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Muscat – shining city on the sea

Take a flight to Muscat with Etihad to experience the coastal wonders of Oman’s thrilling port city, which has a history dating all the way back to antiquity.

You’ll be greeted by the breathtaking sights of the surrounding desert and mountains, before glimpsing the marble dome of the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque.

muttrah corniche of latticed buildings and mosques muscat

Reminders of Muscat’s ancient roots and historic landmarks abound, and there are daily tours around fascinating sites such as the Al Jalali Fort – built by the Portuguese in the 16th century.

More contemporary architectural wonders include the recently completed Opera House, the stylish Muttrah Fish Market and the striking, shining Oman National Museum.

Muscat is a city that truly comes alive at night. Locals and visitors come together as they enjoy a fine meal at one of the city’s restaurants or a relaxing stroll along the waterfront.

Book flight tickets to Muscat with Etihad Airways to experience the best of Omani hospitality in this charming city, along with the chance to enjoy memorable adventures in the desert.

What’s the weather like in Muscat?

What’s the weather like in Muscat?

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Fly to Muscat from November through to March and experience warm and pleasant temperatures, averaging around 22°C.

From May to August, temperatures soar with highs over 40°C – you’ll find plenty of indoor activities to do during this time.

Reasons to visit Muscat

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Aquatic excitement

As you fly into Muscat it’s impossible to miss the sparkling clear blue sea that gives the city much of its charm. You can take boat trips out to the port and beyond, where local dolphins, whales and maybe even some turtles can be greeted.

Wadi Shab Valley is a popular outdoor attraction. After a short hike to the waterfall, reward yourself with a tasty barbecue followed by a relaxing dip in one of the many freshwater pools.

mountain biker posing on the edge of the hajar mountains in oman

Climb the heights of Jebel Shams

Several hours away from Muscat rests Jebel Shams, Oman’s highest mountain top. An all-day tour can transport you from the centre of Muscat to this iconic spot of natural beauty. Along the way you’ll encounter plenty of small towns and villages, giving you a taste of authentic local culture.

Nothing, however, will prepare you for the breathtaking sight of the mountain reaching almost 10,000 feet high and its deep canyon ridges formed over millions of years. A visit to Jebel Shams is like taking a journey back in time.

beautiful grand mosque in muscat

See the star attraction

The city’s Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque is a glorious example of modern Islamic architecture and may well be one of the first things you’ll want to visit after your Muscat flight.

Inside you’ll see the world’s second-largest hand-loomed Persian Carpet, a magnificent feat of design and craft measuring nearly 40,000 square feet. It took more than four years to weave – hundreds of people worked together to complete the carpet in time for the mosque’s grand opening.

Visitors should dress modestly, avoiding revealing or tight clothing. Females must cover their hair – suitable attire is available at a small cost once you arrive.

Things to know before you fly to Muscat

plane Airport transfers

Muscat International Airport (MCT) is around 10 to 20 minutes’ drive away from the central district. There are local bus transfers, but services can be unpredictable. Booking a taxi is one of the best ways to get from the airport to the heart of things. Be sure to agree on a price beforehand, as most taxis will not use meters.

charities Cultural considerations

Locals tend to dress conservatively, and guests are advised to do so too. Avoid tight or revealing clothing and wear long sleeve tops that also cover the shoulders. Swimsuits should only be worn on visitor beaches.

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Oman uses type G power sockets, with a standard voltage and frequency of 240V/50Hz. Consider packing a power adaptor should you need one.

bus Getting around Muscat

If you’re staying for a few days or even longer, hiring a car can be a good option if you’re planning on a variety of sightseeing trips. Tours with transport are widely available for many local and nearby attractions.

Flying to Muscat: FAQs

What language is spoken in Muscat?

The national language of Oman is Arabic, although you’ll hear a wide range of tongues in the city, giving Muscat a multicultural flavour. These include Gujarati, Portuguese, Sindhi, Somali, and a few local dialects. English is widely spoken in Muscat, especially in larger hotels and restaurants.

What is traditional Muscat food like?

Muscat cuisine is famous for rich, creamy curries of slow cooked meat, fragrant rice and vegetables. Soups and broths are also local specialities, usually made with succulent lamb or tender chicken pieces.

Yoghurts and green salads provide a lighter touch, fish can be widely enjoyed by the waterfront, while coffee or salty buttermilk round off the local culinary traditions.

Where should I stay in Muscat?

Al Qurum is a good place to stay if you’re visiting Muscat to see the main sights. Located in the northern part of the city, it’s right at the heart of the action with plenty of shopping malls, restaurants and other amenities nearby. Al Qurum National Park is a great place to relax with a picnic and enjoy the green spaces.

Why we love Muscat

“Muscat is a magical place you have to experience for yourself. Visit the Grand Mosque or the fish market in Muttrah. After sightseeing, find a restaurant where you can eat next to the seafront and watch the sun setting over the harbour.”

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Weather in Muscat

32 °C
Thursday1 Oct 2020
34 °C
Friday2 Oct 2020
35 °C
Saturday3 Oct 2020
34 °C
Sunday4 Oct 2020
33 °C
Monday5 Oct 2020
33 °C
Tuesday6 Oct 2020
32 °C
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