visitors itinerary because, to me, it is a wonderful building, set in peaceful contemplative gardens. The scale of it is...

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  • Old Town

    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 hrs a day). Old Muscat is a quiet and atmospheric area, but it's nothing to do here in the nights. The old city walls were used to surround the old...

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Muscat Hotels

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Muscat Restaurants

  • A nice restaurant to enjoy dinner

    If you would like to enjoy a traditional Omani dinner in a relaxing ambiance, Kargeen could be an option. The service is fast and friendly. The menu consists of traditional middle eastern cuisine. The meals are served in authentic style. The kebabs are very delicious. I also enjoyed hummus a lot.

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  • true Omani food

    This restaurant is,I was told, the only real Omani restaurant . Reservations are essential as it is very crowded The decor is good and not overpowering. I was seated facing a wall with alcoves holding different kinds of pottery. We were handed a menu- more like a book, so i asked my husband and our host to make suggestions.Every kind of meat and...

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  • Open Buffet

    we were invited for an evening meal at this Iranian restaurant,one of several branches to be found in Muscat, including Muscat AirportWe were seated in a secluded alcove where there was a table set for 6.The service was good , when we arrived there was only a couple, but later other diners, including families arrived. We were brought two baskets...

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Muscat Nightlife

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  • Famous cocktails

    Trader Vic's is a popular touristic bar in Muscat, located at InterContinental Hotel. The bar is famous for its cocktails. You can take the little figures coming with your drinks as souvenirs. You can listen to live music and dance. Meals are also served if you want more than just drinks. No tuxido required, but don't come with shorts...

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  • Al Ghazal Pub

    Al Ghazal Pub is known as the best bar in Muscat. Located on the lobby level of the expensive InterContinental Hotel, the bar is full of expats and even quite a few locals who consume their share of the devil water. During my short stay in Muscat, I went to the pub twice, one evening I stopped in during happy hour, and I enjoyed a few happy hour...

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  • Shangi La's Piano Lounge - South of...

    The Shangri-La's Piano Lounge has a stuffy, fancy indoor area with a huge bar and live piano performances nightly. Outside if a much more casual second-floor deck overlooking the pools and beaches of the resort. This is a good place to get reasonably priced drinks -- OMR 2.200 (US $6) for Tiger beer and other varieties. They also offer free nuts...

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Muscat Transportation

  • Taxi in Muscat

    I can recommend this Taxi Company:Abu Hamed Al BalushiEnglish spoken and understood, and prompt service.There are now GPS systems in the Muscat taxis, so finding ones destination is a lot easierWhen ordering a taxi from hotel or accommodation, ask the reception to call..there is sometimes a language problem

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  • Mutrah to Old Muscat

    From Mutrah to Old Mascat.A taxi should not cost a lot. But i suggest you walk on the way back, it is really a very nice walk on the corniche.you can have an idea by visiting my travel pages .enjoy it , i did really liked this country.

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  • Muscat Taxis

    I was surprised to see that taxi drivers were locals; I didn't think Arabs stooped to such low jobs. It turns out that Oman has a law that only local nationals can be taxi drivers. Taxis here do not have meters, so you must negotiate your price before getting in the taxi. Ask a local or your hotel concierge so you don't overpay. My experience with...

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Muscat Shopping

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  • City Centre Mall

    City Centre Mall is the biggest and best shopping centre in Oman. It opened in 2001 and its correct name is Muscat City Centre, which can confuse people as it is several kilometres outside Muscat's city centre. It belongs to the Majid Al Futtaim chain of malls, which include the Mall of the Emirates and Bahrain City Centre.Altogether the mall...

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  • City Center Mall

    Around the Al Khod areaOne of the busiest shopping malls in Muscat, good for a day of unwinding and shopping and just checking people walking around You'll find:Chilli's restaurantStarbucks CafeCosta CafeFood court with Fasfood (hardeez, McD's,Pizza, etc)MAC MakeupMakiyaji MakeupMango for ladies (clothes)Vidrio (Clothes, ladies)Monsoon &...

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  • Buy your choisest of Drinks & Jewellery...

    Muscat Duty free is one of the best stocked shop in the world. It has vey wide range of watches, perfumes, Liquers, Jewellery, food items, Chocolates, Cigars & Cigarettes etc. But their electronic product range is very poor. The prices are one of the best among the good airports and surely much cheaper than Cairo International airport. In any hard...

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Muscat Local Customs

  • Omani Humour

    I came across this car in Muscat. I found it hilarious and I share with VT. It shows that Omani humour is right there in the culture.

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  • Omani Money

    The Omani rial (OMR) is the currency of Oman, and it is divided into 1000 baisa. Being a former British colony, Oman used Indian Rupees until 1940. From 1940 to 1970 the money was called the baisa, then the rial was introduced, and baisa remained the subdivision of the rial. Today, coin denominations are 5 baisa, 10 baisa, 25 baisa, and 50 baisa....

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  • Henna (Mehndi)

    Ladies can get their hands and feet decorated by Henna in most beauty salons for an average of 3 rials for hands, 5 for feetLots of newer designs decorate other parts of the body as a temporary tatoonewer henna versions include the typical arabian red henna, sudanese black henna and even glitter nowadays

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Muscat Warnings and Dangers

  • Crude Oil contaminated with sand

    Muscat Oman is such a rich oil country and I have been here once. I never went to the town becuz of sand blizzard and its awful getting caught in the eye. The people are very friendly the ones working at the oil depot but they are mostly labour from overseas Warning! so we loaded oil aboard an oil tanker for Thailand and on arrival Sriracha...

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  • Nothing to drink at Al Qurm Beach

    Muscat is very hot and you must bring water on the beach or stay close to a place where you can buy something to drink. I like to explore new places and especially walking along the beaches. The taxi dropped me off at Sheraton Al Qurm beach (GPS 23° 37' 1.4600" N 58° 27' 44.2400" E). I took off my shoes and layed down on my towel. The beach was...

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  • Arabian Leopards around my tent.

    Whilst travelling in Muscat, i camped on a beach near Yiti, and woke to find very large tracks coming out of the mountains, around my tent, and back to the mountains. There were 2 sets of tracks, one larger than the other.I took some photos of the prints and sent them to a wildlife website in the region and they replied saying they were Arabian...

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Muscat Tourist Traps

  • Ghalya's Museum of Modern Art - A folk...

    An old Omani Folk museum and an art gallery Visit Ghalya's museum in Corniche, a very nice little museum we first went through a folk museum featuring old Omani houses during the earyly 50's and 60's, impressive collection..... also includes a lovely modern art gallery with paintings of many artists Omani and international.. I uploaded a few...

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  • Beware the HSBC ATM on Muttrah's...

    It accepted my Visa card, but delivered neither the money, nor the receipt. I tried to straighten things up with HSBC (ME) people in the main office in Ruwi (wasted 1/2 a day on it). They solemnly swore that they would check and the money would be credited back to my account. When I returned home 2 mths afterwards I've learned that they didn't and...

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  • Muttrah souq

    Caveat Emptor. Buyer Beware. Its the souq in Muttrah. You can still get bargains, but I have found some not so scrupulous traders who will sell 'omani jewellery' which is definitely NOT omani. Some indian jewellry can be about 60-80% silver, omani silver is of a much higher content, 925+. Also i have found some of the frankincence sold in the souq...

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Muscat What to Pack

  • Bring you own suntan lotion

    Bring you own suntan lotion. The Seniorita Moisture Sunblock I bought at the souq was bad. I was freaked sunburned by it. And it was the best suntan lotion they had... Oman is not Dubai...

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  • Summer Clothes

    It's hot, even in winter here- If you're here in winter just get a light sweater. Muscat is a city- you'll find anything you need here. Bring a camera and film, lots of beautiful scenes. Camping and beachwear. Plenty of nature bonding here.

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  • Currency bring USD, Euro or British...

    This tip goes out especially to travellers from small countries like Malaysia. It is virtually impossible to get Omani Riyal in Kuala Lumpur, and money changers in Muscat rarely accept MY Ringgit.DO make sure you bring major currencies, or change your currency in Omani Riyal at Dubai airport. There is a money changer before passport control but...

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Muscat Off The Beaten Path

  • Bimmah Sinkhole

    Bimmah Sinkhole is located in Hawiyat Najm Park. You can get to the sinkhole in about 1.5 hours from Muscat and it is actually very close to Al Sharqiyah region just off the highway to Sur, few kilometers before Tiwi. You can take pictures or swim in the clear turquoise water. Of course, I couldn't hold myself jumping into the water while we were...

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  • Dimaniyat Islands

    Dimaniyat Islands are located about 18 kilometres off the coast of Barka. It is composed of nine islands with a total area of 100 hectares. My friend who hosted us in Muscat, rent a boat to spend a day in this beautiful spot. It is important to know the low tide and high tide periods so that your departure and arrival in Barka are not affected. It...

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  • Wadi al Shab : a waterbed with blue...

    This is one of the best wadis in Muscat and is a great day-outing from the city.A trip to Muscat should always include Wadi al Shab. It is at a distance of about 150 kms from Muscat and can be reached at about an hour and a half;s drive.The route is towards Tiwi enroute to Sur from Muscat in the Sharqiyah Region.

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Muscat Sports & Outdoors

  • Snorkling & Diving

    Oman has one of the few well hidden and undisturbed oceans in the world.Bandar Al Jassa provides 5 great dive sites, with corals and plenty of different types of sea creatures such as cuttlefish and spiny lobster.The water is shallow (15 mtrs), it is suitable for beginners and nite divers. There is a dive shop in the diving center in case you...

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  • Running in Muscat

    The sea front promonade along Al Bahri Road is a great place to run during the afternoon/sunset when it is not too hot. You can actually run all the way from the fish souq in Mutrah to Old Muscat. But it takes too long time, and it gets too dark so you miss all the sights on the way. I ran from Mutrah Souq to the enlightened water fountain, halfway...

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  • Diving in Oman

    The Oman Dive Center is half an hour away from Muscat.Diving in Oman is the relaxing way to dive. Here is no strong current. The visibility is sometimes very bad (less than 5m), normally it is 10m-20m. Nitrox is available, but not for free.

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Muscat Favorites

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  • Visa on arrival

    Follow the sign to the Visa-couter just behind the entrance of the arrival hall, and get your visa on arrival. Make sure to be one of the first because it will be a queue here.... The visa fee is changed from 6 rials to 20 Rials since I was there. You can also change money here. Then go to the immigration, show your passport and the visa-receipt....

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  • Muscat, the warmest experience

    Some say that official thermometers are fixed and will never show more than 49°C. The reason is that workers are not allowed to work when it's 50°C. The gulf countries are warm places, with the city of Muscat as the warmest place I have experienced. It was like a sauna stove, but May is not the warmest month here. Wait until the middle of June,...

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  • Omani men and familiy issues

    I must admit I had some predetermine thoughts about arab men and family issues. I thought the women did all the child rearing. They are responsible and take care of their children and family. I saw several men play with their children in the streets, walk with the baby carriage and so on.

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