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Things to do in Muscat

A climb up to Mirani Fort offers views over Muscat Old Town's harbour. Historic costumes, jewellery and paintings are showcased in the collections at Bait al Zubair, Muscat's newest museum. Muttrah's souks, harbour and Corniche are perfect to explore on foot, while discreet dress is required to visit the huge Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque in Ruwi. Museums charge nominal entry fees, but more for overseas visitors. Opening hours vary, but all close Fridays.

The Ocean Blue International catamaran, the SY Azzura along the coast of Muscat. Courtesy of http://www.oceanblueoman.com

Museums and Galleries

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  1. 1. Bait al Zubair - Museums and Galleries

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    The hidden terrace at the Bait al Zubair, Muscat. Courtesy of Colleen & Jijesh Devan

    In a traditional whitewashed Old Town Muscat dwelling, Bait al Zubair's displays include household implements, embroidered costumes and silver khanjars (daggers) from a single family collection. A full-scale replica Omani village, souq and irrigation system stand in the grounds.Show this on map

    Cost

    Baz500; under-12s Baz100

    Opening hours

    Sat-Thu 9.30am-1pm & 4pm-7pm

    Address

    As-Saidiya Street, Old Muscat, Muscat 111

    Telephone

    +968 24 736 688

    Transport

    Taxi

    Website

    Bait al Zubair

  2. 2. National Museum - Museums and Galleries

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    A view of Muscat at dawn. Courtesy of Oman Tourism

    The Ministry of Heritage Museum in Muscat Old Town has an outstanding collection of the spoils from five Omani sultans spanning the Al Said dynasty. Priceless filigree silverwork, traditional costumes, textiles, paintings and photographs sit side by side with rare historical documentation.Show this on map

    Cost

    Baz500; children Baz100-Baz250

    Opening hours

    Sat-Wed 8am-1.30pm; Thu 9am-1pm

    Address

    Above Islamic Library, off A'Noor Street, Way 3123, Ruwi, Muscat 112

    Telephone

    +968 24 701 289

    Transport

    Taxi

Attractions

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  1. 3. Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque - Attractions

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    Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, Muscat. Photo by Joan Koh, Flickr - globe skimmer

    Ruwi's gleaming Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque spreads over 40,000 square metres. The prayer hall can accommodate 20,000 worshippers, and is illuminated by a sparkling Swarovski crystal chandelier and adorned by a hand-woven Iranian carpet that took four years to make.Show this on map

    Cost

    Free to enter

    Opening hours

    Muslims: daily; Non-Muslims (in modest dress): Mon-Thu 9am-12pm

    Address

    Ghubrah, Ruwi, Muscat 112

    Transport

    Taxi

  2. 4. Mirani Fort - Attractions

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    Mirani Fort, Muscat. Courtesy of www.oceanblueoman.om

    The landmark red-stone Mirani and Jalali forts rear up on the ramparts above Muscat harbour and flank the old walled city. Built in the 1580s by Portuguese colonists as defence against Turkish warships, they are today occupied by the Omani army.Show this on map

    Cost

    Free

    Opening hours

    24 hours (interior closed to the public)

    Address

    Qasr Al Alam Street, Muscat 111

    Transport

    Taxi

Special things to do

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  1. 5. Ocean Blue Sailing Trips - Special Things to do

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    The Ocean Blue International catamaran, the SY Azzura along the coast of Muscat. Courtesy of http://www.oceanblueoman.com

    Floating along on a traditional dhow is the most spectacular way to admire Muscat's fractured, indented coastline. Ocean Blue offers full-day sailing trips to spot bottlenose dolphins, romantic twilight cruises and deep-sea fishing trips, departing from Marina Bandar al-Rowdha.Show this on map

    Cost

    Various, depending on trip

    Opening hours

    Sat-Thu 8am-6pm

    Address

    Marina Bandar al-Rowdha, Muscat 113

    Telephone

    +968 24 737 818

    Transport

    Taxi

    Website

    Ocean Blue

  2. 6. The Corniche - Special Things to do

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    The Corniche, Muscat. Photo by Mark O'Neill, Flickr - MarkKristenBenEve

    Lights from the merchants' houses lining the Corniche at Muttrah flicker off the sea as Muscat comes out to play in the cool evening air. Meandering groups greet friends and family, chatting loudly over super-strong black coffee in promenade cafés.Show this on map

    Cost

    Free

    Opening hours

    24 hours

    Address

    Muttrah, Muscat 125

    Transport

    Taxi

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