Muscat, the capital city of Oman is an eclectic blend of modern and ancient. Situated on the Gulf of Oman, Muscat is surrounded by desert and mountains with diverse experiences which are unrivalled in the Middle East. Whether you wish to see the world’s second largest Persian carpet, want to enjoy breath-taking operatic performances or snorkel in crystalline waters, you can do it all when you explore the wonders of Muscat, Oman.
Delve into Oman’s Rich Heritage
Islamic architecture is at its most splendid at Muscat’s Grand Mosque. Even if you’re not of any religious persuasion, this glistening structure is an awe-inspiring feat of engineering. Built with 300,000 tonnes of Indian sandstone, the mosque was a gift from Sultan Qaboos to the people of Oman. The main prayer hall has a capacity to hold over 7,000 worshippers and is home to the world’s second largest Persian carpet which took four years and 600 women to produce. The centrepiece is a magnificent chandelier manufactured by Italian company Faustig, measuring 14 metres in height, it was once the world’s largest weighing 8.5 tonnes. It adorns 600,000 dazzling crystals and requires 1,133 halogen bulbs! Oman’s existing fortresses also provide a good source of cultural learning. They offer a glimpse into the powerful cultures who once sat at the crossroads of Europe and Asia. Although most forts can only be viewed from the outside, Mutrah Fort overlooking the souq and port allows visitors to explore the castle’s towers, ramparts and discover old canons which once stood guard, protecting the city from passing ships and invaders.
See an Opera Performance
Enjoy Outdoor Sporting Activities
Oman is quickly becoming a haven for adventure tourism. Caving, abseiling, hiking, golf, sailing and scuba diving are just a few of the pursuits you can enjoy on a trip. If it’s underwater wonders which pique your interest, Oman’s coastline is relatively untouched. Nutrient rich waters are home to abundant marine life including whale sharks, kelp forests and up to 1500 species of fish. If you prefer an aerial view of rugged canyons, forests and desert landscapes, try your hand at paragliding or rock climbing. There are also scenic mountain biking routes all over the Sultanate, and there’s no better feeling than taking a break and picnicking on a clifftop at sunset. For golfers, Oman boasts a multitude of first-class resorts including the Al Mouj Golf Club, Muscat Hills Golf and Country Club and Ras Al Hamra Golf Course. But if you want someone else to do all the hard work, explore a wadi via 4 x 4 and camp beneath the stars in a luxury Bedouin tent.
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