Muscat Key Facts



Welcome to Muscat

Muscat  is the capital of Oman. It is also the seat of government and largest city in the Governorate of Muscat. As of 2008, the population of the Muscat metropolitan area was 1,090,797. The metropolitan area spans approximately 1,500 km2 (580 sq mi) and includes six wilayats. Known since the early 1st century CE as an important trading port between the west and the east.

Muscat was ruled by various indigenous tribes as well as foreign powers such as the Persians and the Portuguese Empire at various points in its history. A regional military power in the 18th century, Muscat's influence extended as far as East Africa and Zanzibar. As an important port-town in the Gulf of Oman, Muscat attracted foreign tradesmen and settlers such as the Persians, the Balochs and Gujaratis. Since the ascension of Qaboos bin Said as Sultan of Oman in 1970, Muscat has experienced rapid infrastructural development that has led to the growth of a vibrant economy and a multi-ethnic society.

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. Oman is is one of the best holidays destination in the world.

Tourism in Muscat is a dream for travelers/tourist, exploring beautiful beaches and mountains, trekking and rock climbing, caving, wild-life (turtle, dolphin and bird watching) and deserts. Muscat City Tour offers glitzy atmosphere, glamorous skyline and the geographical bounties.

Muscat Tourist Attraction

Muscat Tourism offers an amazing experience with range of adventurous activities that can be last forever. What’s more important is that Muscat city tour takes into picturesque landscape and natural beauty with breathtaking intermingling of ancient culture and modern style.

  • Grand Mosque: One of the most magnificent pieces of modern Islamic architecture. The Grand Mosque can accommodate 20,000 worshippers, along with a private musalla for 750 women.
  • Al Mirani and Al Jalali Twin Forts: Al Jalali on the east coast and Al Mirani on the west coast are the tallest constructions on the Muscat skyline. These twin forts offer a better understanding of Muscat cultural heritage.
  • Al Alam Palace: Muscat Tourism can’t get over without a walk around the most striking and magnificently structured building of Oman.
  • Rustaq: One of the much bigger tourist attraction with unbeatable surroundings! It was once the capital of Oman and you can still find traces of its historical legacy.
  • Muttrah Souq: Located on the Muttrah Corniche, it reflects the chaotic interest of a traditional Arab market, offering traditional Omani embroidered caps, aromatic bakhoor and frankincense.
  • Things to do

    Muscat City Tour, Cultural Tour

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