Best things to do in Muscat

Let us get you through best things to see and what to visit in Muscat. Carefully selected sights by our users. Places to go, most interesting spots what to do. Simply top Muscat tourist attractions and sightseeings.

Muscat, Oman

Royal Opera House Muscat

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The Royal Opera House Muscat (ROHM) is Oman's premier venue for musical arts and culture. The opera house is located in Shati Al-Qurm district of Muscat on Sultan Qaboos Street. Built on the royal orders of Sultan Qaboos of Oman, the Royal Opera House reflects unique contemporary Omani architecture, and has a capacity to accommodate maximum of 1,100 people. The opera house complex consists of a concert theatre, auditorium, formal landscaped gardens, cultural market with retail, luxury restaurants and an art centre for musical, theatrical and operatic productions.

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Muscat, Oman

Ruwi

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Ruwi is commercial hub and the main business district of Muscat, Sultanate of Oman. It is located about 5 km from the main residential localities of Al-Khuwair, Madinat Al Sultan Qaboos, Shati Al-Qurm and Al-Qurm. One of the oldest parts of Muscat Ruwi was known for its narrow streets and old buildings some of which were demolished in the 1970s to build commercial structures. 85601 people live there.

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Muscat, Oman

Fort Al Jalali

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Al Jalai Fort, or Ash Sharqiya Fort, is a fort in the harbor of Old Muscat, Oman. The fort was built by the Portuguese Empire ordered by Philip I of Portugal in the 1580s to protect the harbor after Muscat had twice been sacked by Ottoman forces. It fell to Omani forces in 1650. During the civil wars between 1718 and 1747, the fort was twice captured by Persians who had been invited to assist one of the rival Imams. The fort was extensively rebuilt later.

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Muscat, Oman

Fort Al-Mirani

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Fort Al-Mirani is a fort in the harbour of the city of Old Muscat, Oman.

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Muscat, Oman

Bait al Zubair

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Bait Al Zubair is a museum, located on Al Saidiya Street, Old Muscat, Oman.The museum has an extensive collection of ancient weapons, including khanjar, household equipments,and costumes (most of which derive from the owner's private collection). Outside the museum is a full-scale Omani village and souk.

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Muscat, Oman

The National Museum

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The National Museum of the Sultanate of Oman, established by royal decree in 2013 and opened July 30, 2016, is the Sultanate's flagship cultural institution, showcasing the nation’s heritage from the earliest human settlement in the Oman Peninsula some two million years ago through to the present day. As a national institution with global outreach, the museum is dedicated to ensuring that Oman’s cultural heritage is understood and appreciated not only within the Sultanate, but also internationally. Further, it aims to provide opportunities for cultural expression, innovation, and the transfer of traditional skills and knowledge from one generation to the next.

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Al Jalali Fort

Built as a prison in the rocky mountains in the 1580s during the Portuguese occupation, now converted into a museum devoted to Omani heritage. Unfortunately the fort is only opened to visiting dignitaries and heads of state and not open to the general public, but it's still possible to climb the steep stairs up to the top and to enjoy the view.

Al Mirani Fort

Built at the same time as Al Jalali Fort which it faces across the harbor. This fort has also been converted to a museum which is closed to the general public, but it can be freely appreciated from the outside.

Qasr Al Alam Royal Palace

This is the office of Sultan Qaboos, ruler of Oman. This beautiful palace stands on the head of a natural deep water harbour and is guarded on either side by the twin forts of Mirani and Jelali. Visitors are not allowed to visit the palace, but they are allowed to take photographs at the entrance of the palace.

Bait Al Zubair Museum

The museum itself features displays on Omani social history, while tours are frequently run of the neighbouring reconstructed townhouse.

Corniche

The recently renovated corniche area is a popular place for a walk and also for its many not-so-expensive eating places. There are also good view of the fishing dhows in the harbour.

Fish market

Visitors can watch fishermen unload and sell the catch of the day.

Mutrah Fort

Built by the Portuguese in the 1580s, this fort is not open to the public, but visitors are permitted to climb up the hill to the outside for a good view of the area.

Riyam Park

This park also has a small funfair with rides. Great views can be had from the giant incense burner perched on the hillside. Visited in ''The Amazing Race 9''.

National Museum

Houses jewellery, costumes, and furniture.

Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque

This is the third largest mosque in the world and mostly the entire complex is open to non-Muslim visitors; ladies are however expected to keep their heads, ankles and wrists covered while visiting the mosque. Must-sees in the mosque include the Swarovski crystal chandelier, the second largest hand made Persian carpet in the world, and the marble panelling.

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