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Muscat Old & New

Muscat Old & New
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Oman's capital is a fascinating mix of the traditional and the modern. Visit the Grand Mosque, a superb example of modern Islamic architecture. Wander the alleys of Muttrah Souk and tour the Bait al Zubair Museum for a look at traditional Omani life. After lunch, view the Sultan's Palace, a blend of modern and traditional architecture.

Grand Mosque - Commissioned by the Sultan and completed in 1992, Muscat's elegant Grand Mosque is built of Indian sandstone. The mosque features an intriguing fusion of modern and traditional architectural elements.

Muttrah Souk - At this classic souk the wares range from spices to elegant silver jewelry, traditional Omani clothing including daggers, and handicrafts made of copper and camel bone.

Bait al Zubair - This private museum chronicles Oman's history, culture and folkways. The exhibits include displays of weaponry, art and artifacts.

Al Alam Palace - The official residence of Sultan Qaboos Bin Said is a blend of modern and classic Islamic architecture. The palace is flanked by two 16th century Portuguese forts.

Barter for Omani handicrafts during your visit to the Muttrah Souk.

A buffet lunch is served at the Al Bustan Palace Hotel in Muscat.

Board your air-conditioned motorcoach for the drive to Muscat. Pass the city's elegant Shati al Qurum district en route to the Grand Mosque. Continue to Muttrah in the heart of the old city.

Dress conservatively when visiting sacred sites. Visitors to the Grand Mosque should wear clothing that fully cover their arms and legs. Women must cover their hair. Loafers or other slip-on shoes are highly recommended - shoes must be removed before entering the mosque.

Bring cash for additional purchases - U.S. dollars are accepted at the souk.

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