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Why visit Muscat?
So you have decided to visit Oman and want to know what is there to do in Muscat while you are there. Depending on your preference there are a multitude of activities, adventures and experiences that will make your visit one to remember.
The first place that you really must visit in Muscat is the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque. This is the main mosque in Muscat and the largest in Oman. It is also one of the few mosques in the country that allow non-Muslim visitors. There is the beautiful architecture, gleaming white walls and a chance to view the largest recognised chandelier in the world which weighs a phenomenal 8.5 tons!
Your next stop on a tour of Muscat should be the Royal Opera House. One of the very rare Opera houses in the whole region, the Royal Opera House of Muscat looks more like a grand palace than an arts venue. The design is certainly influenced by the grand style of modern Omani palaces and the grounds are beautifully designed. It is worth going to view even if you do not get a chance to see a performance.
Another truly stunning building in the Omani Palace style is the National Museum. This is no stuffy and boring museum though. Modern techniques of interactive displays and multimedia bring to life the history of Oman and Muscat. From pre-historic times to the modern Oman we find today, the National Museum Muscat is an important stopping point on any tour of Oman.