Things to do in Muscat Oman
Muscat Oman (Arabic: مسقط, Masqaṭ pronounced [ˈmasqatˤ]) is the capital and largest city of Oman. It is the seat of the Governorate of Muscat. According to the National Centre for Statistics and Information (NCSI), the total population of Muscat Governorate reached 1.4 million as of September 2018. The metropolitan area spans approximately 3,500 km2 (1,400 sq mi) and includes six provinces called wilayats. Known since the early 1st century CE as an important trading port between the west and the east, Muscat was ruled by various indigenous tribes as well as foreign powers such as the Persians, the Portuguese Empire, the Iberian Union and the Ottoman Empire at various points in its history.
A regional military power in the 18th century, Muscat’s influence extended as far as East Africa and Zanzibar. As an important port-town in the Gulf of Oman, Muscat attracted foreign tradesmen and settlers such as the Persians and the Balochis. Since the ascension of Qaboos bin Said as Sultan of Oman in 1970, Muscat has experienced rapid infrastructural development that has led to the growth of a vibrant economy and a multi-ethnic society. Muscat is termed as a Global City.
The rocky Western Al Hajar Mountains dominate the landscape of Muscat. The city lies on the Arabian Sea along the Gulf of Oman and is in the proximity of the strategic Straits of Hormuz. Low-lying white buildings typify most of Muscat’s urban landscape, while the port-district of Muttrah, with its corniche and harbor, form the north-eastern periphery of the city. Muscat’s economy is dominated by trade, petroleum, liquified natural gas and porting.
Muscat Oman Map
Muscat is the capital and largest city in Oman. It is the seat of the Governorate of Muscat. Ptolemy’s Map of Arabia identifies the territories of Cryptus Portus and Moscha Portus.
Where Is Muscat Oman
Current Time In Muscat Oman
7:11:39 PMGulf Standard Time (GST) +0400 UTC
UTC/GMT is 15:11 on Monday, November 25, 2019
Time in Muscat, Oman
Muscat Oman Weather
Wind: 7 km/h E
Gusts: 11 km/h
Dew Point: 12°
Max UV Index: 0 (Low)
Cloud Cover: 66%
Rain: 0 mm
Snow: 0.0 cm
Ice: 0 mm
Visibility: 16 km
Ceiling: 1036 m
Muscat Oman Airport
Muscat International Airport (IATA: OOMS, ICAO: MCT), formerly Seeb International Airport, is the main international airport in Oman and is situated 32 km from the old city and capital Muscat within the Muscat metropolitan area. The airport serves as the hub for flag carrier Oman Air and Oman’s first budget airline Salam Air features flights to several regional destinations as well as some intercontinental services to Asia, Africa, and Europe.
The airport opened as Seeb International Airport in 1973, replacing a smaller airfield located in Bayt al Falaj.
It has hosted Royal Air Force BAe Nimrods in the past, including for the 1991 Gulf War. These aircraft cooperated with the Royal Navy of Oman in the ‘Magic Roundabout’ exercise series. The base was used by a detachment of Vickers VC10 tankers from No. 101 Squadron RAF during the Gulf War training with Royal Air Force SEPECAT Jaguars.
On 1 February 2008, the airport’s name was changed from Seeb International Airport to Muscat International Airport.
The entire airport is spread over an area of 5,250 acres (21 km2). It originally featured one passenger terminal building, one runway as well as minor cargo and maintenance facilities and is currently undergoing a major extension and replacement consisting of a second runway, an entirely new passenger terminal, and a new control tower. The new facilities underwent testing in December 2017 to positive results. The facilities also include a VIP terminal and housing for airport staff as well as Oman Air employees. The Omani Royal Flight and Royal Air Force of Oman are based at the airport and the RAFO also shares its facilities with the airport.
Since 2019 the Aaronia AARTOS C-UAS drone detection system is installed which makes it the first international airport in the world to have an operational drone detection system.
Muscat Oman Currency
The Omani rial replaced the rial Saidi at par in 1973. The currency name was altered due to the regime change in 1970 and the subsequent change of the country’s name. It is pegged to the US dollar at 1 Rail = 2.6008 US dollars.
Is Oman And Muscat Same?
The Sultanate of Muscat and Oman (Arabic: سلطنة مسقط وعمان Salṭanat Masqaṭ wa-‘Umān) was a thalassocratic nation that encompassed the present-day Sultanate of Oman and parts of present-day United Arab Emirates and Gwadar, Pakistan.