Best Places to See When Visiting Muscat
Anyone staying here with us at Fraser Suites Muscat is in the enviable position of being able to discover what this incredible city has to offer. From our city’s unique location facing out towards the Gulf of Oman to the mountains that envelope us from behind, and the desert sands never too far away, the city has a rich history dating back centuries.
Wondering what you can get up to when staying with us, be it just for one night or a week? Here is our guide of the top things to see in Muscat all year round.
Top things to see in Muscat:
- Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque
- Mutrah Souq
- Royal Opera House Muscat
- Al Alam Palace
- National Museum
- Al Jalali Fort
- Al Qurum Park
- Muttrah Fish Market
Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque
One of the most popular attractions in the city, Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque is the primary mosque in the city. It is a relatively new having been completed in 2001 and on a good day is one of the most photographed mosques in Muscat.
Made from Indian sandstone, the mosque is known for its impressive exterior and striking interior. The prayer carpet and chandelier are well known for their intricate design and detailing.
Tours of the mosque are available, and guests are required to dress modestly, with non-Muslim guests having certain times of day they are allowed in - this is usually in the early morning before 10 am.
To get more information on this tour, you can enquire at our reception who will be happy to help.
Many centuries ago Muscat was a thriving port town. To this day we still have high regard for souqs (our term for markets) as a part of daily life. Mutrah Souq is the biggest and busiest in the city with hundreds of merchants offering everything from garments and essential oils to jewellery and preserved foods.
Locally the souq is called Al Dhalam, an Arabic term which means darkness. When visiting you’ll notice narrow laneways that sunlight has a hard time getting in. Part of the souq’s design from its renovation also reflects this with many areas purposely shaded from the sun for aesthetics and to keep cool.
Royal Opera House Muscat
A stunning piece of architecture, our opera house may be a relatively new building (having opened in 2011), but it is now one of the most renowned in the city. The architecture both inside and out looks fantastic, especially if you’re visiting for an event just after dusk when it is lit up.
Opera stalwarts like Andrea Bocelli and Placido Delmingo have performed in the venue, and it hosts a mixture of classical performances & musicals throughout the year.
Tours are available showcasing the history of the building and music in the wider region, but it is worth a visit to see the gardens around it and what it looks like from the beach behind the complex.
Al Alam Palace
One of the ceremonial palaces for the Sultan of Oman, Al Alam Palace, sits right by the coast in the northwest of the city. The palace itself is off limits to members of the public, but it is a very popular place to take photographs outside of as the main gate is one of the most recognisable locations in the country.
The palace sits in between two old forts that date back centuries, harkening back to times when Muscat was a prime port and trade location, and it is still used throughout the year as a ceremonial palace.
Quickly after it opened in 2016, the National Museum has become a hallmark attraction in Muscat. Showcasing the rich and intriguing history this part of the world has to offer, for the first-time guests it has to be a must visit on your list.
At the museum, you can see exhibits of our Maritime History, the history Oman had with The Renaissance, why Frankincense is a big part of our past and get an overview of Oman’s relationship with the wider world.
Al Jalali Fort
It would be remiss if we didn’t make mention of one of the most underrated attractions down by the water. Al Jalali Fort is still standing tall today and is a reminder that Muscat was once a very strategic enclave for many.
This fort, in particular, was constructed by the Portuguese during the 1580s at a time when Muscat had been attacked by Ottoman Forces, and the city had become an important port between the Indian Ocean and the Persian Gulf.
Note that the fort is not open to the public, but you can visit around the grounds.
Al Qurum Park
A little oasis in the city, Al Qurum Park is viewed by many as Muscat’s hidden gem. When the days get hot, many people visit the park to take advantage of the shade from the trees where the lush green is always well maintained.
Marah Land inside the park is our local amusement park, a great place for a family trip in the evening.
Muttrah Fish Market
With the sea right on our doorsteps, it makes sense to use our natural resources. City’s fish market has gone from being a trade spot to a landmark of sorts.
The entire market façade recently underwent an extensive renovation process to create a standout building and marketplace. You can visit to get a glimpse of the local market life, take it easy and do some people watching from the café or get the catch of the day from the rooftop restaurant.
Staying in Muscat?
Visiting Muscat and finding accommodation is simple with Fraser Suites Muscat. Take a look at our serviced apartments when you’re looking for the best accommodation in the city.