My first day in Muscat, went along on a full day tour of the city, mingling with the locals, wearing my very on Dishdasha.


Muscat, is the port capital of Oman. Sits on the Gulf of Oman surrounded by mountains and desert. With history dating back to antiquity. Unlike its neighbor Gulf capitals, it keeps the local village style with clifftop landmarks such as the 16th-century Portuguese forts. Slowly high-riser and upscale shopping malls, are starting to show up. During my full day exploring Muscat, these were some of my stops: Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, Royal Opera House, Muttrah Souq, Mutrah Corniche, the forts of Al Jalili Al Marini and Mutrah, Old Quarter Muscat and it sights, Alam Palace, Amouage Perfumery  and the Riyam Monument Giant incense Burner. Below are some the highlights. See all my Instagram Stories on Muscat.

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Muscat seen from atop Mutrah Fort

Getting there

I drove from the Wahiba Sands Desert on a 4×4 Wheel Drive Jeep, from my luxury tented camp overnight stay. The drive took approximately 5 hour, with a long stop at the oasis of  Wadi Bani Khalid. Now from Dubai, I flew Oman Air, and that took approximately 40 minutes. My Business Class seat and service, was absolutely flawless.

Dishdasha

As I was picked up by the lobby of my hotel, The Chedi Muscat, by my private guide, I was taken to the Mutrah Souq, for a walk, and to get into my very own Dishdasha – aka. a long usually white robe traditionally worn by men in the Middle East. Time to explore Muscat, mingling with the locals.

Highlights of my Day Tour

As I was picked up by the lobby of my hotel, The Chedi Muscat, by my private guide, I was taken to the Mutrah Souq, for a walk, and to get into my very own Dishdasha – aka. a long usually white robe traditionally worn by men in the Middle East. Time to explore Muscat, mingling with the locals.

Mutrah Corniche and Fish Market. The Mutrah Corniche, elegant promenade, curved waterside area offering paved paths & artful shelters, plus views of the water & mountains. Despite being Muscat’s main port area, the Mutrah Corniche feels more like a fishing village. Watch the dhows anchor and unload their glistening catch of the day at the markets.

Mutrah Souq. This was our stop to get me into my local Dishdasha, for my day mingling with the locals. Long-running, old-fashioned bazaar featuring household goods, clothing, spices, antiques & more.

Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque. The largest One-Single-Piece Iranian Carpet and the largest Austrian Swarovski Chandelier – 8 tons. A major feature of the design of the interior is the prayer carpet which covers the floor of the prayer hall. It contains, 1,700,000,000 knots, weighs 21 tonnes and took four years to produce, and brings together the classical Persian Tabriz, Kashan and Isfahan design traditions.

My lunch break

My lunch break was at the lovely and local Bait Al Luban, with a table overlooking La Corniche for traditional. > Read & See more on my Favorite Muscat Restaurants.

Mutrah Fort. Muscat seen from atop Mutrah Fort. Built by the Portuguese in the 1580s, this fort dominates the eastern end of Mutrah harbour. There’s not much to see inside although the panoramic views over Muscat, Mutrah and the ocean, are worth the hike.

Al Alam Palace. Located in Old Muscat. It was used as a ceremonial palace by Sultan Qaboos bin Said Al Said. Al Alam Palace is surrounded by the Mirani and Jalali Forts built in the 16th century by the Portuguese.

Highlights of my Night Tour

Before dinner, I took a quick tour of some of the highlights of Muscat by night, which included the Royal Opera House, and the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque ( which regardless if you’ve seen it during the day, you should pass by it at night).

The Royal Opera House of Muscat. Oman’s premier venue for musical arts and culture. The opera house is located in Shati Al-Qurm district of Muscat on Sultan Qaboos Street. Built on the royal orders of Sultan Qaboos of Oman, the Royal Opera House reflects unique contemporary Omani architecture, and has a capacity to accommodate maximum of 1,100 people.

The Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque glows at night. Even if you’ve visited during the day, a drive by is highly recommended. During night hours, you wont be able to access inside. The main mosque in the Sultanate of Oman, located in the capital city of Muscat.

Ready for my evening

Ready for my evening out and about Muscat. Note that most restaurants do not serve alcohol. So my first cocktail took place at the Club Lounge of my hotel The Chedi Muscat. It was indeed Martini time, after an amazing day exploring beautiful Muscat. > Read & See on my Favorite Muscat Restaurants

The Chedi Muscat

My hotel while in Muscat. I would say, the best luxury accommodation option in Muscat, close to all the main landmarks of the city.  Sparkling waters, vibrant gardens, majestic sea and dramatic mountains as seen through the grand windows in all 158 tasteful, well-appointed guestrooms and suites heighten the calming effect of the natural and timeless environment at The Chedi Muscat. > Read & See More

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