MuscatOman

East meets west in this historical port city, home to lavish palaces, Portuguese forts and one of the oldest marketplaces in the Arab world.

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.

Where to stay in Muscat

Al Khuwair, Muscat, Oman

Al Khuwair

3.5/5Good!(5 area reviews)

Al Khuwair is popular for its ample dining options, and you might make a stop by Oman Natural History Museum, a top place to visit in the area.

Al Khuwair
Shatti Al Qurum featuring general coastal views, a coastal town and a beach

Shati Al Qurum

4.5/5Wonderful!(12 area reviews)

The pristine beaches and ample dining options are top of the list for many visitors to Shati Al Qurum. A stop by Royal Opera House Muscat or Qurum Beach might round out your trip.

Shati Al Qurum
Ruwi, Muscat, Oman

Ruwi

4/5Very Good!(10 area reviews)

Shopping and restaurants are notable features of Ruwi. You might consider stopping by Sultan's Armed Forces Museum while you're exploring the neighbourhood.

Ruwi
Al Ghubrah Ash Shamaliyyah, Muscat, Oman

Al Ghubrah Ash Shamaliyyah

4/5Very Good!(7 area reviews)

Check out the beaches, spas and restaurants while spending some time in Al Ghubrah Ash Shamaliyyah. Though there might not be many attractions in the neighbourhood, you won't need to go far to find top spots like Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque or Avenues Mall.

Al Ghubrah Ash Shamaliyyah
Muscat which includes a coastal town

Azaiba

3.5/5Good!(12 area reviews)

Azaiba is well liked for its restaurants, and you can visit sights like Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque and Avenues Mall if you have time to explore the area.

Azaiba
Muttrah Souq which includes markets, a city and shopping

Muttrah

4.5/5Wonderful!(3 area reviews)

Unique features of Muttrah include the shopping and restaurants. Make a stop by Muttrah Souq or Muttrah Corniche while you're exploring the area.

Muttrah

Top hotels in Muscat

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Novotel Muscat Airport
Novotel Muscat Airport
4 out of 5
Al Maardih Street, Al-Seeb District, Muscat
The price is £46 per night

Located in the heart of Muscat, this beach hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre, Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque and Sultan Qaboos ...

4.4/5Excellent! (81 reviews)

"Very nice and clean, professional staff. Great location, close to the airport."…"

Reviewed on 14 Mar 2020

Novotel Muscat Airport
Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa
Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa
5 out of 5
Barr Al Jissah, Po Box 644, Muscat
The price is £119 per night

Nestled on the beach, this Muscat resort is within 9 mi (15 km) of Qantab Beach, Marina Bandar Al Rowdha and Muscat Central Business District. Port Sultan Qaboos ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (990 reviews)
Wonderful break

"Fabulous place to stay, whether as a couple or a family. Great choice of bars and restaurants, polite friendly staff and great setting."…"

Reviewed on 4 Mar 2020

Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa
Grand Hyatt Muscat
Grand Hyatt Muscat
5 out of 5
Shatti Al Qurm, Muscat
The price is £96 per night

Located in Shati Al Qurum, this beachfront hotel is in the city centre and within 3 mi (5 km) of Oman Natural History Museum, Royal Opera House Muscat and Qurum ...

4.4/5Excellent! (383 reviews)

"Quite"…"

Reviewed on 8 Mar 2020

Grand Hyatt Muscat

Reviews of Muscat

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

17 Jan 2020

Beautiful place and very safe

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

2 Jan 2020

Lovely place, great people, great weather and food choices. Wonderful winter break.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

1 Jan 2020

Great place for Break Cheaper Quieter version of Dubai

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

1 Jan 2020

Muscat is a sprawling low-rise city that is surprisingly green and very friendly.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

30 Dec 2019

A safe place to visit agree taxi pricebefore journey

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

16 Dec 2019

Nice for a day but it's a long and difficult drive from dubai

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