Muscat is the capital and largest City of Oman. It is the seat of Governate of Muscat and metropolitan area span approximately 3,500 Sq Km. Muscat is known 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, the Portuguese Empire, the Iberian Union and the Ottoman 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 and the Balochis. 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.
There are various highlights in Muscat for visitors to visit. Visit the Grand Mosque, an exquisite architectural landmark that was built and crafted for six years, covering an area of 40,000 square meters. The serene, breathtaking sight of the mosque is illuminated during the night.
Muttrah souq is the best place in Muscat where you can buy Omani souvenirs such as gold, silver, frankincense, and Khanjars (Omani daggers). Shopping at the souq will seriously test your bargaining skills but we are sure that it will be a lot of fun.
A number of beaches form the coastline of Muscat such as the Qurum Beach and Aviation Beach in Al Azaiba. Enjoy the seaside feel of these wonderful sea shores, where you will find some excellent sites for picnics and barbeques.
Muscat gives you a taste of Omani heritage when you visit the harbours at night. See the illuminated ships in the sea. A number of forts and museums can also be visited in the city of Muscat. These historical sites give you a glimpse of Oman’s rich culture and heritage of a by gone era.
Muscat is abundant in different kinds of restaurants that cater to different tastes and cuisines. Experiment and sample authentic Omani fare by dining on Arabic specialties and cap it off with an aromatic “shisha” (flavored water pipe).