Muscat Ferry Port
Situated on the northeast coast of Oman, Muscat is the capital city and the largest metropolitan city in the country. The only ferry route departing from Muscat is to Khasab, a six hour crossing that runs just once per week.
What is there to do in Muscat?
Unlike many portal cities residing in Asia, Muscat has maintained its traditional values; all buildings are required to portray an Arabic feel to protect the city’s rich cultural and religious heritage. Tourists visiting for the first time are generally appreciative of the prestigious buildings, especially the remarkable colour and architecture of the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, which should be placed firmly at the top of the itinerary of any visitor. For an added touch of culture, the Bait Al Zubair Museum provides a fascinating insight into the history of the country. However, the architectural structures don’t all resemble archaic buildings, the Royal Opera House is a tantalising blend of traditional and modern ideas.
For those who may not have such a taste for culture and history, there is plenty to do elsewhere: many spots along the coastline are perfect for dolphin watching, and the mountainous terrain is a hiker’s dream. After a day of sightseeing and hiking, the seafood served at many of the restaurants is regarded as the freshest in the Gulf of Oman. The rich array of flavours and aromas ensure that many visitors return for a second visit.
Public transport is lacking around Muscat, so taxis or rental cars are the best way to get around the city. Rental companies can be found in the heart of the city, though there is some confusion around the validity of international driving licenses, so it is best to check with the rental company itself.