Top attractions in Muscat – Places to see for a fulfilling vacation

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Muscat is the capital of Oman that enjoys a luxurious location on the Gulf of Oman with mountains and deserts to cosy it in. There are several reasons to pay a visit to Muscat, the following attractions being among the most desired.

Located about 20 minutes away from Al Falaj Hotel is Mutrah souq, a market that still operates as per the traditions of the ancient Arabian markets albeit in a modern setting. The building that houses the market is of modern built with timber roofing. Many people come here more for the ambience of the market than to purchase the array of Arabian and Indian goods that are for sale. As is with any market, bargaining is expected, though the prices tend to be on the higher end. Another favourite is the Mutrah Corniche, which in spite of being the main port of the city, still operates like a fishing village. There is a long stretch of latticed architectural masterpieces illustrating a skill which you would be hard pressed to find at any hotel in Muscat.

Al Falaj Hotel, Muscat
Al Falaj Hotel, Muscat

It is quite common to see tourists taking cycle rides along the Corniche towards late evening as it is the best way to explore the views. The Grand Mosque in Muscat is one of the silent, imposing structures that add a lot to the city and its landscape. The Mosque was built as a gift by Sultan Qaboos in memory of his 30th reigning year. The elegance of the exterior of the Mosque is contrasted by its lush interior where the praying carpet alone is 420m2 and is made of finest Iranian loom woven by 600 women through a period of four years. In addition to these, there is the Royal Palace of the Sultan where you can visit the gardens and selected sections of the building, and the Royal Opera House in Muscat which is a must visit for a lover of music.

 

Auburn Silver is a travel writer who has a passion for fashion and a deep interest in admiring new and exotic attractions around the world. Google+

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