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"Omani Capital with Ancient Forts and Emerald Beaches"

Muscat Tourism

Muscat, the capital of Oman, has served as an integral trading link between the east and the west and still remains a major stop for cruises and trade vessels. The city has maintained its old charm with even the newer structures having Arabian details. Not to mention the emerald blue beaches and exciting watersports that attract adventure enthusiasts. A city among the hills and beaches, this one is a must-visit for culture fanatics as well. In fact, it is the largest city and also happens to be the seat of the government.

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Currency in Muscat

Rial is the name of the local currency here. It is divided into 1000 baisa. Earlier INR and Maria Theresa Thaler used to be the popular currency. In 1973, the rial Omani was introduced.

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Shopping in Muscat

For local shopping experiences, tourists can visit souks like - Muttrah Souk and Souk Al Dham. For luxury shopping, tourists can go to Al Araimi Complex, Muscat Grand Mall and Bareeq Al Shatti.

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Nightlife in Muscat

Muscat has the highest number of bars than any city in Oman. There are some upscale bars in the hotels and some English styled pubs. However, drinking is not cheap at these places. Nightlife is not very popular here and there aren't many popular bars except for these Rock Bottom Cafe, Copacabana and more.

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History of Muscat

Muscat probably saw its first communal activities in the 6 BCE. However, over periods of time, it has been ruled by various indigenous tribes as well as major empires like the Persians, Portuguese and the Ottomans. In the 18th century when Muscat was a regional military power its influence was very widespread. In fact, it spread up to East Africa and Zanzibar. Ever since 1970 Muscat has experienced rapid growth and modernisation.

Language of Muscat

The official language is Arabic. However, Urdu and Hindi are also widely spoken in some areas. English is also a viable means of communication.

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Religion of Muscat

Shi'a Muslims are the majority of the people but Muscat has a strong Hindu community. 

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Daily Budget for Muscat

The average daily budget for a tourist in Muscat would be around OMR 40-60 OMR.

Suggested Itinerary for Muscat

Day 1: Start the day with a mandatory visit to the beautifully ornated Grand Mosque and the Sultan's Palace, after which you can visit the beautiful Al Jalali Fort in the sea. Then take a break for lunch at one of the city's best eateries and then head to the majestic Al Mirani Fort located on the cliffs. In the evening, you can head to the Mutrah Corniche for a peaceful stroll and proceed for dinner at many of the restaurants around the area and try out some traditional Omani cuisine too.

Day 2: Get an early start to the day and head for some adventure at the Bimmah Sinkhole. Drive back to the city of Muscat and spend a more relaxing day shopping at some of the city's best malls and souqs. Visit the Muscat City Centre and have a nice meal at the vast food court there. Head to the famous Al Mutrah Souk. In the evening, visit the popular Qurum Beach for some fun under the sun. Post sunset, visit the beautiful Royal Opera House after sunset to view it all lit up. 

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Muscat, Oman
Mutrah Corniche - Curved Waterside Area
Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque - Built in Islamic Style
Mutrah Souq - Oldest and Well-Known Market in Muscat

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FAQs on Muscat

What is the best time to visit Muscat?

The best time to visit Muscat is from the months of November to Mid-March, which are the winter months. Situated just above the Tropic of Cancer, Muscat's climate is hot and arid with scorching summers and pleasant winters. The summer months of Muscat is from April to October and June is the hottest month of the year, with an average temperature of 40 ℃. Rainfall is quite scarce in Muscat with the heaviest precipitation recorded being100mm. February is marked to be the wettest month and May the driest.
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What are the places near Muscat?

The top places near to Muscat are Barka which is 52 km from Muscat, Sur which is located 159 km from Muscat, Bahla which is located 128 km from Muscat, Dubai which is located 365 km from Muscat, Al suwaiq which is located 106 km from Muscat

What are the things to do in Muscat?

The top things to do in Muscat are Mutrah Corniche , Grand Mosque Muscat, Royal Opera House, Muscat, Wadi Bani Khalid, Yiti Beach, Bait Al Zubair. You can see all the places to visit in Muscat here

What is the best way to reach Muscat?

Muscat is accessible through air and land.
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What is the local food in Muscat?

For authentic Omani flavours and dishes, tourists must try these restaurants:
  • Ubhar
  • Bin Ateeq
  • Begum's
  • Al Angham
  • Grand Lounge

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Who should visit Muscat?

Families, history buffs and water sports enthusiasts. 

What is not so good about Muscat?

Terrible summers. Conservative locals.

What is famous about Muscat?

Many heritage sites. Muscat acts as the starting point to all major destinations in Oman from different parts of the world.

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Saanya Lulla

6 years ago
A breath of fresh air compared to most Middle Eastern cities, Muscat was the perfect destination for a long weekend. Its slow-paced yet steady ambience greets every visitor with comfort and a strange (Read More) familiarity. The beautiful architecture of the city, as seen in the Al Bustan Palace Hotel, Sultan Qaboos Mosque and the Royal Opera House, is a treat for the eyes! While the Middle Eastern cuisine is popular, the specialty here is seafood. Don’t miss out on beautiful walks along the Corniche, especially during sunset!
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