Muscat, which is the capital of Oman, is only a small part of larger cities and towns grouping some 40kms along the coast of the Gulf of Oman. Locally this area is called the 'Capital Area' or the 'Muscat Municipality'. The interior plains of the Ad Dakhiliyah Region border Muscat to the south, while the Gulf of Oman forms the northern and western periphery of the city. The water along to coast of Muscat runs deep, forming two natural harbours, in Muttrah and Muscat. The Western Al Hajar Mountains run through the northern coastline of the city.
Muscat a commercial centre of the country and also a thriving and strategically located port of the Arabian peninsula. The city's appearance is combined of medieval buildings and constructions and modern once. Both give the city its originality and ambience. The seaside, ceremonial palace of H.M.Sultan Qaboos Said, situated between steep rocky hills, offers a spectacular night view.
: guide to Muscat with maps, photos and weather conditions
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