Ringed by majestic mountains and the ocean, Muscat is an ancient port city that justly means ‘safe anchorage’. Check out 16th century Portuguese forts like Al Jalali and Mirani that perch on clifftops, while looking out on the bustling harbor below. Browse through Omani arts and artifacts at the Bait Al Zubair Museum where the country’s cultural heritage comes alive. The marble-built Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, on the other hand, is a modern marvel, topped by a 50-meter dome that dominates the city skyline. Spend lazy afternoons lounging on white sandy beaches or chasing sea turtles in picturesque lagoons just outside the city. Watch the last rays of the sun slant into exquisite gardens of the Royal Opera House and if possible, catch a show in this elegant arts complex. As the dusk spreads across the desert sky, the glittering lights of its shopping malls and restaurants invite you to sample Muscat’s bustling nightlife.
Royal Opera House
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Places: Muscat (1 day) → Nizwa (1) → Jebel Shams and Al Hamra (1) → Wahiba Sands (1) → Sur and Ras Al Jinz (1) → Muscat (2)
Tour Highlights: Royal Opera House, Grand Mosque, Muttrah Souk, Forts & Castles, Al Hoota Caves, Village Walks...
Crowne Plaza Muscat offers an elegant stay next to the Qurrum Beach with its palm-fringed promenade and trendy recreational destinations. Check into comfortable ensuite rooms, with large windows offering picturesque sea views.
Framed by the towering Al Hajar ranges, Grand Hyatt Muscat makes for the perfect leisure destination in the Omani capital. Lapped by the waters of the Arabian Sea, this luxurious beach resort brings together a scenic setting with traditional Omani hospitality.
Majan Continental Hotel in Muscat offers a pleasant stay close to prime attractions of the city, including the Sultan Qaboos Mosque. Other popular destinations such as the Oman Avenues Mall and Natural History Museum are within a short drive from this contemporary-style hotel.
Conveniently located downtown, Radisson Blu Hotel Muscat is just a 15 minute drive from Muscat International airport. Prime shopping destinations as well as the bustling central business district are within easy reach of this contemporary-style hotel.