Muscat, also known as Masqat, is the capital of Oman and the seat of the government. It lies in northeast Oman on the coast of the gulf of Oman. Over a million people, one third of Oman's population, live in the metropolitan area of Muscat. The area around Muscat has been settled at least since the 6th millenium BC. Muscat was known as an important port between the east and west in the 1st century BC. Over the course of the centuries Muscat was ruled by a number of local and foreign powers and achieved the peak of its power in the 18th century. With the installment of Qaboos bin Said as Sultan of Oman in 1970, Muscat has experienced a period of rapid development and growth. The historic core of Muscat lies in Muttrah and in the area around the palace of the sultan. The Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque is a unique piece of architecture and the major attraction of Muscat.
01 Muttrah mosque minaret 02 Tower 03 Waterfront 04 Waterfront 05 Muttrah corniche
06 Muttrah corniche 07 Muttrah bay 08 Restaurant tables and tourists on bicycles
09 Waterfront 10 Waterfront 11 Carpet shop 12 White houses along promenade
13 Waterfront 14 Waterfront corniche 15 Lamposts on Muttrah corniche 16 Date palm 17 Mutrah souq
18 Incense bags 19 Incense burner 20 Muttrah mosque minaret 21 Hills and fort 22 Gazebo
23 Golden dome of gazebo 24 Mutrah fort 25 Harbour
26 Waterfront 27 Incense burner monument 28 Aidadiva cruise ship
29 Al Said yacht 30 Mutrah bay at night
31 Muttrah fort at night 32 Mutrah bay and corniche at night 33 Mutrah mosque and waterfront at night
34 Mutrah mosque and waterfront at night 01 Main alley 02 Al Alam royal palace 03 Arcade
04 Arcade 05 Gate to Al Alam royal palace 06 Al Alam royal palace 07 Al Alam royal palace 08 Golden emblem
09 Golden emblem 10 Gate and lamp 11 Al Alam royal palace 12 Al Alam royal palace
13 Al Alam pedestrian area 14 Waljat hospital 15 National museum building
16 As Saidiyah street 17 Minaret 18 Blue mosque 19 Blue mosque minaret 20 Blue mosque stained glass windows
21 Blue mosque prayer hall 22 Blue mosque carpet 23 Blue mosque prayer hall 24 Al Alam royal palace
25 Al Mirani fort 26 Al Alam royal palace 27 View of bay, Al Alam royal palace and Al Jalali fort
28 View of bay, Al Alam royal palace and Al Jalali fort
29 View of bay, Al Alam royal palace and Al Jalali fort 30 Al Mirani fort
31 Street gate 01 Cupola 02 Central prayer hall and dome 03 Inner court
04 Inner court 05 Arcade 06 Ornamental windows 07 Sahn courtyard
08 Lamps 09 Ornamental windows 10 Arch 11 Arch and minaret 12 Main prayer hall entrance 13 Arch
14 Sandstone building 15 Ornamental windows 16 Ornamental windows 17 Pool of ablutions 18 Wndows with Islamic patterns
19 Wooden roof 20 Lamp 21 Pool of ablutions 22 Colourful flowers 01 Chandelier
02 Decorated pillar 03 Main chandelier and central dome 04 Prayer carpet 05 Prayer carpet 06 Main prayer hall
07 Main chandelier and central dome 08 Main chandelier 09 Main chandelier 10 Main chandelier
11 Roof decorations 12 Roof decorations 13 Arches and lamps 14 Decorated pillar 15 Prayer hall
16 Wall decorations 17 Mihrab 18 Blind niche 19 Wall decorations 20 Main chandelier and central dome 21 Main chandelier
22 Prayer hall 23 Central dome decorations 24 Central dome decorations 01 Minaret 02 Minaret
03 Minarets 04 Minaret 05 Minaret 06 Minaret 01 Arcade 02 Arcade
03 Arcade 04 Arcade 05 Arcade 06 Arcade 01 Door carvings 02 Chandeliers
03 Chandelier 04 Doors with stained glass 05 Doors with stained glass 01 Fishermen boats 02 Fishermen and fishing nets
03 Beach 04 Al Qurum beach at dusk 05 Lagoon and Crowne Plaza hotel 06 Al Qurum beach at dusk
07 Al Qurum beach at dusk 08 Al Qurum beach at dusk 09 Al Qurum beach at dusk
10 Playing beach football 11 Parasols and Japengo cafe 12 Street lights on Shati street 13 Street lights on Shati street
14 Japengo cafe at night 15 Japengo cafe at night 01 Lulu hypermarket 02 Lulu hypermarket
03 Lulu hypermarket 04 Lulu hypermarket 05 Lulu hypermarket 06 Lulu hypermarket 07 Lulu hypermarket
08 Lulu hypermarket 09 Muscat City Centre mall 10 Muscat City Centre mall 11 Muscat City Centre mall 12 Muscat City Centre mall
13 Muscat City Centre mall 14 Muscat City Centre mall 15 Muscat City Centre mall 16 Muscat City Centre mall 17 Muscat City Centre mall
18 Muscat City Centre mall 19 Muscat City Centre mall 20 Muscat City Centre mall 21 Muscat City Centre mall 22 Food court in Muscat City Centre mall
23 Food court in Muscat City Centre mall 24 Food court in Muscat City Centre mall 25 Food court in Muscat City Centre mall 26 Manchurian chicken
01 KFC fast food restaurant 02 KFC fast food restaurant 03 Duty free centre in Muscat airport 04 Duty free centre in Muscat airport
05 Oman Air plane in Muscat airport 06 Zawawi Mosque in Al Khuwair at night 07 Zawawi Mosque in Al Khuwair at night 08 Pastries 09 Pastries
10 Pastries 11 Glass cabinet with pastries 12 Pastries shop 13 Hotel Muscat Holiday at night 14 Papa Johns pizzeria at night
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