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Do you want to tour impressive attractions? You’re looking for the most famous shopping miles or enchanting boutiques for the perfect shopping trip? Or you’re interested in fascinating buildings of art and culture? We’ve compiled a selection for you.

    • Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque

      Significant building
      Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque is one of the largest mosques in the world. It would constructed from 300,000 tonnes of Indian sandstone and completed in 2001. The highest minaret reaches an impressive 90 metres. The nave spans 416 hectares and offers room for up to 20,000 faithful. There is a public library near the main entrance. Non-Muslims may also view the mosque.
      Sultan Qaboos Road
      Muscat
    • Al Alam Palace

      Sultan's ceremonial rooms
      The palace was built in 1972 primarily for representative purposes. The sultan himself does not reside there but in a nearby palace. Al Alam Palace is near the sea, making it an ideal photo opportunity that shouldn't be missed. It was constructed by an Indian firm and its architecture is unique. The palace is also brightly lit at night.
      Muscat
    • Beaches

      Boat excursions and bathing holidays
      From this beach, local fishermen will gladly take you on boating excursions where you can watch them at their craft up close. The Omani coast is covered in fine sand beaches which are ideal for bathing, snorkelling, diving and kite surfing. The Intercon Beach in Muscat stretches two kilometres and offers many options for dining; it's very popular with families and sports enthusiasts.
      Muscat
    • Fort Al-Mirani

      Defender of the city
      Like a throne, the fort sits on a rocky hill over the large harbour and can be reached by steps. From here visitors have a wonderful view of the Gulf of Oman, the old town and the surrounding hills. Al-Mirani protected the large harbour, which used to be a very active trading place. The fort fell into Portuguese hands for a time and was constantly upgraded. There is a second fort named Al Jalali on the other side of the bay.
      Bay of Muscat
    • Corniche

      Picturesque view
      This promenade runs alongside the sea from Muscat's old town to Matrah. In the heyday of petroleum, Matrah was the trading centre of Oman. The promenade is known as Corniche and is ideal for relaxed strolls refreshed by ocean breezes. The early morning and the evening are the best times, because it isn't too hot. You'll see locals fishing, the goings on at the fish market, and the arrival of enormous cruise and container ships sailing into the harbour.
      Muscat
    • Matrah Souk

      Market steeped in history
      Because of its geographic location, Muscat has one of the largest natural harbours in the world. A large market is needed for all that trade. The Matrah Souk is one of the oldest in the Arabian world and located near the coastal road. It's countless little lanes and wooden roofs invite visitors to spend the day exploring. The shops offer an enormous selection of precious metals, jewellery, spices, fabrics, clothing, shishas and other traditional objects.
      Port Sultan Qaboos
      Matrah
    • Muscat City Center

      The largest mall
      This shopping centre, opened in 2001, is the largest in the city. They offer the whole range of foodstuffs and internationally renowned clothing, jewellery, gift article, cosmetics and toy & game chains. There are also a number of restaurants and fast food outlets present. At the centre of the mall is a gigantic recreation centre for play, sports and entertainment.
      P.O. Box 2937
      Muscat
      +968 24 55 88 88
      muscatcitycentre.com
    • Omani Heritage Gallery

      Traditional arts and crafts
      This shop is located inside of a shopping centre. They offer woven baskets, pottery, copper goods, bags, apparel, figurines, jewellery, rugs and incense - perfect for finding a souvenir to bring home. The products are all regional and crafted with passion and care. The Omani Heritage Gallery is a non-profit organisation supported by local craftspeople.
      P.O. Box 1598
      Muscat
      +968 24 69 69 74
      omaniheritage.com
    • Murtada A.K. Trading

      Master of calligraphy
      This is a great place for finding souvenirs and gifts. The beautiful and sometimes colourful items of calligraphy are the first thing visitors see. The pictures show the everyday lives of the Bedouin of earlier days. The rooms also hold countless pieces of furniture, traditional daggers, jewellery, copper goods and metal ceiling lamps.
      Al Bahi Road
      131 Matrah
    • Bait Al Zubair Museum

      Extraordinary private collection
      This was originally a private museum, but it was opened to the public in 1998. The private collection of the Zubair family can be seen in Muscat's old town. The pieces on display include crafts, traditional clothing, weapons, jewellery and historical documents. The museum is divided into four different wings, all part of the reconstructed historical building. Traditional irrigation equipment can be seen in the garden, which also holds a boat and an old stone home.
      P.O. Box 257
      100 Muscat
      +968 22 08 47 00
      baitalzubairmuseum.com
    • National Museum

      History of a nation of sea traders
      The most precious national treasures can be seen here in Muscat's old town. The collection spans from jewellery, costumes, paintings, historical documents and carpets to boats. Sailing is a significant part of the country's heritage. Its geographical location made Oman predestined for sea trading. Muscat is home to one of the world's largest natural harbours.
      A’Noor Street
      Way 3123
      Ruwi
      +968 24 70 12 89
    • Muscat Gate Museum

      Manifold city history
      The museum is built like a defence gate over the motorway. There was once a defence wall at this spot for protecting the city from its foes. From the top visitors have a wonderful view over Muscat. The museum shows the national history of Oman, but especially that of its capital, Muscat. The special exhibits are dedicated to irrigation systems, wells and fountains, the historical harbour, markets and mosques of the city.
      Al Saidiya Road
      Muscat
    • Museum of Natural History

      Giant whale skeleton
      Traces of life in Oman stretch back millions of years. These include various fossils, coral remains and the fossilised imprints of plants. Diverse desert fauna can also be viewed. The museum gives a good impression of the nation's flora and fauna. One special attraction at the Museum of Natural History is a hall exhibiting the skeletons of whales. The largest of these belonged to a sperm whale washed up on the shore of Oman's coastline in the 80s.
      Way 3413
      Al Khuwair
      Muscat
      + 968 24 64 15 10