Area Guide

Local City Information

His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said, Head of State for the last 45 years, has succeeded in developing the country's economy while maintaining its cultural and religious heritage. Accordingly, this enchanting country welcomes visitors with traditional Arab hospitality, combined with all the modern comforts a prosperous nation enjoys.

Numerous festivals and celebrations, such as Eid Al Fitr after the month of Ramadhan, and Eid Al Adha marking the end of Haj, are an important part of the Islamic tradition. On these occasions family members and friends pay visits to each other, and share sumptuous dinners lasting long into the night. Invitations to such events are a great opportunity to experience the rich Omani cuisine.

The Royal Opera House Muscat

Royal Opera House Muscat is the leading arts and culture organization in the Sultanate of Oman. Located in Muscat, Oman, the vision of the Opera House is to serve as a centre of excellence in global cultural engagement. We strive to enrich lives through diverse artistic, cultural, and educational programs.

The multidisciplinary work of Royal Opera House Muscat showcases rich and diverse artistic creations from Oman, the region, and the world; provides a space for culture and socioeconomic development reflections and actions; inspires audiences and nurtures creativity with innovative programs; fosters cultural vitality and unleashes talent; promotes cultural tourism; and puts cultural diplomacy into practice by reinvigorating global and multi-disciplinary collaborations and exchanges.

For more information on the Royal Opera House, please click here.

Tours in the Sultanate of Oman

Big Bus Tour Muscat

The Day Tour is a hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour of Muscat. With magnificent views from an open top bus, the Big Bus Tour is the perfect introduction to the capital city of Oman.

The carefully designed route takes you to the major landmarks and historic sights, while your personal recorded commentary (available in six languages) provides entertaining information to explain the history and culture of the city.

For more information on how to book your next big bus tour, please click here or contact our Concierge team.

Forts and Palaces
Various forts built by different invaders, such as the Portuguese, the Persians and several Arab groups, are being or have been restored. Visiting these will give you an idea of the magnificence of the past. The most astonishing palace is Al Alam, the Sultan's Palace in Old Muscat, flanked by the old Portuguese forts, called Jalali and Mirani.

Numerous mosques shape the skyline of the city. Although non-Muslims may not enter mosques, the newly built Sultan Qaboos Grand mosque is open to visitors. The exteriors with gold-plated roofs and embellished wooden doors impress visitors nonetheless, and provide shining examples of typical Arab architecture.

If you want to really experience the Arab way of trade, you have to go shopping in some of these bazaars. If you are planning to buy rugs or antiques, get a local guide to show you the best places and assist you in bargaining on the price.

You may be surprised at the range of leisure activities this country has to offer. From all kinds of water sports to mountain climbing, from wadi-bashing in four-wheel-drives to camping in the desert, you are sure to find something you like to do.
Various tour operators arrange trips to the deserts, the wadis, the Interior and its Empty Quarter, Musandam, Salalah, the Dhofar Region and Oman's east coast.

Visiting Oman, you will be amazed by the variety of landscape this country encompasses. Dazzling wadis (dry riverbeds with occasional pools of water), sandy and rocky deserts and mountains, as well as the coastline, are just waiting to be explored by you. As the country has not been affected by mass tourism, you will find it the perfect place to have a fun and relaxing holiday.

The flora of the Sultanate is as diverse as its terrain and climate. The most common trees, found mainly in the wadis and in the coastal regions, are date palms. Dhofar is known for its frankincense trees. Unlike most other Gulf countries, Oman is notable for its flora and greenery rather than its deserts.

Although many species that used to be widely spread in this area are now thought to be extinct, there are still some left to be spotted, like the oryx and the Arabian leopard. Expect to see the world-famous Arab horses, camels and other animals in the wild. Oman also boasts some excellent scuba-diving sites, where the marine life will never cease to amaze you.

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Our Concierge department will be more than happy to assist with any of your queries. Please get in touch with us on +968 2464 1234 or email

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