In the time when i was traveling in the Middle East area , Qatar, Kuwait , Dubai i decide to go to Oman , i already heard lot of things about Oman and capital city Muscat. Muscat, Oman’s port capital, sits on the Gulf of Oman surrounded by mountains and desert. With history going back to antiquity, it mixes high-rises and upscale shopping malls with landmarks such as the 16th-century Portuguese forts, Mirani and Jalali, looming clifftop over Muscat Harbor. Its modern, marble-clad Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, with gleaming 50m dome and prodigious Persian carpet, can accommodate 20,000 people. Because i have been already around Middle East i was expecting same things like for example in Dubai or Doha. In matter of fact Muscat is different , more arabic look would say. It is modern look city in many areas, full with fancy shopping malls and busy bars and coffes but Muscat was a bit more middle east than any other place i have been in that area.
More and more tourists coming to this city and the country of Oman all this is because of the good flight connection that airport has plus companies like Fly Dubai regularly fly from and to Muscat. So if you come to this city and wonder what to do, here is some tips for you .
Bait Al Zubair Museum is located in Muscat, capital city of the Sultanate of Oman. Oman is an enchanting country that was one of the major civilisations of the ancient world, and has a diverse and magical landscape shrouded in legend and antiquity. Northern Oman is commonly thought to be part of the copper-rich civilisation of Magan, which was mentioned in the Mesopotamian cuneiform texts of the 3rd millennium BC, while southern Oman’s history is closely connected with frankincense, an aromatic resin that was highly prized throughout the ancient world.
At the heart of Old Muscat is Al Alam Palace (“Flag Palace”), the most important of the six royal residences of the ruling monarch, Sultan Qaboos, which are dotted around Muscat, Salalah and Sohar. Built in 1972, the palace is Oman’s most flamboyant example of contemporary Islamic design, with two long wings centred on a colourful, cube-like central building, its flat, overhanging roof supported by extravagantly flared blue and gold columns. The palace isn’t open to the public, although you can get a good view of the facade from the iron gates at the front.
The Royal Opera House Muscat is Oman’s premier venue for musical arts and culture. The opera house is located in Shati Al-Qurm district of Muscat, Oman and has a typical arabic architecture.
The best time to visit Muscat is during the winter season (October to March). The average temperature during the day is about 30 degree Celsius while the nights are cooler with the temperature dropping down to an average of 15 degree Celsius. This is a very good time to visit this beautiful well preserved heritage city located in the Arabian Peninsula overlooking the Arabian Sea and the Gulf of Oman. So you can enjoy on some of the beach around the city and relaxing on the sun.