Friday, February 18, 2011

Muscat Tours in Oman

The Sultanate of Oman is not capturing the tourism market in the Middle East for its scenic beaches, textured mountains, serene deserts and amazing landscapes alone. The government of Oman has taken special care to promote this destination throughout the world, and since the strategies are working to get thousands of tourists into the country every year, the travel and tourism industry here has equipped itself with serving the clients’ every need. Tailor-made holidays are designed by travel companies everyday to fit the needs of every traveler. From Oman-Muscat Tours, wildlife excursions, adventure tours, to desert safaris, dhow cruises, etc, specific tours are designed to fit every requirement.

Muscat can be seen in a mere day, but to truly soak in the tropical sea, the buzzing sounds of the local markets, to really enjoy this capital city of the Sultanate, a weekend is perfect. Well stocked with every modern amenity, you will never feel that it is lacking any comfort needed. Being at par with international standards as far as infrastructure goes, Muscat still holds on dearly to its architectural and cultural heritage. Things one must see in the city include the stunning embassy quarter of Muscat and some other architecture that may please your eyes while driving through Muttrah and other parts of the city streets. Don’t miss the famous Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, which is something of a religious landmark and boasts of ancient Islamic architecture. From Portuguese forts Jalali, Mirani and Qasr Al Alam, to the striking Palace of HM Sultan Qaboos, the best way to see Old Town of Muscat is to walk while admiring the local houses around. Visit the Bait Al Zubair Museum to glimpse into the culture and wildlife of Oman. Another must is to take a dhow ride on the coastline and spot some Common and Spinner Dolphins. Lastly, take your time to choose from antiques, perfumes, souvenirs, etc. at the local Souk.

After booking your Oman Muscat tour, pair it with a stay at one of the beautiful boutique hotels here like the Intercontinental Al Bustan Palace Muscat, The Chedi Muscat, Al Husn at Shangri-La’s Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa, or 5-star accommodation like at the Grand Hyatt Muscat Hotel, Ramada Muscat Hotel, Coral Hotel could be ideal to relax and unwind in the lap of luxury. Note that there is a dress code required for entry into religious monuments and some museums. Neckline, hair, ankles and hands should be covered for women. Men should wear full pants and full sleeved shirts.

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