You can’t holiday in Oman without a visit to the breathtaking Royal Opera House. The extraordinary building is an exquisite example of Islamic architecture both inside and out. Marvel at the stunning Italian marble flooring, palm-tree lined Piazza and architectural character, designed to reflect the grand style of Omani palaces.
Continuing the theme of stunning buildings, Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque – a glorious piece of modern Islamic architecture – was a gift to the nation from Sultan Qaboos to mark his 30th year of reign. It’s the biggest mosque in Oman and an iconic landmark that radiates like a lighthouse. The architectural masterpiece can hold 20,000 worshipers in its impressive 416,000 square metres.
For a change of pace, explore the hidden gems of Nizwa Oasis. Nizwa is not only one of Oman's oldest cities, but offers the finest cultural treasures. Explore over a full day and be transported through breath-taking landscapes and rich historical sites. The Nizwa Fort is one of the city’s most iconic landmarks and not to be missed. Other must-sees include the Nizwa Souq, one of the oldest souqs in the country offering a marketplace of dedicated to the handicrafts of Oman.
Back in Muscat, the Mutrah Souq is an Aladdin’s cave of antiques,traditional textiles and jewellery stores. Navigating the souk may feel like a maze, but that’s half of the fun. It’s one of the oldest Bazaars on the Arab peninsula, its antiquity increasing the extent of its and allure.
If you're feeling adventurous, book a night or two on a Desert Camp and explore a completely different landscape in Oman than that you'll find in Muscat. We recommend Thousand Nights Camp, with Deluxe Sheikh Tents from £173 per night. As well as getting a taste of the authentic Bedouin life, you'll scale the orange dunes of the Wahiba Sands Desert, become familiar with the local camels and experience stargazing like no other.