'Muscat is like a mind-altering drug. A stroll in its streets is like getting drunk for the first time' These were the words written by Sara Sheridan, a notable writer, in her book named Secret of Sand. Born in Edinburgh, she took influence from renowned authors like T.C. Boyle and Alasdair Gray, as she spent her time in the beautiful city of Muscat and learnt the craft of communicating through the written word.
Taste the Real Arabia
One of Arabia's prettiest cities, the charms and life of Muscat is dominated by the old cornice - a picturesque stretch of seafront that is fringed by 18th-century buildings and the imposing 17th century Muttrah Fort. The famous Mosque is built from 300,000 tonnes of Indian sandstone and speaks of royalty unlike anything else. The city of Muscat is the perfect place for a warm and relaxed evening out. Whether you are a fan of pubs, clubs or gentle strolls in the night there's something to do for every kind of taste. Muscat has a number of museum and hotels. If you head down to the beach you'll often find it peppered with barbeques and bonfires, as people scrumptious local cuisines in the open, under the starry sky. There are plenty of opportunities for sightseeing and finding great Muscat hotels to suit your needs, including a string of historical forts, and the friendly Muttrah souq which is a famous destination for shoppers looking for the finest Pashminas, spices, frankincense or gold.
Traveling on a Budget in the Grand City of Muscat
Muscat has numbers of great cheap hotels that can offer you a welcome escape while keeping your budget in check. You can find cheap hotels online to make sure your trip goes perfectly, or find yourself accommodation in any of the hotels mentioned here. Places like Delmon Hotel Apartments, Ibis Muscat, Safeer Plaza Hotel or the Beach Hotel cater to varying tastes with impeccable services. These hotels meet all your essential needs and provide a comfortable and neat environment, at a very affordable rate, so that you know your money has been well-spent.
Traveling to Muscat with Luxury
If you are traveling with a bit of suave, there are some highly luxurious hotels in Muscat that provide you with all the fancy facilities you could wish for. Some famous names in the 5 to 7 star hotels category include Intercontinental Muscat, Al Bustan Palace (as a wonderful over the top white and gold foyer and 200 acres of private beach), Ritz-Carlton Hotel or The Chedi, which are famous for their gardens and spas. Spending a while in one of the above mentioned hotels in Muscat will definitely amplify your experience of traveling all the way to Oman.
Witnessing Muscat in all its Glory
Not only are Muscat hotels highly inviting and comfortable, there are a lot of tourist attractions in the city that can surprise you. Visit the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque or the historical Royal Opera House to see how much this beautiful city really has to offer. The Muttrah souq is a traditional Arab market which attracts tourists like moths to a flame, and the beach with its superbly Arabian ambience created by fire pits and subtle lighting serves your senses and exciting dose of thrill. If the history of the Omani lifestyle interests you, visit the Bait Al Zubair museum to learn about the areas arts and crafts. The museum is surrounded by gardens and was one of the largest and most prestigious museums in Oman.