Muscat (Mina Qaboos), Oman

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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Points of Interest

  • Grand Mosque
  • Muttrah Souk
  • Bait Al Zubair
  • Nakhl Fort
  • Al Alam Palace
  • Dhow Cruise
  • 4WD Desert Safari
  • Quriyat Fish Market

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  • 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

    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, 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 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

    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

    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

    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

    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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Muscat Hop On Hop Off Classic 1 Day

2 hours | Muscat (Mina Qaboos) | M C T - 1 8 0
  • Al Alam Palace
  • Muttrah Souk

Perfect for the independent traveler; see the sights of Muscat at your leisure from an open-top double-decker hop-on hop-off bus. It features 8 stops, and you can choose to disembark whenever you wish or ride the entire loop for a two-hour panoramic adventure. It has a multilingual audio system in six languages.

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Muttrah Souk, Bait al Zubair & Bait al Adam

4.5 hours | Muscat (Mina Qaboos) | M C T - 2 1 5
  • Muttrah Souk
  • Bait Al Zubair

Soak up the wonders of Oman on a stroll through the lively Muttrah Souk, where merchants sell spices, silver and handicrafts. Then tour two private museums, the Bait al Zubair and the Bait Adam Museum, to view the exhibits and meet the family for Arabian coffee and dates.

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Grand Mosque & Bait Al Zubair

4.5 hours | Muscat (Mina Qaboos) | M C T - 2 0 0
  • Al Alam Palace
  • Grand Mosque
  • Muttrah Souk
  • Bait Al Zubair

This incredible cultural and historical tour of Oman includes a visit to the magnificent Grand Mosque, before haggling for gifts at the lively Muttrah Souk. Afterwards, view the Sultan's Palace, and tour the Bait Al Zubair, a private museum that features exhibits chronicling Oman's heritage.

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Grand Mosque & Al Hazm Fort

6.5 hours | Muscat (Mina Qaboos) | M C T - 1 1 5

Explore some of the most peaceful and remarkable landmarks in Oman including a trip to the city's Grand Mosque, followed by a drive to the Al Hazm Fort, before experiencing the serenity of Nakhl Springs. Finally, enjoy a delicious lunch at the luxurious Al Nadha Resort & Spa..

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Cruise Aboard A Traditional Arab Dhow

3 hours | Muscat (Mina Qaboos) | M C T - 2 4 0
  • Dhow Cruise

Cruise the waters off Muscat aboard a traditional Arab dhow. Your vessel features outdoor seating on a raised deck, and a relaxing inside saloon where you will be served with refreshing drinks as you enjoy the azure waters, and stunning views of the Omani coastline.

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Quriyat Fish Market & Desert Wadi Safari

6 hours | Muscat (Mina Qaboos) | M C T - 4 6 0
  • 4WD Desert Safari
  • Quriyat Fish Market

Experience on a 4WD caravan with a stop along the way to the Quriyat Fish Market, where fishermen land their catch before your eyes. After a swim at a nearby beach, set off on an exhilarating drive that explores the dramatic Omani valleys.

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Grand Mosque, Muttrah Souk & Bait al Zubair

6.5 hours | Muscat (Mina Qaboos) | M C T - 1 1 0
  • Al Alam Palace
  • Grand Mosque
  • Muttrah Souk
  • Bait Al Zubair

Explore Oman's capital, an exciting mix of medieval, traditional and modern architecture, with stops at the fascinating heritage Bait Al Zubair Museum, the Sultan's Grand Mosque, plus the chance to shop for gifts at the bustling Muttrah Souk market, and a delicious buffet lunch at Muscat's Al Bustan Palace, a Ritz Carlton Hotel.

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