Exploring Muscat
A Treasure Trove of History and Culture

Nature and culture combine in Muscat, where the mountains meet the sea, and history and heritage create a destination like no other. From the extraordinary architecture of the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque to the clear waters of the Gulf of Oman, dive into an adventure with us.

Quick Facts
Quick Facts

Situated in the southeast of the Arabian Peninsula, the Sultanate of Oman is bordered by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to the west, Yemen to the southwest and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to the northwest.

Oman's coastline, which is 1,700 kilometres long, extends to the Sea of Oman, the Arabian Sea and the Indian Ocean. Muscat, the capital of Oman, is host to beautiful beaches and a fascinating culture and heritage that dates back thousands of years.


Whether it’s the adventure of discovering iconic landmarks or the thrill of a world-class theme park Shangri-La’s curated experiences of attractions get you out of your comfort zone and into the realm of unforgettable travel memories.


Jabrin Fort

The Jabrin Fort was built in 1670 as a defensive strong hold and living accommodation for the then spiritual leader of Muscat. This fort is well elaborate with its carvings and paintings painstakingly spread right through the living spaces of the fort.

Nizwa Fort

Built in 1668, the Nizwa Fort is a large fort in the Arabian Gulf. It took 12 years to complete and was pivotal in defending the city against marauding enemies.

One of several unique aspects of this fort is that the windows are several inches thick. When closed during battle, a small opening appears from which boiling oil was poured on to invaders attempting to scale the walls.

Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque

This beautiful example of Islamic architecture provides a wonderful insight into the cultural heritage of Oman. It is also the only mosque that allows entry for non-Muslims.

The mosque is lavishly decorated and features a 263-metre prayer carpet, 35 crystal chandeliers, and a floor entirely paved with marble. The tour takes you into the men's and women's prayer halls, where you are allowed to take photographs.

There are strict rules governing entry of non-Muslims into the mosque. You must take your shoes off before entering and both men and women should wear conservative clothing (women should wear long sleeves and long trousers and cover their hair).

Children under 10 years are not permitted inside the mosque.

Arts & Culture
Arts & Culture
Whether it’s wandering some of the world’s greatest museums, exploring cutting-edge galleries and traditional artisan houses, or watching the latest blockbuster at a film festival, we have our finger on the pulse of all the hottest cultural happenings.


Bait Al Zubair Museum

Bait Al Zubair, a showcase for traditional Omani crafts and culture, is located within the winding streets of Oman's enchanting capital city of Muscat. Anyone interested in discovering the Sultanate of Oman and its rich culture will be well rewarded by a visit to this museum.

The museum houses is a fine and comprehensive collection of artefacts from all over the Sultanate. Its displays include traditional Omani weaponry, jewellery, costume, domestic utensils and recreated urban and rural environments.

Omani Heritage Village

Nestled in the premises of Shangri-La’s Barr Al Jissah Resort and Spa, this heritage village is a popular tourist attraction. The village is a reincarnation of a bygone era that establishes the same mystical and authentic atmosphere of a souk.

Here, at the Omani Heritage Village you will get a firsthand experience of some the Sultanate of Oman’s traditional arts and crafts. Watch the artisans at work over handcrafted silver ware, pottery and weaving. Find the enticing trinkets and souvenirs that will make ideal gifts to take back home.


If your holiday isn’t complete without a little retail therapy, Shangri-La has you covered. We’ve scoured Muscat to find the best shopping experiences, from high-end boutiques to the high street, hidden gems at one-of-one shoppes, private ateliers and bustling markets. 


Oman Avenues Mall 

Oman Avenues Mall is a one-stop shopping, dining, kid zone and entertainment spot popular with locals and tourists

City Centre, Muscat 

An enormous retail and entertainment complex with foreign brands including Carrefour, Marks & Spencer, GAP and H&M.

Muttrah Souk

One of the oldest souks in the Arabian peninsula, this traditional market consists of alleyways packed with colourful shops full of Frankincense and exotic spices. 

Shangri-La's Barr Al Jissah Resort and Spa, Sultanate of Oman, offers guests a number of transportation possibilities.


PO Box 644, Muscat 100 Oman


(968) 2477 6666

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