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Muscat is the capital city of Oman. Nowadays, Oman is becoming an increasingly popular destination all over the world. Muscat constitutes one of the most populated cities in this country. The Muscat Governorate’s total population was around 1.4 million in 2018, while the total area of this city spans up to 3,500 square kilometers or 1,400 square meters. 

The city comprises 6 provinces. There are some interesting places that you can visit in Muscat, for example, royal palaces, blue-domed mosques, souks, and others. Every year, more than 3.5 million visitors explore Oman’s capital – Muscat and other cities. 

If Muscat is among your dream destinations, you have to know that you will need to obtain your permission to enter the country. You can apply for your visa using an online application form requiring only a few short steps. The whole process takes just a moment, and your online visa will arrive at your email box within 31 hours, and that’s it. Now, you can start your journey!

Remember, do not postpone the Oman e-Visa application process and make it at least 3 business days before your trip to Oman.

Top Muscat attractions to try

Below, you can find  some of the best Muscat attractions that you can enjoy while visiting the Oman’s capital.

Take some time on the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque

It is one of the most popular attractions in Muscat, Oman. When the sun sets, you will enjoy the beauty of the golden dome located on the Grand Mosque. It will create an ethereal glow that you will never miss. 

This beautiful building can work well as an important mosque in Muscat and Oman. When you are entering the inside part of the mosque, you can see an incredible detail level. Its central dome also has a fantastic blue pattern design which is gorgeous. 

Enjoy the beauty of the Old Fort

When you want to look at this incredible object, you can come to Muscat at any time you want. This old fort is located on Shatti Al Qurum Beach. It is a famous place that you can visit when you are in Muscat. 

You can enjoy miles of golden sands that are lined with some high-quality restaurants or cafes to explore. You can also enjoy your swimming experience around this place. Once you are ready to explore some historical things in Oman, you can also come to the Old Fort. 

Explore Muttrah Corniche

This is another attraction that you can visit when you are in Muscat. It is located about 15 minutes to the east part of the city. This beautiful coastal town has a beautiful promenade and seafront called the Muttrah Corniche. When you are in this place, you can walk by the water.

It will be the best place for you to admire the beauty of the Gulf of Oman. You can enjoy taking a fine meal and beverages from some popular restaurants and bars on the seafront. It is recommended to visit this place in the evening because you will get the best views at that time. 

Take a look at the Muscat Gate

If you want to explore the history of Muscat, you may want to come to this place. It is located within the monumental city gate on the border side of Muscat. This museum will offer the best combination of some stunning architecture and also informative exhibitions for all tourists. In this popular museum, you will be allowed to find an interesting selection of some popular displays. These displays will tell you everything about the development of Muscat and its history. 

Explore the Mutrah Souq

To get the best shopping experience, you can come to the commune of Mutrah. Its marketplace is called Souq. This place is located behind the Corniche. In this place, you will find some colorful stalls that are selling some interesting products, such as fresh fruit, clothing, pottery, wares, etc. When you come to this place, you will smell the aroma of incense. If you plan to buy an authentic souvenir from Muscat, this place will be a perfect option for you. 

Come to the Bait Al Zubair

After you visit the Grand Mosque, you may want to consider visiting the Bait Al Zubair. This place is located in Muttrah. It has an extensive collection of ancient artifacts from some popular places in Muscat. You will find some notable items, for example, a full display of the authentic Khanjar ceremonial daggers designed with gold. You will also see a full-scale reconstructed Souq and Omani Village. 

Best Muscat Tourism Attractions

Final Thoughts

Those are some popular places for you to visit when you are in Muscat, Oman. Nowadays, this place is becoming one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. 

To get to know the city, it is recommended to spend about a week exploring all the great things in Muscat. Don’t forget to apply for your online visa before your trip!

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