Muscat Things to Do

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    My best shot of the dolphins!
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    Approaching the marina by boat
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  • 1. Muttrah Souq

    4 out of 5 stars

    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....

  • 2. Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque

    5 out of 5 stars

    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...

  • 3. Old Town

    iIf it is not too hot, it is nice to walk from Mutrah along the coastal road to the old town of Muscat with the Sultans Palace, some museums and some Portugese fortifications, about 3 kilometer....

  • 4. Shatti el-Qurm

    Shatti Al Qurum Beach is located at the heart of Muscat's beachfront tourist zone. It is perfectly suited for out-of-town visitors when staying in Muscat. It was the first spot to visit and take a...

  • 5. The Corniche - Muttrah

    The Corniche is one of the nicest, and most touristy parts of old Muttrah in Muscat. This is a pedestrian-friendly area with wide sidewalks, plenty of shady rest areas, lots of street art, and...

  • 6. Al Alam Palace

    WE went to see the palace that had been built for an international gathering. Since then, I believe , it has become a public area and hotel, The tiles and greenery are beautiful, and the sheltered...

  • 7. Muttrah Fort

    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...

  • 8. Al Jalali Fort

    Guarding the Muscat bay at the eastern end, Al Jalali Fort was built by the Portuguese in 1587 and named Forte de São João (i.e., Saint John's Fort). Its Arabic name is said to derive from the...

  • 9. Ruwi

    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...

  • 10. Amouage Perfume Factory

    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...

  • 11. Riyam Park

    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...

  • 12. Mirani Fort

    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...

  • 13. Sultan Armed Forces Museum

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    The Sultan's Armed Forces Museum (SAF) provides a good insight into the growth, development and status of Oman since the pre-Islamic times. The museum does center around military and political...

  • 14. Gate Museum

    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...

  • 15. Bait Al Zubair Museum

    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...

  • 16. Omani-French Museum

    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...

  • 17. Information on all major Muscat/Matrah Museums

    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,...

  • 18. Nakhl Fort

    About an Hour and a half drive from Muscat enroute to Dubai you will find the Nakhl fort.Nakhl Fort a history which dates back to the pre-Islamic period. Over...

  • 19. Beaches around Muscat

    If you have a rent car, you can find peaceful isolated beaches around Muscat. We were lucky that our friends took us to their favorite beaches with their car....

  • 20. Oman Dive Center

    Don't let the name give you the wrong impression, Oman Dive Center has a grand beach and a nice restaurant to provide you all the comfort and relaxation you...

  • 21. Visit the Natural History Museum

    Given my interest in all things to do with the natural world a short visit to the Natural History Museum in Muscat seemed a sensible and interesting thing to...

  • 22. Qurum Natural Park

    Despite its name the Qurum Natural Park is a real mixture of man-made gardens, children's play areas, lakes, funfair and novelties to amuse and entertain the...

  • 23. Go Diving from Bandar Al Rowdha

    My main motivation for visiting Muscat was to continue with my diving. I qualified with PADI Openwater in 2013 and I'd done a few dives in Spain since then but...

  • 24. Birders: make sure you visit Al Ansab Wetlands

    Now most people visiting a foreign city for the first time would not usually include a trip to the main sewage and water treatment works as part of their...

  • 25. Go Dolphin watching

    I booked a two hour dolphin watching trip from my hotel. The company collected me from my hotel at the designated time and took me by minibus along with my...

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  • KamillaFlower's Profile Photo
    Jan 24, 2013 at 12:06 AM

    Muscat International Airport is more like a regional airport, nothing compared to even the medium size airports, it's infrastructure is not convenient at all, but it might become one of the best, because their are building new terminals, runways... It will be ready next year.