Surrounds

The picturesque landscapes of Oman are unique in their beauty. They range from ancient rocky riverbeds and desert dunes to tropical hilltops. The Rub Al Khali Desert is one of the largest continuous bodies of sand in the world. The majestic Al Hajar Mountains hold panoramic views of desert scenery.

History

Oman is known for its rich heritage, vivid traditions and striking cultural landmarks. Ancient and enchanting forts blend harmoniously with modern Islamic architecture and into vibrant day-to-day life. Cities like Nizwa display an abundance of sights, myths and legends that have carried through the centuries.

Art & Culture

Muttrah Souk market is one of the oldest preserved souks in Oman. It houses a spectrum of Omani traditions, handicraft and hospitality – silver, leather, antiques or a Kahwa coffee ceremony. Modern and historic mosques dot the city. The architectonically brilliant Royal Opera House is located south of the city.

Landmarks

Sea cruises are a marvellous opportunity to discover Muscat’s coastline and the pristine waters of Oman’s capital area with the city and Al Alam Palace rising-up behind. Diverse marine life inhabits lush reef formations where sea turtles and dolphins can be seen from glass-bottomed boats. Impressive beaches are close to the city and all along the Gulf of the Arabian Sea.

Destination

Muscat harkens back to the first modern century. The city confluence of east and west saw Persian, Portuguese and Ottoman rule before the ascension of the Qaboos Sultanate in the 1970’s. Muscat’s influence stretched once as far as Zanzibar and it remains a culturally-layered marketplace.
A basic Omani law reads that the national economy shall be based on justice and the principles of free commerce. Oman’s maritime tradition of porting, the regional reality of oil and the geographic position of trade drive the economy. Innovative diversification plans point toward the future with expanded infrastructure and tourism within this truly multi-ethnic country.