Muscat is the capital of Oman situated in the South Eastern end of the Middle East Arabian Peninsula. It is widely known to be filled with enchanting locations and rich history that has paved to a vibrant culture. In this article, we speak of 7 things that we feel you must do during your visit to Muscat – the “walled city”.
How To Get To Muscat
If you are flying from London, the easiest way is to take a British Airways flight that flies a direct flight to Muscat a convenient 5 times a week. You can find more here: ba.com/muscat
Where To Stay In Muscat
Muscat is a cozy and luxury destination that gives the best value for your buck. There are many known hotel chains in Muscat with stunning hotels that will add even more value to your vacation. The Shangri La Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa and Shangri-La Al Husn Resort & Spa both offer unmatched luxury integrated with the Omani culture that you will surely relish during your time in Muscat.
7 Things To Do In Muscat
If you love being around fine collections of armor and antiques, you can go to Bait Al Zubair, which seems like any other ordinary house in Muscat, but filled with amazing heritage treasures such as truly battle worn swords, silverware, daggers, and antique maps from many generations back in the Zubair family, which goes to the cultural roots of Oman.
Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque
Beloved by the Omanis as their finest architectural wonder, Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque is surely a feast for eyes with the amazing while marbles and gilded domes. The Mosque is filled with many religious artworks and is considered to be one of the most sacred places in the country.
The architecture of the building has traces from Egypt with the tile work and lush treetops while the ornate florals add a Persian touch. With the stunning design, decorations and the architecture combined, it is not an exaggeration to say that this mosque is truly a work of art!
Eat Local Food
Zanzibar, an island that is near Tanzania used to be the capital of Oman once. This land conquering history of Oman has inspired much of its food culture. You can find a mix of middle eastern, Indian, and also east African flavors in the Omani cuisine which is unique and predictably enjoyable.
If you want to treat your taste buds with a nice traditional Omani meal, you can head to Muscat’s Bait Al Luban restaurant. The lamb dist – shuwa – is one of the highlights of their menu that you should not miss. Moreover, they have chappathi, katak tea and a succulent coconut curry with shrimp that will take you on a heavenly food journey.
Shop For Treasures
Muttrah Souk is a range of antique shops that you will find in the streets of Muscat. For centuries these amazing trinkets have been sold in the same streets, and you can take a glimpse into the local life when you stroll around the paths of these streets trying to haggle your way to get the best prices for the lovely antiques. This souk is popular to be very friendly and good-natured. You can bargain to get the goods to match your budget, but the locals will definitely be very friendly about it all. You might even get an offer to sip some coffee with fresh dates to sweeten their deal further. Especially when you want to buy a few souvenirs at the end of your visit to Muscat, this is definitely the place to go.
Exploring The History And The Heritage
One of the first stops, when you are in Muscat, should definitely be the National Museum of Oman, which is filled with items and the information that will help you truly discover the heritage of this country. Oman was a very much tribal and a nomadic country with a very much natural way of living until a few decades ago. Looking at the story of how it was transformed into the wealthy and developed country it is now will surely feel remarkable.
Explore The Palace
This part of the world is well known for the grandeur of kings and their palaces. Al Alam Palace with its amazing golden pillars is one of the finest pieces of Islamic architecture that you will ever see. The decadence of the design would clearly remind you of the palaces that you have seen in the Disney movies. The walk to the place and also exploring its many stunning rooms and gardens is an experience that you will surely never forget from your trip to Muscat. If you have more time, you can take a quick stroll to the Muscat’s old harbor and indulge in more of the rich history and the beautiful architecture of Oman.
Watch A Local Show
Oman has a rich traditional entertainment culture including dance and music. Muscat’s Royal Opera House is extremely popular for having sold out performances of classical and traditional Omani dance and music shows. You can also catch opera and ballet performances from all over the world in this amazing theater as well. Mostly during the day, you can catch local performances and watch the workshops conducted in the hall. Royal Oman Symphony Orchestra is one of the world’s best acoustic performances that you can see here.