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Unique among its sister cities in the Gulf, Muscat is where chocolate-coloured mountains touch the ocean. Although a sleepy town compared to Dubai, Muscat has more successfully blended tradition and modernity. With its no-stress, relaxed atmosphere, and hardly any skyscrapers to rival the peaks of the mountains, Muscat is a different world. Greater Muscat, the capital of Oman, is made up of a string of towns that were once distinct villages separated by mountains and seas: Old Muscat, Matrah, Ruwi and el-Qurm, to name a few. The country's history was shaped by Islam, by Ottoman and Persian interference, Portuguese and British occupations and an Omani maritime empire that extended all the way to Zanzibar in Africa. Muscat's proximity to the Indian subcontinent is also evident in its heritage and architecture. It is a city of rugged mountains, ancient castles, ornate mosques and beautiful beaches.

  • Last visit to Muscat: Oct 2008
  • Intro Updated Nov 18, 2008
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  • Delia_Madalina's Profile Photo
    Feb 20, 2012 at 10:20 PM

    A beauifully writen, very informative page. As always I might add. I'll be in Oman next weekend and I'm considering a half a day trip to Muscat.

  • Tijavi's Profile Photo
    Nov 22, 2010 at 8:20 AM

    Great Muscat page! Just got back from Oman and I agree with some of your impressions, though never made it to Old Muscat and Ruwi. Cheers from the desert!

  • Redang's Profile Photo
    Jan 17, 2010 at 11:00 AM

    Excellent page!

  • PierreZA's Profile Photo
    Jan 22, 2009 at 6:22 AM

    Muscat is such a charming city, I enjoyed reading your tips very much. Hope you get to Mumbai, thanks for your visit.

  • call_me_rhia's Profile Photo
    Nov 15, 2008 at 1:49 AM

    ah - i stayed nextdoor - in what was once the best western. i ate at the itaoian restaurant at the hyatt one night... disappointing, i must say.

  • iwys's Profile Photo
    Nov 12, 2008 at 3:11 AM

    Excellent tips and photos. I'll probably be up in Muscat again in the next few months.

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