Muscat is small enough to enjoy a morning at the fish market in old Mutrah, an afternoon at a gallery in the central Al Khuwair neighborhood, and an evening exploring the souk (market) in the northern suburb of Seeb—the key is the timing. Traditional markets and many shops open in the morning around 8 am, then close from around noon to 4:30; additionally, some shops and even museums close on Fridays. It's best to plan to visit parks, restaurants, or beaches during gap hours. Restaurants and shops typically stay open until 10 or 11 pm during the week, and even later on weekends. Muscat nightlife picks up around midnight.

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  • 1. Al Bustan Beach


    Tucked behind the small village of Al Bustan, this beach shares the same stretch of sand as the opulent Ritz-Carlton Al Bustan Palace Hotel...Read More

  • 2. Bait Al Zubair


    One of the best museums in Oman, Bait al Zubair was formerly the home of the Zubair family, as the name would suggest. It houses a fascinating...Read More

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  • 3. Capital Area Yacht Club Beach


    For a small price you are granted access to the quiet, clean beach at the Capital Yacht Club in Sidab, about 25 minutes from most hotels in...Read More

  • 4. Mutrah Corniche

    Mutrah | Historic District/Site

    One of the few places to walk in Muscat, the beautiful corniche runs along the sea from the top of the hill overlooking old Muscat, across from...Read More

  • 5. Mutrah Souq

    Mutrah | Market/Bazaar

    The main corridor of the Mutrah souq, the oldest marketplace in Muscat, is lined with shops selling mussars (the local turban wraps), pashmina...Read More

  • 6. Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Completed in 2001, Muscat's Grand Mosque took six years to build, not to mention 300,000 tons of Indian sandstone and an army of Persian weavers...Read More

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  • 7. Al Alam Royal Palace


    The ceremonial palace of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos was built in 1972, just after his ascension to the throne in 1971. The iconic structure,...Read More

  • 8. Al Qurum Natural Park

    Qurm | Garden

    The largest park in Oman, Qurum Natural Park is a lush, green oasis that provides a cool refuge even from the summer heat thanks to its tall...Read More

  • 9. Amouage Factory and Visitor Center

    Al Mawaleh | Store/Mall

    Oman is rich with luxurious scents, from frankincense smoke to the woodsy aroma of bakhoor incense to spicy, exotic perfumes. In the early 1980s...Read More

  • 10. Atheiba Beach


    This large public beach is a great place to take a jog, have a picnic or swim and is popular with families during the day. There are Jet Ski...Read More

  • 11. Bait Adam

    Qurm | Museum/Gallery

    An engaging privately run museum in Qurm, Bait Adam has a collection of currency, art, postal records, and libraries of books and treaties narrating...Read More

  • 12. Bait Al Baranda

    Mutrah | Museum/Gallery

    This small history museum in the historic Mutrah neighborhood displays a few peices of contemporary art on the first floor, while upstairs are...Read More

  • 13. Barka Halwa Factory


    Oman is famous for its Halwa, a confection made from sugar, butter, saffron, and cornstarch. The Oman Halwa Factory in the town of Barka, about...Read More

  • 14. Fort Al-Jalali

    Historic District/Site

    Sitting on the eastern side of Muscat's old harbour, this fort dates from 1587. It was subsequently captured by Omani forces and gradually expanded...Read More

  • 15. Fort Al-Mirani

    Historic District/Site

    On the western side of Muscat's old harbor, this fort was built by the Portuguese in 1588 on the ruins of an older fort that stood at the same...Read More

  • 16. Muscat Gate Museum


    On the coastal road between the old Mutrah neighborhood and the old city of Muscat, there is a large archway that houses the Muscat Gate. The...Read More

  • 17. Mutrah Fish Market

    Mutrah | Market/Bazaar

    From dawn until around 9 am, the fish market echos with the sound of haggling and piles of fresh fish and shellfish being hauled in, cut, and...Read More

  • 18. Nakhal Fort

    Historic District/Site

    The closest of the northern fortresses to Muscat, about 100 km (60 miles) to the southwest, is the ancestral home of the Yaruba people, builders...Read More

  • 19. Natural History Museum

    Al Khuwair | Museum/Gallery

    One of the most popular of Muscat's museums, the Natural History Museum is divided into four sections. Diverse Physical Features is a collection...Read More

  • 20. Oil and Gas Exhibition Centre and Planetarium

    Qurm | Museum/Gallery

    His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said opened the museum and plantarium as gifts to the nation for the 25th and 30th anniversary, respectively,...Read More

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