MASCATE Mascate City Tour

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  • MUSCAT
  • OMAN

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Our guide will meet you at the port of Mascate.

Mascate, capital of the Sultanate of Oman, is a modern and moderate city inhabited by Muslim Arabs and many foreigners. It is the city of modernity and a constant development in addition to the largest natural port in the world, gate of commerce to India and China.

We will begin our excursion today with a visit to the Great Mosque, the largest in the Sultanate of Oman, with a capacity of up to 20,000 people. The Mosque is a very important work of Islamic architecture: its interior contains the second carpet in one piece The world's largest hand-woven. The mosque measures more than 90,000 square meters.

To visit the Great Mosque you have to dress according to the Muslim religion, you can not carry arms or legs in the open, and women must cover their hair. Visitors who do not meet these conditions can rent the appropriate clothing in the lobby before accessing the mosque. Visiting hours are from 8.30 to 11.00 in the morning, except on Fridays (prohibited for non-Muslims). If you visit Oman, you should keep in mind that it is the only mosque that can be visited by non-Muslims throughout the Sultanate.

We will leave for the capital to make a photo stop in the Palace of Sultan Qaboos, guarded by the impressive fortifications of Jalali and Mirani dating back to the times of Portuguese colonization.

We will continue to the Bait Al Zubair Museum (optional entrance), with exhibitions on the culture, tradition and crafts of the country.

We will end our excursion with the visit of Souk Muttrah (a district of Muscat), well known for its local crafts and perfumes.

We can shop or simply discover traditional Oman items such as the Dallah (bronze coffee cup), exotic spices and various incenses. It is one of the oldest souks in the Arab world.

Return to the port of Mascate.

 

GENERAL INFORMATIONS MASCATE CITY TOUR

OPTIONAL SUPPLEMENT:

  • Bait al Zubair Museum: Approx. 10 $ OPEN FROM 09: 30H TO 18H

IMPORTANT

There is a mandatory dress code for the entrance to the mosques:

  • For women: loose long pants, tight clothing is not allowed to the body. Long sleeve and should cover his head with a handkerchief. Entry with socks, transparent clothing or white pants is not allowed.
  • For men: pants, they can be short, provided they cover the knees. Shirts or shirts with bare shoulders are not allowed.
  • Prohibited from entering swimsuits or inappropriate clothing.
  • Some Mosques lend visitors clothes for free so they can enter. But only individual visitors, people who go in a group with a guide, should wear the appropriate clothing and always respect the dress code.
  • Couples can not hug in the Mosque, or to take a picture
  • SHORE2SHORE is not responsible for the relevant authorities not allowing entry to the mosque for not adhering to the dress code. OUR GUIDES do not have clothes they can lend, nor do they have clothes to sell.

OBSERVATIONS:

  • Easy / Panoramic / Cultural Level.
  • Mandatory to wear appropriate clothing in places of worship that will be visited.
  • Comfortable shoes are advised.
  • People with reduced mobility, who use a wheelchair must be accompanied by another person who can help them. Please use folding wheelchairs, since buses do not have elevators or ramps. 

The Mosques will be closed for visits on Fridays for religious celebrations. They may also be promptly closed without notice by decision of the religious authorities.

IMPORTANT NOTE: THE ORDER OF THE PLACES TO VISIT MAY VARY WITHOUT PRIOR NOTICE BEFORE POSSIBLE EVENTS (HOUR ARRIVAL TIME, HOURS PLACES OF INTEREST TO VISIT, ETC.)