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Muscat

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Best Time: November to mid-March Read More

Ideal duration: 2 days

Nearest Airport: Muscat Check Flights

"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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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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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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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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Daily Budget for Muscat

The average daily budget for a tourist in Muscat would be around OMR 50-100 OMR.

Religion of Muscat

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

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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.

Read more about the languages in Muscat and Oman.

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.

Restaurants and 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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Suggested Itinerary

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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Saanya Lulla 11 months 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 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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