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Hotspots in Muscat

Hi,

I will be staying in Muscat(Quram) for a week,I'll be with my friend most of the time, so we are planning to roam around entire Oman for a week. So which all are the places to cover?

Please recommend hotspots in Muscat and other places within Oman :)

Thanks

Hazil A.M.

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1. Re: Hotspots in Muscat

WiFi hotspots??

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The Sohar roundabout ??

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Sohar roundabout was pretty much gone when we went that way early last month and the Globe has been gone for ages.

Anyway, if the weather keeps going the way it has been for the last few days all of Oman is going to be a hot spot ;-)

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HugeDXB, these will be Very hot spots. I am sure he does not want to see those.

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@ Tariq A - my response was to al_in_muscat's reply. Perhaps I should have made it more clear in my response that the latter part was referring to temperature/humidity hot spots. These have changed enormously in the last few days :-) It's not so comfortable being outside in the evenings now.

Perhaps, though, we've all been a little facetious and none of us has answered the OP. To the OP, within Muscat you should see Muttrah Souk (as long as there are no cruise ships in port - if there are that makes the experience less than pleasing), Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque which is breathtakingly beautiful and awe-inspiring. Again, if there are no cruise ships in port the Mosque will be much quieter (when we were there last week with visitors from the UK there were at least 10 coaches from the cruise ships in the car park and we, and our visitors, felt that, generally speaking, not enough respect was being given by certain members of these cruise tour groups to the 'holiness' of Mosque.

One of our favourite places to visit in Muscat is the Sultan's Armed Forces Museum in Beit al Falaj. Our most recent visitors also thoroughly enjoyed their visit (we were there for well over two hours) and it was our third visit. Each time we find something new to learn. The exhibit rooms don't just cover the armed forces - they cover the beginnings of Oman, the tribal struggles during Oman's history, Oman's seafaring history, the history of Islam in Oman and it's recent history - as recent as the late 1960's/early 1970's and the Renaissance when Sultan Qaboos became Ruler. Entrance fee is only OMR1/person and each group gets a personal guide. There is also a great external display of old aircraft, tanks, armoured personnel carriers, cars etc, even a ship.

About 150km outside of Muscat is Nizwa, an old capital city of Oman, which is well worth a visit. The souk, although having been 'tidied up' for tourists (it's on the cruise ship trip itinerary) is well worth a visit as is the Fort and Castle. Don't just see the 'tourist' souk, have a wander through the vegetable souk, fish souk, etc, too. And there's a spice souk area too which many don't discover.

If you and your friend do decide to visit Nizwa then nearby are Al Hoota Caves but you do need to pre-book tickets to visit this attraction. When our friends were with us recently they were closed. Also the fort at Bahla has recently re-opened (a World Heritage Site) and that's about another 50k or so beyond Nizwa. To do Nizwa, Al Hoota and Bahla would be a bit much in a day if you drive yourselves. You could stay at Falaj Daris on the outskirts of Nizwa for a night which would cut the driving down to a manageable day by day trip and, should you so like, enable you to partake of a glass of grape or hop on your overnight stay.

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7. Re: Hotspots in Muscat

Exocet perhaps?

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