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    What to do in Muscat

    If you are wondering what to do in Muscat, Oman, here are just some of the many attractions that you can enjoy

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    • Mutrah Souq

      Stretching out deep within the city, unable to be seen from the outside, Mutrah Souq is one of the oldest markets in Oman, founded two centuries ago. The market extends from a gate facing the Sea of Oman and Mutrah Corniche to another in the city’s old quarters – a popular gateway for travellers from rural villages.
      The narrow winding alleys and wooden roofs have earned this souq another name, the Market of Darkness, on account of its labyrinth of dark alleys and roads lined by shops that block the sun’s rays. The east and west parts of the Souq are referred to as ‘little market’ and ‘big market’ respectively, the latter being for wholesale purchases.

      Distance from Hotel : 18.5 km 3 h 55 mins 1 h 47 mins 18 mins
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    • Muscat Grand Mall

      Home to more than 150 retail stores, Muscat Grand Mall offers a modern department store at one end and a traditional Arabic souk – complete with an oasis in the middle – at the other. There are 30 family-friendly food court options near the entertainment arcade, which offers games, rides and three cinemas. Enjoy spectacular sea views from the roof, a supermarket and generous parking too.

      Distance from Hotel : 2.1 km 22 mins 22 mins 8 mins
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    • Panorama Mall

      With Spinney’s Supermarket, Twenty4 Department Store, City Cinema, Awani Housewares and Yellow Submarine family entertainment centre, Panorama Mall offers a great range of popular brands and fun experiences. A wide selection of casual dining options awaits at the mall’s central location in Muscat, which also offers ample parking.

      Distance from Hotel : 3.0 km 25 mins 25 mins 7 mins
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    • Oman Avenues Mall

      Currently the largest mall in the Sultanate of Oman, Oman Avenues Mall features an impressive collection of international retail brands, fine dining and entertainment. Part of the renowned LuLu Group, the mall occupies a total area of 145,000 sqm, making it a popular choice for branded goods, accessories, jewellery, electronics, and entertainment options, as well as restaurants and coffee houses.

      Distance from Hotel : 1.6 km 16 mins 16 mins 6 mins
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    • Tche Tche Café

      Known for its shisha, comfortable seating and superb views of Al Qurum Beach, Tche Tche Cafe offers pizzas, salads, sandwiches, freshly squeezed juices, and many more items, including a wide selection of vegetarian options.

      Distance from Hotel : 10.9 km 2 h 4 mins 2 h 4 mins 14 mins
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    • Mani's Gourmet Café

      Managed by three Omani women, who are dedicated to serving healthy dishes, Mani’s is known for its delicious hot and cold drinks, as well as tasty meals. This distinctive and much-loved café, situated at Al Quorum Beach, is renowned for its egg breakfasts and homemade cakes.

      Distance from Hotel : 10.3 km 1 h 38 mins 1 h 19 mins 14 mins
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    • Graffiti Burger Bar

      Known for its friendly staff, music and exceptional burgers – including mouthwatering vegetarian options – Graffiti Burger Bar combines high quality food with a delightful dining experience.

      Distance from Hotel : 7.7 km 1 h 25 mins 1 h 34 mins 14 mins
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    • The Turkish House Restaurant

      Blending Turkish styles of cooking with Omani fish and seafood, The Turkish House Restaurant offers quality, variety and prices that keep customers coming back for more.

      Distance from Hotel : 3.6 km 44 mins 44 mins 10 mins
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    • Grand Fish Market

      Occupying two whole floors, one specifically for families, Grand Fish Market is amongst the most well-known seafood restaurants in Muscat. As well as fresh fish and seafood, caught daily, the restaurant’s menu offers a broad selection of soup, appetisers and salads.

      Distance from Hotel : 19.6 km 3 h 57 mins 1 h 58 mins 15 mins
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    • Orient Restaurant & Café

      Serving authentic local cuisine, the Orient Restaurant and Café is an ideal venue for your first taste of Omani Shuwa. One of the most delicious national dishes, Shuwa is tender, delicately cooked meat infused with Omani spices. Diners can also sample mouthwatering desserts, such as Omani lugaymat: crispy dumplings made of dough soaked with date syrup.

      Distance from Hotel : 4.1 km 46 mins 46 mins 7 mins
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    • Ghala Golf

      Nestling in a picturesque valley and flanked by the Al-Hajar mountains, Ghala Golf Course offers players of all levels a challenging game, with narrow fairways leading into the mountains.

      A members-only clubhouse provides an ideal setting to unwind, with an open porch overlooking the fairways and plenty of good food and cold beverages.

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    • Al Mouj Golf

      Designed by Greg Norman, the course at Al Mouj Golf runs along Muscat’s stunning coastline, offering players a challenging course with truly breathtaking views.

      Awarded Best Golf Course of the Year at the 2016 Middle East Golf Awards, Al Mouj Golf includes an 18-hole par-72 course, a 9-hole Academy course, a driving range with private tuition bays and other facilities, including a smart clubhouse and a well-stocked pro-shop.

      Participate in tournaments and events, or simply relax with friends at the Academy restaurant, which overlooks the towering Hajjar Mountains.

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    • Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex

      Home to the Omani national football team, Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex is a multi-purpose stadium in Boshar, a district of Muscat. With a capacity of 39,000 spectators and parking for 10,000 vehicles, the facility has been built on a grand scale.

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    • Qantab Beach

      In a small bay, just a short distance from Muscat, lies beautiful Qantab Beach. Visitors can enjoy watching the local fishing boats ply the turquoise waters, exploring the surrounding rock formations and appreciating the traditional Omani hospitality.

      Distance from Hotel : 30.9 km 8 h 44 mins 8 h 44 mins 28 mins
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    • Sifah Beach

      Nestling on the eastern coast, Sifah Beach is located near Jebel Sifah – which translates to Sifah Mountain. Visitors can enjoy all kinds of water sports or simply relax on the pure white sand while aquamarine waves lap their feet….

      Distance from Hotel : 64.7 km 13 h 43 mins 13 h 43 mins 1 h 10 mins
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    • Kalbuh Beach

      A popular spot, Kalbuh Beach is one of the very best places for swimming in Muscat. Located close to Kalbuh Park in Muttrah, it offers scenic views across the Gulf of Oman, as well as mountains and parkland.

      Distance from Hotel : 22.7 km 4 h 28 mins 2 h 3 mins 24 mins
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    • The National Museum

      Established by Royal Decree in 2013, the National Museum documents two million years of Omani history. One of the very latest additions to the cultural landscape of Oman, it occupies a striking modern building with an imposing façade.

      Distance from Hotel : 22.5 km 4 h 46 mins 1 h 47 mins 24 mins
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    • Royal Opera House

      As the principal organisation for the arts in Oman, the Royal Opera House is more than just a world-class venue for performers. Dedicated to promoting global cultural engagement, it offers diverse artistic, cultural, and educational programmes that nurture creative talent, while also promoting global exchanges and collaborations. Visitors can also marvel at the formal landscaping and spectacular Omani architecture.

      Distance from Hotel : 9.8 km 1 h 39 mins 1 h 10 mins 12 mins
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    • Oman Automobile Club

      Since it was founded in the late seventies, the Oman Automobile Association (OAA) has grown to incorporate the Oman Automobile Club, the governing body for car, go-kart and motorbike racing. Through its affiliations with the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) and the Alliance Internationale de Tourisme (AIT), it champions motorsport in Oman and issues International Driving Permits and Carnet De Passages.

      Distance from Hotel : 8.7 km 1 h 13 mins 1 h 16 mins 9 mins
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    • Al Jalali and Al Mirani Forts

      Built by the Portuguese to defend the harbour, Al Jalali Fort and Al Mirani Fort are located in Old Muscat. Famous throughout Oman, they have a long and storied history of repelling invaders - and architecture that reflects their rich heritage.

      Distance from Hotel : 23.3 km 4 h 54 mins 1 h 59 mins 28 mins
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    • Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque

      An unmissable landmark is the magnificent Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, the largest of its kind in Oman. Beyond its striking architecture - particularly its imposing dome – the ornate interior is absolutely stunning, with vibrant colours and unique features.

      Distance from Hotel : 3.6 km 46 mins 46 mins 5 mins
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    • Zulfa Mosque

      Widely held as one of the finest mosques in the country, Zulfa Mosque is renowned for its multicoloured glass and striking green domes. 

      Distance from Hotel : 29.7 km 5 h 34 mins 5 h 34 mins 21 mins
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    • Al Alam Palace

      Located in Old Muscat, Al Alam Palace is among the most celebrated landmarks in Muscat. As the ceremonial palace of Sultan Qaboos, its beauty is spellbinding. An architectural wonder, the Palace is one place that you should definitely see, even if you are only on a short visit.

      Distance from Hotel : 22.6 km 4 h 46 mins 1 h 51 mins 25 mins
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    • Muscat Gate Museum

      Arguably one of the most striking exhibits at this museum is the original gates to the city, which were still a key line of defence just 50 years ago. Truly the gateway to Muscat in their day, they mark the boundary of the ancient city wall. The site is also a good spot for taking in some fine views of the royal court and the ever-popular corniche.

      Distance from Hotel : 29.4 km 5 h 21 mins 5 h 21 mins 27 mins
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    • The National Museum of Oman

      A tantalising blend of old and new, Oman’s National Museum is in the centre of Old Muscat; however, the building itself is strikingly modern. Reminiscent of a gallery, the exhibits are displayed with due reverence, surrounded by ample space. Liberal use of technology helps to bring the superb artefacts – and Oman’s rich heritage – to vivid life. The museum is just across from the Sultan's Palace.

      Distance from Hotel : 22.5 km 4 h 46 mins 1 h 47 mins 24 mins
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    • Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque

      A gift to the nation from Sultan Qaboos, this breathtaking example of modern Islamic architecture is a fitting tribute to mark the occasion of the 30th year of his reign. The mosque is home to one of the very largest hand-loomed Persian carpets, which took some four years to painstakingly weave. Don’t miss the ornate splendour of the main prayer hall – truly a sight to behold. 

      Distance from Hotel : 3.6 km 46 mins 46 mins 5 mins
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