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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?

Average TemperatureAverage Rainfall

Jan

20°C

2cm

Feb

23°C

2cm

Mar

26°C

1cm

Apr

31°C

2cm

May

36°C

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Jun

37°C

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Jul

37°C

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Aug

36°C

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Sep

35°C

2cm

Oct

31°C

1cm

Nov

26°C

2cm

Dec

22°C

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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

fishing village between mountain landscape in muscat

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 over 3,000 metres 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 4,000 square metres. 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.

socket Plugs

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.”

The best of Muscat

Muscat is a remarkably elegant city, as it has always been. Local rules means there are no high-rises to ruin the skyline or block views, while the architecture is subtly uniform in a way that gives the place a personality all of its own.

Explore the centre with its serene parks and fascinating forts, or head into the water where you’ll find turtles that swim right up to you. From shopping at the souk to strolling along the sun-kissed corniche, you can discover how to do Muscat your way by reading more on Atlas.

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Abu Dhabi (AUH) to Muscat (MCT)

Departure Fri 31 Jan 2020,
Return Sat 1 Feb 2020
from AED1123*

Zurich (ZRH) to Muscat (MCT)

Departure Thu 5 Mar 2020,
Return Sat 21 Mar 2020
from CHF923*

Brussels (BRU) to Muscat (MCT)

Departure Mon 13 Apr 2020,
Return Mon 20 Apr 2020
from EUR538*

Manchester (MAN) to Muscat (MCT)

Departure Thu 5 Mar 2020,
Return Sun 15 Mar 2020
from GBP392*

Paris (CDG) to Muscat (MCT)

Departure Mon 10 Feb 2020,
Return Mon 17 Feb 2020
from EUR494*

Manila (MNL) to Muscat (MCT)

Departure Sun 26 Jan 2020,
Return Mon 23 Mar 2020
from USD1016*
*Round-trip fares recently viewed by others

Weather in Muscat

24 °C
Monday20 Jan 2020
23 °C
Tuesday21 Jan 2020
24 °C
Wednesday22 Jan 2020
24 °C
Thursday23 Jan 2020
24 °C
Friday24 Jan 2020
23 °C
Saturday25 Jan 2020
17 °C
Sunday26 Jan 2020
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