The breath-taking capital of Oman will open your mind and steal your heart. When you cruise into this Arabian dream you’ll be seduced by its richness and warmth.
Oman is not competing with its flamboyant Arabian neighbours to build ever taller buildings and so retains its charm in its arabesque architecture. Islamic domes, intricate mosaics and colourful glass pay homage to the past, and old Portuguese forts sit side-by-side with modern homes and businesses.
Marvel at the majestic Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, the Riyam Monument (a striking frankincense burner statue located high on the Muttrah hillside), the National Museum of Oman and the modern Royal Opera House. On a less grand scale, small shops and stalls beckon with intriguing artefacts and novelties.
The cuisine here is rich in flavour, honouring traditional ingredients including dates, spices (cardamom, saffron, cinnamon) citrus, mint, rice and marinated meat such as lamb, beef and goat.