Meaning "safe anchorage", the port city of Muscat is indissolubly tied to the sea. It contributes to the economy, provides livelihood for the fishermen, and transfers goods.
Muscat is the setting of Arabian nights that you have always dreamed of. Domes and arabesques windows flourish at every angle and creates a dreamlike atmosphere as you pass through one of the oldest cities of the Middle East.
In 2011, Muscat has been placed on an international stage with the opening of the Royal House. The smooth marble floors and the mushroom columns of the palaces will leave you breathless as they stand against the sunset.
A visit to the mosques in Muscat is certainly a "must" particularly to the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, the main Mosque in the Sultanate of Oman. The rich design of the interior balance the sobriety of the exteriors: the prayer carpet which covers the floor of the prayer hall contains, 1,700,000,000 knots, weighs 21 tonnes and took four years to produce. The chandelier above the praying hall is 14 meters tall and was manufactured by company Faustig from Germany.
Muscat has also a number of museums including the Museum of Omani Heritage, National Museum of Oman, Oman Children's Museum al Zubair.