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Muscat - A city of traditional Arabian culture

One of the most beautiful and historic cities in the Middle East, Muscat is a must see, and Brightsun Travel offers a range of luxury holidays to Muscat staying at some of the city’s most impressive hotels, where you can enjoy all that the city and its surrounds have to offer. Muscat, the capital of Oman, and sitting on the Gulf of Oman, is surrounded by some of the regions most impressive landscapes. Muscat offers visitors an array of Arabian delights – beaches, mountains, deserts and all the trimmings you would expect from a large Arabian city such as traditional souks and impressive buildings, showing off modern Islamic architecture. Oman has a truly historic side and is far more laid back than its Middle Eastern counterparts of Dubai and Abu Dhabi. The city boasts a wealth of museums, such as the Al Jalali Fort, and incredibly rich historic buildings full of Omani heritage, such as Sultan’s Palace and the Grand Mosque. The Grand Mosque, built by Sultan Qaboos as a gift to the nation, is a fine example of modern Islamic architecture and one of the first mosques in the Middle East to be open to visitors. Then you have the Royal Opera House with its eye catching marble exterior, open to visitors for daily tours. As well as tours and performances, the Royal Opera House also offers visitors shopping in the Opera Galleria shopping arcade.

Away from its impressive architecture, Muscat offers several beautiful parks to while away the hot and sunny afternoons, and the old town is well worth strolling through. Within the Muttrah Corniche you will find traditional Arab markets and the famous Muttrah Souq, where you can haggle until your heart’s content. But there is more to Muscat than Muscat city. Muscat is surrounded by beautiful coastal roads, traditional fishing villages and vast deserts. A day trip to the sand dunes of the ‘Empty Quarter’ would offer you the desert excursion of a lifetime, and the mountainous and coastal roads winding around Muscat offer breathtaking views of the region. Brightsun Travel can arrange a variety of fantastic holidays to Muscat including flights and hotel packages, as well as unforgettable tours of the surrounding Omani region.

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