A jumble of highways, construction, and strip malls, most of Muscat leaves much to be desired. It is clear that the area grew faster than the urban planning could handle. The old center of the city, however, still holds the charm and romance of an another time. Muscat’s pedestrian-friendly Corniche overlooks the port filled with traditional dao fishing boats, cargo tankers, and Sultan Qaboos’ massive personal yacht.
The souq (market) is the main draw of the old town, and is not to be missed. Beware of pushy vendors, don’t forget to haggle, and keep an eye on the weather report: the entire market floods after the rains drain from the mountains. Here’s a peek at the tiny alleyways behind the souq – I think it gives a view of local living.