One Day In Oman; Things to do and places to see on a Muscat Layover

One Day In Oman; Things to do and places to see on a Muscat Layover

One Day In Oman; Things to do and place to see on a Muscat Layover

OMAN

Out of all the countries in the Arabian Peninsula, The Sultanate of Oman is a country of so many extremes within itself. There are sand dunes, hidden lakes, waterfalls, the Arabian sea, beautiful mountains, old villages and lots of greenery ( you heard it right ). The first thing that struck me about Oman was how no one seemed to have anything bad to say about it. Everyone told me one thing “Omanis are really friendly, the country is beautiful, food is really delicious and there is a lot of cultures.Now, having visited myself, I think I may join the group of people singing Oman’s praises.
Muscat is the capital city of Oman which is filled with ancient forts, smashing mountains and great food.Its city of culture and will surely give you a taste of Omani hospitality.

One Day In Oman; Things to do and places to see on a Muscat Layover

1.) Mutrah Corniche

One Day In Oman; Things to do and places to see on a Muscat Layover

Corniche

The corniche is a favorite spot of locals and the tourists. It’s an elegant esplanade which stretches for 3 Kms and is lined with lots of cafes, fountains and the famous Souq. On end is the famous fish market and on the other is a 16th-century old fort.
But what makes it more beautiful is the surroundings with the sea on the side and the old forts on the mountains on the other. My favorite place in Muscat layover is Mutrah corniche.

2.)Mutrah Souq

One Day In Oman; Things to do and places to see on a Muscat Layover

Souq

The best way to understand the city is to visit the market. It is here that you understand the character and culture of the place. Mutrah Souq is a bustling place with lots of shops selling local Omani goods, Khunjars, gemstones, souvenirs and antique carpets.
To locals, the Souq is even known as Al Dhalam which means darkness.I shall say its kinda of gloomy inside the Souq.

3.Mosque

One Day In Oman; Things to do and places to see on a Muscat Layover

Mosque

A visit to Muscat would not be complete without donning a headscarf/Cap and heading into the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque. It is considered to be one of the most beautiful mosques in the world. It is named after his Majesty Sultan Qaboos and is also one of the few mosques in the world which allow Non-Muslim visitors .

4.)Eat traditional Shuwa

One Day In Oman; Things to do and places to see on a Muscat Layover

Shuwa

Shuwa is one of the most delicious and traditional Omani foods. It is considered to be the national dish of OMAN and it is generally prepared for festive occasions like EID.
Shuwa is grilled meat marinated in dark spices like hot chilies,
cloves, coriander, cardamom, black pepper, cumin and then it is wrapped in banana leaves.It is finally placed in an underground pit where it is allowed to cook for 24 hours.The final dish is then served with brown rice and trust me it is to die for 🙂

Where to Eat; Bait al Luban

http://www.baitalluban.com/

 

5.) Al Alam/Sultan’s Palace

One Day In Oman; Things to do and places to see on a Muscat Layover

Palace

The Al Alam Palace is the official residence of Sultan of Oman and is located in the heart of old Muscat. It is surrounded by Al Mirani and Al Jalili forts both of the forts are not open to the public. It is one of the funkiest looking palaces i have seen and should be a must visit

Again visitors are not allowed inside the palace, though they can stop near the gates and take photographs/videos.

6.)National Museum of Oman

One Day In Oman; Things to do and places to see on a Muscat Layover

Museum

A short stroll away from the palace is the National Museum which provides a first-rate introduction to the history of Oman. If history interests you then this is your place. It enriched my knowledge about the Portuguese invasion of Oman in the 15th century and also about the Sultans of Oman who ruled Zanzibar ( Tanzania )

7.)Khanjar

One Day In Oman; Things to do and places to see on a Muscat Layover

Khanjar

The Arab world has always been famous for its historic traditional weapons.Most of them have disappeared with time but there is one such weapon which is still present ——The KHANJAR
Khangar is an Arabic dagger which is layers of gold and silver.It is part of Omani man’s attire and often worn for religious gatherings, weddings, and military events. It is the symbol of manhood and the soul of Oman.

Once worn in self-defense, today, the khanjar is an accessory and a prestige item much in demand.

8.)Forts

One Day In Oman; Things to do and places to see on a Muscat Layover

Fort

Forts are everywhere in Muscat but the sad part is most of them are closed to the public. But travelers always find something. So walking along the Mutrah Corniche I reached an end where this one fort about which no blog or travel guide had mentioned. It stood alone in one end.I decided to explore and guess what it was the only fort which was open to the public but still no visitors Ironic right?
So the unknown fort was, in fact, one of my highlights of the Muscat layover and the emptiness of this fort was surely trying to say about the wars it might have faced.

9.)Nightlife Muscat

One Day In Oman; Things to do and places to see on a Muscat Layover

CAVE

Far away from the city center on mount Darsait is a place called Cave. It ’s a 7000 Sq feet complex which comprises of 10 restaurants and bars serving both international and Omani cuisine.Love the views from here.

10.)Royal Opera house

One Day In Oman; Things to do and places to see on a Muscat Layover

Opera House

It was the first opera house to be opened in the middle east and it is known for hosting traditional Arab musical concerts.

LAYOVERS

One Day In Oman; Things to do and place to see on a Muscat Layover

BABA

Layovers is a personal travel blog which was started by Baba Aka Karanveer .He currently works as Cabin crew for a well known international airline that flies all over the world.He loves traveling to new countries where he explores the culture, the city, and its food. He hopes to inspire you to live a life you love and settle for nothing less than extraordinary.

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