Ultimate guide to exploring Muscat – A land with many wonders

Compared to flashy Emirati neighbor Abu Dhabi, the capital city of Oman, Muscat is breath of fresh air commonly well-known for splendid seafood and dazzling souks.

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+