What to See and Do in Muscat
Muscat is home to many fantastic attractions giving visitors to the capital of Oman a great range of things to see and do.
The Royal Opera House Muscat is one of just two opera houses in the Arabic countries. The Royal Opera House Muscat building fuses traditional and contemporary Oman culture, and visitors can book in to see performances of opera, ballet, jazz and concerts.
Learn more about Oman culture at the National Museum of Oman, another must visit Muscat attraction. The National Museum has exhibits covering the wide cultural heritage of the Omani people. These include artefacts from maritime history, jewellery and silver, decorative objects and other displays. One of the most important objects is a letter from the 8th century from the Prophet Mohammed to the Oman rulers of the time.
No trip to Muscat would be complete without visiting the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque. This incredible building is an active place of worship as well as a popular Muscat attraction. It is a breathtaking sight, from the ornate dome, serene gardens and sandstone walls to the decorative tiles, chandeliers, carvings and woven prayer rug indoors.
Muscat is home to some fantastic traditional Arabic souks as well as modern malls. The old Muttrah Souk is a great place to visit and spend time browsing through the atmospheric stalls and bartering for goods with friendly locals. Look for local craft, antiques, Omani pots, hookah pipes, textiles and jewellery as well as spices, incenses and perfume.
For a taste of contemporary Muscat life head to the Muscat Grand Mall, the largest mall in Oman. This modern Muscat attraction has an incredible variety of stores inside, housing local and international shops as well as food, drink and entertainment venues.
The Muscat Grand Mall is close to the Park Inn by Radisson Muscat, a sophisticated Muscat hotel with a rooftop pool, stylish rooms and enticing restaurants.
Muscat is a perfect place for calm and relaxing outdoor activities. Head to popular Qurum Beach to relax under palm trees on golden sands, and enjoy beautiful views of the area. It’s a particularly nice place to take a picnic or coffee, and when the tide is out you can stroll across the bay.
If you would rather explore underwater then make sure you visit Marjan Beach, also known as Turtle Beach. This is a perfect place to go to try some snorkelling around the small coral reefs. As well as turtles you can spot colourful clown fish, parrot fish and rays.
Book a round of golf on the spectacular 18-hole PGA-certified greens of Muscat Hills Golf & Country Club. As the first grass golf course in Muscat this is well regarded in the area. Players will find the fairways framed with exotic palm trees and exceptional views of the mountains and sea.
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