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Greater Muscat is made up of three distinct cities, separated geographically by hills and ridges, and each with its own particular identity.
Muscat is the old port area; Mutrah, to the northwest, is the main trading district with the country’s most important harbour; whereas Ruwi, built on a grid-plan in a valley a few kilometres inland, has developed only in the late 20th century into a modern commercial and administrative centre. Still newer parts are the largely residential suburb of Qurm, and Medinat Qaboos with many government buildings, west of Mutrah on the coast. Al-Bustani, south of Muscat, boasts a luxury hotel: the Al-Bustan Palace Hotel.

The city is guarded east and west by two great stone forts, built on Arab foundations by the Portuguese in the late 16th century, making the port almost impregnable. Until the 1970s, cannons were fired from the two towers every night as the town gates were dragged shut. Both forts are used by the police and army and are closed to the public, though you can take photos. Fort Jalali, to the east, used to serve as a prison. The Sultan’s Royal Guard is installed in Fort Mirani, where there are still some old bronze cannons.

The capital of Oman is an ancient walled city, built around a fine natural harbour and encircled by rocky mountains that provide an impressive backdrop to a mixture of traditional and modern architecture. It is the hub of the country's political, economic and cultural commercial affairs.

  • Last visit to Muscat: Jun 2003
  • Intro Updated Jul 6, 2003
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  • Dec 18, 2007 at 7:44 AM

    Well worth a visit, very imposing. Signposts to it are not good but you can see it from the main road and its not too difficult to find. If you are female you have to cover your arms and head.

  • Feb 27, 2007 at 3:31 AM

    ive just turned 18 and am planning on staying at the hyatt in may with my boyfriend, just wondering how tight they are on id there and what the age limit is for entry?! pls let me know asap :) thank you xxx

  • May 5, 2006 at 11:26 PM

    It is extraordinary to think that this wonderful spiritual building is the work of an architect born in New Zealand. What a contribution to Omani culture! The mosque is majestic but graceful, detailed but not fussy. Amazing!

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    May 8, 2005 at 10:07 AM

    What a great destination, hard to get there...Thanks for the description!

  • dejavu2gb's Profile Photo
    May 6, 2005 at 8:33 AM

    Great site, sounds like a very interesting destination... love you pic of the boats... very nice...

  • victorwkf's Profile Photo
    Dec 23, 2004 at 4:46 PM

    Wondeful information & photos on Muscat ! I'm planning to visit this place in Jan 2005.

  • terps94's Profile Photo
    Jul 15, 2004 at 4:39 AM

    wonderful job!! you filled me in on all the places I didnt get to see while i was in Muscat..I want to go visit the city again.

  • BorderHopper's Profile Photo
    Jun 1, 2004 at 10:07 PM

    I'm not quite sure what it is but I've always had a desire to see Muscat (maybe its the name)......your pictures are wonderful & help keep that desire of mine alive.

  • Mar 29, 2004 at 5:04 AM

    very excitng pic of intro:^)

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    Feb 12, 2004 at 1:48 AM

    This is probably my favorite destination city in the Middle East, so far...... Your page brings back memories....

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