Muscat Tourist Attractions

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  • Grand Mosque

    Grand Mosque

    This glorious piece of modern Islamic architecture was a gift to the nation from Sultan Qaboos to mark the 30th year of his reign. Quietly imposing from the outside, the main prayer hall is breathtakingly rich. The Persian carpet alone measures 70m by 60m wide, making it the second-largest hand-loomed Iranian carpet in the world; it took 600 women four years to weave. The mosque can accommodate 20,000 worshippers, including 750 women in a private musalla (prayer hall).

    This glorious piece of modern Islamic architecture was a gift to the nation from Sultan Qaboos to mark the 30th year of his reign. Quietly imposing from the outside, the main prayer hall is breathtakingly rich. The Persian carpet alone measures 70m by 60m wide, making it the second-largest hand-loomed Iranian carpet in the world; it took 600 women four years to weave. The mosque can accommodate 20,000 worshippers, including 750 women in a private musalla (prayer hall).

  • Royal Opera House

    Royal Opera House

    The arrival of the Royal Opera House Muscat in 2011 was a high point in the cultural life of the capital. Built by the same architects as the Grand Mosque, the understated marble exterior belies the magnificent interior of inlaid wood and Arabesque designs. Some of the most famous names in opera and ballet performed in a world-class program in the opera house's inaugural year and the quality of production has already won international acclaim. Even if you're not intending to catch a show, it's worth stopping by to admire the beauty of the building and enjoy window shopping in the adjacent Opera Galleria arcade.

    The arrival of the Royal Opera House Muscat in 2011 was a high point in the cultural life of the capital. Built by the same architects as the Grand Mosque, the understated marble exterior belies the magnificent interior of inlaid wood and Arabesque designs. Some of the most famous names in opera and ballet performed in a world-class program in the opera house's inaugural year and the quality of production has already won international acclaim. Even if you're not intending to catch a show, it's worth stopping by to admire the beauty of the building and enjoy window shopping in the adjacent Opera Galleria arcade.

  • Muttrah Souq

    Muttrah Souq

    Many people come to Muttrah Corniche just to visit the souq, which retains the chaotic interest of a traditional Arab market albeit housed under modern timber roofing. There are some good antique shops selling a mixture of Indian and Omani artefacts among the usual textile, hardware and gold shops.

    Many people come to Muttrah Corniche just to visit the souq, which retains the chaotic interest of a traditional Arab market albeit housed under modern timber roofing. There are some good antique shops selling a mixture of Indian and Omani artefacts among the usual textile, hardware and gold shops.

  • Bait al-Baranda

    Bait al-Baranda

    In a renovated 1930s house, this excellent museum traces the history – and prehistory – of Muscat through imaginative, interactive displays and exhibits. A ‘cut-and-paste’ dinosaur, using bones found in Al-Khoud area of Muscat and topped up with borrowed bones from international collections, is one of the many striking exhibits. The ethnographic displays help set not just Muscat but the whole of Oman in a regional, commercial and cultural context. The ground floor of the museum is used as an exhibition space

    In a renovated 1930s house, this excellent museum traces the history – and prehistory – of Muscat through imaginative, interactive displays and exhibits. A ‘cut-and-paste’ dinosaur, using bones found in Al-Khoud area of Muscat and topped up with borrowed bones from international collections, is one of the many striking exhibits. The ethnographic displays help set not just Muscat but the whole of Oman in a regional, commercial and cultural context. The ground floor of the museum is used as an exhibition space

Grand Mosque

Grand Mosque

Children under 10 are not permitted. It's important to dress modestly when visiting.

Royal Opera House

Royal Opera House

There's a strict dress code for attending a performance: jeans are not permitted.

Muttrah Souq

Muttrah Souq

Entrance to the souq is via the cornice

Bait al-Baranda

Bait al-Baranda

In a renovated 1930s house, this excellent museum traces the history – and prehistory – of Muscat through imaginative, interactive displays and exhibits. A ‘cut-and-paste’ dinosaur, using bones found in Al-Khoud area of Muscat and topped up with borrowed bones from international collections, is one of the many striking exhibits. The ethnographic displays help set not just Muscat but the whole of Oman in a regional, commercial and cultural context. The ground floor of the museum is used as an exhibition space

Eastin Residence Muscat

Plot No. 9, Building No. 312,

Way No. 65, Near Al Maha Petrol Pump,

Al Hail North, Muscat, Sultanate of Oman

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