Fly To Muscat, Oman
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Muscat is the capital city of Oman and provides a gateway to the area. The name Muscat means Anchorage, which highlights the crucial nature of the sea to both the city and the country of Oman as a whole. The city is important for the small states economy due to the presence of the onshore refinery near Qurm, as well as providing a base for fishermen. Muscat recently developed into a hub for recreational activities which are most prominent in the Al-Bustan and Bandar Jissah areas of the city. There are also endless amounts of sandy beaches which seem to stretch all of the way from the city to Oman’s border with the UAE.
First time visitors to Muscat will want to walk along the Waterfront Corniche area which will allow you to cool off by catching a sea breeze as well as allowing you to see the coast and get your bearings. You will also be able to purchase sandwiches and Halib which is local tea and milk, along the sea front. Tourists can also enter the Mutrah Souk and haggle with locals to buy hand-embroided Mussar which are Arab turbans warn in the region. There is also an endless amount of merchants selling a range of different spices and textiles.
Visa Requirements and SA Embassy details
- South African citizens require a visa to visit Oman. Visas can be obtained from the Embassy of Oman in Pretoria. Travellers must also have at least six months remaining on their passport when entering the country.
- The South African Embassy to Oman can be found at the following address. House 1384, Way 3017, Shatti Al Qurum, PO Box 231, Muscat, Oman. Phone +968-2464-7300.
See and do
Oman’s coastline provides fantastic opportunities for Scuba diving. The crystal clear waters of the Gulf allow fantastic visibility, as well as the area having a range of shipwrecks that are great to explore.
One of the most popular shopping areas for the locals is the Sabco centre which offers a collection of different malls. There is also a selection of Souq’s which offer similar goods to those in the Mutrah Souq.
Muscat is also famous throughout the region for the sheer amount of coffee houses it offers. Connoisseurs will love tasting their way around the city through the aromatic and flavourful coffee adventures of Muscat.
Fresh juices are another Muscat speciality, and are a great way to keep hydrated in the boiling heat. Some of these consist of local chains such as Fast Food n Juice Centre, which is located on the Corniche.
Muscat International Airport – MCT
Food and beverage: There are a number of eating and drinking options at the airport which range from a Subway for quick takeaways to a DQ grill. There are also two coffee shops located within the terminal which consist of Costa Coffee and more.
Currency Exchange: Travelex the world’s largest foreign exchange company is available inside the airport at Muscat. There are four branches – one in the check in area, one in the duty free shopping area, one in the Immigration hall and one in the arrivals public meeting point.
Lost Luggage: Problems resulting from lost luggage should be reported directly to your carrier as opposed to the airport directly. Only luggage lost in the terminal should be reported to the airport authorities.
Airport Hotels: The Golden Tulip is the closest hotel to Muscat’s airport, with numerous others available slightly further away.
Car Hire: Avis, Budget, Hertz, Thrifty, Mark Rent a Car, Sixt Rent a Car, Value plus, Shuram LLC are some of the car rental companies at Muscat Airport.
Airport Hub: Muscat International Airport (code MCT) is a hub for Oman Air.