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Muscat has long played an important role in trade between the east and the west and its streets and attractions reveal its ancient harbor town history. Today, the city is made up of three main areas. Explore the ancient walled city of Old Muscat to discover its royal palaces and forts. Mutrah is a small fishing village in the harbor and the site of the famous maze-like market. The commercial heart of Muscat is in Ruwi.
Muscat lies between the rocky Western Al Hajar mountain range and the Gulf of Oman, giving the city a picturesque landscape of blue seas and dramatic mountains.
Start your day with an aromatic kahwa (Omani coffee), spiced with cloves and cardamom, in one of the city’s many coffee shops. Afterwards, learn about Muscat’s lively past as a prosperous trade town with ruling Omani sultans and as a part of the Persian and Portuguese empires.
Visit Old Muscat to see the extravagant official residence of Sultan Qaboos, called Al Alam Palace, nestled between two 16th-century Portuguese forts, Al-Jalali Fort and Al-Mirani Fort. Enjoy beautiful panoramic views of the harbor and the Gulf of Oman.
Get a taste for traditional Oman at the Mutrah Souk market, one of the oldest marketplaces in the world. Stalls overflow with glittering gold antiques, embroidered robes, incense, spices and fresh produce. Just a few minutes’ walk from the souk is the extensive Bait al Baranda Museum where you can immerse yourself in Muscat’s rich history and distinctive culture.
Muscat’s arid climate makes for long, hot summers and very warm winters with little rainfall. Drink plenty of bottled water and save the hottest part of the day for enjoying Omani dates and halwa sweets indoors.
Discover Muscat’s three districts by car. Sign up to a car rental service or take advantage of the affordable orange and white taxis that travel all over the city and beyond. Inexpensive buses also serve the city. Muscat International Airport is located approximately 25 miles (40 kilometers) west of Ruwi.
Located in Al Khuwair, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Oman Natural History Museum, Avenues Mall, and Royal Opera House Muscat. Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex and Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque are also within 6 mi (10 km).
Located in Shati Al Qurum, this beachfront hotel is in the city center, 1.8 mi (2.9 km) from Oman Natural History Museum, and 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from Royal Opera House Muscat. Qurum Park and Muscat Children’s Museum are also within 6 mi (10 km).
Nestled on the beach, this Suwadi al Batha resort is within 20 mi (32 km) of An Naman Castle, Barka Fort, and Barka Souq. Jamiya Islam Masjid is 17.8 mi (28.6 km) away.
Located in Azaiba, this spa hotel is 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque and 2.6 mi (4.3 km) from Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex. Gala Wentworth Golf Club and Avenues Mall are also within 6 mi (10 km).
Situated near the airport, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Oman International Exhibition Center and within 9 mi (15 km) of Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre and Almouj Golf. Muscat City Centre Shopping Mall and Markaz Al Bahja Mall are also within 9 mi (15 km).
Located in the heart of Muscat, this luxury hotel is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from Avenues Mall and within 3 mi (5 km) of Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex and Oman Natural History Museum. Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque is 2.8 mi (4.5 km) away.
Located in the heart of Muscat, this eco-friendly hotel is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Avenues Mall and within 3 mi (5 km) of Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex and Oman Natural History Museum. Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque is 3 mi (4.9 km) away.
Located in Muscat, this beachfront hotel is in the city center and within 3 mi (5 km) of Qurum Park, Ras Al Hamra Golf Club, and Marah Land. Muscat Children’s Museum and Royal Opera House Muscat are also within 3 mi (5 km).