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Updated by Laura Ingleswide on Feb 16, 2016
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6 Must Visit Places in Muscat – Traditional City of the Arab World

Oman's capital Muscat still exudes the old world charm and traditions of Arabia. It is a city framed by rugged mountains, decorative buildings, sandy dunes, gorgeous beaches, old forts and much more.


Visit the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque

This is the world's third largest mosque. It a grand masterpiece of modern architecture inlaid with polished marble floors and intricate carvings. The mosque is open to non-Muslims from 8 am to 11 am excluding Fridays. A must note down fact is that when visiting the mosque one must make sure to dress appropriately. Women must cover their head, wrists and ankles – this extends to tourists as well.


Qasr Al Alam Royal Palace

The state office of Sultan Qaboos, the Qasr Al Alam is a gorgeous building that is quite a treat to explore. Although the interiors are off limits the outer exterior of the building is quite impressive and well worth snapping up a couple of pictures. The palace location too is quite impressive as it sits between Al Mirani and Al Jalali Forts while a beautiful glistening harbour frames it from one side. Although the palace is off limits to tourists, the two forts are open for exploration these silent sentinels have guarded the palace for centuries; since they were first established in the 16th century as prisons. Today they serve as museums.


Mutrah Souk

A shopaholic's haven the Mutrah Souk has a load of intriguing goodies. Browse through stalls selling jewellery, authentic Omani handicrafts and even fresh fish. Best part is the souk offers one a chance to relish the traditional side of Oman; serving a dual purpose as a shopping and sightseeing destination. The stalls there are quite flexible and accept credits cards giving you an added shopping budget. Apart for the retail shopping the food stalls are a real treat to explore; offering delicious traditional goodies to savour. In order to enjoy the best of Muscat you may want to consider booking accommodation at a well-placed hotel in Muscat. Choose one that's centrally placed within the city centre, close to public transport, attractions and restaurants. In Muscat city centre is the Ruwi Hotel.


Al-Riyam Park

A beautiful enclave of greenery the Al-Riyam Park overlooking the harbour is an excellent location in which to relax and enjoy a picnic. Drink in the soothing ambiance as you soothe mind body and soul. Families holidaying in Muscat will love spending a morning or evening at the park that offers amazing vistas of the harbour and plenty of space for children to play.


Fish Market

The allure of the fish market has not changed. Muscat still is a fishing village and visiting the market will put you in touch with tradition and culture. It is also the best place to pick up fresh seafood for an evening grill. The Fish Market is located at the Dhow Harbour.


Bait al-Barandan Museum

The Museum is located within a well restored 1930's style house. It is home to artefacts that offer an educational insight to the city and whole region. Quite an interesting browse for the whole family it is a must visit when in Muscat.