Muscat, Oman’s port capital, sits on the Gulf of Oman surrounded by mountains and desert. With history dating back to antiquity, it mixes high-rises and upscale shopping malls with clifftop landmarks such as the 16th-century Portuguese forts, Al Jalali and Mirani, looming over Muscat Harbor. Its modern, marble-clad Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, with 50m dome and prodigious Persian carpet, can accommodate 20,000 people.
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4. Qantab is my favorite beach in Muscat. We rented a speed boat here and went for a cruise around. I could at times compare the experience with Capri island in Italy. The water was crystal clear - different shades of blue and green and there were many cave like structures. We discovered a secluded bay and asked our boat guy to drop us there and pick us after a few hours. This was such a narrow stretch of sand in the middle of the sea, with no-one to be seen around. I am not sure what we would have done if the boat guy would not have come to picked us up. This was one of the highlights of our trip. Do carry snorkeling gear and barbecue to complete the experience.