Muscat, Oman – An Exciting Up and Coming Travel Destination

A bustling port city, Muscat is the capital of the predominantly mountainous desert Oman. Offering shopping, scuba diving, hiking, kitesurfing, beaches, museums and numerous tours, combined with an extremely low crime rate, Muscat is deservedly an up and coming travel destination for the adventurous world wanderers.

Scenic view of the Waterfront. Muscat, Oman
Scenic view of the Waterfront. Muscat, Oman

Trade dominates the economy with major exports including dates, fish, petroleum and nacre. Port Sultan Qaboos, the main port of Oman, is a trading hub between the far east, the Persian Gulf and the southern region of Asia.

Port Sultan Qaboos Sign, Muscat, Oman
Port Sultan Qaboos, Muscat, Oman

Safari tours, castle tours, shopping tours, whale and dolphin tours, grand canyon tours, and the tour list goes on and on. This is a place where there is no time to sit still!!! There are several scuba dive operations, shopping complexes and souks, and several beaches. Caution recommended with the beaches; be sure to follow the rules which are often posted, for example, some beaches are only for families. Respect the country you are in and dress appropriately, covered knees and shoulders is a good rule of thumb. When at the beach, slightly more conservative swimwear would be advisable.

One of many Forts and Castles, Muscat, Oman
One of many Forts and Castles, Muscat, Oman

There are 3 different hiking routes, offering varying difficulty; many tour companies offer guided trekking. World class kitesurfing is enjoyed here due to the daily sea winds; several kitesurfing centres are located throughout the area. Nine museums, turtle and dolphin watching, spectacular restaurants and juice bars round off this surprising destination.

Morning Shoreline, Muscat, Oman
Rugged Morning Shoreline, Muscat, Oman

More information:

Muscat, Oman – A few of my photos
Beaches – Comprehensive List and Info
Trekking Routes – Hiking
Oman Tourism – Official Government Site
Museums – As listed by Wikipedia

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Diane Misol

Canadian living in Germany - Enjoying Travel & Documenting as I go! My goal is to bring you honest reporting based on my experience. As blogging took over the internet, so did glossy photos and life is perfect mentality. The world is now officially viewed through rose coloured glasses. I aim to bring you a truer, more realistic version. Hope you enjoy and please share if you do.

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