Muscat is not only the capital city of Oman, but it also combines both natural and architectural beauty in every corner of its lands. It has marvelous beaches like Al Qurum and Al Bustan, the Royal Opera House, and famous hotels and boutique hotels. Wherever you go in Muscat, you will find a unique activity to do or a mind-blowing natural place to enjoy.
Muttrah is a city located in the capital Governorate of Muscat. The Muttrah Souq is a traditional market on the Muttrah Corniche, and consists of several small shops that sell Omani products such as colorful fabric, traditional clothes, silver and gold jewelry, and souvenirs. It is one of the must-go attractions in Muscat and a great place to take pictures.
The Grand Mosque is the most famous of the Sultan Qaboos mosques that are built in different cities around the country. It was built in Bausher in Muscat in 2001. From its minarets, large golden dome, arches, engraved walls, decorated interior, unique lamps and central crystal chandelier, the mosque is an absolute architectural wonder.
The Musandam Governorate is located in the far north of Oman and is separated from the rest of the country by a piece of land from the UAE. It is surrounded by the Gulf of Oman and the Arabian Gulf, which is why it has many beautiful beaches that are filled with pure white sands. One of these spectacularly famous beaches in Musandam is Khassab beach.
Ras Al Jinz is located in the city of Ras Al Hadd in eastern Oman. It is a natural reserve for endangered green turtles where around 20,000 females return to every year to lay their eggs. Beside the marvelous beach, crystal waters and golden sands of Ras Al Jinz, visitors can enjoy watching the turtles digging their nests and laying eggs, and even see the small turtles hatch their eggs and head back to the sea. This amazing nature observation is organized by tour guides from the Turtle Reserve very early in the morning.
Shatti Al Qurum, or Al Qurum beach, is one of the longest beaches in Oman. It lies in the capital of Muscat on the northern coast. It is one of the busiest beaches, as there are numerous cafés, restaurants, shopping malls and hotels located nearby.
Wadi Bani Khalid can be fairly called a natural green and colorful paradise on Earth. The wadi (valley) is located in the Al Sharqiyah Region and has several water pools as well as a spring (ayn in Arabic) that keeps water flowing inside the wadi all year long. Wadi Bani Khalid also has several villages inside and colorful plantations among its lands. With all of that and the uniquely red rock formations, the wadi looks resembles a mind-blowing painting.
The National Museum was established in 2016 in Muscat as a showcase for Omani heritage. Covering an area of 13,700 square meters (147,000 sq ft), the museum has several galleries that explains the history and culture of Oman, along with big electronic monitors that brings the exhibited crafts to life.