Muscat (Mina Qaboos), Oman

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Oman's capital was once a major trading centre controlled and influenced by the Portuguese. Those intrepid explores and traders are long gone. Today, visitors flock to Oman thanks to its azure air, towering desert mountains, and crystalline waters. Muscat itself is an Arabian fable sprung to life. Old 16th century forts guard the bay and the palace, while the vibrant souqs offer daggers, superb silver jewellery, and traditional crafts and costumes.

Muscat's Al Alam palace is the official residence of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said.

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  • Grand Mosque Grand Mosque

    This huge sandstone mosque is the third largest in the world, and home to marble paneling, a stunning Swarovski crystal chandelier, and the second largest hand-made Persian carpet in the world.

  • Muttrah Souk Muttrah Souk

    This maze-like marketplace is a bustling snap-shot of life in Oman. Visitors can browse for jewelry, handicrafts, and exotic spices at this souk, which has been described as the best in the Gulf.

  • Bait Al Zubair Bait Al Zubair

    Bait Al Zubair, a privately owned museum, chronicles Oman's history, culture and traditions. The exhibition rooms are home to amazing displays of Islamic weaponry, art and household artifacts.

  • Nakhl Fort Nakhl Fort

    Nakhl Fort is a famous pre-Islamic fortress that used to be the stronghold of the Bani Kharous tribe during the medieval times. View the ladies sitting room, the ruler's court, prison and courtyards.

  • Al Alam Palace Al Alam Palace

    The Al Alam Palace, built in 1972, is the official residence of Sultan Qaboos bin Said and is closed to the public. It has a charming facade of gold and blue.

  • Dhow Cruise Dhow Cruise

    The dhows in Muscat are made by famed Omani shipbuilders and feature open-air seating, majlis (raised decks) and stained glass windows. They are an ideal way to view the stunning coastline.

  • 4WD Desert Safari 4WD Desert Safari

    Explore Oman on a 4WD safari that takes you to Fins Beach, Wadi Abreen (a wadi is a valley), the pretty village of Mazara, and Hail al Ghaf, an oasis town surrounded by mango groves.

  • Quriyat Fish Market Quriyat Fish Market

    At Quriyat fish market, visitors can watch as the local fishermen unload their nets on the beach, while local traders eagerly survey the day's catch.

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