Royal Opera House Muscat, a must-see attraction in Oman – A gorgeous architectural masterpiece

The Royal Opera House in Muscat is undisputedly the leading place for culture and arts in Oman. It’s a majestic creation with a distinctive grand style of an Omani palace.

Royal Opera House Muscat

Royal Opera House Muscat | Image Credit: Orientalist, Royal Opera, Masqat. Die Orgel, CC BY-SA 3.0

About

Known the world over as one of the eye-catching architectural wonders in the Sultanate of Oman, it hosts some of the biggest cultural events in Oman. It is located in the capital city of Oman where many a Muscat hotel the likes of Al Falaj Hotel Muscat can be found. When in Muscat you should not miss visiting this creation to witness its magnificence and the beauty of its design.

A bit of history

The spacious opera house was built under the patronage of Sultan Qaboos and consists of an auditorium, concert theatre, formal gardens that are beautifully landscaped, a cultural market with high-end restaurants as well as an art centre to accommodate any type of opera productions. Also, this opera house was initially known as ‘House of Musical Arts’.

A reflection of arts and culture

The Royal Opera House has been the venue for some world-famous musicals and operas reflecting Oman’s arts and culture. It has also been graced by international musical ensembles such as the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the renowned American Ballet Theatre. The uniqueness of this opera house is that it has been used to promote the talents of Arab musicians and artists besides world-class acts.

Keep in mind!

If you are planning to visit this place to watch a show, make sure that you follow a strict formal dress code. It’s better if you can arrive early because there is a strict security check at the entrance. Your mobile phones should be switched off or on silent mode.

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Ultimate guide to exploring Muscat – A land with many wonders

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Mutrah Souq| Img by: Shawn Stephens via Wikimedia CommonsCC BY 2.0

 

Marvel at the Grand Mosque

An architectural masterpiece, the grand mosque was a gift to Oman from the Sultan Qaboos to mark the 30th year of his reign. The mosque is massive and is surrounded by landscaped gardens, giving it the feel of a serene oasis. The grand mosque is situated near the outskirts of the city, so those who are residing at many a Muscat hotel the likes of Al Falaj Hotel Muscat, the mosque is 17 minutes away.

Shop at the Mutrah Souq

The Mutrah Corniche is home to several stunning mosques and buildings with traditional latticed work which provides a stunning backdrop during sunset. However, aside from the picturesque landscape, the bustling Souq is another good reason to head down to Mutrah. The Souq retains all the charm and chaos of a traditional Arabic marketplace.

Explore Muscat’s Old Town

Muscat’s Old Town is famous for its 16th-century forts and the Al Alam Palace (Sultan’s Palace). The 2 forts are settled on neighbouring cliffs which look out over the Gulf and form the boundary of the historic capital. You’ll find plenty of things to see and experience here apart from its scenic landscapes and a blend of ancient and modern architecture.

Dune Bashing at the Wahiba Sands

The Wahiba Sands is a stark desert with massive dunes as high as 100 metres, perfect for dune bashing. Dune bashing isn’t for the faint of heart as an experienced driver will take you hurling over dunes at top speeds.

 

 

Auburn Silver is a travel writer who has a passion for fashion and a deep interest in admiring new and exotic attractions around the world. Google+