24 Hours in the Capital

Muscat is a mesmerizing city. It is truly an Arabian gem, still undiscovered by many and is opulent and intriguing.

With majestic palaces, bustling bazaars and stunning beaches, if you’ve got 24 hours to spare we’ve got just the itinerary for you.

Sultanate of Oman has adopted a slower approach compared to some of its neighboring countries, taking pride in an ancient, frankincense trading past, preserving its rich heritage while looking forward to a prosperous future. Muscat, which means "safe anchorage", could describe Oman as a whole.

Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque

The Grand Mosque is the focal point of Muscat and the perfect place to start your day. It’s the only mosque in Oman open to non-Muslims and gives a fascinating insight into the religious practices of the locals. Visit early to take in the peace of the mosque before the crowds arrive and remember this is an active place of worship so dress appropriately.  

Tip: Look up and down as you enter this beautifully built mosque, it is home to the world’s second biggest carpet and chandelier.

For a virtual tour of the mosque, visit the website.

Old Muttrah Souk

Remember, a visit to the souk is a must when in Muscat!

Take a taxi and drive down to Muttrah harbor, where the souk is located. Pass through the market swiftly to uncover some of the city's most amazing antiques, handicrafts, gold and silver. You can almost find everything here - you can also pick up mementos from your trip.

Tip: the souk is a long narrow pathway. An entire tour can be completed in an hour if moving swiftly. Haggling is great but some shop owners will not agree to discount so don't be too pushy! 

Stop for Lunch

There is no shortage of cafes and restaurants in the city. Muscat has a lot of dining spots with spectacular views overlooking the city, Hajar Mountain or Gulf of Oman. For locally infused cuisine, try Ubhar, Bait Al Luban or Kargeen to name a few. Cafes are plentiful along the Shatti Al Qurum beach, beside Jawharat Al Shatti Mall.

Tip: get a cab to drive you to Shatti Al Qurum beach where most of the cafes and restaurants are only a walking distance.

Hit the Beach

Explore the natural beauty of Oman's coastline. For a day boat trip, head to Qantab beach and explore the more remote spots on the coast. 

There are several public beaches in Muscat that are only a few minutes away from the hotel such as Shatti Al Qurum beach (also known as the Love Road) or you can even take an afternoon stroll by the beach just behind the hotel.

Tip: if you've only got 24 hours in Muscat, plan your beach r&r to be in the second portion of the day unless you are looking to take a boat trip to one of the islands in Qantab.

Contact Information

For more information about directions, transportation or even tips on where to go, contact our Concierge by calling +968 2464 1234 or email muscat.grand@hyatt.com.

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Shatti Al Qurm, P.O. Box 951, Muscat, Oman, 133

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