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Muscat
Travel Guide

Muscat featuring general coastal views and a sunset

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

Novotel Muscat Airport
Novotel Muscat Airport
4 out of 5
Al Maardih Street, Al-Seeb District, Muscat
The price is $43 per night from May 15 to May 16

Located in the heart of Muscat, this beach hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre, Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, and Sultan Qaboos ...

4.4/5Excellent! (84 reviews)

"Very clean rooms with good staff and services. The food was great Thanks"…"

Reviewed on Jan 29, 2021

Novotel Muscat Airport
The Chedi Muscat
The Chedi Muscat
5 out of 5
North Ghubra 32 Way No. 3215, Street No. 46, Muscat
The price is $189 per night from Apr 15 to Apr 16

Nestled on the beach, this Al Ghubrah Ash Shamaliyyah resort is 1.6 mi (2.6 km) from Avenues Mall and 2.4 mi (3.8 km) from Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque. Muscat ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (547 reviews)

"Beautiful hotel and grounds, the design and architecture is stunning. The food is is very varied and of great quality too. The hotel staff were brilliant, particularly al-Alam and Danish at the front desk - the staff truly do seem as though they want you to have a good stay"…"

Reviewed on Mar 14, 2020

The Chedi Muscat
Hilton Garden Inn Muscat Al Khuwair
Hilton Garden Inn Muscat Al Khuwair
4 out of 5
Dohat al Adab Street, Muscat
The price is $47 per night from May 14 to May 15

Situated in Muscat, this hotel is 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from Oman Natural History Museum and 2.7 mi (4.4 km) from Royal Opera House Muscat. Muscat Grand Mall and Avenues ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (133 reviews)
Friendly staff

"Nice stay & good place"…"

Reviewed on Dec 18, 2020

Hilton Garden Inn Muscat Al Khuwair
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.
Coral Muscat Hotel & Apartment
Coral Muscat Hotel & Apartment
4 out of 5
137, Al Qurum, Muscat
The price is $69 per night from Apr 20 to Apr 21

Located in the heart of Muscat, this aparthotel is 1.7 mi (2.7 km) from Qurum Beach and 2.5 mi (4.1 km) from Royal Opera House Muscat. Muttrah Corniche and Port ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (180 reviews)

"every thing was fine , clean ,new , good service and stuff is vert helpful"…"

Reviewed on Feb 25, 2021

Coral Muscat Hotel & Apartment
Somerset Panorama Muscat
Somerset Panorama Muscat
4 out of 5
Al Ghubrah Street, Muscat
The price is $71 per night from Apr 16 to Apr 17

Situated in Muscat, this aparthotel is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Panorama Mall and 2 mi (3.2 km) from Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque. Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex and ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (144 reviews)

"Great location and friendly service. Ideal for families"…"

Reviewed on Jun 9, 2020

Somerset Panorama Muscat
Safari Village Executive Suites
Safari Village Executive Suites
3.5 out of 5
Shatti Al Qurum, Muscat
The price is $55 per night from May 4 to May 5

Located in Shati Al Qurum, this beachfront aparthotel is in the city center, 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from Royal Opera House Muscat, and 2.4 mi (3.8 km) from Qurum Beach. ...

3.8/5Good! (43 reviews)

"Great staff. Nice and helpful. Good location of the hotel. Will definitely come back."…"

Reviewed on Jan 12, 2021

Safari Village Executive Suites
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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Reviews of Muscat

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4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Feb 20, 2020

People friendly, usually not talkative. Emigrants, even friendlier. Taxi drivers charge more than usual for tourists/visitors. Many, many varieties for food places, different cousines. Barging/haggling is a common thing for small shops. Pretty safe.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Feb 2, 2020

I had not been to Muscat for 17 years and was thrilled to see that it has maintained it’s peaceful, calm, stress-free air about it. The quality of life seems so very high and it’s somewhere that I could easily live if given the chance.

5/5 - Excellent

Almadan

Jan 12, 2020

Muscat and Oman overall is an excellent country and have very nice and politely people they respected any visitors to their country. Oman weather is very nice allover the year they have many resorts hotels among the best in the world.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Dec 9, 2019

Lovely weather

4/5 - Good

Lubomir

Dec 7, 2019

Nice pleasant stay

4/5 - Good

Elizabeth

Dec 5, 2019

Beautiful scenery mountains surrounding the city are awe inspiring. Still a city growing

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