Muscat is the capital of the Oman, and one of the oldest cities in the Middle East. It is located along the north coast of Oman, facing out towards the Gulf of Oman.
Muscat is a busy city due to its mix of business and culture. Though surrounded by sea and desert it is a very green city with numerous parks and tree-lined streets.
What are the beaches like in Muscat?
Although it is predominantly a working city, a holiday to Muscat still offers holidaymakers some fantastic beaches. With soft sand, gently shelving into warm sea, the beaches are ideal for children and nearby coves offer perfect snorkelling opportunities. Each beach in the area has something different to offer.
Shell Beach is full of crabs and starfish, Qurum Beach has picnic areas and shady palm trees, the secluded bay at Bandar Jissah is an excellent spot for snorkelling and Marjan Beach offers the chance to see clown fish, parrot fish and sea cucumbers.
Sightseeing in Muscat
Being one of the oldest cities in the Middle East, Muscat has a rich history dating back 5,000 years. Take a wander through the Al Alam Palace and the Grand Mosque, or the Jalali and Mirani forts that surround the city's natural harbour. Then learn more about Omani heritage at the Bait Zubair Museum.
Muscat holidays aren't complete without a visit to the traditional Muscat market, known locally as Muttrah Souq, is where you'll find all your holiday souvenirs. Haggle for the best deal on Omani silver or simply stroll through the endless stalls soaking up the atmosphere.
Eating out in Muscat
Muscat is a complex mix of old and new and this is reflected in the cuisine choices available. Traditional delicacies sit alongside modern fast food, offering something for everyone. Local specialities are popular and plentiful, along with Arabian, Indian, Lebanese and Mexican options.
- Nearest Airport
- Omani Rial