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Developed and affluent, but relatively quiet, Muscat hasn’t received the same international attention as some of its neighbors like Dubai. But give this coastal capital a chance and you’ll discover an ancient city that has been inhabited for three thousand years, boasts fascinating culture in the shape of everything from museums to markets, and also provides access to unique nature. These are three of the most interesting attractions in and around Muscat:
- Al Jalali Fort. The imposing Al Jalali Fort is one of the symbols of Muscat. Built in the late 16th century by the Portuguese who ruled the area at the time to repel Ottoman naval attacks, Al Jalali has seen multiple sieges and attacks over the centuries but has always been rebuilt to its former glory. There are several other famous forts in Muscat, most notably Al Mirani Fort.
- Museums. Muscat is home to a large number of museums, several of which are among the best on the Arabian peninsula. Among these, Bait Al Zubair Museum is dedicated to the history of the Omani people, Bait al-Baranda Museum is mainly dedicated to the early habitation of Oman, the Natural History Museum deals with the flora and fauna characteristic of the country, and the National Museum is the best place to see Omani national costumes and traditional crafts.
- The Hajar Mountains. Located in the country’s interior west of the capital, the Hajar Mountains are one of the most impressive natural attractions of Oman. Home of austere landscapes and dramatic vistas, the area is also home to attractions such as the ruins of Wadi Tanuf, ancient sites of Bat and Al-Khutm, and the Al Hoota cave of stalactites and stalagmites. The main highways of the region are quite accessible, but to explore the mountains properly, it is best to rent a 4x4. A car trip from the capital to the mountains takes about three hours, so while the area can be visited on a day trip, it is best to spare at least two to three days to have time.
- The Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque. This is the most important mosque in Oman and one of the most impressive and visually stunning. It shimmers beneath the sun in shades of beige and white and boasts stunning courtyards, manicured gardens, rich tapestries and porticoed walkways. The mosque dates back to 2001. Its interiors are just as impressive as its exteriors and are decorated with stunning blue and green mosaics. Look out for the intricately woven carpet that decorates the interior flooring. This was once the largest Persian rug in the world. That is, until the Sheikh Zayed Mosque in Abu Dhabi came in, took measurements, and claimed the title!
- Muttrah. Ancient Muttrah is one of the oldest parts of Oman. It is technically its own city, but urban expansion has made it difficult to note where Muscat ends and Muttrah begins! The Muttrah souk has been in operation for over 250 years and is worth passing through. The stalls here are an attack on all of the senses. Be prepared to find herbs and spices piled high in colorful jars, jewelry and precious metals, weapons and traditional dress. This market caters mostly to tourists, so you won’t find the best deals here. (If something does catch your eye, be prepared to haggle! The initial price is always inflated). The Muttrah fish market is one of the interesting places to people-watch. If you can get there at 3 or 4 am, you will see some ferocious negotiations between locals and restauranteurs and the Omani fishermen as they bring in their fresh morning catches.
- The Royal Opera House in Muscat. This is a gorgeous example of contemporary Arabian architecture. It was designed by architects Wimberly Allison Tong and Goo, and construction on the site started in 2007. Various operas, ballets and cultural performances worldwide are hosted here each month. Getting tickets to an event would be a spectacular way to experience life in Muscat like a local. If your schedule doesn’t allow it, you can tour the premises to learn more.
- Fanja. Fanja is a small settlement located 25km away from Muscat, Oman. The town is essentially divided into two halves: the abandoned old town and the newer settlement. While the new town of Fanja has some interesting marketplaces to offer, it is the old town that draws in visitors. This ghost town is filled with abandoned houses and buildings - including an abandoned fortress whose rusting cannons are still lined up defensively along the walls.
- Yiti Beach. Some gorgeous beaches run along Oman’s east coast. One of the closest to Muscat is Yiti beach on the Gulf of Oman. The water here is clear, calm, and perfect for swimming in, and the beach is framed by unique rock formations. Yiti beach is usually pretty quiet, and most tourists don’t even know about its existence. On the weekends, you will see Omani families here enjoying picnics and flasks of tea.
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Muscat Airport (MCT)
- IATA: MCT
- ICAO: OOMS
- Name: Muscat Airport (MCT)
- Distance from city: 19.9 miles / 32 km
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|Popular suppliers||Dollar, Europcar, Discovery Car Rental, Budget, AST Car Rental & Tours|
|Popular car categories||SUVs, Small cars, Medium cars, Large cars|
|Lowest price||$28 per day|
Most Popular Car Models of Rental Suppliers
|Dollar||Kia Picanto||4||1||Small cars|
|Europcar||Toyota Yaris||5||2||Small cars|
|Europcar||Nissan Sunny||4||2||Medium cars|
|Dollar||Hyundai Accent||4||2||Small cars|
|Dollar||Toyota Corolla||4||2||Medium cars|
|Europcar||Mazda 6||4||2||Large cars|
|Europcar||Toyota Corolla||5||2||Large cars|
|Budget||Suzuki Dzire||4||2||Small cars|
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