Muscat (Oman)

Muscat Travel Guide and Trip Resources

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The Jewel of Arabia

No? Muscat? Doesn't ring a bell? Well let us tell you something, nowadays if the name of a place in the Middle East doesn't ring a bell, that is probably a good thing. Not to be a bunch of smart-asses, but if you are looking for a place in this region that is as far away as possible from any of the troubles plaguing it in recent years, Oman and its capital Muscat are a safe bet. It is not for nothing that this city has the reputation of being one of the safest and friendliest cities in the Middle East.

Although located only some hundreds of miles/kilometers to the east of Dubai, Muscat couldn't be any more different. While Dubai is going for glitz and glamour and the sky, Muscat, overlooking the Gulf of Oman and with a backdrop of sometimes intruding brown mountains, instead is a city of low-rise buildings mixed up with mosques, fortresses and palaces. Some of the best sights are the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, Qasr Al Alam Royal Palace and Al Jalali Fort.

Oh, and don't be surprised to find that the city has some seriously great beaches too. [Review by travelindicator]

Key info

  • Muscat is a city in Oman. It has a population of 797,000, is situated at an altitude of 112ft and the best airport to fly into is MCT (Seeb, Muscat)
  • The currency used in Oman is the Omani rial (OMR)

Muscat Weather

Historical average maximum temperature per month (℉):

75 79 86 95 100 104 102 97 95 93 86 81

Historical average rainfall per month (inches):

0.5 1 0.6 0.7 0.3 0 0 0 0 0 0.3 0.5

More Muscat travel resources

Destination Oman is a sleek looking website with information on the top destinations as well as things like visas and customs. CN Traveler has a piece on the city, as do of course Wikitravel and Lonely Planet. If you are looking for a blog with some nice pics to get a better idea, head over to Travel with Pedro while the official Oman tourism website is more basic but can't fail to be mentioned.

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