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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.
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 Commercial Center and Sabco Centre are also within 6 mi (10 km).
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 the heart of Muscat, this luxury hotel is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from Avenues Mall and within 3 mi (5 km) of Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex and Oman Natural History Museum. Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque is 2.8 mi (4.5 km) away.
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 Musandam Governorate hotel is on the beach, 1.6 mi (2.5 km) from Oman Fjords, and within 32 mi (52 km) of Dibba Pot Roundabout and Wadi Stone Village. Dhayan Fort and Al Badia Mosque are also within 32 mi (52 km).
Located in the heart of Muscat, this eco-friendly hotel is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Avenues Mall and within 3 mi (5 km) of Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex and Oman Natural History Museum. Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque is 3 mi (4.9 km) away.
Located in the heart of Muscat, this luxury hotel is 1 mi (1.5 km) from Sultan's Armed Forces Museum and within 3 mi (5 km) of Muttrah Souq and Bait Al Baranda Museum. Port Sultan Qaboos and Mutrah Fish Market are also within 3 mi (5 km).
This Salalah hotel is on the beach, 7.6 mi (12.3 km) from Taqah Castle, and within 16 mi (25 km) of Sumhuram Archaeological Park and Land of Frankincense Museum. Al-Saada Stadium and Al Baleed Archaeological Site are also within 16 mi (25 km).