Muscat
Oman
By Jasmine McGee

If you’re visiting the country of Oman and want to see some royal palaces, then visit the capital city, Muscat. Known as the “walled city,” Muscat is home to the royal palaces and a great wealth of culture.

Muscat is not only the largest city in Oman, but it’s also home to the largest airport, Muscat International Airport (MCT). WhatsCheaper.com can help you book your flight today. Click here (https://www.whatscheaper.com/flight.php) to begin searching for your next flight to Muscat, Oman. Once you’ve gotten your flight settled, you then need to find the right accommodations. WhatsCheaper.com can help you with that as well. Click here (https://www.whatscheaper.com/hotel.php) to begin searching for a place to stay in Muscat.

Being that Muscat is the largest city and the capital, there is a lot to see and do! You might want to start of by “seeing” everything of interest, then following it up with some fun things to do. The first stop you might want to visit for some sight seeing and food is Corniche Area. It’s a great place to grab a bite and walk around before heading deeper into the city for some sightseeing.

Once you’ve gotten some food in your tummy, you should visit the third largest mosque in the world, Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque.  It’s open to non-Muslim visitors during a certain time period every day except for Friday.  But keep in mind that if you do visit, ladies will have to adhere to the dress code and respect the Islamic customs.

If you want to capture some stunning shots, then visit the entrance of the Qasr Al Alam Royal Palace. Visitors aren’t allowed inside the palace, but you can of course stand in front and get some amazing photographs of an actual palace.  Another place that has a great wealth of history is also the Al Jalali Fort and Al Mirani Fort. Located on Qasr Al Alam Street, both of these forts were built during 1580 and are still standing today as museums. Visit both of these for some great history lessons.

Muscat has some other museums that are worth visiting. Take note of the Bait Az-Zubair Museum, Marine Science and Fisheries Centre, Natural History Museum, The Sultan’s Armed Forces Museum, and the Bait Muzna Gallery.

Once you’ve accomplished the “seeing” part of your trip, you’ll need to start “doing” activities. There is quite a bit of activities to choose from in Muscat.  You can go on a Night Safari, try your hands at rock climbing, trekking, scuba driving, and how about a little dolphin watching. One activity that is unique to Muscat is the camel racing. Yes, camel racing. Check out the local camel-racing scene and have your camera ready to capture some great one-of-a-kind pictures.

Before leaving Muscat, WhatsCheaper.com recommends you go shopping. Visit the Mutrah Souk, a maze-like marketplace that is home to traditional Omani shops and cuisine.  The Sabco Centre is another area designated to shopping and it is home to more than a handful of shops that sell handcrafted items by locals.  But if you’re in search of a traditional shopping experience, then visit the Muscat City Centre, the biggest mall in the city.

There is a lot to see and do in the capital city of Muscat, so what are you waiting for?! WhatsCheaper.com can help you book your flight and accommodations today, so grab your passport and set your sights on Muscat, Oman.

MUST SEE IN Muscat LIST:

  • 1. Mutrah Corniche
  • 2. Royal Opera House
  • 3. Quriyat Castle
  • 4. Jabrin Fort
  • 5. Bait Al Zubair Museum
  • 6. Old Muttrah Souk
  • 7. Grand Mosque
  • 8. Al Sahel Fort
  • 9. Sultan's Armed Forces Museum
  • 10. Al Alam Royal Palace

Muscat EVENT CALENDAR:

  • 1. Muscat Festival - January
  • 2. Eid al Adha - March
  • 3. Islamic New Year - April
  • 4. Mouloud - June
  • 5. Salalah Khareef Festival - July
  • 6. Shopping Festival - September
  • 7. Motor Show - September
  • 8. National Day - November

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Sheraton Oman Hotel
P.O. Box 3260, Ruwi, Sultanate of Oman Muscat, 112 Oman
By Marilynn Lopez

Located on the cusp of the exotic Arabian Sea, Muscat, the capital of Oman, has become a hot vacation destination in the Middle East. Since the late nineteen seventies, Muscat has undergone a rapid economical expansion to become an exciting and diverse city. Just like the city where it is located, the Sheraton Oman Hotel has undergone a makeover to better accommodate hotel guests. Located just a thirty-minute drive from the Muscat International Airport (MCT) and within walking distance from the city’s downtown area, a stay at the Sheraton Oman hotel in Muscat makes for an ideal travel destination.

Upon arrival and being promptly checked in by the friendly staff, you can begin to enjoy the numerous features the Sheraton Oman has to offer. This newly renovated facility boasts two hundred thirty rooms, all equipped with an LCD TV, High Speed Internet access, a widely recognized Sheraton Sweet Sleeper bed and a clear view of Ruwi and the neighboring mountainsides. The Sheraton Oman may also accommodate requests for additional room preferences such as the Executive and Club levels, Non-Smoking, and connecting rooms upon request.

Once settled in, there are a variety of relaxing options the Sheraton Oman Hotel offers its guests. One of the great features is Muscat’s only indoor pool featuring a swimming wave. Guests are also encouraged to utilize the gym area that includes modern fitness equipment, sauna, steam room, and a health conscious juice bar. A variety of dining selections are also available with The Park Restaurant, highlighted as an all day dining experience; the Asado South American Rodizio Grill & Steak House, the Sugar and Spice Lobby Café, and 1753, Sheraton’s own restaurant offering Bavarian cuisine. As a Sheraton guest, you can stay in touch with family and friends by taking advantage of their business center.

Should your travels lead you to Muscat, the Sheraton Oman Hotel, located in the heart of the vibrant city of Oman, is the pinnacle of hospitality. Make sure to book your next vacation through WhatsCheaper.com (https://www.whatscheaper.com/hotel.php). 

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