8 Best Things To Do In Muscat, Oman

things to do in muscat
Margaret Shipra
Margaret Shipra 

If you are looking for an amazing vacation spot with your friends or your family, then you should check out some of the most fantastic things to do in Muscat. This city is one of the most mystical and charming places for tourists, as it was found 900 years ago and it is located on the edge of the rough desert landscapes and some mesmerizing emerald seas holding that beautiful charm! So, don’t wait further as there are many places to see and do and this city will surely give you the pleasure of visiting again. Here’s a list of some of the best things to do in Muscat as you wander around the streets of this gorgeous city!

1. The Grand Mosque

Muscat, Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque
Source: Photo by user Arian Zwegers used under CC BY 2.0

If you are interested in some modern Islamic architecture then this place is a must for you. This place is one of the most popular tourist attractions as the exterior and interior is carefully designed in a glorious masterpiece, and it was given as a gift by Sultan Qaboos to mark his 30th year of reign. When you visit the prayer hall, it will blow your mind as it is rich in its design! This place also has the second largest hand-loomed Iranian carpet. This place is a must visit for you.

The Grand Mosque

Address: Sultan Qaboos St, Muscat, Oman

Website: The Grand Mosque

2. The Souk

Lot of Omani Souvenirs on display at Mutrah Souk, Muscat, Oman
Source: Photo by user Sankara Subramanian used under CC BY 2.0

If you want to pick up a souvenir of this place, then the Souk is the perfect place to go to. This place is located on the Corniche of the old town and it is one of the best places to shop! If you want to buy tiny little things then this place is right as the shopkeepers are really friendly. Some of the things you can look for in this bazaar are spices such as saffron and khol; you can also buy makeup, beautiful silver and the aromatic frankincense which are some of the best and charming things of all! Be sure to visit this mini market and buy a thing or two.

The Souk

Address: Muscat, Oman

Website: The Souk

3. Wadi Shab

Dabab Sinkhole
Source: Photo by user Prasad Pillai used under CC BY 2.0

If you want to go for a long drive and spend an entire day along the coast and the mountains, then Wadi Shab is absolutely the right place for you! This place is a 90-minute drive away from the city of Muscat and then once you park your vehicle, you need to walk for an hour to get into the inlet. Once you arrive at the spot, you are surrounded by wonderful mountains and there is also a beautiful mountain river that does not flow!

You can dive-in swim or even walk until you find a small cave for you. Be sure to carry some food and water as this place lacks these items. If you want to have a small picnic you should surely head out to this amazing place.

Wadi Shab

Address: Muscat 130, Oman

4. Sultan's Palace

Source: Photo by user Ian Sewell used under CC BY 2.5

If you love sightseeing, then this is the best place for you to visit. This palace is beautifully designed with its mushroom pillars in Blue and Gold on the outside. On the inside, there are palm trees that guide a path to a roundabout, which is surrounded by royal court buildings and the national museum. This place is restricted for the public, but you can stand at the gates and capture some beautiful photographs. Today, this place is used by elite people for ceremonial purposes.

Sultan's Palace

Address: off Al Saidiya St, Muscat, Oman

5. Muscat Gate Museum

Muscat, Oman
Source: Photo by user Andries Oudshoorn used under CC BY-SA 2.0

This is yet another beautiful place to admire if you love architecture! This museum is also restricted to the public. It is located on the road between the Corniche and the old walled city. It provides an excellent viewpoint for the public of the Mutrah and the Muscat before moving onto the Al Riyam Park in Mutrah. If you want to go and explore this place, make sure to visit this museum.

Muscat Gate Museum

Address: Al Bahri Rd, Muscat, Oman

6. Royal Opera House

Royal Opera, Masqat. Die Orgel
Source: Photo by user Orientalist used under CC BY-SA 3.0

This place is one of a kind! It has some of the most astonishing interior designs that make this place more appealing to come and enjoy the opera show! Royal Opera House is a place that is so admirable as it offers the beautifully designed marble, the inlaid wood, and the arabesque design. Here many popular names of the opera and ballet industry have performed in this building. If you are in some mood for opera or ballet you can visit this place and enjoy these performances.

Royal Opera House

Address: Royal Opera House, Al Kharjiyah St, 103 Muscat, Oman

Website: Royal Opera House

7. Al-Jailali Fort

Muscat Fort
Source: Photo by user Fotofu used under CC BY 2.0

This place is preserved as a museum for Omani’s heritage. This fort was built years back during the Portuguese occupation in the 1580s. This is one of the most beautiful places to visit and the entry is strictly by permit only. So, don’t wait, head out to this beautiful fort and enjoy its accessible steep flight steps and witness the gorgeous view of the city of Muscat!

Al-Jailali Fort

Website: Al-Jailali Fort

8. Bait- Al- Baranda

Bait Al Baranda Museum-Naval battle
Source: Photo by user Ji-Elle used under CC BY-SA 3.0

If you are looking to explore some of the histories of Muscat then you should visit this place! This museum offers some of the best histories of Muscat through innovative displays and exhibits. The ground floor of the museum is used for the public exhibition where you can see the beautiful works of Muscat such as a cut and paste of dinosaur bones that were found in Al Khoud, which is worth a look!


Address: Al-Mina St Mutrah, Muscat, Oman

Website: Bait-Al-Baranda

A perfect place to explore!

Well, this place is something you will be very fond off as it offers some of the most beautiful things to see and do! You can explore this beautiful city and it will be worth your investment.

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