Muscat is the capital and largest city of Oman. Located towards the northeast of the country, the city is home to a large population of over a million residents. Travellers to Muscat will be able to note numerous luxury hotels, fancy shopping malls and multi-lane highways across the city.
The history of Muscat can be traced as far back as the early 1st century CE, when it played the important role of being a trading port between the east and the west. At present, it is the pulsating heart of Oman as well as a popular tourist destination and will stun travellers with its rich cultural heritage and distinct atmosphere.
Travellers will find plenty to do and see in Muscat. Some of its most prominent attractions include Al Jalali Fort and Al Mirani fort, Qasr Al Alam Royal Palace, Corniche Area, the third largest mosque in the world - Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, Qurum National Park and the Nakhal Fort. Several museums such as the Bait az-Zubair Museum, Children's Museum and the Sultan's Armed Forces Museum can also be visited.
The main airport of Muscat is the Muscat International Airport - which is also the largest airport in the country. It is located about 30 kilometres away from Muscat and serves numerous airlines and millions of passengers throughout the year. It is also known as the Seeb International Airport and offers a wide range of facilities for passengers.
Almost every restaurant in Muscat serves Halal food and travellers will be offered a wide variety of options to choose from, anywhere in the city. Ubhar, The Beach, Bin Ateeq, Begum’s, Al Angham and Grand Lounge are considered to be some of the best Halal restaurants in Muscat. Fusion is also a very popular vegetarian restaurant which is an excellent spot to sample some delightful vegetarian dishes.
Muscat is home to the third largest mosque in the world - the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque. It is also the most prominent mosque of the country and is a must-visit when travelling to Oman. Some of the other main mosques in Muscat include the Sultan Said bin Taimur Mosque, Sultan Taimur bin Faisal Mosque, Al Zulfa Mosque, Al Zawawi Mosque, Mosque of the Great Prophet, SayyidahMaizoon bint Ahmed Mosque, Talib bin Mohammed Mosque, Al Khor Mosque and the Mohammed Al Ameen Mosque.