Situated on the Gulf of Oman, Muscat, meaning ‘safe anchorage’, is a cosmopolitan metropolis unlike any other in the Middle East. Full of traditions, culture and beauty, it is the jewel in Oman’s crown.
Muscat itself comprises of three small towns: Mutrah, Ruwi and Old Muscat. With none of the dominating skyscrapers of its Arabian neighbours, Muscat is a modern port city still cloaked in the beauty of its ancient past. With strict building rules, every structure in the city is required to reflect traditional Islamic architecture, whether with an Arabesque window or domed roof, making for a unique and beautiful skyline.
Built to commemorate 30 years of Sultan Qaboos bin Said al Said’s reign, the Grand Mosque is Muscat’s major landmark. Its modest exterior hides the beauty within, including the main prayer hall with its sparkling chandeliers, and the second largest hand-loomed Persian carpet in the world.
Sitting in the east of the city, the maze-like Mutrah Souq overflows with local wares. Dating back centuries, the market offers everything from antiques to souvenirs, frankincense to myrrh.
Opening in 2011, Muscat’s grand Royal Opera House hosts performances from some of the world’s best artists, bringing modern Muscat to the forefront of the international stage.
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