Muscat

Muscat

Oman’s capital, and far and away its largest city, Muscat offers a summary of the country’s past and present. The city is quite modern and is now home to a population getting towards one million, approximately 25% country’s total. It’s here that you’ll find Oman at its most contemporary and commercial, exemplified by the string of opulent hotels which line the city’s sand-fringed coastline, backed up by first clas restaurants and modern malls, and honeycombed with a network of roaring, multi-lane highways. It’s also unquestionably the commercial and administrative powerhouse of modern Oman, from the stately government buildings which line the main highway into town through to the high-rise office blocks of Ruwi’s Central Business District.

Significant reminders of the city’s past remain, however. These include, most notably, the engaging port district of Muttrah and the nearby quarter of Old Muscat spread out along a salty seafront lined with old Portuguese forts, colourful mosques and assorted traditional Arabian buildings (many now converted to smale-scale museums). These are the places where you’ll get the strongest sense of Muscat’s sometimes elusive appeal, with its beguiling atmosphere of old-time, small-town Arabian somnolence, quite different from the somewhat faceless modern suburbs to the west. Muttrah and neighbouring Ruwi also offer the city’s most interesting streetlife, and the best view of the patchwork of cultures which make up the city: Omani, Indian and Pakistani, with an occasional hint of Zanzibari, Baluchi and Iranian thrown in for good measure – a living memory of the city’s surprisingly cosmopolitan past. Feel free to give us a call for more info on Muscat and to book your great value cruise deal on 01737 646417

 

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