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Muscat is certainly one of the oldest cities in the Middle East which still preserves some of its ancient cultural heritages. What is striking is the breath-taking intermingling of ancient cultural heritage and modern style. Muscat is considered the pulsating heart of Oman.
Forts, castles, and towers are Oman’s most striking cultural landmarks. You can enjoy rare glimpses of the wealthy cultural heritage of Arab land in them. Muscat holds a special charm for tourists from around the world with its grand forts, parks and museums.
Begin your tour with must-see Al Jalali and Al Mirani Forts, two major ancient constructions built by Portuguese which are now been converted to museums. The beautiful Qasr Al Alam Royal Palace is situated between these two forts. Though entry is restricted to the Palace, visitors can photograph it from outside as well as its beautiful surroundings.
Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, the third largest mosque of the World, is opened to everyone. You have to have proper attire to visit the mosque where women have to cover their heads, ankles and wrists. A major feature of the design of the interior is the prayer carpet which is the second largest manually made Persian carpet of the World covering the floor of the prayer hall.
Mutrah Souk is the place to visit for shopping with its many jewelry shops, handicraft shops, and eating-places. For a relaxing walk in the evening, take to the Corinche area which is also home to many affordable food outlets.
Many museums in and around the city takes you back in time. Bait Al Zubair, Bait Muzna Gallery, Children’s Museum, National Museum in Ruwi, Omani French Museum, Omani Museum and the Sultan’s Armed Forces Museum are some of the important museums worth visiting. Another place worth visiting is the Amouage Perfume Factory that produces prestigious perfumes in the World.
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