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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.

Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, Muscat. Photo by Joan Koh, Flickr - globe skimmer
The hidden terrace at the Bait al Zubair, Muscat. Courtesy of Colleen & Jijesh Devan
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Bait al Zubair

Cultural Omani collection

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.



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

A view of Muscat at dawn. Courtesy of Oman Tourism
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Ministry of Heritage Museum

Ornate silverwork and weaponry

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.



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

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

Inspiring Islamic religious architecture

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.



Cost

Free to enter

Opening Hours

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

Address

Ghubrah, Ruwi, Muscat 112

Transport

Taxi

Mirani Fort, Muscat. Courtesy of www.oceanblueoman.om
4

Mirani Fort

16th-century ramparts

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.



Cost

Free

Opening Hours

24 hours (interior closed to the public)

Address

Qasr Al Alam Street, Muscat 111

Transport

Taxi

An Ocean Blue dhow, Muscat. Courtesy of www.oceanblueoman.om
5

Ocean Blue Sailing Trips

Dhow trips

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.



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 Website

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

Sociable seaside strolls

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.



Cost

Free

Opening Hours

24 hours

Address

Muttrah, Muscat 125

Transport

Taxi

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