Dolphin-watching

Take a boat trip out for a glimpse of frolicking dolphin pods, and for unrivalled views of the area’s rugged coastline.

Muttrah Souk

Oman’s most absorbing souk: a labyrinthine tangle of tiny shops piled high with Arabian curios and exotica.

Al Alam Palace

Sultan Qaboos’s colourful Muscat residence offers an eye-catching example of contemporary Arabian design at its most memorably flamboyant.

Bait al Zubair

The best museum in the city, with wide-ranging displays on Omani culture and crafts.

Souq Ruwi Street

The vibrant commercial heart of Muscat’s “Little India”, crammed with colourful shops and curry houses.

Afternoon tea at Al Bustan Palace or the Grand Hyatt

Sit back over a traditional English afternoon tea while enjoying the super-fuelled Arabian kitsch of Muscat’s two most extravagant hotels.

Sultan Qaboos Mosque

Magnificent modern mosque rising above the western approaches to the city – and the only one in the country open to non-Muslim visitors.

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