Muscat, Oman

Muscat, Oman

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Rich in history & culture

An important trading port between East and West since the first century, Muscat's influence once extended as far as East Africa and Zanzibar. While much of the city’s construction is new, it all displays traditional Arabic stylistic elements, creating a handsome and cohesive whole that incorporates a rich history. Two seemingly invincible mountainside forts from the 1500s flank the palace of the sultan, though today they are both museums.

A major highlight is the Muttrah Souq, Muscat's oldest market. Colorful and bustling, it is a fascinating place to browse, as well as to bargain for exotic spices, traditional handicrafts, or gold and frankincense.

Oman Dive Center

Oman Dive Center

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Oman Dive Center

Oman Dive Center

Located in a sheltered bay on the brink of the beach, this world-class dive center offers instruction for all levels.

Mutrah Souq

Mutrah Souq

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Mutrah Souq

Mutrah Souq

Specializing in antique silver jewelry, this is one of the most interesting souqs in the Arab Gulf States. Be sure to take a side trip to the nearby spice souq as well.

Mystical Muscat

Mystical Muscat

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Mystical Muscat

Mystical Muscat

Drive past Oman's exclusive residential area Shati Al Qurum for a visit to the Grand Mosque. Visit the colourful Muttrah Souq and Bait Al Zubair, a private museum. Take the coastal road through the charming fishing village of Sidab to the old city of Muscat where one can admire the splendor of Al Alam Palace.

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Muscat, Oman At a glance

Current Weather:
26°C / 79 °F
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Current Time:
11:23:45 am2015/03/03 11:23:45 am
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Tuesday, March 03
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Currency:
Omani Rial
Exchange Rates:
  • 2.60
  • 3.25
  • 1.69
  • 3.32
  • 2.32
  • 160.81
  • 7.52
  • 38.95
Local Details:
GPS: 23°36'36"N 58°32'24"E
Size: 3,500.00 KM2 (1,351.36 MI2)
Population: 1,208,114
Density: 345 Pop/KM2 (133 Pop/MI2)
Country Code: +968

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