Mintaqat Masqat Things to Do

  • My best shot of the dolphins!
    My best shot of the dolphins!
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  • Approaching the marina by boat
    Approaching the marina by boat
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    Another crumby dolphin shot
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Mintaqat Masqat Things to Do

  • Muttrah Souq

    4 out of 5 stars

    Muscat Things to Do

    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

    5 out of 5 stars

    Muscat Things to Do

    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

    Muscat Things to Do

    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. Alternative shared minibus taxi, easy to find in the morning less easy later for 0,100 Rial or taxi (agree first on the prices!) 1,500 to 2 Rial (they...

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  • Shatti el-Qurm

    Muscat Things to Do

    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 walk in our first day in Muscat. It is a long beach so you can enjoy swimming without being disturbed by anybody.

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  • The Corniche - Muttrah

    Muscat Things to Do

    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 beautiful views of the market. On the opposite side of the street you will find the Souk, some low-budget hotels, and several mosques. The Corniche runs from...

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  • Al Alam Palace

    Muscat Things to Do

    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 areas are most welcome as protection in the heat of the day,

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  • Muttrah Fort

    Muscat Things to Do

    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 being renovated as a tourist attraction. From the back (Souk) side of the fort, you can climb stairs right up to the tiny door, but it is closed and...

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  • Ruwi

    Muscat Things to Do

    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...

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  • Al Jalali Fort

    Muscat Things to Do

    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 Portuguese "João". Like the Mirani Fort at the opposite end of the bay, Al Jalali's purpose was to protect Portuguese ships against the threat of attack,...

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  • Amouage Perfume Factory

    Muscat Things to Do

    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 are made and shows you where they are produced and you see the bottles being filled and packaged by the small workforce. These perfumes are some of the...

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  • Mirani Fort

    Muscat Things to Do

    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 oldest and best example of the traditional souqs in the entire peninsula and definitely the most iconic in Oman. Everything is available from spices...

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  • Riyam Park

    Muscat Things to Do

    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 steep hills, one of which contains an ancient Portuguese watchtower. The second hill, further inland, is crowned with a white modern watchtower built to...

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  • Gate Museum

    Muscat Things to Do

    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 Matrah. The structure over the gate houses the Muscat Gate House Museum, which focuses on the history of Muscat and its royal family.

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  • Omani-French Museum

    Muscat Things to Do

    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 original French embassy building.

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  • Sultan Armed Forces Museum

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Muscat Things to Do

    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 development of Oman, with lots of photographs, maps and paraphernalia to convey their points. There is commentary about the expansion over the Arabian...

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  • Bait Al Zubair Museum

    Muscat Things to Do

    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 boat. Entry fee: Ro 1000 for tourists. Open Sat -Thurs from 9am-1pm and 4-7pm.

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  • Boat ride

    A bit farther than the hotel-wonder (look at my other "things to do" tip) there is a base for water sports and similar activities. Here you can rent a boat and ply the balmy waters of the Indian Ocean without having a dent in your budget. The added attraction is the rock formations you go through or by and marvel the work of Nature and man. The...

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  • Visit a hotel with an attitude

    For those who can afford it, this hotel is a must. For those who cannot, it is a must too albeit just to visit. It has been build with one thought in mind to impress. The Gulf countries (with petrol dollars to spare) meet every year in a different place and the host is trying to outdo his predecessor by building a marvel of architecture and...

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  • Fish market at the beach of the Seeb...

    During every morning, the beach of the Seeb area (one of the suburbs of Muscat near to the airport) is filled with fishermen returning from the sea with their catch. These include seafood of various shapes and sizes e.g. tuna, sardine, squid, sharks, sting rays etc. These fresh catch are sold on the beach and then transported to Muscat and inland...

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  • Qurum Beach: Fishing Boats

    When you approach Qurum Beach from the road near to Crowne Plaza Hotel, you will pass by a creek with fishing boats. During the mornings and evenings, you could see the fishermen at their boats doing their daily work. There are also some nice seats where you can sit down and enjoy this beautiful view, especially during the mornings as shown by this...

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  • Qurum Beach: Barbeque Pits & Shades

    There are lots of barbeque pits located along the Qurum Beach (which is a public beach), which is ideal for abarbeque gathering. Furthermore, there are lots of carparks near to the beach so parking is not a problem. Also, there are many shades along the beach for shelter in case the sun gets too hot.

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  • Qurum Beach: Walking or jogging along...

    The Qurum Beach is a very good beach for walking or jogging along it, especially during the mornings and evenings when the temperature is not so hot. Also, the cooler months (Nov to Mar) will be a good time to have these beach activities.

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  • Gulf of Oman

    The water of the Gulf of Oman remains relatively warm during all parts of the year which makes it ideal for swimming. During the summer in Oman (June), it gets very hot and humid, the swimming will be a very good activity for cooling off.

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  • Qurum Beach: Coconut Trees

    This must be one of the few places in Arabia which has coconut trees along the beach. Reminds me of the coast of South East Asia, the tropical region which I live.

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