Muscat is a port-town and the capital of Oman. This gem of a city is located in the Arabian Gulf and has a whole host of attractions and areas of interest from the stunning beaches to the ancient historical sites. A rolling landscape surrounds the city and, while shimmering buildings make up the skyline here the mountains and plush rural parkland contribute to the diverse scenery in Muscat. There’s plenty on offer for outdoorsy types with hiking, trekking and rock climbing opportunities available in abundance. There are also plenty of ways to discover the wildlife here, including a night safari, scuba diving, dolphin watching and horseback riding. The city is also home to a range of museums and historical sites for those seeking a cultural experience.
Hiring a 4x4 for driving both in the city and the dirt tracks and gravel roads in surrounding areas is seen as imperative, especially where potholes are concerned.
Driving in Muscat
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Important things to note
Off-road driving outside the city centre is not recommended as it can be extremely dangerous.
Heavy rain can cause severe flooding in some areas of the city, particularly in dry riverbeds and on the roads crossing them.
Driving outside the city centre can be dangerous, particularly in more rural areas where goats or camels are known to walk in the road.
It’s recommended to exercise caution when driving in Muscat as driving standards in Oman are not as disciplined as those in the UK.
Highlights & Hotspots
Catch a show at the Royal Opera House and admire the stunning architecture of this marble building. The interior of the building is equally impressive and has seen performances by some of the world’s most famous opera singers and ballet dancers.
For an authentic taste of Muscat culture, take a trip to Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque – the third largest in the world. The mosque is open to visitors between 8:00am and 11:00am, Saturday – Wednesday where you can explore the fantastic sites and impressive decoration.
Take a trip to the Mutrah Corniche and absorb the chaotic atmosphere amongst the market traders selling a mix of artefacts, antiques and textiles. Popular with locals and tourists, many come here to haggle for a bargain.
If you fancy escaping the hustle and bustle of the city for an afternoon, then take a trip to Qurum National Park and enjoy the breath-taking scenery such as the rose garden and impressive waterfall.
Muscat International Airport is located approximately 20 miles from the centre of Muscat and is accessible via the main Sultan Qaboos highway.
The airport is currently undergoing renovation, so some delays are to be expected. Once complete, passenger capacity will increase greatly to cope with growing demand.