Flights to Muscat (MCT)

Flights to Muscat satisfy cravings for beaches and high-end dining. Make your way to the port for a culture fix.

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Unlike some of its neighbours in the Gulf, Muscat is not massively built up or saturated with hotels and resorts. Yet the standard of hospitality here is high – nowhere more so than within the succession of beautiful beachside hotels. Surrounded by quality restaurants, beaches and high-end shopping options, it’s tempting never to venture further afield.

But to stay glued to the sunbed would mean missing out on what makes Muscat truly charming and unique: its carefully preserved history and traditions. Head for the port area of Muttrah and nearby Old Muscat, which teem with old forts from the Portuguese colonial days, and explore mosques, souks and museums. There’s a real sense of cultures coming together here, which is no surprise given the fact that Africans, Iranians, Europeans and, of course, Omanis made this alluring city their home centuries ago.

And, naturally, they came via the sea, which remains one of the biggest draws of this Omani city. These days, Muscat is a popular diving centre, both for those interested in the wrecks at Bandar Khayran and those who want to explore the marine life around the Daymaniyat Islands. If you want to keep your feet dry, dolphin-spotting trips can also be arranged.

It’s attractions like these that make flights to Muscat a top pick. Combined with a trip into Oman’s famous mountain regions, and it’s the kind of place where you could spend weeks and not get bored.

Understand Omani history

Of all the museums in Muscat, Bait Al Zubair is the most interesting, thanks to its collection of Omani weaponry, costumes and jewellery. There’s even a recreation of an Omani village in the self-styled ‘house that became a museum’, and the house itself is also intriguing as a symbol of old Omani wealth.

Al Saidiyah Street
+968 2208 4700

Go on marine adventures

The clear waters of the Gulf of Oman are popular with divers and water sport enthusiasts. Tourists can also go on dolphin- and turtle-watching trips. The best time to see the turtles is from July to October, when more than 20,000 of them arrive to Oman’s shores to lay eggs. One hotspot is the Daymaniyat Islands, an hour out of town.

Daymaniyat Islands Nature Reserve
Wadi Khuwayrat
Barka 320
+968 9955 6707

Mumtaz Mahal (Indian)

Mumtaz Mahal has been a Muscat institution for years now, offering good food and amazing views from a hilltop overlooking the city. A renovation has raised the experience to a whole new level, but the food remains a combination of classic dishes and innovative specialties. And the prices are reasonable too.

Way 2601
+968 24 605 979

Ubhar (Omani)

For an introduction to Omani cuisine, try Ubhar. This is one of most refined places to get a taste of Omani food – check out the camel biryani. There are also Arabic and European dishes on the menu. They do takeaways too.

Al Kharjiyah Street
+968 2469 9826

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