Muscat

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Muscat featuring a sunset and general coastal views

East meets west in this historical port city, home to lavish palaces, Portuguese forts and one of the oldest marketplaces in the Arab world.

Muscat has long played an important role in trade between the east and the west and its streets and attractions reveal its ancient harbor town history. Today, the city is made up of three main areas. Explore the ancient walled city of Old Muscat to discover its royal palaces and forts. Mutrah is a small fishing village in the harbor and the site of the famous maze-like market. The commercial heart of Muscat is in Ruwi.

Muscat lies between the rocky Western Al Hajar mountain range and the Gulf of Oman, giving the city a picturesque landscape of blue seas and dramatic mountains.

Start your day with an aromatic kahwa (Omani coffee), spiced with cloves and cardamom, in one of the city’s many coffee shops. Afterwards, learn about Muscat’s lively past as a prosperous trade town with ruling Omani sultans and as a part of the Persian and Portuguese empires.

Visit Old Muscat to see the extravagant official residence of Sultan Qaboos, called Al Alam Palace, nestled between two 16th-century Portuguese forts, Al-Jalali Fort and Al-Mirani Fort. Enjoy beautiful panoramic views of the harbor and the Gulf of Oman.

Get a taste for traditional Oman at the Mutrah Souk market, one of the oldest marketplaces in the world. Stalls overflow with glittering gold antiques, embroidered robes, incense, spices and fresh produce. Just a few minutes’ walk from the souk is the extensive Bait al Baranda Museum where you can immerse yourself in Muscat’s rich history and distinctive culture.

Muscat’s arid climate makes for long, hot summers and very warm winters with little rainfall. Drink plenty of bottled water and save the hottest part of the day for enjoying Omani dates and halwa sweets indoors.

Discover Muscat’s three districts by car. Sign up to a car rental service or take advantage of the affordable orange and white taxis that travel all over the city and beyond. Inexpensive buses also serve the city. Muscat International Airport is located approximately 25 miles (40 kilometers) west of Ruwi.

Where to stay in Muscat

InterContinental Muscat, an IHG Hotel
InterContinental Muscat, an IHG Hotel
5 out of 5
Al Kharjiya Street, Al Shati Area, PO Box 398, Muscat
The price is Rs14,128 per night from 22 Jan to 23 Jan
Located in Shati Al Qurum, this beachfront hotel is in a shopping district, 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Royal Opera House Muscat and 1.2 mi (1.9 km) from Qurum Beach. ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (40 reviews)
"in city center"

Reviewed on 30 Sep 2021

InterContinental Muscat, an IHG Hotel
Kempinski Hotel Muscat
Kempinski Hotel Muscat
5 out of 5
335 Street 6, Muscat, Muscat
The price is Rs18,221 per night from 28 Jan to 29 Jan
This family-friendly Muscat hotel is located near the beach, within 3 mi (5 km) of Al Mouj Marina, Markaz Al Bahja Mall and Almouj Golf. Oman International Exhibition ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (200 reviews)
"Very helpful and friendly staff. They made us feel comfortable."

Reviewed on 6 Jan 2022

Kempinski Hotel Muscat
Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah, Muscat
Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah, Muscat
5 out of 5
Barr Al Jissah, Po Box 644, Muscat
The price is Rs15,466 per night from 24 Jan to 25 Jan
Nestled on the beach, this Muscat resort is within 9 mi (15 km) of Qantab Beach, Marina Bandar Al Rowdha and Muscat Central Business District. Port Sultan Qaboos ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (988 reviews)
"Excellent hotel at secluded resort area. Big rooms, private beach and pool areas."

Reviewed on 3 Dec 2021

Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah, Muscat
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Gulf Hotel Apartment
Gulf Hotel Apartment
3 out of 5
Al Ghubra North, Muscat
The price is Rs2,526 per night from 1 Feb to 2 Feb
Located in Al Ghubrah Ash Shamaliyyah, this aparthotel is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) from Avenues Mall and 1.7 mi (2.7 km) from Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque. Muscat Grand ...
3.3/5 (4 reviews)
"Good and affordable but wifi is terrific experience suggesting people's to come with their own dongle"

Reviewed on 26 Feb 2021

Gulf Hotel Apartment
Fraser Suites Muscat
Fraser Suites Muscat
5 out of 5
Landmark Building, 23 July Street, Muscat, Muscat Governorate
The price is Rs7,229 per night from 23 Jan to 24 Jan
Situated in Muscat, this luxury aparthotel is 0.6 mi (0.9 km) from Panorama Mall and 2.1 mi (3.4 km) from Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque. Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (53 reviews)
Untrustworthy housekeeping staff.
"The front of house service was extraordinary. Huge apartments, gym facility and pool. We was allowed an early check in on arrival which was very helpful. A few teething issues, when we arrived we had to request robes and slippers which were not in the apartment - however they brought them up straight ..."

Reviewed on 13 Mar 2020

Fraser Suites Muscat
City Park Hotel Apartments
City Park Hotel Apartments
3 out of 5
Sultan Qaboos Street, Al Khuwair, Muscat
The price is Rs5,220 per night from 22 Jan to 23 Jan
Located in Al Khuwair, this aparthotel is 0.7 mi (1.2 km) from Oman Natural History Museum and 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque. Avenues Mall ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (23 reviews)
A three room apartment
"It was a very good hotel. A convenient location. I got very nice view opposite to the sea. I booked a three room apartment. I can say it was a good experience. Just, I didn't like toilets as they were very narrow and the highest of the shower was low, didn't fit my tall. Generally, they were ..."

Reviewed on 4 Oct 2021

City Park Hotel Apartments
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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