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A white low-rise sprawl dominated by the rugged western Al Hajar Mountains, the city of Muscat sits before the warm waters of the Arabian Sea. An important trading port for centuries, Oman’s architecturally arabesque capital is now a progressive and multicultural city, boasting modernity and tradition alike. From the picturesque harbour and centuries old forts, to ornate mosques, glossy shopping hubs and its famous fragrant bazaar – the city’s attractions come as both landmark sites and everyday facets of Omani life.

Things to see

Muttrah Souq should be on every visitor’s itinerary. One of the oldest bazaars in the world, the bustling narrow labyrinth is a sensory overload of colour and fragrance. Endless stalls overflow with garments, jewellery, perfumes oils and handmade treasures, offering plenty of scope for souvenir hunters. If you like your shopping air-conditioned and glossy floored, Muscat City Centre shopping mall will be more your kind of retail therapy. Home to over 140 stores, you’ll find big name brands galore, alongside a food court and the Magic Planet family entertainment centre. Occupying an outcrop on the east side of Muscat’s Harbour, Al Jalali Fort has witnessed a long and turbulent history. Originally built in the late 1500’s, the stout structure is now occupied by a private museum. With its glass dome and towering minarets, The Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque is undoubtedly the country’s grandest. Completed in 2001, its lavish interior features the world’s second largest carpet and a huge Swarovski crystal chandelier.

Hotels in Muscat

Whether you’re here for business, pleasure, or a little bit of both, there are hotels in Muscat to appeal to every visitor’s pocket and preference. From modern hotels sporting Arabian flair, to chain name favourites and Ritzy beachfront resorts packed with amenities – there’s something for everyone. The larger hotels often feature restaurants, swimming pools, gymnasiums and business centres, with the addition of spa facilities in some of the more upmarket digs. In-room or in-suite most accommodation provides guests with satellite television and WiFi, along with balconies in the beachfront properties. Whilst the cheaper, less fancy hotels in Muscat generally lack amenities, some still provide swimming pools.

Where to stay

Many of the large beachfront hotels in Muscat can be found off the Sultan Qaboos Highway, the main artery of the city that connects each of its areas. The main 3 are the walled city of Muscat, home to the opulent Al Alam Palace, along with Ruwi and Matrah, which were once smaller towns before fusing together as they grew. Ruwi forms the city’s busy commercial epicentre, where you’ll find shops selling all kinds of everything, a diverse choice of restaurants and plenty of hotels. Historically a fishing village, Matrah is home to the sprawling Muttrah Souq bazaar and Port Sultan Qaboos, the city’s harbour.

How to get to Muscat

Muscat International Airport is the gateway of choice for most visitors flying to the region. It serves destinations throughout the Middle East and Asia, as well as a small handful of European cities including London and Amsterdam. Situated approximately 30 kilometres west of Muscat, it’s a half hour drive or so along the Sultan Qaboos Highway to the city. You can also get to Muscat aboard a cruise liner, which dock at the harbour, or by coach. Oman National Transport Company operates bus services between the city and Dubai, which take 6 hours, along with other Middle Eastern destinations including Abu Dubai.

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