“No trip to Muscat would be complete without a visit to Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque. The sheer grandeur of it is mesmerising. From the intricate architecture to the largest hand-loomed Persian carpet in the world.”
Sitting on the shores of the Gulf of Oman, Muscat is the largest city in the Sultanate of Oman. The country’s capital and key trading port is also home to His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said and the main transport hub for visiting tourists.
Direct flights with British Airways and Oman Air fly from London Heathrow to Muscat on a daily basis, making Muscat the gateway to Oman. Muscat retains a feeling of old Arabia thanks to restrictions that mean no building can exceed 10 stories as the landscape is too beautiful to obstruct.
Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque sits in the heart of the city and was a gift to the people of Oman to celebrate 30 years of the Sultans reign. The hand loomed Persian carpet that covers the main prayer hall is comprised of such intricate weave that it took 600 women over four years to weave. The grandeur of the mosque is continued from the elaborate flooring to the ornate architecture of the structure itself. The main minaret reaches over 90 metres in the air, making it visible from across the city.
As a contrast to the complexity of the Grand Mosque, Qurum Beach on the city outskirts offers a serene and simple place to relax. Many hotels offer shuttles to this beach or are based on this long stretch of sand.
Why not also visit the Mutrah Souq? The oldest Souq in Oman has some traditional Arabic markets and allows you to gain a true sense of everyday life in the city.
“Because Muscat is the main hub for Oman Air, it’s a great place to visit en route to another destination. Oman Air fly across the world from Sri Lanka to Thailand and even Nepal.”
: “If you want to escape the city centre, spend the day relaxing on Qurum Beach. This isolated stretch of beach also features some of the nicest restaurants in Muscat with unquestionably the best views.”
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