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Oman Holidays

Timeless Muscat.

While many of the Arabian Peninsula’s biggest cities are racing to embrace the future, Muscat remains firmly in touch with its roots. It may have doubled in population since the turn of the century, but it’s held tight to the rich history and cultures which make it unique. The result is a welcoming destination which seamlessly connects the old and new.


You won’t see any skyscrapers on holidays in Muscat; by royal decree, all Oman’s buildings must be low-rise and sympathetic to traditional architecture. This creates a beautiful cityscape in which buildings from the Royal Opera House to the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque stand out for their grandeur, not their age. It also gives the Muttrah district’s waterfront corniche an old-world charm befitting the 2,000-year-old port that it is. For an even greater sense of the past, visit the National Museum of Oman, the Bait al Zubair Museum, or the 16th-century forts at the water’s edge and in the nearby mountains.


Similarly, while Muscat boasts modern malls like Oman Avenues, the heart of its shopping is still the maze-like souks at Muttrah and Seeb. Here, traders offer goods from incense and spices to silks and jewels, just as they have for centuries. These markets and the surrounding cafés are great places to grab a coffee or a laban and watch the world go by on a warm evening. If you prefer your nights a little livelier, you’ll find plenty of tourist bars with music and entertainment.

Did we mention the beaches, mountains and caves? Muscat stands on the doorstep of all three and more among the incredible natural landscapes that make Oman such a compelling country to visit. Speak with our Travel Specialists to start planning your Muscat holiday package today.

Things to do

Traditional Oman

Blended Cuisines

Best time to go

Essential info

Things to do in Muscat

When you stay in the capital of Oman, it’s easy to spend your entire trip soaking up the atmosphere in the souks, wandering the lanes of Muttrah, visiting the museums of Old Muscat, and grazing the diverse menus of restaurants in every neighbourhood. Away from the galleries and landmarks, however, you’ll also find opportunities for diving among offshore reefs and wrecks, cruising on traditional dhows to see dolphins and turtles, or hiking in the Hajar Mountains. Other attractions for Muscat holidays include catching a show at the Royal Opera House, spending a lazy day at the beach, or riding a 4x4 through the desert dunes. From architecture to adventure, there’s plenty to keep you entertained, no matter how long your holidays in Muscat last.



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With a rapidly growing appetite for adventure activities, Oman has a multitude of exciting activities on offer, including dune-bashing and hot-air balloon rides. If you’re looking for something a little more sedate, why not explore one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites, like Bahla Fort? Or go on a snorkelling tour and marvel at the marine life in the Gulf’s bath-warm waters.

Back on dry land, Wahiba Sands is another must-visit on your Oman holiday. In this desert space, you can get involved with a number of experiences, ranging from stargazing to camel riding.


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Traditional Oman

Holidays in Muscat invite you to step into local life. Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, an intricately decorated temple of white marble with a vast crystal chandelier in its prayer hall, is one of the few Islamic places of worship to allow non-Muslims inside. Muttrah Souk, with its winding alleys and wooden roof, has been virtually unchanged in style since its introduction 200 years ago. On the harbourfront, the 16th-century forts of Al Jalali and Al Mirani tell stories of the country’s Portuguese colonial past, the Persian invasions, and the Omani dynasties which followed. Within Old Muscat, some of the capital’s most notable homes have been converted into heritage museums like Bait al Zubair which entice visitors to learn more about the city.

 

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Slightly further out lies Jabal Al Akhdar – an impressive expanse of craggy cliffs and limestone rock formations. Here, more daring travellers can traverse Via Ferrata, an obstacle course-like structure that wraps around the mountainside. It offers an otherwise inaccessible view of the desert landscape, which will take your breath away.

 

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Blended Cuisines

Just as Muscat holidays blend the past and present, its dining scene is a distinctive mix of experiences. Enjoy elegant banquets in Qurum’s luxury hotel restaurants, traditional treats in Muttrah’s shawarma cafés, or the region’s best curry houses in Ruwi. While the Middle Eastern dishes of grilled meats, hummus, and flatbreads can be found across the city, you’ll also find some of Arabia’s best seafood, such as kingfish curry, mashuai, and more. International influences in Muscat’s eateries range from Iranian and Moroccan to Mediterranean, Asian, and American, while local delicacies worth hunting out include the stuffed flatbread of mushaltat, the spiced rice dish of majboos, and the yoghurt and buttermilk drink of laban. A Muscat menu is a tapestry of tastes, and there’s always more to try.



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Oman is also home to a host of museums, galleries, and UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including ancient water channels, forts, and the remains of a caravan oasis in the Land of Frankincense. Nizwa Fort is the sultanate’s most visited national monument and a remarkable window into the way of life for the Omani people of a bygone era. 

 

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Best time to visit Muscat

There are no two ways about it; holidays in Muscat can be hot. On the other hand, it rarely rains. The best time to visit will depend on how you handle the sun. Most people prefer the cooler months from September to April as the temperature falls between 20° and 30°, making it much more pleasant to get around. From May to August, daytime peaks soar to 40° or over, and the humidity is high. At this time of year, exploring is best kept to mornings and evenings, with afternoons dedicated to relaxing by the pool, grabbing a long lunch, or taking an opportunity to nap. December to February can feel chilly after dark, but a light jacket or cardigan is usually enough to keep you cosy.

 

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From April onwards, temperatures begin to rise rapidly, and the summer months can soar above 40°C. In this heat, you may find it difficult to explore – but if you’re searching for smaller crowds and lower prices, it’s worth considering.

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Essential info

Visa: You’ll need to obtain an eVisas before travelling to Oman
Language: Arabic
Currency: Omani Rial (OMR)
Time difference: GMT +4 hours
Flight duration from London: 7 hours
Capital city: Muscat

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Things to do

Things to do in Muscat

When you stay in the capital of Oman, it’s easy to spend your entire trip soaking up the atmosphere in the souks, wandering the lanes of Muttrah, visiting the museums of Old Muscat, and grazing the diverse menus of restaurants in every neighbourhood. Away from the galleries and landmarks, however, you’ll also find opportunities for diving among offshore reefs and wrecks, cruising on traditional dhows to see dolphins and turtles, or hiking in the Hajar Mountains. Other attractions for Muscat holidays include catching a show at the Royal Opera House, spending a lazy day at the beach, or riding a 4x4 through the desert dunes. From architecture to adventure, there’s plenty to keep you entertained, no matter how long your holidays in Muscat last.



Show More
Show Less

With a rapidly growing appetite for adventure activities, Oman has a multitude of exciting activities on offer, including dune-bashing and hot-air balloon rides. If you’re looking for something a little more sedate, why not explore one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites, like Bahla Fort? Or go on a snorkelling tour and marvel at the marine life in the Gulf’s bath-warm waters.

Back on dry land, Wahiba Sands is another must-visit on your Oman holiday. In this desert space, you can get involved with a number of experiences, ranging from stargazing to camel riding.


Show More
Show Less

Traditional Oman

Traditional Oman

Holidays in Muscat invite you to step into local life. Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, an intricately decorated temple of white marble with a vast crystal chandelier in its prayer hall, is one of the few Islamic places of worship to allow non-Muslims inside. Muttrah Souk, with its winding alleys and wooden roof, has been virtually unchanged in style since its introduction 200 years ago. On the harbourfront, the 16th-century forts of Al Jalali and Al Mirani tell stories of the country’s Portuguese colonial past, the Persian invasions, and the Omani dynasties which followed. Within Old Muscat, some of the capital’s most notable homes have been converted into heritage museums like Bait al Zubair which entice visitors to learn more about the city.

 

Show More
Show Less

Slightly further out lies Jabal Al Akhdar – an impressive expanse of craggy cliffs and limestone rock formations. Here, more daring travellers can traverse Via Ferrata, an obstacle course-like structure that wraps around the mountainside. It offers an otherwise inaccessible view of the desert landscape, which will take your breath away.

 

Show More
Show Less

Blended Cuisines

Blended Cuisines

Just as Muscat holidays blend the past and present, its dining scene is a distinctive mix of experiences. Enjoy elegant banquets in Qurum’s luxury hotel restaurants, traditional treats in Muttrah’s shawarma cafés, or the region’s best curry houses in Ruwi. While the Middle Eastern dishes of grilled meats, hummus, and flatbreads can be found across the city, you’ll also find some of Arabia’s best seafood, such as kingfish curry, mashuai, and more. International influences in Muscat’s eateries range from Iranian and Moroccan to Mediterranean, Asian, and American, while local delicacies worth hunting out include the stuffed flatbread of mushaltat, the spiced rice dish of majboos, and the yoghurt and buttermilk drink of laban. A Muscat menu is a tapestry of tastes, and there’s always more to try.



Show More
Show Less

Oman is also home to a host of museums, galleries, and UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including ancient water channels, forts, and the remains of a caravan oasis in the Land of Frankincense. Nizwa Fort is the sultanate’s most visited national monument and a remarkable window into the way of life for the Omani people of a bygone era. 

 

Show More
Show Less

Best time to go

Best time to visit Muscat

There are no two ways about it; holidays in Muscat can be hot. On the other hand, it rarely rains. The best time to visit will depend on how you handle the sun. Most people prefer the cooler months from September to April as the temperature falls between 20° and 30°, making it much more pleasant to get around. From May to August, daytime peaks soar to 40° or over, and the humidity is high. At this time of year, exploring is best kept to mornings and evenings, with afternoons dedicated to relaxing by the pool, grabbing a long lunch, or taking an opportunity to nap. December to February can feel chilly after dark, but a light jacket or cardigan is usually enough to keep you cosy.

 

Show More
Show Less

From April onwards, temperatures begin to rise rapidly, and the summer months can soar above 40°C. In this heat, you may find it difficult to explore – but if you’re searching for smaller crowds and lower prices, it’s worth considering.

Show More
Show Less

Essential info

Essential info

Visa: You’ll need to obtain an eVisas before travelling to Oman
Language: Arabic
Currency: Omani Rial (OMR)
Time difference: GMT +4 hours
Flight duration from London: 7 hours
Capital city: Muscat

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How to do Muscat

Check out our sample itineraries or speak with our Travel Specialists to plan your perfect Muscat holiday package today.

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