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 Governorate of Muscat

 

 

Governorate of Muscat is situated on the Gulf of Oman at the south part of Al Batinah coast. It is confined between Gulf of Oman and the mountains of AI Hajr Al Sharyi. The Governorate is the most populous area of the Sultanate. The average density exceeds 24 times the average population density in the Sultanate.


The Governorate consists of six wilayats: Muscat, Muttrah,Bowshar, A’Seeb, Al Amerat and Quriyat. Muscat is the capital of the Sultanate and the headquarters and the administrative apparatus of the state.

 

Wilayats

 

Wilayat Muscat

 

Muscat has nine villages attached to it, these being Sidab, Haramel, Al Bustan, Al Jussa, Qantab, Yankat, Yiti, Al Khayran Al Sifa and Sifat Al Sheikh.

 

Wilayat Muttrah

 

It is said that the name Muttrah (a place to throw something down) comes from the presence of an anchorage for ships (i.e "throw down the anchor").
Another interpretation of the name is as of a place to "unload or put down goods or merchandise."


The Wilayat of Muttrah is counted amongst the most important of the six Wilayats in Muscat Governorate, on account of its ancient historical and cultural standing; for it was Oman's ancient trading port and its suq was the principal source of the many and diverse goods relayed from the port to the other suqs of Oman. It is said that it was once also a fertile spot much cultivated with date palms and other trees, watered by aflaj and sweetwater wells from which the citizens, orchards and visiting ships were supplied.

 

Wilayat A'Seeb

 

The Wilayat incorporates a number of sites of historical interest, the most significant of these being the citadel of Al Khodh, Jifnin, Raseel, Al Kharas and Al Saleel Towers as well as the towers of Wadi Al Haya. It has two walls, one of which, Sur Jimma, proved useful in the defence of the township of Wadi Al Lawami 200 years ago. The second, Sur Al Rawia, known as Beit Al Rawia or Al Rawia House, consists of six chambers and a liwan. It was built some 150 years ago.
Beit Al Awad or Al Awad House is at Al Khodh. Founded in 1886 AD, it has a floor area of 1,200 sq. metres. Wilayat Al Seeb has around 140 mosques.

 

Wilayat Quriyat

 

The Wilayat has 29 villages and towns, including the town of Quriyat itself. These are Al Hajer, Al Wasta, Al Ma'ala, Al Jinan, AI Sahel Al Ainein, Killiat, Affa', Al Kerib, Al Ramla, Al Makhasrat, Al Shahbari, Dhaher Muhaisa, Hail Al Ghaf, Al Masfaa and the Municipalities of Daghmar, Mazar'ia Al Abraiyeen, Al Misfa'ah, Al Hiytan and Al Abayaa.

 

Wilayat Al Amerat

 

The Wilayat of Al Amerat with its 81 mosques was known in the past as Al Fatah and elsewhere as Al Mutahadamat, until the transformations of the Renaissance period brought with them a new and more appropriate name. This Wilayat has both archaeological and tourist landmarks, the most noteworthy of which are the lead mines, the red ochre quarry, Beit Saharij, Wadi Sireen Nature Preserve, Wadi Al Meeh (Al Lajam) the Ghar Hadhadha Cave, the steep zigzag incline of Jebel Saqif and the Safah Al Bab well at the fool of the mountain

 

Wilayat Bowsher

 

Situated between the sea and the mountains south west of Muttrah, its population is 149,506 persons spread over its 43 towns and villages. The most noteworthy of these are: Al Khoweir, Sultan Qaboos City, Al Ghubra, Al Adheeba, Ghala, Al Aa'lam (Information City), Al Sarooj, Bowshar Al Qadima (Old Bowshar) Bowshar Bani Umran, Al Ansab Sanab, Al Hamam, Al Awabi and Al Misfah.

 

 

Tourist Attractions


Jalali Fort

Mirani Fort

Grand Mosque

Bandar Jissah

Muscat Gate House

Ream Park

Kalbou Beach Park

Quriyat Lake Park

The Omani Museum

Opera Galleria Muscat

Royal Opera House Muscat

Currency Museum

 

 

How to get to Governorate of Muscat

 

By Air: Muscat International Airport, located in Muscat, is served by many international airlines such as British Airways, KLM, Kuwait Airways, Swiss Air and Emirates. The national carrier is Oman Air which flies to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), India, Pakistan, Qatar, Egypt, and Sri Lanka as well as performing domestic flights to Salalah, Masirah Island and Musandam.


By Car: Residents in the UAE are able to drive to Muscat by road. It is a journey of around 4 - 5 hours from Dubai.

 

 

 

Moving on from Muscat

 

 

The main ONTC bus station is in Ruwi from where buses run twice daily to Saham, Buraimi, Bahla, Birkat al Mauz, Ibra, Ibri, Nizwa, Sohar and Sur; these generally include one morning departure between 6.30am and 8am, and an early afternoon departure between 1pm and 2.30pm. There are also services to Dubai at 6am and 3pm, and to Salalah at 6am and 7pm, plus an additional departure at noon from mid-June to mid-Sept.

 

Various intercity microbus services run from Muscat. These mainly depart from Rusayl roundabout, close to the airport at the junction of the Nizwa and Sohar highways, and reachable by micro from Ruwi roundabout. A steady stream of micros depart from Rusayl inland to Nizwa, north to Sohar, and other destinations en route, usually costing just a few rials. You may also find shared taxis here running along the same routes at slightly higher prices. Note also that there’s very little space inside a microbus – something of a challenge when you’re travelling with even a modest amount of luggage.

 

Heading out to the international airport, micros to Seeb from Ruwi roundabout run directly past the airport, though once again the lack of space offers something of a challenge with luggage. Unless you’re absolutely skint, it’s best to catch a cab (see p.000).

 

The only other way of leaving Muscat is by taking the ferry service to Musandam.

 

 

Eating

 

Muscat has far and away the best selection of places to eat in the country, albeit relatively modest compared to other capital cities in the region. There’s a good spread of upmarket restaurants, mostly based within the various hotels in the city’s more modern districts around Qurum. More down-at-heel options can be found in the older parts of the city: Ruwi has the best range of cheap curry house alongside slightly fancier restaurants, while Muttrah has the most enjoyable traditional Arabian shwarma cafés.

 

Muscat offers a rare chance to sample traditional Omani food at places like Kargeen, Ubhar or Bin Ateeq; you’ll also do well for seafood, most of which comes fresh out of the local market at Muttrah. There’s also a glut of good Indian restaurants thanks to the city’s sizeable subcontinental population, along with a passable assortment of Italian, Chinese and Thai establishments, plus a couple of Iranian and Moroccan joints.

 

 

Drinking, nightlife and entertainment

 

 

Muscat has far more licenced pubs, bars and restaurants than anywhere else in Oman, mainly (but not exclusively) found in hotels. There are three main options: the swanky bars found in the city’s upmarket hotels; the somewhat more downmarket English-style pubs, also found in most mid- and upper-range hotels; and the raucous live-music bars with live Arabian or Indian stage shows. Nowhere is drinking cheap, however, and the city’s fancier bars, although undoubtedly alluring, can empty your wallet very quickly .

 

Hanging out over a freshly pressed juice or a cup of coffee in one of the city’s local cafés offers a far cheaper and more typically Omani experience – the coffee shops in and around Muttrah Souk and along the nearby corniche (see p.000) are particularly attractive places to shoot the breeze and watch the world go by. It’s also worth heading to somewhere like Al Candle Café or Kargeen (see p.000) after dark and chilling out over a shisha and a cup of Turkish coffee. For a more upmarket variation on the same theme, afternoon tea in either the Grand Hyatt or Al Bustan are both enjoyable.

 

 

Nightclubs / Bars & Pubs in Muscat

 

 

Name

Location

Telephone

Al Ghazal

Intercontinental Muscat

24680000

Al Marrah Pub

Al Bahjah Hotel

24424404

Barrio Fiesta

Majan Hotel

24592900

Churchill’s Pub

Muscat Holiday Inn

24487123

Club Bar

Ruwi Hotel

24704244

Club Safari

Grand Hyatt Muscat

24602327

Copacabana

Grand Hyatt Muscat

24641234

Coral Bar

Radisson Blu

24487777

Duke’s Bar

Crowne Plaza

24660660

Feeney’s Irish Pub

Al Qurum Resort

99262821

Habana Cafe

Grand Hyatt Muscat

24602327

John Barry Bar

Grand Hyatt Muscat

24641234

Layalina Bar

Muscat Holiday Inn

24487123

Le Pub 

Al Falaj Hotel

24702311

Long Bar and Xyro -

Shangri La’s Barr Al Jissah

24776666

Piano Lounge

Shangri La’s Barr Al Jissah

26776666

Rock Bottom Cafe’

Ramee Guestline Hotel

24564443

Sama Terazza

Park Inn Muscat

24507888

Sports Bar

Muscat Holiday Inn

24487123

The Cellar

Radisson Blu

24487777

The Lazy Lizard

Radisson Blu

24487777

Uptown

Rex Road

24706020

Le Jardin

Golden Tulip Seeb

24510300

Motif

Beach Hotel

24696601

Musandam Café

Intercontinental Muscat

24680000

Nouras Al Shatti

Ramada Beach Hotel

24603555

RBG Grill

Park Inn Muscat

24507888

Samba

Shangri La’s Barr Al Jissah

24776666

Stomach

Jawaharat A’Shatti Complex

24692486

Sultanah

Shangri La’s Barr Al Jissah

24776666

The Beach Restaurant

The Chedi Muscat

24524400

The Serai Pool Cabana

The Chedi Muscat

24524400

The Restaurant

The Chedi Muscat

24524400

Trader Vic’s

Intercontinental Muscat

24680000

Tropicana

Crowne Plaza Hotel Muscat

24660660

Biella

Muscat City Centre

24558184

Capri Court 

Shangri La’s Barr Al Jissah

24776666

Mediterranean Grill

Intercontinental Muscat

24680000

Pane Caldo

Jawaharat A’Shatti Complex

24698697

Santino’s

Grand Hyatt Muscat

24558698

Tuscany

Grand Hyatt Muscat

24641234

Bellapais

Risail Complex

24521100

Tapas & Sablah

Shangri La’s Barr Al Jissah

24776666

Kobe’s Sizzlers

GBM Building, Qurum

24563220

Grill House

Grand Hyatt

24603660

The Safari Rooftop Grill

Grand Hyatt

24641234

Al Tajin Grill

Radisson Blu

24487777

 

 

Useful Number

 

Name 

Telephone

Royal Oman Police

24560099

Al Harthy Complex Post Office

24563534

Madinat Sultan Qaboos Post Office

24697083

Muscat Post Office

24738547

Al Nahda Hospital

24707800

Muscat Hospital

24738036

Royal Hospital

24599000

Muscat Private Hospital

24592600

 

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