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A February 2011 trip to Muscat by catsholiday

Quote: We spent two days in the port of Muscat as part of our cruise. These reviews and stories are a taste of what we experienced in this lovely city.

Corniche

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Attraction | "I do like to walk along the prom, prom prom"

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The Corniche in MuscatDuring our two days in Muscat we walked up and down the Corniche a couple of times. This is the sea front area that surrounds the port and the original town of Muttrah where the lovely souk is that I reviewed previously.It is a bit like an English promenade I suppose but in a very different location with a backdrop of Muscat and curling around the bay next to the sea where the city nestles so snuggly.It did help that the sun shone down the whole time so we were walking with blue skies and views of the port on one side and the old buildings of the Muttrah area on the roadside but it would be a lovely walk whatever the weather in my view.We had ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 10, 2011

Corniche

Muscat, Oman

Bait Al-Zubair

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Attraction | "Oryx and Posh Perfume"

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Bait al Zubair Museum:From the souk we drove around from Muttrah to old Muscat to the Bait al Zubair museum. This is open From Saturday to Thursday from 9.30am-1.00pm and then 4pm-7pm and it appears to be free as we got no ticket. Outside this old traditional house in the courtyard were a great number of fantastically original painted oryx, very similar to the painted lions in raffles in Singapore or the painted bull ornaments you see in Spain. I believe different companies had sponsored them but I am not sure, however they were really very beautiful and we were quite taken with them. There must have been at least 30 of these beautifully painted oryx placed in different places around the ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 6, 2011

Bait Al-Zubair
As-Saidiyah Street
Muscat, Oman
00 968 24 736 68

Al Alam Royal Palace

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Attraction | "A very modern Palace"

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The Al Alam Royal Palace The city we call "Muscat" is in fact three smaller towns which have grown together over time. They are:Muscat – the "walled city" and the site of the royal palaces.Matrah- the area where the port and the Souq.Ruwi - the commercial and diplomatic centre of the city.After we finished at the museum we continued in old Muscat to the Sultan’s Royal palace. Like Buckingham Palace you cannot go inside but you can go up to the gates and take photos through the gates. The Sultan doesn’t actually live here but uses it as a meeting place for receptions for visiting dignitaries and heads of state.This modern palace was built in 1972 tw...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 5, 2011

Al Alam Royal Palace
Waterfront
Muscat, Oman

Muttrah Souk (Souq Muttrah)

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Attraction | "Money spending in Muscat"

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Muttrah Souk:From the mosque we drive back into Muscat and to the port area to visit the Muttrah souk which is a truly fascinating shopping experience On the tour we had a fairly crowded time being pushed along in a sea of tourists but when we returned the next day it was great as there were far less tourists as the other cruise ship had left and we had gone in to the city quite early before most others so had the place almost to ourselves and the local people.The souk is a traditional shopping souk with lots of perfume and incense stalls, lots of beautiful cashmere shawls and embroidered cloth, stalls with the most amazing braiding for clothing and then jewellery shops with go...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 2, 2011

Muttrah Souk (Souq Muttrah)
Old Town of Muttrah
Muscat, Oman

Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque

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Attraction | "Bright white marble mosque"

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Sultan Qaboos Mosque:We were taken to visit the very new and sparkling mosque of Sultan Qaboos as our first sight. We were given strict dress codes to follow which included arms must be covered to the wrist for men and women, men to wear long trousers and women the same or an ankle length skirt or dress. No cleavage and once near the mosque ladies must cover their heads with a scarf or pashmina. If you were not appropriately dressed then you were not allowed in and you were inspected before being allowed through the main gate into the gardens but shoes were not taken off until just outside the mosque itself.This is the only mosque in Oman that is open to non Muslims and is situ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 1, 2011

Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque

Muscat, Oman