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Tips and tricks for exploring Muscat in one day

Written by Fiona

December 09 2021

Muscat is the capital of Oman and a popular tourist destination for travellers looking to explore Arabia. Muscat has been called “The Venice of the Middle East” due to its many waterways, which are lined with beautiful homes built on stilts.

The city is also home to a number of Islamic sites that can be explored by visitors, including mosques, tombs and other religious structures.

Muscat has a rich culture and heritage, so it’s no surprise that many people are interested in exploring this place for themselves. But with so much to see and do, how can you fit everything into just a day?

Before you start creating your Muscat itinerary, make sure you already have a visa to make your Omani adventure possible. Eligible travelers can choose a more convenient alternative to regular Embassy-issued visas and obtain the necessary visa to Oman entirely online. 

Oman offers both single-entry and multiple-entry eVisas depending on the particular needs of a traveler. No matter the visa type, its holder can use it either for tourism or business purposes. Apply at least three business days before your departure.

These tips will help you have an enjoyable time exploring Muscat without feeling overwhelmed or stressed about not being able to do all the things on your list! 

Tip 1: Take a tour of the Grand Mosque

In the Sultanate of Oman, one of the most stunning sites to visit is the Grand Mosque in Muscat. This mosque is a beautiful place for worship and reflection, but it also serves as a lovely tourist attraction. It features a large courtyard with palm trees and fountains. 

For centuries, the Grand Mosque in Muscat has been a place of worship for Muslims, but it’s also an important piece of the city’s heritage. Located on the Al-Seeb Street downtown, visitors are invited to come and explore this beautiful landmark.

The mosque was originally built in 1347 AD by Sultan ibn Majid al-Nasir during his reign over Oman. It is one of the oldest mosques in Oman that still stands today. 

The prayer hall has an ornately decorated ceiling made from wood and metal that gives it an intricate look. Outside there are two minarets which have been built during different times in history, giving them their own unique architectural style. 

There are many cultural events that happen here every week, so visitors should keep an eye on their calendar to find out when they can visit this majestic place.

Tip 2: Visit Bait Al Baranda and learn some of Oman’s history

Have you ever been to a museum and thought it’s boring? If so, you’re not alone. A lot of people feel that way about museums, especially when they have to go to them as part of a school or some other mandatory activity. 

But what if you were told there was a museum in Muscat that was actually fun? Believe it or not, Museum Bait Al Baranda is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Oman. And with good reason – this place is awesome.

Museum Bait Al Baranda is a hidden treasure in Muscat. Just walking through the doors transports you to another world.

The museum offers a glimpse into the traditional life of Omani people with exhibits of hand-woven rugs, intricately carved jewelry boxes, and more. If you’re looking for a unique cultural experience while in Muscat, be sure to visit Museum Bait Al Baranda.

Tip 3: Try Omani cuisine at one of Muscat’s many restaurants

Muscat, in particular, has a variety of restaurants and cafes that serve food from around the world. There are plenty of options when it comes to dining out here in Oman’s capital city. 

Visitors to Muscat are often surprised by the diverse food culture, with influences from Arabic, Indian and African countries. The best way to experience this is by trying different dishes in restaurants all over town  – some of which offer international menus like Italian or Mexican alongside traditional Omani fare. 

If you’re visiting Muscat, be sure to try some of the Omani specialties like Machboos (rice cooked in chicken or beef broth), Biryani (a savory rice dish with meat or vegetables), and Harees (a porridge made from cracked wheat, chicken, and spices). 

You can find restaurants serving Omani food all over Muscat, so there’s no excuse not to give it a try.

Tip 4: Enjoy the beaches 

The beaches of Muscat are some of the most peaceful and serene places in Oman. When you step on to them, all you can hear is your own footsteps on the sand or see your reflection in the water. If you’re looking for a place to escape from it all, catch some rays, and enjoy nature at its finest, then this is where you want to be.

The perfect beach day includes taking a dip into the soothing blue waters that wash over your feet as waves crash against shoreline rocks. You can also buy fresh fish right off the boat with which to grill up later for dinner with friends. 

One of the most common places to relax and soak up some rays in Muscat is the Qurum Beach. With its white-sand beaches and crystal-clear waters, it’s no wonder this spot is a favorite among locals and tourists alike. 

There are also restaurants and cafes along the beach where you can enjoy food and drinks while taking in the beautiful views. Qurum Beach is definitely worth a visit if you’re in Muscat.

Tip 5: Head up Mount Al Jazirat

A good day hike should take between three to five hours depending on how fast you walk. But, don’t worry it’s worth every minute. The trailhead starts at the parking lot of the Omani National Museum near Mutrah Souq, which has restrooms as well as water fountains. 

Mount Al Jazirat is a steep hike with large steps and uneven surfaces that will challenge any level of fitness, but in the end, is more than worth it.

On the way down there are plenty of spots to stop and enjoy some fresh fruit or rest upon one of the many benches. The climb back down can be tiring so make sure you pace yourself appropriately.

This is a perfect option for travellers who love nature and prefer to spend their time actively.

Muscat is a city where the old and new coexist in perfect harmony. Spend one day touring the most important attractions of this incredible destination, from bustling souks to ornate mosques. And don’t forget about some time at the beach! 

With so much on offer, you’re sure to have a memorable experience during your stay in the Oman’s capital.

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