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Taxi
Taxis in Muscat can be differentiated ...
Car for hire
Renting a car in Muscat is easy and ...
From the airport
From Muscat or Seeb International ...
Buses
The Baisa Buses or maxi taxis are ...
Driving Tips
For tourists who are driving themselves ...
Muscat in a Day
Whilst it is not possible to absorb all of Muscat’s natural beauty and won’t be possible to ...
Women’s Expo
This is one of Muscat’s most unique and wonderful festivals. The event is held in the Oman ...
Muscat International Book Fair
This fair has been occurring for the last 15 years. The venue is the Oman International exhibition ...
Eid Festival
This exhibition is held annually; the venue is the Oman International Exhibition Center. The time ...
When to go
The best time to visit Muscat is from January to April and November to December when the weather is ...

Muscat, Oman

 

Muscat today
Muscat today is a city that is perpetually on the move. Its dynamism stems from its status as the federal capital of the Sultanate of Oman and its status as the major hub of Oman’s economic activity, Muscat is as famous for its dates, pearls and fish as it is for its fabulous hotels and high rise buildings. New development projects keep springing up and materializing; boosting the tourism industry in particular. The city is far from static. Its face is ever changing. The ancient meets the modern over here. The al Jalali, Mirani and Mutrah forts date back to the 1580s, whilst other buildings

Muscat back then
The history of the city of Muscat is rich and is a testament to the resilience of this amazing city which has fallen to many an insincere ruler. One important continuity in Muscat’s history is the fact that through the ages, Muscat has been well-known as an important trading site and port. Muscat is an ancient city. Ptolemy is known to have referred to this famous port as Cryptus Portus. Archaeological findings suggest that Muscat even came into contact with the ancient Indus Valley Civilization as indicated by the Harrapan pottery unearthed there. Muscat’s conversion to Islam occurred in

Chedi Hotel
This hotel is located close to the Grand Mosque. Its ambience can best be described as ‘serene and
Inter-continental Hotel Muscat
This extravagant hotel is a popular choice amongst tourists. The interior is stylish, the rooms more
Grand Hyatt Muscat
This lavish hotel has a delightful interior. The décor takes into account Omani culture and the hot
Al Bustan Palace Hotel
This lavish hotel is world famous. The rooms, the restaurants and the service are excellent. The vie
Shangila’s Barr al Jissah Resort & Spa
This lavish resort comprises of three luxury hotels. The ambience can be described as ‘extravagant
The Treasure Box
This hotel is located in a residential neighborhood in Al Ghubra. The location is excellent; it is c

Omani Heritage Gallery
Omani handicrafts are available here. Prices are over the top but the products are of good quality.<
Mutrah Souk
This market is a must stop for any tourist visiting Muscat. The market is busy and popular amongst l
Bait Muzna Gallery
This shop is famous for the beautiful traditional and contemporary Omani goods sold here. The produc
Khimji Megastore
This is a famous shopping arcade in Muscat which sells a diverse range of products. Both Internation
Al Araimi
This is a famous shopping arcade in Muscat which sells a diverse range of products. Both Internation
Mutrah Souk
This market is a must stop for any tourist visiting Muscat. The market is busy and popular amongst l

International Property and Investment Expo
This event is held annually. It lasts three days. The venue is the Oman International Exhibition Cen
Muscat Festival
This event is held annually in the month of January and February and is the best known of Muscat’s
Eid Festival
This exhibition is held annually; the venue is the Oman International Exhibition Center. The time of
Lifestyle Expo
This event is held annually in the Oman International Exhibition Center. It caters to the whims of t
Omani Products Show
This event is held annually in the Oman International Exhibition Center. It lasts 3-4 days. During t
Motor Show
The motor show is held annually in the Oman International Exhibition Center. Car lovers are treated

Meknes Restaurant
Foodies are unlikely to leave this place disappointed- delicious stews and vegetable dishes are serv
Ibn Ateeq Restaurant
For those on a budget this is an excellent place to eat at. The prices are incredibly reasonable eve
Mumtaz Mahal
This is the most famous of Muscat’s Indian restaurants. For those who love spicy food this is the
Bait al Bahr
Stop for dinner at this fabulous sea food joint. The restaurant looks out onto the beach providing a
D’Arcy’s Kitchen
Eat your fill of delicious pastas, pancakes, waffles, sandwiches, smoothies and other fresh juices h
Al Tanoor
This lovely restaurant serves delicious Middle Eastern cuisine. The food is pricey but worth it. Cus

Fast Facts
-Location
Muscat is located in the North East of Oman. To the North and the West of the city lies the Arabian Sea. To the south lie the plains of the Dakhiliya Region. To the East lies the Ash Sharqiya Region.
    
-Dialing code
+968

    -Emergency numbers
    Police- 999
    
    -Population
    549,000

    -Languages
    Arabic, English, Hindi, Swahili
    
-Time zone
    GMT/UTC + 4
    
-Average January temperatures
    22 º Celsius (71.6 º F)

    -Average July temperatures
    38.5 º Celsius (100 º F)

-Annual rainfall
10 cm

Electricity
220/240 Volts, 50 Hz

 

In Muslim countries there is usually a masjid at every street corner so we are not listing masjids here.

What to do with Children in Tow in Muscat
Children’s MuseumThis museum was opened in 1990. It is a unique structure easily differentiated from its surroundings by its twin domes. ...

In Muslim countries the food served in most restaurants is Halal so we are not listing halal restaurants here.

Health and Safety in Muscat
Muscat is generally speaking an extremely safe city and the crime rate is quite low. It is nonetheless advisable to avoid walking in dark ...

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