Muscat, capital of Oman, stands on the Gulf of Oman is surrounded by mountains and desert.
With a history dating back to ancient times, the city alternates multi-stores shopping malls with monuments built
on top of the cliffs, such as the 16 th century Portugues forts of Al Jalali and Mirani, which dominates the port.
Muttrah, the old quarter of Muscat, is known for its labyrinthine souk and crowded fish market, as well as for the Corniche, the promenade by the sea. To the east is the colorful Al Alam palace,
the Sultan's ceremonial residence built in a contemporary Islamic style. Not far away there are numerous museums, including the Bait Al Zubair, which focuses on the culture and craftsmanship of Oman. The Royal Opera House hosts international shows, while the Shatti al Qurum is a popular public beach. Just outside Muscat, you will find the lagoon coral reefs of Bandar Jissah and Bandar Khayran which, together
with the island of Fahal, with their characteristic limestone formation, are perfect destinations for diving.
Muttrah souk : Here’s the oldest historical Oman still vibrating and lively market full of Oman culture. Jewels, dresses, spices, food and the very famous sweet dates, typical fruit of this country,
are just a sample of what a tourist can find. Visitors can shop around meeting friendly shopkeepers, while breathing and live the authenticity of Oman culture, usages and customs in this shopping area.