Kempinski Blog Article
The capital of Oman, a trip to Muscat reveals a beautifully historic world, with architecture to be admired, busy souks to explore and cultural hotspots around every corner. You will find yourself transported to a scene like no other while staying in the city.
Here we take a look at the top things to do and see in Muscat. Read on and be inspired.
Located next to the Arabian Sea, this coastal city is often considered to be a stunning contrast to some of the more modern cities that can be found nearby. It is actually made up of three towns, Muscat, Matrah and Ruwi, and is home to magnificent royal palaces, a long beach and lots of opportunity for exploring on foot.
Surrounded by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Yemen, Muscat offers a unique experience for those looking to explore culinary delights such as fresh seafood, and discover the maze-like souks this area is known for, all accompanied by the mountainous terrain – a truly unique combination.
Travelling to Muscat is straightforward. Muscat International Airport is just a 20-minute journey from the city itself, and services a multitude of airlines. After arriving at the airport, it is often easy to get a taxi to where you need to be – they run frequently from here.
You can also get to the city by bus, from destinations such as Dubai and Abu Dhabi, or alternatively, you can drive from the United Arab Emirates into Muscat in around five hours.
Getting around the city is also easy. There are plenty of taxis around – be sure to barter your price – and there is a convenient bus service too. There is also the option to rent a car yourself, but you will need to make sure your driver’s license is valid in Oman before you do.
While visiting the capital, making sure you have a convenient place to stay is all part of enjoying your break. Kempinski Hotel Muscat is located on the coast in Al Mouj, looking out towards the Arabian Sea. The hotel is just two minutes from the Al Mouj Marina, 25 minutes from the Muttrah Souk and a short 11-minute drive from Muscat International Airport. There are plenty of dining options here, as well as meeting and events spaces, and our helpful concierge and Lady in Red services.
Thanks to the city’s location next to the Arabian Sea, Muscat is famous for its seafood offering. Whether it has been freshly caught and grilled, or prepared in a delightful curry dish with delicate spices, fish is often the dish of the day in this city.
Of course, you will also find regional favourites such as hummus and grilled meats on offer for those that aren’t too keen on fish dishes.
Dotted around the city, there are plenty of opportunities to stop for a small bite to eat or cooling beverage. Featuring fresh juices and healthy treats, as well as essential coffee stops, there is sure to be something to tempt you during your stay here.
There are also numerous restaurants and lounges to try within Kempinski Hotel Muscat, whether you want a light lunch or something more sophisticated, make sure you stop by.
Muscat offers a world of delights to explore. From the city’s natural surroundings to impressive architecture, this walled city is one worth devoting some time to. Here we explore some of the best-loved sites to add to your must-see list.
One of the top attractions of Muscat, this under-cover souk is certainly one to visit. Here you will find antiques, textiles, jewellery and tokens from the region. The layout can be particularly mesmerising and is often described as being maze-like, especially if it’s your first visit, but don’t worry too much about planning your way around, simply wander through and soak up the wonderful sights.
A palatial space
In Muscat, you will find beautiful architecture all around, mostly in the city’s palaces. Notable buildings to view include the famous Sultan’s Palace - Al Alam Palace, the Al Jalali Fort and Al Mirani Fort. Although you can’t go inside (they are closed to the public), you can view them from the outside, and get a taste of their grandeur from afar.
Head to the Marina
Near to Kempinski Hotel Muscat, Al Mouj Marina is found at the end of the city’s impressive stretch of beach. It is the home of many beautiful yachts and boats, and offers numerous excursions and experiences, including scuba diving, trips to spot dolphins and much more. It is the ideal place to make the most of Muscat’s coastal location.
Visit the Grand Mosque
Taking six years to build, Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque is a popular destination when visiting Muscat. From beautiful murals to breathtaking domes and an impressive library, here you can learn about the Islamic world in an environment like no other. Make sure you visit the mosque during your stay in Muscat, and be sure to check visiting time and the dress code before you do.
A trip to Muscat offers some once-in-a-lifetime experiences, from trips and excursions to see the natural surroundings, to learning about the culture and history of the city. If you are planning your next visit, be sure to check out Kempinski Hotel Muscat to see how we can help make your stay spectacular. Browse the hotel facilities here.