I grew up in Khasab, a port union in Oman. Back then, Muscat was the go-to place for a trip or vacation. Winters are very pleasant. I love spending some time there once a year to see my friends and family and relive those childhood memories all over again. It’s all about spending time in nature, by the sea, or in the mountains; relaxing and witnessing amazing sunrises and sunsets; and enjoying authentic Arabian food.
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Recommendations from Sanjana
- Bait Al Mandi for MIddle Eastern cuisine.
- Ramssa Restaurant for barbequed Middle Eastern food.
- Knafat for the best kunafa in the city. Kunafa is a Middle Eastern dessert made with spun pastry called kataifi, which is soaked in a sweet syrup called attar, and typically layered with cheese or clotted cream and pistachio or other nuts, depending on the region.
- Try the traditional Qahwa, made from Omani coffee, from any local joint. It’s what guests are served when they’re invited to an Omani house.
- Turtle reserve (in Sur, South of Muscat) – See the turtles who migrate from Australia to lay eggs on the same beach after every 20 to 30 years.
- Camping in Jabel Shams – Also known as the Arabian Grand canyon, Jabel Shams is the highest mountain range of Oman and the first place in the country to see the sunrise.
- Mutrah Soug – A traditional market that showcases local cultural goods, household items, clothing, spices, antiques and more.
- Other reccomendations – Dolphin Marina, Grand Mosque of Oman, The Royal Opera House, hot spring in Nakhal Fort, Bimmah sinkhole.