13th International Conference on

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Muscat is the capital of Oman and is often described as “Arabia's jewel”. More than 700.000 people live in the Metropolitan Area, which is considered the pulsating heart of the country. The city is flanked by the Gulf of Oman on the one hand and by the rocky Al Hajar Mountains on the other.

A big effort is made trying to preserve Muscat’s historic character by carefully combining its cultural heritage with modern style and architecture. Whereas old Muscat and Mutrah have an ancient charm about it with forts, castles, mosques and souqs (markets), modern Muscat shines with high-rise business properties, exclusive suburbs, museums and world-class hotels with beautiful beaches. And with a coastline of 1700km, Oman definitely offers some of the cleanest and most beautiful beaches visitors could hope to see.

A stay in Muscat would definitely not be complete without visiting some of its remarkable sights. The Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque for example is one of the most important buildings in the country and one of the biggest mosques worldwide. You will for sure be impressed by gold, crystals and Italian white marble. Two more attractions worth visiting are Mutrah Souq, filled with fabrics from India, antiques, pottery and colourful fruits and spices, as well as Alam Palace, which one can pass by on a nice walk along the corniche of old Muscat. The palace was built as the Sultan's Palace, but is more symbolic than an actual residence today.

For more information on what to visit and do in the Capital Area, please visit: http://www.omantourism.gov.om



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