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Muscat (meaning ‘anchorage’ or ‘strong scented’) is the capital of Oman and comprises of three smaller towns called Muscat, Matrah and Ruwi. It is situated on the Arabian Sea along the Gulf of Oman. It was an important trading port between the west and the east since the early 1st century CE that later switched itself to become a regional military force in 18th century. You should visit it for its architecture that is a direct derivative of its commercial and marital identities. Some stellar attractions here include the Muttrah Corniche (a seaside promenade with picture-perfect beauty) and the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque.
Muttrah district is home to one of the largest sea ports and one of the most beautiful seafront cornices in the country. Its scenic beauty is perfectly complemented by its eye-catching surroundings that combine beauty and history. You should visit here for the 16th century Muttrah Fort, the nearly 600 year old Mosque of the Great Prophet and one of the oldest markets in the Arab world (Souq Muttrah).
The Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque
The Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque is the main mosque in Muscat. It is made using 300000 tons of Indian sandstone and is hallmarked by its 90 meter high main minarets and four 45.5 meter high flanking minarets. Its floor is covered from the world’s second largest single piece carpet that was painted and woven using traditional methods. It weighs 21 tons and had taken four years to produce.The National Museum
The National Museum is the Sultanate's flagship cultural institution and it offers a profound insight into last two million years as they have happened in Oman Peninsula. You should visit it for its array of 5466 objects and 43 digital immersive experiences across 14 permanent galleries as a subset of the country’s religious, geographic, maritime, monetary and historical heritage. This museum is also the first museum in the Middle East to adopt Arabic Braille script for the visually impaired.
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