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While the city's collection of tourist attractions could hardly be labelled as a throng, Muscat's treasures are buried in the fascinating culture of Oman, in the colourful markets and the ancient streets of the Old Town, and in the faces and smiles of the locals who dish up tantalising food alongside fascinating tales of their home.
The capital of the Sultanate of Oman, Muscat sits on the coastline of the country at the tip of the Arabian Peninsula, which shares borders with the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Yemen. The city experiences hot, dry and sunny weather year round, which makes a holiday pleasurable at any time of the year.
This means that you can find cheap hotels in Muscat throughout the year. It’s wise to book in advance to secure your room and to pay the lowest prices.
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Hotels in Muscat are dotted around the main areas of the city, which form a long narrow band between the sea and the mountains...
This oddly shaped city makes getting around on foot a little tricky, with public transport and hire cars in frequent use by visitors. The Old Town is easy enough to navigate without wheels, with plenty of attractions within it to keep you busy. There are hotels in this area worthy of consideration, with a handful of luxury hotels and budget hotels serving the area.
The nearby neighbourhood of Muttrah is also a good place to look for hotels in Muscat, while anywhere along the waterfront promenade known as the Corniche, including areas such as Sidab and Al Bustan, are also worth exploring.
The most popular Muscat hotels with visitors are the splendid resort-style palaces that line the waterfront of Qurm, which is also spelled Qurum. Located further along the coast from the Old Town, hotels here offer more in the way of Oman's splendid beach life, and you can book glamorous five-star hotels or opt for one of the mid-range accommodation options that share the glorious beach scenes.
Big brands have begun to set up shop in town and you can check into hotels from Crowne Plaza, Ramada, InterContinental, Shangri-La, Grand Hyatt and Millennium.
Air conditioning is fairly standard in Muscat hotels, and will come in very useful if you aren't used to such intense heat.
The past has painted fascinating brush strokes around Muscat and you can admire them up close at these attractions…
Top five attractions
This museum provides a fascinating insight into French colonial life in Oman in the 1800s.
Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque
This enormous religious building is the main mosque in Oman. Visit at night to see the exterior magnificently illuminated.
A warren of alleyways and discoveries peppered with interesting shops and stalls.
Built by the Portuguese in the 16th century, Al-Jalali Fort stands guard over Muscat Bay.
Muscat Gate Museum
This museum is worth a visit just for the view of the Sultan's Palace from the upper levels, though there is much else to learn about.
A colourful parade of events runs through the social calendar in Muscat. Pop along to make your holiday album even more interesting...
Muscat Festival; January: A colourful annual celebration of art and culture since 1998. Prepare to be dazzled by one of the most lavish festivals in the world. If you're staying locally, remember to pack earplugs as the fireworks tend to be non-stop.
Muscat Regatta; November: A relatively new event on the sailing calendar, you can stand on the shore to wave off the competitors as they set sail in the hope of clinching big-money prizes; it's quite a thing to see the water crammed with boats.
Eid; dates vary: Although many shops and attractions are closed for the Eid festival, Muscat is enveloped in a warm atmosphere of subtle celebration. While many would suggest Eid is not a good time to visit Muscat as a tourist, on account of it being a national holiday, it is also one of the only chances you'll get to wander the city with the streets to yourself.