The capital of Oman, Muscat is a city that boasts a rich history and offers a unique perspective on the region’s religious and cultural heritage. The city goes as far back as the 1st century CE when it was a vital trading port, fostering links between the west and the east. Muscat’s rich cultural heritage includes influences from the various traders who visited its shores as well as from the Persians and the Portuguese who at one time ruled here.
Being a predominantly Muslim country, Muscat boasts a wide array of mosques which are significant religious landmarks amidst the cityscape. The Ruwi and Zawawi mosques and the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque are among the religious sites in the city. Thos looking to learn more about the city and Oman can visit the National Museum of Oman, the Museum of Omani Heritage, the Oman Children’s Museum and the Oman Natural History Museum which can be enjoyed by young and old alike. Old Muscat and the Old Palace are great sites to soak up some local culture, while the Al Qurum Commercial Area is the city’s main shopping district offering countless hours of shopping fun.
Not to be missed is a visit to Quriyat Lake Park which offers a tranquil and picturesque setting in which to unwind with friends and family after a long day of sightseeing. Opened in 2002, this attractive park is home to an artificial lake that lends to its soothing atmosphere. Located along the roadway to the central market of the Wilayat, Quriyat Lake Park also features special recreational areas where one can enjoy light exercise and activity amidst a laidback setting.
Those in Muscat interested in visiting parks and gardens can also head to such sites as Quram Natural Park which is the city’s largest park. Set amidst sea views, Riyam Park is another picturesque site that offers stunning vistas and playgrounds for children. Not to be missed is a visit to Oman’s first park, the Al Naseem Public Park which caters to families and offers such attractions as a small train tour, an Arabic garden, a Japanese garden and recreational areas for such sports as tennis and football.
Travellers to the region looking for an Oman beach resort that offers the very best in contemporary comforts can stay at Millennium Resort Mussanah. Located along the coastline, this luxurious Oman Muscat hotel is ideal for both business and leisure guests.