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Muscat: Experience the beauty of Oman's must-see port city Just on the Northern Tropic of the Arabian Sea, Oman's capital city gleams with traditional white-stone architecture and pristine beaches. The dramatic Western Al Hajar Mountains provide a striking backdrop and a destination for hikers. Muscat's port district of Muttrah has served as a trade centre between east and west for over two millennia; today the picturesque Corniche attracts as many strollers to the coast as the port draws vessels. From the Corniche, shoppers can enter the lively Old Souk to bargain for gold, textiles and other souvenirs. Music and architecture buffs marvel at the splendour of the world-class Opera House, and 20,000 worshippers can pray at one time in the sumptuous Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque. For insight into Omani culture and heritage, a trip to the Bait Al Zubair museum, with its model village and traditional costumes, is enlightening. All this urban sophistication nestles among endless stretches of sandy beaches and clear waters, perfect for snorkelling, swimming and scuba diving. Expect to see fantastic coral reefs along the coastline and happy families enjoying outings at Qurum Beach.