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.
Actually, there isn't much to see in Muscat. One of the places of interest is the Al-Alam Palace. It is mostly a ceremonial building as the Sultan prefers another palace near Seeb due to its being secluded and never seen by outsiders. There is also a number of attractive mosques and the Beit Al-Fransi, which used to be the French Embassy, the Beit al-Zawawi, former British Embassy, and one more building, where the American Embassy used to be located. There are two forts in the city but they are rarely open to the public.
So, everything that may interest you in Muscat is a walk in the surroundings of the Palace and some two hours in the museum at the Beit al-Fransi.
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