AL BUSTAN PALACE, A RITZ-CARLTON HOTEL

PO Box 1998, Muscat 114 Oman
Phone:  +968 24 799666   •  Map & Directions
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Events and Festivals
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Royal Opera House
Royal Opera House Muscat is the leading arts and culture organization in the Sultanate of Oman.

Check out ticket prices and availability for The Inaugural Season of the Royal Opera House Muscat on www.rohmuscat.org.om 

Attractions

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Diving
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Bandar Al Khayran Reserve
The place is the ideal point with divers, especially with the presence of more than 22 diving locations, each with its own charm and beauty. 30 minutes away boat ride from Marina Bandar Al Rawdha which is five minutes away from Al Bustan Palace.
Overnight Camping
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Wahiba Sands
Get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and have an overnight stay at camping locations 1001 nights’ style. Located 300 kilometers away from Muscat, Try dunes bashing on your way to Bedouin family tent as you will be seeing the traditional hospitality of Omanis, relax back with a nice BBQ dinner and listen to the Omani Oud player bring you back to the past while feeling warm and comfortable front of the fire setup at night.
Dolphin Watching
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Dolphin shoals visit the shores of Oman in large numbers. Muscat and Musandam are famous for dolphin watching, Take the ride from Marina Bandar Al Rawdha which is 10 minutes away from Al Bustan Palace for an early morning glimpse of the elegant mammal.
Fishing
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All around Oman
The waters off Oman are home to some of the finest fishing in the world more than 30 variety species are found on the coastline of the country, these fishes are well known for their quality and can be found in big markets around the world such as Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo.
Camel Racing
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This is a popular sport where camels compete at speeds of up to 64 kilometres per hour on tracks specially built for this kind of race. Races take place regularly. Almost all around Oman you can see this famous sport and you may also go to a dedicated website to check the season schedule: http://www.rca.gov.om.
Turtles Watching
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Go to Ras Al Jinz reserve 70 Km off Sur City and see the biggest Green Turtles Reserve in the world (50,000 Green Sea Turtles lives within 5 km ). Also famous as the first point to see sunrise in the Arab world Ras Al Hadd which is nearby from Ras Al Jinz has one of the country best beach spots.
Jabal Shams
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Known as the Grand Canyon of Middle East, Jabal Shams is 3,000 meters above sea level. Located 250 kilometers away from Muscat City.
Souk
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You must visit the Muttrah Souk, the oldest in Oman, to experience local trading and bargaining. In this souq you will find everything you might want to purchase as a souvenir. There is a large choice of silverwear, tradtional carved wood, clothes, and frankincense. Ensure you walk through towards the end of the souq in order to visit the gold souq.

Cultural

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Traditional Houses
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Misfat Al Abriyeen village is located in Wilayt AlHamra in A’Dakhiliyah region.
It is characterised by its alleys, traditional buildings, high mud buildings, and agricultural terraces that wrap around the mountain, along with the old buildings.
Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque
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Considered one of the biggest mosque in the middle east, The Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque boasts an architecture affair that no other place has and looking to the biggest chandler and Persian Carpet this is an educational tour not to be missed.
Forts
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Go back to the Glorious past of Oman by visting Nizwa Fort, Bahla Fort, Rustaq Fort, Nakhal Fort, Hazam Castle, Gibreen Castle where they date back before Islam Era.
Bait Muzna Gallery
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Opening Hours: Saturday to Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Telephone: +968 24739 204
Website: www.baitmuznagallery.com
Bait Muzna Gallery us a historical landmark, mirroring the beauty and culture of Oman with a contemporary art approach designed to inspire Oman’s artists as well as its people.
Bait Al Zubair
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Opening Hours: Saturday to Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Telephone: +968 24736 688
Link: www.baitalzubairmuseum.com
Bait Al Zubair (House of Al Zubair) is a private museum displaying the Zubair family’s collection of Omani artefacts. The museum is one of country’s architectural icons and serves as a real window on Oman’s rich heritage and culture.

Golf

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Muscat Hills Golf & Country Club
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Located in Airport Heights, The 18 Holes with 68 Pars Muscat Hill golf course has been designed by the internationally acclaimed golf course designer, Paul Thomas, of David Thomas Associates. The company’s design portfolio is impressive and includes golf courses at La Manga West (Spain), Seve Ballesteros Golf Club and the Top Players Golf Club (Japan).
The Wave Golf Course
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Located in Water Front Tourist & Residential Development at the back of Muscat International Airport Over 900,000m₃ of earth has now been moved to commence the creation of Oman’s first 18 holes PGA Links golf course designed by the legendary Greg Norman at The Wave expected to open fully on 2012.
Jabal Sifah Golf Course
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Designed by legendary Peter Harradine the 18-hole golf course comes equipped with a high end fully functional Club House, driving range and practice facilities, and mountain-links style holes that run along the beach front. The golf course has been formulated to preserve the environment with minimal disturbance to the natural area, and elevating the surrounding views and the sea of Oman.

Near-By

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Al Bustan Palace Area
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Visit the nearby towns of Al Bustan, Haramel, Sidab on your way to old Muscat City see the coastline by driving through this road and maybe a chance of a free catch of the day by the locals in Sidab bring that back to Al Bustan Palace and ask the chef to prepare you a meal out of it for a total authentic Omani experience.
Fish Market
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Leave the hotel early and head down to the Muttrah Fish Market and small vegetable market to watch the fisherman bring their catch directly from their boats and sell to the local community. You will find this lots of fun and really exciting to see how the locals interact with the traders. This area offers great photo opportunities. You can find a lot of kinds of fish: tuna, shrimps, octopus and even shark sometimes.