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What You Should Know More About Muskat
· Be wary of the touts
· Do not entertain the beggars.
· Always carry with you a first aid kit.
· Do not let anyone cheat you.
· Sit only in a prepaid taxi. If you are unable to find a prepaid taxi, you must always negotiate the fare before hiring the taxi.
· Do not indulge in any form of physical or verbal fights with anyone.
· Always carry with you at least one proof of your identity.
· Drink only bottled mineral water.
· In case you suffer from any medication, make it a point to carry with you all the necessary medications.
· Always keep your passport safely.
· Make sure you have a pre made photo copy of your passport.
· Do not trust anyone with your valuables or cash.
· Do not leave your baggage containing cash and valuables in the hotel room.
· Enquire about the room safe before booking a hotel.
· Do not click a picture in the religious place without the permission from the authority.
· Never film without permission.
· Dress only in accordance with the prevalent cultures and traditions.
· Learn a few words from the local languages. This shall remove the communication barrier that you may encounter in a foreign country.
· Keep away from drugs.
In Muscat the legal age for drinking is 21 years.
Al Jalali fort which is popularly known as Ash Sharqiya fort is situated at the harbor of the old city of Muscat, built by Portuguese in 1580s, it served as a defensive wall to protect the harbor from Ottoman forces. It also served as a jail and refuge for royal families. On 1983, Al Jalali fort was converted into private museums of Omani cultural history. Exhibits in the museums include cannons, old muskets and matchlocks, maps, rugs and other artifacts. People who take a keen interest in a place's history will find it to be highly fascinating.
Situated in the capital of the city, Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque is the main Mosque in the Sultanate of Oman. The mosque is built in 2001 and named after Qaboos bin Said al Said, the Sultan of Oman. The main musalla can accommodate over 6,500 worshippers whereas the women’s musalla can accommodate 750 worshipers. One of the major feature of the Mosque is its prayer carpet which weighs around 22 tons and it is the second largest single piece carpet in the world. This is certainly one of the most beautiful tourist places to stop by in Muscat.
A premier venue to host musical arts and culture, Royal Opera House Muscat is located Shati Al-Qurm district of Muscat, Oman. It has wonderful architectural design and has a capacity to accommodate 1,100 people at once. Royal Opera house in Muscat has a huge concert theatre, a beautiful auditorium, a cultural market, luxury restaurants and an art center which hosts musical, theatrical and operatic productions. It became the first of its kind in the world by being equipped with Radio Marconi's multimedia interactive display seatback system, Mode 23.
Situated at the ministry of Heritage and Culture complex, Al Khuwair, opposite the Zawawi Mosque, Oman Natural History Museum has detailed coverage of Oman's flora and fauna. It also displays indigenous mammals, insects, and birds and botanical gardens. The museum consists of a Whale that displays huge skeleton of a sperm Whale. Other marine and animal fossils you will find in this museum includes monkeys and elephants’ primitive, teeth Deinotherium Gomphotherium, Arabian leopard, Caracal, Arabian Oryx, Arabian wolf, Arab Red fox, Ghazal skeleton as well as many kinds of birds. This is a place in the city which is in most people's must visit places list.
The National Museum is the Sultanate's flagship cultural
institution that take cares of Nation’s heritage from the earliest human
settlement in the Oman Peninsula to
the present day. The museum is located in the heart of Muscat and covers an
area of 13,700 square meters. It consists of 14 permanent galleries - The Land
and the People Gallery, Maritime History Gallery, Arms Armor Gallery, Aflaj
Gallery and Splendors of Islam Gallery among others. The National Museum houses
around 5466 different objects and offers 43 digital immersive experiences. It
also has a fully equipped learning center along with state-of-the-art
conservation facilities and discovery areas for children. A complete package
which makes it a fine tourist attraction.
Muscat is said to host many festivals that attracts tourists from all over the world. Royal Opera house Muscat organizes various musical arts and cultural festivals which are very popular. Western classical music, classical Arabian music, jazz and flamenco, ballet and modern dance takes place at this beautifully designed building. Muscat festivals takes place between January and February every year. This festival celebrates Omani culture and traditions with delicious food, stunning dance and music performances as well as other means of entertainment. These beautiful festivals make Muscat an ideal place to visit and spend your holidays.
Set your foot on two of the outstanding trekking paths that lets you experience your wild side. Trekking path C38 is a short hike that starts at Riyam Park and goes through a trail that is almost 500 centuries old and then finishes near Muttrah Souq. Another wonderful trekking path is C52 and C53. These two easy treks that begins from Bandar jissah gives you beautiful views over the coastline. It is one of the most exciting and thrilling adventurous activities you can indulge in Muscat.
Qurum Public Beach is a clean and well-maintained beach that offers jet skis for rent near the Intercontinental. Marjan Public Beach is a wonderful beach that has some small, excellent coral reefs not far from the shore and is suitable even for novice snorkelers. Al Ghubrah Public Beach is a beach perfectly suitable for families as it consists of picnic benches and shaded areas. You can play beach volleyball or other family games. You can also participate in other water activities such as wakeboarding, scuba diving and surfing or go on a boating trip to see magnificent mammals like dolphins and whales.
Mutrah Souq is considered as the best in the Gulf region. It consists of many shops of jewelry, traditional Omani handicrafts and Omani food at reasonable prices. You can look for some specific items like Arab hand-embroidered mussar garments, nuts, spices, incense and earthenware. One can find Amouage Perfume Factory which sells its iconic perfume and it is considered as the most expensive perfume in the world. Visit Souq al Jumaa market to shop for jewelry, camping gear, carpets, clothing and even cars.
Muscat is known for its delicious dishes and mouth watering desserts. Many restaurants offer spicy and delicious Indian food like Rotis, Chicken Jalfrezi and Paneer among other dishes. You can also try the sandwiches and Haleeb or Sulaimani here which is considered as a local cuisine and are available in almost all the restaurants. Also, try the Hummus, Fatoosh (Salad), Moutabel Falafel and mint. You will find Coffee shops at almost every street in Muscat. Basically, Muscat food is highly influenced by Indian cuisine which is filled with spices and exotic flavors.