After pick up at your hotel the tours starts with the Grand Mosque.
Please note the Grand mosque is only open from 0830 hrs to 1100 hrs and is not open on Fridays.
Visitors are asked to dress modestly Women are also required to cover their hair.
The Mosque was inaugurated by Sultan of Oman on May 4, 2001.
Construction took six years and it covers an estimated area of 416,000 square metres. The mosque’s total capacity is 20,000 worshipers. The five minarets symbolise the five pillars of Islam it has a central dome which rises 50 metres above the floor.
Another impressive feature adorning the Prayer hall is the chandelier which is is 14 meters tall.
After the Grand Mosque we drive to the opera House .We might not have time to see the inside of the Opera House as it is only open from 0830 to 1030 but depending on traffic we will try.
We then Proceed to Muttrah Port where one can see the Sultans Yacht and a number of traditional Dhows anchored in the Harbour our first stop is the Fish Market.
The Fish market is currently undergoing a major face lift.
Opposite the fish market is the Souk. (what can we say …..it’s a Tourist place !! )
After some souvenir shopping, we head to Old Muscat. Imagine that when the Sultan came to power in 1970. The road from Muttrah to Muscat was the only stretch of blacktopped road.
Our First stop is Bait Al Zubair Museum.
The Museum now comprises three restored houses on displays are a wide range of the national heritage exhibits, including photographs, traditional handicrafts, ancient household equipment, weapons, and furniture.
A short walk away is the Sultan’s Palace Al Alam.
The palace sits at the end of a rocky deep water bay flanked by two 16th century forts Al Jalali and Al Mirani.
The palace complex incorporates a multitude of functional areas including the head of state accommodation and leisure facilities, banquet hall, dining rooms, an auditorium and a conference centre, all of which cover a floor area of 32,000 square metres. The palace is known as the office of Sultan Qaboos, but it is mainly used for ceremonial occasions such as greeting and entertaining state visitors.
Al Jalali Fort
Al-Jalali Fort guards the East side of the entrance to the harbour. It was built during the Portuguese occupation in the 1580s. The fort is accessible only via a steep flight of steps. It was once used as a prison, but now it is a museum of Omani heritage, but sadly it is only open to visiting dignitaries and heads of state.
During palace military occasions, bands of bagpipers perform from the fort battlements, and the royal dhow and yacht are sailed in full regalia into the harbour.
Al Mirani Fort
Al Mirani Fort guards the west and was also built by the Portuguese.
After visiting Muscat sightseeing old City the options are to drop off back at your hotel or to walk back to Muttrah along the cornice and past Riyam park perhaps check out the souk again and then get a taxi back.
Museum entry Charges Extra.
Dress Code to Visit Grand Mosque No Shorts For Men.
Ladies Long Trousers or Skirts Long Sleeves and Head Scarf.