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Oman has long been coveted for its strategic location at the mouth of the Persian Gulf. Portugal occupied the country for over 140 years; today Oman is controlled by a rich and powerful sultan. See the riches concentrated in the capital city and explore its varied terrain.
Muscat is Oman’s capital and the seat of the country’s sultan. The oceanfront city is packed with lavish projects ordered by Sultan Qaboos bin Said Al Said at the end of the 20th century. Visit the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, a Muslim house of worship with capacity for 20,000 people. Its prayer hall features one of the world’s largest Persian carpets. The blue-and-gold Sultan’s Palace and the Royal Opera House Muscat are as also impressive. For a contrast to these modern developments, head to the city’s eastern bay section to see ancient attractions like Mutrah Fort, a 16th-century Portuguese castle.
Enter the Hajar Mountains, a craggy chain of peaks lined with walled mountain villages. Visit the 17th-century Nizwa Fort or drive to the smaller 12th-century Bahla Fort. Jebel Shams, Oman’s highest mountain, lies just north. Hike up its slopes to look over the cavernous Wadi Ghul, known as Oman’s Grand Canyon.
Camp on sand dunes in one of Oman’s desert areas. The most accessible dunes lie in the A'Sharqiyah Sands along Oman’s east coast. Book an overnight voyage into this relatively compact 4,800-square-mile (12,500-square-kilometer) sandy desert. Extreme adventurers can join a trek into the Empty Quarter, one of the world’s largest deserts. While mostly contained in Saudi Arabia, this desert also covers Oman’s northern fringes.
Oman features a lengthy Arabian Sea coast, best enjoyed at the resort capital of Sur. Relax on Turtle Beach while watching turtles come ashore. Enjoy a swim in the blue-green pools at the bottom of Wadi Shab, a narrow gorge near the coast.
Book a flight to Muscat International Airport in Muscat to start your trip to Oman. Rent a car to move between mountains, deserts and coast.
Located by the bay of Al Jissah, this Muscat resort village consists of three luxury hotels set in 124-acre grounds against a backdrop of mountains, desert and the waters of the Gulf of Oman.
Located in Al Khuwair, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Oman Natural History Museum, Avenues Mall, and Royal Opera House Muscat. Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex and Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque are also within 6 mi (10 km).
This beachfront luxury resort is located in Barr Al Jissah, close to Qantab Beach. Area attractions also include Marina Bandar Al Rowdha and National Museum of Oman.
Located in Azaiba, this spa hotel is 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque and 2.6 mi (4.3 km) from Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex. Gala Wentworth Golf Club and Avenues Mall are also within 6 mi (10 km).
Situated in Muscat, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex and Avenues Mall. Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque and Oman Natural History Museum are also within 3 mi (5 km).
Situated near the airport, this spa hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Muscat City Centre Shopping Mall, Almouj Golf, and Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque. Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex and Gala Wentworth Golf Club are also within 9 mi (15 km).
Located in Shati Al Qurum, this beachfront hotel is in the city center, 1.8 mi (2.9 km) from Oman Natural History Museum, and 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from Royal Opera House Muscat. Qurum Beach and Qurum Park are also within 6 mi (10 km).
This family-friendly Muscat hotel is located in Al Khuwair, within 3 mi (5 km) of Avenues Mall, Oman Natural History Museum, and Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex. Qurum Beach and Qurum Commercial Center are also within 6 mi (10 km).