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Wadi Bani Khalid, a two-hour drive from Muscat, is famous for its natural beauty and popular with both tourists and locals.

Desert Treasure

Article by Jasper James 08.22.2016

Muscat, the capital of the ancient sultanate of Oman, combines the pleasures of ocean and land, history and the modern-day. Its biblical landscapes, secluded oases and untouched beaches are all capped with modern comforts for a most enchanting destination.

The city of Muscat, with mountainside forts.

The city of Muscat, with its well-preserved mountainside forts.

A guide and camels in the Ramlat al-Wahiba desert

A Bedouin guide and camels cross the undulating dunes of the Ramlat al-Wahiba desert.

A man walks across the grounds of Muscat’s Grand Mosque

Muscat’s Grand Mosque, which can accommodate 20,000 worshippers, is also known for its beautiful rugs and chandeliers.

Vases and pots for sale at Old Muttrah Souk, Muscat

Local products at the Old Muttrah Souk, Muscat.

Musicians playing drums in Sur, Oman

Musicians playing Taarab music in the town of Sur.


Sharing dates and fruit is a central part of social interactions.    


A fresh catch from the Sea of Oman will soon await diners at Al Bustan Palace, a Ritz-Carlton Hotel.

Plan Your Stay in Oman

  • Muscat, Al Bustan Palace

    Location Muscat, Oman

    Experience A luxury resort overlooking the Sea of Oman.

    • Panoramic sea or mountain views
    • Five outdoor swimming pools
    • The “Coffee Man,” the resort’s cultural host