5 Best Places To Visit In Old Muscat

A Time-Honoured Neighbourhood In Oman


Old Muscat is one of the few neighbourhoods that kept its olden charms and unique atmosphere alive, making it one of the key destinations for visitors to explore. The place is filled with beautiful touristic spots that include some historical monuments that offer a peek into the heritage and culture of Oman. Here are five places you must visit when in Old Muscat.

1. Al Jalali and Al Mirani Forts

These iconic forts are some of the most famous in Oman, overlooking the Gulf of Oman. These ancient shelters were built by the Portuguese empire in the 1580s and are currently used as a private museum of the Oman history, exhibiting cannons, maps, muskets and matchlocks, rugs and a variety of artefacts. Though the forts are not open for the general public, they still hold a special place in Oman’s history (and our hearts). Its picturesque view from the outside is worth marvelling at.

Location: Old Muscat, Muscat (Map link to Al Mirani fort)

2. Al Alam Palace

Al Alam Palace is one of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said’s palaces, it’s located in old Muscat, isolated and protected by Al Jalai & Al Mirani forts. Built in 1972, the palace is nothing short of a wonder, with an architecture that showcases inspired Islamic motifs with a hint of modernity, and a colour palette that sports eye-catching shades of blue and yellow. Visitors are allowed to visit the palace and take photographs from outside the gate only, but trust me, it’s worth it.

Location: Old Muscat, Muscat

3. The National Museum of Oman

Oman’s flagship museum opened on the 30th of July 2016, with an aim to share and preserve the historic and intangible heritage of Oman. it displays the nation’s heritage from the earliest human settlement in Oman till today. Their interest is to preserve Oman’s history and transport it to new generations and provide opportunities for cultural expression and innovation. Visitors can immerse themselves into the experience by exploring all the 14 halls. A must-visit.

Location: Old Muscat, Muscat 
Contact: +968 2208 1500
Timings: 10.00am to 5.00pm

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4. Al Riyam Park

On the lookout for a place to relax with the family? Head over to Al Riyam Park. This place is one of the best tourist attractions in Muscat, designed to blend the beauty of Oman’s nature with architectural art. It has many levels and layers and a wonderful walkway that allows its visitors to sink in the ocean breeze from the Gulf of Oman. The park also includes an amusement park for children, which has all your favourite games. And, make sure to bring your camera, as the iconic Omani Incense Burner is located within the park, serving unparalleled views of Muscat.

Location: Old Muscat, Muscat

5. Bait Al Zubair

A quick visit to this place will satisfy visitors who want to enrich their knowledge on the heritage and culture of the Sultanate. The museum owns some of the finest Omani artefacts and art collectables. It is also a hub for cultural events and fine art exhibitions by the finest artists in town.

Location: Al Saidiya Street, Old Muscat
Contact: +968 2208 4700
Timings: 09.30am to 06.00pm – closed on Fridays

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