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Nestled between the imposing Al Hajar Mountains and the salty waters of the Arabian Sea is Muscat, the cosmopolitan Omani capital. Now home to almost half the country's population, the city is an expat's darling and has a lot to offer in the way of historical sights, culture, and entertainment. Muscat has managed to remain relatively concealed from the touristic eye and retains a sense of inwardness and an unspoiled quality long lost by some of its Emirati neighbours.

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Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque

Inaugurated just over a decade ago, this contemporary Islamic mosque is, perhaps, the capital's greatest attraction and largest place of worship. The handwoven prayer hall carpet alone is a site to take in - its 1,700,000,000 knots took 4 years and 600 craftswomen to weave, and the carpet's total weight exceeds a staggering 21 tons. English-language tours are available to visitors.
Adresse: Sultan Qaboos Street, Muscat
Åpningstider: Sat - Thu 8am - 11am

Royal Opera House

The Royal Opera House is a relatively recent, yet critical addition to the Omani cultural scene where the Sultan Qaboos bin Said Al Said himself is a regular. Sleek on the outside, the white-stone building boasts elaborate inner décor that serves as backdrop to some of the world’s finest performances.
Adresse: Al Kharjiyah Street, Muscat
Telefon: +968 24 403300

Muttrah Corniche

The corniche of Muttrah, one of Muscat’s administrative districts and its main port area, is an attractive, scenic stretch of land perfect for evening promenades by the water. The local Fish Market and many souqs are just a stone’s throw away from here, too.
Adresse: Muttrah, Muscat
Åpningstider: Open 24 hours

Bait Al Zubair Museum

This privately-run museum belongs to the Zubair family, who have over the years carefully put together and maintained a unique collection of Omani cultural artefacts, ranging from coins and household items to ancient weapons and clothing pieces. Souvenirs are availble at the adjacent gift shop.
Adresse: Al-Saidiya Street, Muscat
Telefon: +968 22 084700
Åpningstider: Sat - Thu 9.30am - 6pm

Qurum Beach & Natural Park

The family-friendly Qurum Natural Park along with the nearby outstretched beach make for a wonderful summertime day trip. The park is well-maintained, and features kids’ play areas aimed at various age groups. Food stalls are scattered around the park, and a few restaurants operate in close proximity to the beach.
Adresse: Quartier de Qurum, Muscat

Sultan's Armed Forces Museum

The museum offers a complex insight into Oman’s past and showcases the country’s military prowess by displaying all sorts of military equipment, including vehicles, aircrafts and even boats. All visitors are assigned soldier escorts, who are often English-speaking and knowledgeable in military history.
Adresse: Al Mujamma Street, Muscat
Telefon: +968 24 312648
Åpningstider: Sun - Thu 8am - 1.30pm, Sat 9am - 12pm, 3pm - 6pm

Oman Oil and Gas Exhibition Centre

The museum is packed with interactive and informative exhibits, and offers unique insight into Oman’s gas and oil production that both kids and adults will find fascinating. Entry is free, and explanations in Arabic and English accompany the displays.
Adresse: Sayh Al-Malih Street, Muscat
Telefon: +968 677834

Sultan’s Palace

Although no tours are offered inside the palace, the building (one of Sultan Qaboos' residences, now used primarily for ceremonial purposes) is worth a quick stop by when touring the nation's capital. Two 16th century forts (Mirani and Jalali) are located on both sides of the palace.
Adresse: Al Alam Palace, Muscat

Al Jalali and Mirani Forts

The historic forts of Al Jalali and Mirani date back to the 16th century, and (although closed for entry to the general public) define the cityscape of the Omani capital. The forts were formerly used as defense fortresses, and were constructed by the Portuguese during the colonial period. Come at sundown to capture the best views.
Adresse: Al Jalali/ Al Mirani Forts, Muscat

Dolphin Watching

A few local companies offer dolphin-watching tours, which take travelers on short morning trips out into the sea, where wild dolphins roam free and sometimes present themselves to curious visitors. Some companies also offer fishing and/or snorkeling tours. Sidab Sea Tours P.O. Box 131, PC 114
Adresse: Muttrah, Muscat
Telefon: +968 99432782

Bait Al Luban Omani Restaurant

Centrally located right next to the local Fish Market, this restaurant enjoys a spotless reputation and serves authentic Omani cuisine in a romantic setting. Book a table in advance to be seated on the balcony overlooking the sea and majestic Corniche.
Adresse: Al Mina Street, Muscat
Telefon: +968 24 711842
Åpningstider: Every day 12pm - 11pm

Turkish House Restaurant

This restaurant's extensive menu is not limited to Turkish cuisine alone, and features some of the finest seafood dishes around. Another highlight here is the bread - freshly baked and served warm straight out of the oven. The restaurant is highly popular with patrons - reservations recommended.
Adresse: Al Hadiqa Street, Muscat
Telefon: +968 2448 8071
Åpningstider: Every day 12pm - 12am


Begum's is a relatively small local eatery that specializes in Indian cuisine and serves mouthwatering biryani, mughlai, and much more. Despite its modest size, the place is well-known to locals for consistently serving high-quality food. Seating is available in and outdoors.
Adresse: Al Khuwair Street, Muscat
Telefon: +968 24 482299

The Beach Restaurant

Located at The Chedi (a luxury resot in the heart of Muscat), The Beach Restaurant offers unbeatable views over the Gulf of Oman and serves exqusite International Fusion dishes with a special emphasis on seafood. With its unbeatable beachfront location and extensive wine list, a visit to the restaurant makes for a very special dining experience.
Adresse: Al Ghubra, Muscat
Telefon: +968 24 524343
Åpningstider: Every day 6pm - 12.30am

Royal House Restaurant

Conveniently located right by the Corniche, this café offers both local and international foods in a laid-back setting. Seating overlooking the water and the Corniche is available outside. Mains, desserts and drinks (including fresh juices) are served.
Adresse: 114 Al Bahri Road, Muscat
Telefon: +968 9314 1672
Åpningstider: Sat - Thu 10am - 11pm, Fri 11pm - 1pm

Trattoria - Italian Restaurant and Café

This Italian establishment serves up all the delicious classics from pizzas to pasta and soups, along with some decadent cake for dessert to complement your meal. Special emphasis is laid on presentation and service, both of which are of impeccable quality.
Adresse: Al Assalah Towers, Al Ghubrah, Muscat
Telefon: +968 24 210452
Åpningstider: Daily 10am–11pm

Al Makan Café

Al Makan is a great nighttime venue, for it's location on the top floor of the Muscat Grand Mall makes for some stunning views of Muscat at night. Apart from food (a large variety of local dishes served here) Al Makan also offers shisha, hot Moroccan tea and fresh juices.
Adresse: Dohat Al Adab Street, Muscat
Telefon: +968 22 097777
Åpningstider: Tue - Sun 10am -2am, Mon 10am - 12am

Fast Food 'n' Juice Centre

The café serves up simple, yet delicious food (burgers and shawarma galore!) and some of the most decadent smoothies and desserts around. Close proximity to the Mutrah Souk makes this a great place to stop for a quick bite, or even enjoy a longer meal in the outdoor seating area.
Adresse: Mutrah Corniche, Muscat
Telefon: +968 9287 6036
Åpningstider: Open 24 hours

Mani's Gourmet Cafe

Mani's Gourmet cafe offers a large selection of delicious breakfasts and health food options. There are two locations in Muscat and one in Sohar. The fresh and wholesome treats are best accompanied by one of their excellent coffees. Most products are locally sourced with a few imported seasonal ingredients to compliment the menu.
Adresse: 1st Floor of Jawharat al Shatti, Muscat
Telefon: +968 981 32 12
Åpningstider: Every day 7am - 7pm

Duke's Bar

Located at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Duke's Bar is heralded as one of the finest in Muscat. With its variety of drinks, some food options (fish and chips a popular choice) and unbeatable views over the water, the bar is a perfect venue to unwind while listening to live music (frequently performed by the hotel pool).
Adresse: Ruwi 112, Muscat
Telefon: +968 24 574442
Åpningstider: Every day 11am - 11pm

Al Ghazal Pub

Al Ghazal Pub at the Intercontinental Hotel is one of the not-so-many establishments in Muscat that serves drinks and is open late into the night. Pool tables are available to use free of charge, and sports are often transmitted live on a large TV screen. Live band performances are frequent. There is a separate smoking room inside.
Adresse: Al Kharjiya Street, Muscat
Telefon: +968 24 680000
Åpningstider: Sat - Tue 12pm - 2am, Fri 2pm - 2am

Trader Vic's

The local installment of Trader Vic's is located at the Intercontinental Hotel in Muscat, and combines dining and entertainment all under the same roof. the cocktails here boast a solid reputation (try the tiki drinks), and salsa dancing often starts later in the night.
Adresse: Al Kharjiya Street, Muscat
Telefon: +968 2468 0000
Åpningstider: Every day 5.30pm - 1.30am, Sat 12pm - 3pm

Club Safari

Club Safari is a bar located in the Grand Hyatt Hotel. This is a great place to enjoy some food and drinks while listening to live music or watching sports. The atmosphere is vibrant with a large selection of drinks available.
Adresse: Grand Hyatt, Muscat
Telefon: +968 9894 0453
Åpningstider: Sat - Thu 9pm - 3am, Fri 9pm - 2am

Muttrah Souq

The Muttrah Souq is the number one shopping venue in Muscat - a must-visit for first-time travelers to Oman and bargain lovers. Browse through the endless colorful stalls and venture away from the souq's main artery into the smaller side-streets for even better deals. Do not be afraid to haggle - prices can often be brought down to a fraction of the initial amount.
Adresse: Muttrah, Muscat

Muscat Grand Mall

The mall's impressive size lives up to the "grand" part in its name. Local and international brands, a large variety of eateries, a cinema and an international chain supermarket are all contained under one roof here. The top floor boasts a cosy shisha bar perfect for the after hours.
Adresse: Dohat Al Adab Street, Muscat
Telefon: +968 22 000022
Åpningstider: Every day 8am - 12am

Oman Avenues Mall

Located right across the road from the Muscat Gran Mall, the Avenues is home to middle- and upmarket brands. The mall features an impressive food court with everything from pizza to sushi on offer. There is a hyper market inside with one of the widest selections of groceries on the city, and children's entertainment areas are available as well.
Adresse: Sultan Qaboos Street, Muscat
Telefon: +968 22 005400
Åpningstider: Every day 8am - 11.45pm

Fish Market

If time allows, devote one morning to exploring the local Fish Market - a sight to remember even if you're not planning on buying. All sorts of marine creatures are on display here, and - if you're lucky - you might even spot a real shark at one of the stalls.
Adresse: Port Corniche, Muscat


Bateel creates edible masterpieces with humble dates, elevating them from an everyday local snack to an exquisite dessert fit for a king. A visit to Bateel is guaranteed to help with gift ideas for loved ones back home. Prices and product quality are above average.
Adresse: Shatti al Qurm, Muscat
Telefon: +968 24396184

Muscat International Airport

The Muscat International Airport is the largest in Oman, and is located 32km away from the city. Some hotels in Muscat arrange courtesy shuttles for guests and offer pick-up services directly at the airport. The most convenient way of getting to Muscat on one's own is by taxi. Fares should be agreed upon prior to departure; paying in advance directly at the airport taxi counter is also possible. To reach the city by public transport travelers can use buses run by the Oman National Transport Company. There is a stop on Sultan Qaboos Highway, which is a short (200m) walk away from the airport.
Adresse: Muscat, Oman
Telefon: +968 24 351234


Unless you are a citizen of one of the member nations of the Gulf Cooperation Council who may travel to Oman without visa limits, you will need to obtain a visa prior to your trip. All European Union citizens will be able to apply for a visa online, which will be valid for 30 days. The majority of these nationalities can also receive a visa on arrival in Oman. Upon entering Oman your passport must be valid for at least 6 months. If you hold an onward ticket, you may transit through Oman without a visa for a maximum of 6 hours if proceeding as part of the same flight. Citizens of Israel may currently not enter Oman (as of late 2018). Further details are available here:

Best Time To Visit

The weather in Muscat is enjoyable and warm all year round with particularily high temperatures during the months of June to August, which you might want to avoid. The winter season, from October to March, will be the best option to visit if you are looking to relax in the sun during the day but experience pleasant temperatures during the night.

Public Transport

Travellers can choose between several transportation options in Muscat. The first, so-called "Baiza" buses, circulate regularly around the metropolitain area picking up and dropping off passengers at various locations. These can be flagged down anywhere, and often do not have a visible indication of the destination, so enquiring with the driver is recommended. Fare is paid on board and is usually very low. A pricier, but, perhaps, more convenient transportation option are the white-and-orange minibuses (local taxis) that are readily available throughout. These can be shared with other passengers to decrease costs. It is customary for these minibuses to pick up passengers that are not headed for the same destination, and make several drop-off stops en route. Fares should be agreed upon before boarding. Buses run by the ONTC (Oman National Transport Corporation) are another, less popular option for getting around. These buses stop at designated locations only, and run less frequently. The main bus depot is based in Ruwi. Bus connections are available to a variety of destinations, including Muscat International Airport, Port Sultan Qaboos, Wadi Adei, Wadi Kabir, Mabelah, Muttrah, Al Almerat and the main residential areas of Muscat.
Telefon: +968 2412 1555


Taxis are widely available throughout the city of Muscat, and are easy to spot by their white and orange color scheme. Fares should be agreed upon prior to boarding. Some local taxi companies include: Allo Taxi +968 24697997 City Taxi +968 95103152 KMS Taxi +968 99331397 Saud Taxi +968 96600955

Post Office

The Central Post Office is located next to Muscat International Airport, off Sultan Quaboos Highway. Other post offices are available throughout Muscat, and often do not have an exact address. Post offices can be found next to the British Bank in Muscat, in the Ruwi Commercial area near the Telecommunications Company, on the Muttrah Hospital campus and at further locations (listed on the website). Post cards and stamps can be purchased throughout the city (at various shops in the Muttrah Souq, for example).
Adresse: Muscat, Oman
Telefon: +968 24 738547
Åpningstider: Sun - Thu 7am - 2pm


Pharmacies are available throughout the city. Muscat Pharmacy City Centre Mall (next to the airport) +968 24558704 Al Ghobra, Nr. Al Maha Filling Station +968 24497264 (Open 24 hours) Al Sarooj Commercial Centre +968 24695536 (Open 24 hours) Ruwi (opp. Police station) +968 24794186 / + 968 24791144 / +968 24702542 (Open 24 hours)
Adresse: City Centre Mall, Muscat
Telefon: +968 2455 8704


Area code +968


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