Muscat is the capital and the largest city in Oman.The rocky Western Al Hajar Mountains dominate the landscape of Muscat. The city lies on the Arabian Sea along the Gulf of Oman and is in the proximity of the strategic Straits of Hormuz. Low-lying white buildings typify most of Muscat's urban landscape, while the port-district of Muttrah, with its corniche and harbour, form the north-eastern periphery of the city. Muscat's economy is dominated by trade, petroleum and porting.(source wiki).
A city that preserve deeply its arabic and traditional color by its architecture, old town, dazzling souks, its inhabitants wearing their traditional costumes and its endless beaches full of palm trees.
- Riyam monument is located in Al Riyam park and offers stunning panoramic view from Mutrah to old Muscat.
- In Al Bahri Road( al corniche ) have a walk and stop for a photo in the EXPERIENCE OMAN sign.
- Al Alam Palace is the palace of majesty Sultan Qaboos but enter is not permitted. You can take photos only from outside.
- Mutrah souq : Time for shopping in these small alleyways which are full of small traditional, colorful shops. Don' t forget to bargain a lot!
- Royal Opera is the house of art and culture performances.
Where we ate:
- Graffiti Burger Bar in Shatti Al Qurum. Recommended for its tasteful and well- decorated plates.
Close to Graffiti Burger Bar, many options for food also such us
Taste and shop the authentic omani sweets from Al Naabi.
Where we stayed:
Beach Bay Hotel , nice and clean but if no interested there are also lots of options for staying in Muscat. My advice is to chose one beachfront or beachview hotel because the view to the ocean is so picturesque!
What impressed us most in this trip to the capital of Oman, is the rotation of the landscape. On one hand the rocky mountains and the Arabic desert and on the other hand the green parks and the blue ocean.
What? If I come back again? Maybe. Muscat is a city where still holds its culture unchanged. I will never forget our night strolls along the Corniche!
Muscat! A breath of fresh air!
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