If you fly with Oman Air (which is great) and you have a longer waiting time for your connecting flight you should consider the following stopover city tour we did with a local guide. He picked us up at the airport and brought us back after the tour. We applied for the visa some weeks before but it semmed possible to just get them on arrival.
|Our 8 Hours Stopover in Muscat Itinerary|
|1. Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque|
|2. Mutrah Market and Souq|
|3. Bait al Zubar Museum|
|4. Al Alam Palace|
|5. Qurum Beach|
Check also our other stopover / layover itineraries:
1. Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque
The first stop was at Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque which is a beautiful relatively new mosque on the way into the city centre. You can just walk through the whole complex which may take around 45 minutes.
2. Mutrah Market and Souq
We had a little stop at the Mutrah Fish Market and the Mutrah Souq. The Fish Market has a small but very good selection of fresh fish, if you have the time and place to cook something this is the place to go shopping. The Souq was a mixture of gold jewelry, clothing and spices.
3. Bait al Zubar Museum
We spend about 45min here. You can see traditional clothings, some rebuild historical huts and lots of weapons. Our guide explained everything about the different styles of the hats and ropes.
4. Al Alam Palace
Next stop was at the old palace which we saw just from the outside. We then drove some meters to a parking lot near Al Mirani Fort from where you can see the Al Jalali Fort and the small island of Jazirat Masqat.
5. Qurum Beach
Our tour ended at Qurum Beach. It’s a wide sandy beach with a few cafés on the street so you can either jump into the warm water or chill in the shade of a cafe.