This is my first time in Oman! My 172nd country! My first few days in Muscat I was at the Al Falaj Hotel.
I was so excited to finally set foot in Oman! This is my 172nd country (152nd UN), so I was ready and willing to see more of the Middle East! I started in the capital city Muscat, where the Al Falaj Hotel became my home for a few days. It was a great start as we have done a lot of tours in this country so it is important to stay in a hotel that is comfortable and comfortable enough. This is Al Falaj Hotel for me! More about this hotel below.
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Muscat, Oman to do
1. Appreciate the generosity of the mosque
There are several mosques in Muscat to visit and admire. All of these stand with such elegance and you will see them!
- Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque- Visiting the mosque is definitely worth it. The memorial building can be visited without entrance fee. Even the large gardens around the mosque are impressive. Note: Shoes must be taken off before entering and women must wear specially covered clothing. The women’s prayer room is relatively small whereas the larger hall for men is clearly distinct and very subtly designed.
- Mohammad Al Amin Mosque – The Mohammed Al Amin Mosque is also just a few years old and is located on top of an open hill. Since the mosque has not yet been commercialized, expect very few visitors during your visit. The mosque is beautiful and the interior is worth seeing, so be sure to visit!
2. See the museum after the museum!
In Muscat, there are many museums you can explore! That way, you’ll be able to learn more about this historic city. Even if you are not a fan of museums, there are literally plenty to choose from that might capture your interest.
- National Museum- A modern and spacious museum. In various sections, the development of Oman from prehistoric times to the present day is presented. Exhibitions are well illuminated and labeled (in both English and Arabic). Some exhibits even invite you to touch (or perceive) them directly. If a film, the history of Oman is summarized in a 15-20 minute film (alternately in English and Arabic) – absolutely worth watching.
- Sultan’s Armed Forces Museum- A very interesting exhibition that tells the history of Oman’s military achievements from ancient times to the present day. The museum’s exhibits are very nicely arranged with their historical section.
- Galia’s Museum of Modern Art A small museum that gives insights into Omani life in the 50/60/70s. The living room and other living rooms in summer or winter are shown. The art gallery also features works by Omani artists.
- Museum of Natural History – This small museum gives an overview of the wildlife and geological history of Oman. The Botanical Garden is also interesting, with some specimens of Boswellia Sacramento, frankincense and many more!
- Oman Children’s Museum – A very good museum for bringing this kind of scientific entertainment for the development of children. Even over the age of 11, the game here would be like an extra knowledge for a child.
- Bait al-Zubayr- A cultural foundation that opened its doors to the public in 1998. The complex has five separate buildings as well as a garden with traditional features, a cafe and a gift shop. Unfortunately, photography is prohibited in museums.
3. Explore natural wonders – beaches and valleys
If you like swimming under the sun, Muscat is also a perfect place to freshen up! The valleys are also another natural wonder of the city that you must see! Here are some beaches and valleys that we recommend for you to visit.
- Kurum Beach – Just across the street is a very beautiful and long beach. It is clean and the water is very clean. There are also a few cafes and restaurants near the beach.
- Wadi Bani Khalid – Undoubtedly the most visited Wari in the country, it takes a bit of luck to breathe in the full beauty of the terrain. Just enjoy nature like a dream and if you have the right swimsuit with you, you can go in the water or splash the fish on your feet.
- Bimmah sinkhole- These holes between the sea and the mountains are really impressive. About 120 meters in diameter and 30 meters deep. Below you can swim in the clear water and refresh yourself. There are also picnic opportunities at the top.
- Wadi Al Arbein- A beautiful valley with deep blue pool and amazing environment. This is one of the highlights. It should take you two to three hours to explore extensively. If the off-road vehicle is absolutely necessary, you will be rewarded with a special landscape. The contrast of steep mountain walls and the versatile green creates a special atmosphere.
- Kantab Beach – Must be visited. Like everything in Oman, this beach can be reached by renting your own car. Because it’s a little far away which makes it so peaceful and interesting. A gorgeous beach with crystal clear and warm water.
- Al Sifah Beach – Sifah Beach is about 45 minutes from the city of Muscat and can be reached via a beautiful paved road that runs through the mountains and partly along the coast.
4. Royal Opera House
The Royal Opera House is impressive both from the outside and from the inside. The opera house is especially atmospheric in the evenings when the indirect lighting is turned on. World stars from opera, ballet, folklore, dance troupes and musicians visit here.
5. Oman Avenue Mall
Oman Avenue Mall is one of the largest malls in Oman which opened in May 2015 in Muscat. Located on Sultan Qaboos Street, it is a shopping mall of the famous Abu Dhabi-based Lulu Group International and has quickly established itself as one of the largest malls. Impressive and modern shopping center of this region.
Where to stay in Muscat, Oman
As a travel blogger, the strategic location of Al Falah Hotel is very convenient for me. It is located in the city center and close to the most popular tourist attractions. I am so happy that we were able to stay in one of the best business hotels in Oman before embarking on our travel adventure in the country!
Accommodation at Al Falaj Hotel
Many thanks to Mr. Praveen for welcoming us to the hotel! We felt at home the moment we arrived at the hotel!
The Al Falaj Hotel has a variety of rooms to choose from; Deluxe room, classic room, suite and standard room. All rooms are spacious and offer a great atmosphere! Our first few nights in Oman were already memorable because of the Al Falah Hotel!
Restaurant at Al Falaj Hotel
Middle Eastern food and other Asian food is the main offer of Al Falaj restaurant!
Al Falaj Restaurant
Al Falaj Restaurant is the only restaurant in Oman that pays homage to the popular and traditional Oman soup (you must try them!) Of course, in addition to soups, steaks, lobster, kebabs, many more dishes can be eaten around the world. Here. My mind was very happy!
Tokyo Taro Restaurant
From the name, the food you should expect here is Japanese! We all know that Japanese cuisine is extremely popular with everyone in the world (including me! Hahaha!) From sushi and sashimi to tepaniyaki and tempura, you will find it here!
Stasen Tea Lounge
A lounge that provides serenity and peace of mind. Take a sip of your delicious tea while relaxing in the hotel lounge away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Tea lovers will love their time here!
Overall experience at Al Falaj Hotel
After our stay at the hotel, we left happy and satisfied with what we felt. We were very excited about all the tours we were going to do in Oman and Al Falaj helped us to relax and enjoy the hospitality of Omani. I will never forget that people treated us with warm welcome and smiles. After touring all the countries in the world, Oman is the country I want to go back to and Al Falaj is the hotel that I want to be my home again!