Muscat is situated along the south-eastern coast of the Gulf of Oman and it has been a hub of activity and commerce for centuries past. The things to do in Muscat are innumerable and this cosmopolitan city has long been heralded a “must-see” city in the region.
For an authentic Omani shopping experience, head over to the Muttrah Souq, which is located a hop, skip and a jump from many acclaimed hotels such as the Al Falaj Hotel. It is lined with stalls, with colourful awnings selling scarves, incense, food, pottery and other trinkets.
This grand palace, fortified by 16th-century Portuguese walls, is one of many palaces in which the current Sultan of Oman, resides. Despite not being open to the public, tourists are allowed to catch a glimpse of the palace precincts and snap a picture of the sprawling palace from its front gates.
Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque
The Grand Mosque, true to its name, can accommodate 20,000 people. It also houses an intricately woven Persian carpet, which is the second largest on the planet, along with some of the world’s largest chandeliers.
Royal Opera House
Heralded as being the first-ever opera house in the Gulf region, it is an architectural wonder and a dazzling landmark of the city. Apart from the stunning façade and interior, one can catch equally spectacular shows, performed by world-famous theatre companies.