In this Muscat travel guide, I’m going to share with you practical information about where to stay, things to do, and we’ll especially focus on the delicious food to eat when you visit Muscat, Oman.

Muscat is an incredible, spacious, clean, and friendly city, with so many things to offer you when you visit.

Ok, let’s get right into this Muscat travel guide for food lovers!

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Welcome to Muscat, Oman!

Arriving and Leaving Muscat

If you fly into Muscat, you’ll land at Muscat International Airport, which is a small and kind of sleepy airport located right within the city. I flew into Muscat on Air India from Mumbai, on my round the world trip ticket with Star Alliance.

The easiest option for getting from Muscat International Airport to the center of Muscat (0r wherever you hotel is), is by taking a private taxi.

Right outside the arrivals terminals, there are white taxis with a big blue stripe on the side. They are the official airport taxis and unfortunately they are extremely expensive, but they are one of the best ways to get into the city.

From the airport to City Seasons Hotel where I was stayed, which was only a few kilometers away, it cost 9 OMR ($23.37).

Oman Visa On Arrival

There are a couple of different options when it comes to getting a tourist visa, but for the most part, many nationalities can get a visa on arrival at Muscat International Airport by paying a fee (do check your country individual requirements though). Here’s the official Oman tourist visa info, and there’s also some good clear information provided about eligible countries and visa options from Oman Air.

I stayed in Oman for just 3 days, so when I landed in Muscat, I went straight to immigration and bought a 10 Day single entry visa for 5 OMR ($12.99). The line was short and easy, and the immigration staff were friendly. I happened to exchange a little bit of Omani Rial’s before flying in, so I paid exact money for my visa, however they do accept foreign currencies (best if you have USD or EUR probably) or credit card.

Ok, welcome to Muscat!

hotels in Muscat
Where to stay in Muscat

Where To Stay In Muscat?

Muscat is a very modern city, and when you visit, you have a choice of some of the modern international hotel chains as well as more local Middle Eastern hotel chains.

Here are some areas to consider:

  • Muscat Center – Not far from the airport, Muscat city center is a good area to base yourself, and although it’s a spread out city, there are cafes, restaurants, and attractions in the center, plus Qurum Beach. You’ll find hotels like City Seasons Hotel (where my wife and I stayed) or Ibis Muscat.
  • Ruwi and Muttrah – Another good area to search for hotels in Muscat is a little further east in the areas of Ruwi and Muttrah, which are some of the main tourist areas of Muscat. Muttrah is the political and administrative area of Muscat, and there are many things to do and see in that area. You’ll find hotels like Al Falaj Hotel and Mutrah Hotel.
  • Beach Resorts – One of the draws of Muscat are the beautiful beaches located right near the city, and there are some high end resorts like the Al Bustan Palace Ritz-Carlton or Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort on private beach just outside Muscat.

When choosing your accommodation in Muscat, it depends on what type of transportation arrangements you have and what type of experience you want to have when you’re in Muscat.

*City Seasons Hotel Muscat – My wife and I stayed at City Seasons right in the center of modern Muscat when we visited. The hotel was pretty good, nothing too fancy, but very adequate and in a good location right next to the main highway. I paid about $85 per night.

Omani food guide
Omani food

Omani Food

Before visiting Oman, I really had no idea what Omani food was – it’s a cuisine that can be rather difficult to find (unless you know an Omani friend) outside of Oman. But that makes Omani food truly exciting to taste and discover.

There are a few things that I’d like to first point out about Omani food that makes it what is:

  • Trade – The Omani Sultanate was historically a very important empire in the Middle East stretching from the Strait of Hormuz to parts of India, and also to Zanzibar (awesome food in Zanzibar by the way), off the coast of Tanzania. Trade and fusion has been a part of the culture of Oman for centuries, and Omani food has been directly influenced by this. You’ll find spices from India and East Africa throughout Omani cuisine. There are even some Omani dishes that use coconut milk.
  • Sea – When I think about Middle Eastern food, meat is typically what I think of, but in Oman, with its long coastline and fertile seas, fish and many types of seafood are a huge part of the local diet. Dried fish in particular, due to the abundance of fish and the abundance of sunshine in Oman, is a common ingredient.
  • Middle Eastern Gulf Culture – And then finally, making use of the ingredients from Oman. One of the most distinguishable components to the local cuisine are Omani dried limes, which are present in many different dishes and really provide a source of amazing flavor (Omani dried lemons are considered the best int he world by the way). Another common ingredients in Omani food is ghee, animal oil.

Saveur magazine calls “Omani food too good to ignore,” and I have to agree with them. It’s an exquisite blend of flavors, paired with unique Omani and Gulf culture and style. Here’s another good article from NPR about Omani food.

That’s just a very brief introduction to Omani food and how it has developed and been influenced. Now let’s go over a few of the foods to eat and drink when you’re in Oman.

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Traditional Omani food

Main Omani Foods

  • Shuwa – Considered one of the national Omani foods, shuwa is a dish of lamb or goat slow cooked in an underground oven with spices. After a long process of slow cooking, the meat is typically served on a big tray over a bed of rice and eaten communally. Omani shuwa is especially common to eat during family festivities and celebrations. There are many similar dishes to shuwa throughout the Middle East like Bedouin zarb.
  • Harees – This was a totally new dish to me when I tried it in Muscat. It’s a porridge made from wheat and ghee, mixed in with some type of meat (often chicken), and served with a sweet date or raisin sauce to go with it. It’s a fantastic dish.
  • Makbous – Very similar to kabsa, a popular Arab food originally from Yemen, makbous is a dish of rice, meat, and vegetables, all seasoned with spices, and often served on a communal tray to eat together. It’s delicious and hearty and provides a huge meal. I liked eating makbous with yoghurt, tomato chutney, and salad on the side.
  • Thareed – An interesting Omani dish I tried is thareed, a dish of bread cooked with sauce to become a very thick sticky porridge like consistency and mixed with fish. It was extremely heavy, but quite good.
  • Camel curry – I’m not sure what it’s called in Oman or in Arabic, but when I was in Muscat, my fried Mustafa took me to a restaurant where we had both camel curry and fried camel with rice, and it was the best meal I had in Oman. Camel tastes similar to beef, but a little more meaty tasting, and it’s incredibly delicious. I especially enjoyed the camel hump pieces, which literally melt in your mouth.
  • Mishkak – There’s not very much Omani street food, but the main street food that you’ll find is mishkak, skewers of marinated grilled meat and seafood. The meat can be marinated in a garlic, ginger, and spices, and then grilled over flaming hot charcoal. Mishkak is eaten with spicy chili sauce or tamarind sauce. Mishkak is one of my favorite Omani foods to eat, especially in the evening. Along on the east coat of Africa, you’ll find amazing mishkak, known as mishkaki.
  • Halwa – According to my friend Mustafa, halwa is one of the only authentic Omani desserts. Halwa is a very sweet Omani dessert made from starch and sugar cooked into a thick sticky paste and seasoned with rosewater, saffron, and nuts. You’ll enjoy it if you love sweets, but it was a bit too sweet for me.
  • Dates – Dates, as in most of the Middle East are a huge part of the food and culture in Oman, and you’ll have a non-stop selection of dates to try when you travel to Oman. I liked trying fresh Omani dates right off the palms.
  • Coffee and Tea – Another significant part of Omani culture is tea and coffee, and while I won’t get into too many details in this Muscat travel guide about the cultural aspects, I will say that both tea and coffee are extremely important. Omani coffee is typically not strong at all, but quite weak and watery, with scents of rosewater and saffron. Coffee is a common social drink and since it’s weak you can drink many cups in a row, and also drink it while eating some dates for sweetness. Tea on the other hand is usually very strong, sweet, and creamy, with cardamom or ginger.

Again, in this Muscat travel guide I’ve just given a brief introduction to Omani food. This is just a start and a few of the most memorable things I ate when I visited. There’s still so much more Omani food and culture to discover when you visit.

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A modern version of shuwa, one of the national foods of Oman

Restaurants in Muscat

In Muscat you’ll find restaurants serving a variety of different food including local Omani restaurants, Yemeni, Indian, Turkish, and Western food.

Here are a few of the restaurants I tried in Muscat, and also a few restaurants that were recommended to me (that I didn’t have a chance to personally try myself, but they look good).

  1. Bait Al Luban Restaurant – This is one of the most well known modern trendy restaurants in Muscat, but for a good reason. They serve both traditional Omani food, plus modern interpretations of Omani dishes using Omani ingredients. Although it’s expensive, it’s a really nicely designed restaurant, located in Muttrah, and occupying an old inn. The shuwa was excellent, and I also enjoyed trying harees for the first time. Finally, another reason to eat at Bait Al Luban Restaurant is to sit in the beautiful ambiance and drink Omani coffee after your meal. On a side note, although I thought it would be a touristy restaurant, there were actually more locals eating here than tourists when I ate here.
  2. Bin Ateeq -With multiple locations in Muscat, Bin Ateeq is a traditional Omani food restaurant, where you can sit on the floor and eat communally in the Omani style. You’ll find many of the main Omani dishes on their menu.
  3. Camel Restaurant (مطعم مظابي صلالة Mathabi Salalah) – My friend Mustafa brought me to this restaurant, and they specialize in camel curry and fried camel. It was hands down one of the best Omani meals and experience I had in Muscat. Thanks for Mustafa!
  4. Omani Street Food Mishkak in Al Seeb – Al Seeb is a bit of a drive from the center of Muscat, but it’s worth heading there for some Omani street food mishkak in the evening. Along the beach there are a few permanent street food stalls that sell delicious grilled meat, and you can either eat in the AC of your car, or stand around the parking lot while devouring some smoky skewers.
Omani mishkak
Omani street food – Mishkak

Here are a few restaurants I was recommended, but didn’t have a chance to try yet:

  1. Zanzibar Island Restaurant – Looks like a fantastic restaurant to eat Zanzibari food in Muscat
  2. Al Reef – Traditional Omani food
  3. Ofair – Traditional Omani food
  4. Fisher’s Grilled – Fresh seafood grilled Omani style, here’s a blog post about it

Also, this post from Eater about Omani food restaurants in Muscat has some good information.

Royal Opera House Muscat
Royal Opera House Muscat, Oman

Things To Do In Muscat

There are no shortage of things to do in Muscat, and what I really like is that Muscat is so calm and peaceful when I was there, you’ll never face any long lines or crowds.

Here are a few of the top attractions I visited in Muscat.

  1. Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque – Regarded as the main and most important mosque in Oman, the Grand Mosque is a magnificent place to see in Muscat. The outside marble and sandstone is beautiful, and the inside, with a giant hand woven Persian carpet and chandelier is impressive. Visiting the Grand Mosque is one of the highlights of any Muscat travel guide. Visiting Information: Address – Sultan Qaboos St, Muscat, Oman; Entrance price – Free; Open hours (for non-Muslims) – 8 am to 11 am on Saturday to Thursday (closed on Friday).
  2. Royal Opera House Muscat – Another icon of art, culture, and architecture in Muscat is the stunningly beautiful Royal Opera House, completed in 2011. While you can purchase tickets to an opera or show if you’re in Muscat at the right time, you can also just admire it from the outside, or take a quick tour so you can see inside (that’s what I did). Visiting Information: Address – Royal Opera House, Al Kharjiyah St, Muscat 103; Entrance price – 2 OMR for tour; Open hours – 8:30 am to 2 pm daily.
  3. Bait Al Zubair Museum – One of the main Omani cultural museums in Muscat is the Bait Al Zubair Museum. I enjoyed the collections of firearms and Omani daggers and weapons. There’s also an outdoor traditional Omani housing display, and they also host events. Visiting Information: Address – Muscat 100, Oman; Entrance price – 2 OMR; Open hours – 9:30 am to 6 pm from Saturday to Thursday (closed on Friday).
  4. Muttrah Souq – The traditional Muttrah souq is an Omani bazaar in Muscat that is an important place of trade and culture. You’ll find everything from clothes and spices to gold and souvenirs. You can get lost exploring the fascinating back-lanes of the Muttrah Souq. Visiting Information: Address – Located at the Muttrah Corniche; Open hours – 8 am to 1 pm and 5 pm to 9 pm on Saturday to Thursday, and 5 pm – 9 pm on Fridays.
  5. Al Alam Royal Palace (Sultan’s Palace) – Oman is a Sultanate monarchy, ruled by Sultan Qaboos of Oman, and Al Alam Royal Palace is one of the official, ceremonial palaces in Muscat. You can’t go inside, but there’s a certain amazing feeling about just seeing it from the outside gate.
  6. Muscat Fish Market – One of my favorite things to do in any city I visit is go to the market or fish market, and Muscat has a small, but interesting fish market located in Muttrah. You’ll see the selection of freshly caught fish of the day, ranging from tuna to barracuda to giant sailfish. Visiting Information: Address – Located along the harbor in Muttrah; Open hours – 6 am to 10 am daily, I went about about 7:30 am.
  7. Qurum Beach / Qantab Beach – Finally in this Muscat travel guide I had to include some of Muscat’s beautiful beaches. Qurum beach is right within Muscat, and you can walk along the beach, swim, or there are beach activities. But a little drive away, and home to some high end resorts is Qantab Beach, a beautiful series of coves of turquoise water beaches and rocky mountains.
  8. National Museum of Oman – Unfortunately when I was in Muscat, this museum was not yet open (it officially opened on 30 July 2016), but it’s now one of the biggest and most educational museums in Oman. The museum is over 14,000 square meters in size, and has a giant collection of over 12,500 things in its collection from around Oman and its empire.
Misfat Al Abriyeen
Day trip to Misfat Al Abriyeen

Day trip to Nizwa and Date Palm Oasis

This Muscat travel guide is focused on Muscat, but if you do have some time to travel outside of Muscat, there are so many rewarding and beautiful places to see as well.

We took a day trip to Nizwa, about an hour drive from Muscat and one of the cultural capitals of Oman. We then then continued on to visit Misfat Al Abriyeen, a date palm oasis and one of the highlights for me visiting Oman.

There are also amazing wadis in the desert and beaches that you can visit if you have time when you’re in Muscat.

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Having your own vehicle is ideal in Oman (Qantab Beach)

How To Get Around?

Probably one of the most challenging things about visiting Oman is the transportation system.

  • Public Transportation – In Muscat, there’s really very few options for public transportation at all (to my understanding they did just open a public bus route, but it’s extremely limited and unfrequent). And because Muscat is a city that’s so spread out, it’s virtually un-walkable. Sure you can walk around some areas, but you really need your own private car.
  • Rent A Car – The cheapest option for getting around Muscat is to rent a car. And that way you do have the freedom and flexibility to go wherever you please. Driving in Muscat is quite straightforward as roads are extremely nice and spacious and signs are all translated into English. To rent a car in Muscat, you’ll spend anywhere from $40 – $100 per day (depending on type of vehicle), and many of the major car rental companies are available in Muscat like Avis and Hertz.
  • Taxi – You could also take taxis around Muscat, but prices are quite high, and if you get anywhere outside the city, you might have trouble finding one. Here are the estimated taxi fares for Muscat, but this does not count for the airport taxis which are more expensive.

I will just mention that when I visited Muscat, I had the benefit of a local friend with a vehicle, which made visiting attractions in Muscat extremely convenient.

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Muttrah Souq – one of the famous shopping bazaars in Muscat, Oman

My travel gear

Here are just a few of the things I use when I travel (these are Amazon affiliate links).

backpack
Main backpack
Camera bag
Camera bag
Money wallet
In pants money wallet
universal plug adapter
Universal plag adapter

To see more of my travel gear, check out my full resources page.

Prices and Expenses

Oman is a relatively expensive destination to visit, although there are choices that can be made to travel on a budget as well. Accommodation and transportation from my experience are the big expenses when visiting Oman.

In Oman the currency is Omani Rial (OMR) and it’s a very strong currency. At the time when I visited, the exchange rate was: 1 OMR = $2.60.

Here are some sample prices and expenses for Muscat:

Accommodation:

  • Mid-range hotel: $70 – $100 USD per night
  • High end: Everything over $100 – $250 USD per night

Transportation:

  • Rental Car: $40 – $100 per day depending on size and type of car
  • Taxi: short ride 2 – 3 OMR ($5.19 – $7.79), longer ride 4 – 6 OMR ($10.39 – $15.58)

Food:

  • Street food mishkak: 0.2 – 0.4 OMR per skewer ($0.51 – $1.04)
  • Local restaurant: 1 – 3 OMR ($2.60 – $7.80) per person
  • Fancy sit down restaurant: 8 – 12 OMR ($20.79 – $31.19) per person
  • Chai at local shop: 0.3 OMR ($0.78)
  • Big bottle of water: 0.5 OMR ($1.30)

Overall money budget:

  • Budget: $50 – $80 USD per person per day
  • Mid-range: $80 – $120 USD per person per day
  • High end: $120 – $200 per person per day

NOTE: This is not an exact guide for money and expenses in Oman, but in this Muscat travel guide I just wanted to share some of the prices I paid to give you a general idea about how much it will cost you to visit, keeping in mind that you can always do things to save or spend more on any trip.

Oman Travel Videos

On this trip, my wife and I were only in Muscat for two full days, but we made the most of our trip and did as much and ate as much as we could in the limited time we had.

You can watch all the activities and food within this Muscat travel guide within the videos above, or watch my full playlist here on YouTube.

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Sunset at Qurum Beach, Muscat, Oman

Conclusion

Oman is an absolutely beautiful country – the people are extremely friendly and hospitable, the food and culture reflects the diversity of the history and trade, and the natural beauty of the rugged mountains, desert, and beaches add to the experience.

I hope this Muscat travel guide for food lovers has given you some great ideas about the possibilities of what you can do and eat when you visit Muscat, Oman.

Would you like to visit Oman? Leave me a comment!

Check out all my city travel guides here.



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  • Josie

    6 days ago

    I am currently in Muscat and looking for food options. I will be trying out at least one of the restaurants you recommend, I just can’t decide which one since they all look good!

  • Within The World

    3 weeks ago

    What a great post! We are planning to visit Oman for its fabulous nature. Definitely it’s worth to go there. Best Regards 🙂

  • John and Danielle

    2 months ago

    Hi Mark, we’re off to Oman in a couple of weeks so were really excited to ready this post and watch the video. Can’t wait to get there now and eat all that fabulous food. Thanks for sharing all this great information.
    Cheers
    John & Danielle

  • Panchami

    5 months ago

    Hi there!
    Awsome post!! We are planning for a trip to Muscat this weekend. The post was really helpful. Looking forward to explore the city

    Regards
    Panchami

  • Rim

    5 months ago

    Hi again Mark (left another comment on Istanbul), first of all thanks a lot for these wonderful videos about my favorite country Oman 🙂 I have been 5 times there and can not get enough. I stayed in Muscat, was in NIzwa (also tried the halwa very flavourful with rose cardamom and saffron) I mostly stayed in Tiwi a fisherman village with locals, had the chance to experience a true and unique local experience, I have seen many wadis (these natural pool in the canyon) and in the Wahiba sands in a desert camp, I had such a great time there and I have been amazed by the legendary hospitality of the omani people. Here again I have another restaurant adress that you might try if you happen to go back to Oman (if so please feel free to ask me informations I’d be glad to help :)) there is a very famous restaurant in Muscat the Kargeen cafe where I had a shuwa (the meat is incredibly tender and tasty loved it) and a datte latte kind of milkshake simply awesome !! and it’s set in a beautifully decorated inside while outside you are surounded by flowers and plants, lovely atmosphere, another place with nice cafes and restaurants is all Qorm on the sea side Tche Tche is a franchise (started in Jordan Amman) you can have nice manaeesh that you have probably tried in Jordan (the labneh zataar is my favorite!!) along with continental breakfast. Another restaurant I love is Al Tanour in the ShangriLa complex they serve arabian golf cuisine it’s exquisite and I had a unforgeattable buffet there ( actually I ate so much that I felt sick 😉 )
    Once again I hope you will have the opportunity to explore more Oman it’ s a gem !

    Love from France

    Rim

  • Yuen Mi | A Travel Diary

    5 months ago

    This is such a great starter guide with beautiful images. Intrigued by the food, the architecture and the people, I’ve been reading about Oman a lot lately. It’s an interesting country. I love coffee so it’s interesting to see they enjoy theirs with rose water and saffron. I wonder what it tastes like.

  • Sherwood

    9 months ago

    Hey Mark,
    I am Murad from Bangladesh. Thanks a lot for taking the time to post. Very nice all the images and describe the process with the goods quality. Actually, this video was really fantastic and when I was seeing your eat my mouth are weathering. However, I think anyone should follow this article If they want to travel muscat. As a Bangladeshi I don’t know can I go muscat or not. But do you know about Bangladesh? you are welcome in my country.

  • Patricia Harvey

    10 months ago

    Great vlog…now, I want to go to Oman!!! I would also like to know how to get in touch with your friend, Mustafa! Is he willing to be a tour guide?

    • Musaab

      6 months ago

      Hi, you are most welcome in Oman!!!

    • Yaq

      5 months ago

      Mustafa is couch surf 🙂 Omanis are very hospitable!! I think I can show you around!

  • Carrick | Along for the Trip

    12 months ago

    Hi Mark!
    This is a fantastic post – I really enjoyed reading it. I’ve not been to Oman but Muscat seems like a great city and I’ve been reading good things about it. Like you, I’m intrigued by the food and I love how the city seems so spotless. Your photos are georgous. Thanks for sharing!
    Safe travels,
    -Carrick

  • Shanawar

    12 months ago

    Great article, well written & helpful for visitors.

  • Anand

    1 year ago

    Woooooow It’s really interesting to see the way you explore…..awesome…Thanks for Sharing

  • Yvonne

    1 year ago

    I love the pictures,that’s an awesome place,and the food look so good. Have fun as always,all is well,thank you.

  • Faye Alamares

    1 year ago

    Really want to try that camel meat. good job Mark

  • Rich

    1 year ago

    Hi Mark,
    Thank you for your effort in presenting this complete compilation of you and your wife’s visit to Oman. Even if I do not go there for a visit, your presentation is more than what I can get from other sources. Keep up the good work, and happy travelling.

  • Ernie

    1 year ago

    How do we get in touch with Mustapa? The food looked delicious. Your narration is the best

    • Mark Wiens

      1 year ago

      Thanks Ernie, really appreciate it. I will contact him.

  • Tiago

    1 year ago

    Great pictures. I like the beach.

  • Zeeny

    1 year ago

    Great video and very detail. Fantastic food. My mouth was watering by just watching you. I have been to Muskat but never tried these restaurants or beaches. Perhaps on my next trip. Great job!!! Keep it up. Liked the Zanzibar video. I am from Zanzibar.

    • Mark Wiens

      1 year ago

      Hey Zeeny, awesome to hear from you, very cool that you’re from Zanzibar!

  • garyhoh

    1 year ago

    As usual you are the best travel info guide, just cant leave home or travel without first looking into your resourceful tips. makes a big different.
    Thanks Mark. By the way, you have any plans for Hanoi?

  • Absy Ibrahim

    1 year ago

    Hi Mark, Thank you for visiting Oman, I’m Canadian and have been living here in Oman for 12years now and I feel like an Oman, people here are great, very friendly and kind hearted. I wish had met you when you were here visiting Muscat, hope to meet you the next time you’re here and it will be a pleasure to show you around.

    • Mark Wiens

      1 year ago

      Hey Absy, great to hear from you, and awesome that you’re living in Muscat. Would have been great to meet you. I would love to visit again, thanks!

  • Gloria Thompson

    1 year ago

    WOW Beautiful. I enjoy watching you eat…Thanks for all your wonderful travel videos.

  • Amalrani stalin

    1 year ago

    Hi mark and ying you guys are amazing ,we love you guys ,and we would like to invite both of you to our country Kerala , If you guys are interested plz email me

    • Mark Wiens

      1 year ago

      Hi Amalrani, thank you very much. I would really love to visit Kerala in the future, thank you for the invitation.

  • Shery

    1 year ago

    Mark as usual awsum and worthy of my time just love ur passion for food travelling and due to you only i have actually came to know about so many countries cultures etc hope u visit Pakistan and it would be a delight for me to take you around islamabad or lahore 🙂

    • Mark Wiens

      1 year ago

      Hey Shery, thank you very much. Hoping to visit Pakistan in the future, thank you for the invitation!

  • bob mimis

    1 year ago

    Hi Mark,well you did it again every time i look at your videos on food my mouth just floods with saliva they look so good .
    i have nothing but admiration for the work you do and the time and effort you put into your travels .
    looking forward to your next adventure regards bob

    • Mark Wiens

      1 year ago

      Huge thank you Bob, really appreciate your support.

  • Lindsay Gasik

    1 year ago

    Wow, it’s really neat that their currency is worth more than the USD! (1 rial = $2.60USD according to google.

    • Mark Wiens

      1 year ago

      Hey Lindsay, yah, sometimes it’s a bit of a shock, like paying 9 Rial for a taxi ride, to find out it’s $25!

  • Len

    1 year ago

    Very nice as usual Mark…all looks so very wonderful! Best, Len

  • Muneer

    1 year ago

    Yes, Oman is a beautiful country but expensive as well. The new airport terminal is likely to be functional in 6 months I guess.. Public transportation Yes its a big problem but the government is working on it, but it’s gonna take time. I wish you could visit Ruwi area as well, Ruwi is the main business area of Oman and you would have an opportunity to witness “Little India or Subcontinent ” But we are happy you visited and have a great time and enjoyed wonderful foods.

    • Mark Wiens

      1 year ago

      Hi Muneer, great to hear from you, sounds good about the new airport. Thank you very much, I’m hoping to visit Oman again in the future.

  • Valentino D Graci

    1 year ago

    Oman looks so fun! I’m just amazed by how expensive it is and how strong the Omani Rial is. I understand that is pegged to the U.S dollar, but holy cow! What could the GDP be compared to US GDP? And yet the currency has remained at $2.60 to 1 Omani Rial since 1986? Amazing! Still, the food and the beaches must be worth it.

    • Mark Wiens

      1 year ago

      Hey Valentino, yes it’s on the expensive side, but I still found that you can eat Omani food for decent prices. The Rial is very strong!

  • Sandi Winiarski

    1 year ago

    Oman is a beautiful country.
    I’m not one who would normally try an exotic meat, but after watching you eat it I really want to try camel!
    I’m looking forward to watching more of your videos.

    • Mark Wiens

      1 year ago

      Hey Sandi, thank you very much, haha glad you’d like to try some camel now!

  • Reedwanul Islam

    1 year ago

    Mark sir like I had said you earlier your videos inspire me like crazy. You are an awesome person with great God gifting talent that you make so fabulous videos. Your guide on migrationology is so well detailed , that it helps every new people who visits new countries. Sir you are so humble that you give every reply’s of my comments . Thank you. I appreciate your so much of hard work that you do for us , yet knowing that you will get nothing for return. I am so blessed that I have such a great teacher by my side. Sir I invite you to come to my country and explore the foods of Bangladesh.

    • Mark Wiens

      1 year ago

      Hi Reedwanul, great to hear from you and thank you for your kind message and words of encouragement. I would love to visit Bangladesh in the future, thank you!

  • Steven

    1 year ago

    Mark, it is a very nice sharing.
    I have a question about Oman.
    Did you see any fast food or convenience chain store when you travel in Oman?

    Thanks

    • Mark Wiens

      1 year ago

      Hi Steven, good to hear from you. Yes, KFC as well as some other fast food restaurant looked to be extremely popular. I’m not sure about convenience stores though.

      • Steven

        1 year ago

        Thanks… It will be a relief if someone can’t adjust well with new food culture..
        I extremely loved these 2 days in Oman series.. I do hope you spent few more days there.

        Best regards from your loyal follower

        • Mark Wiens

          1 year ago

          Thank you Steven. I would love to visit again and spend more time in Oman.

  • Maen

    1 year ago

    Im from Jordan ,and i never seen Oman before ,thanks to you mark i’ll be considering to do a travel over there ,Superb Guide.

    • Mark Wiens

      1 year ago

      Hey Maen, great to hear from you. Hope you can visit Oman in the future. I loved Jordan as well!

  • ChoongSeong

    1 year ago

    Mark, informative and interesting as usual. Thanks.

  • Bharti Siddiqui

    1 year ago

    Awesome post & video… Loved all your post, they help me a lot in planning my trips. All the best & Keep us the great work:)

  • sushmita

    1 year ago

    …I just checked your Day 7 ..AT MUSCAT ..Oman…. its jus amazing…. Awaited for your next video…
    and this travel guide has all the useful info….Great…

  • azim

    1 year ago

    Awesome as always. Is it just me, or this country is so clean and most picturesque of all countries you visit.

    • Mark Wiens

      1 year ago

      Hey Azim, I agree, it’s extremely clean and beautiful.

  • Rosita

    1 year ago

    Hi Mark,
    I am jealous with you. You are so lucky eating all kind of food from every country. Thank you so much for your advice and important info all the time. God bless you

    • Mark Wiens

      1 year ago

      Thank you very much Rosita, appreciate your support.

  • toshi

    1 year ago

    I totally did’t know anything about Omani food, so happy to get to know new things thanks for you. Massive thanks for your great work. , both of you.

    • Mark Wiens

      1 year ago

      Hey Toshi, great to hear that, thank you for reading!

  • MURALI KRISHNAN

    1 year ago

    Interesting & very nice Mark. Arabian food are delicious but not spicy.

  • Varun

    1 year ago

    I saw your video 2 days back Mark. I hope you enjoyed with Star Alliance

  • April Buela

    1 year ago

    🙂 Really interesting review!!!

  • roma

    1 year ago

    great job mark

  • Jennie

    1 year ago

    Its very amazing mark , you always know the best way to enjoy in every place

  • KM Tsia

    1 year ago

    Thanks Mark for the information. Muscat looks interesting especially the food.

  • jim parsit

    1 year ago

    Mark,
    It would be nice if you show a site map and the spot of where you were on assignments. Everything else looks great. With a video also more fun, I like the complete package, photos, videos etc.
    I was in BKK last week almost contact you for a coffee talk but out of time.

    Great work,

    Jim

    • Mark Wiens

      1 year ago

      Hey Jim, thank you very much. I’m working on the map right now, had everything mapped out when I was doing my planning, but need to update a few things. Will add it to this post as soon as it’s ready. Thanks for the feedback!

  • Mary Leo

    1 year ago

    Oman presented their food similar to what we know, rice with vegetables on the same plate, sauce on the side, etc. Prices are the same as what you’d pay in North America. It’s nice to see the cityscape, something different from what I am used to everyday.

  • John Connor

    1 year ago

    My dream, Oman is. Thank you beautiful pictures !

    • Mark Wiens

      1 year ago

      Awesome to hear that John, it’s an amazing place.

  • rolly miranda

    1 year ago

    Mark and Your Wife, Great Nice Foods for every Travel, Thanks for sharing,

  • rolly miranda

    1 year ago

    Mark and Your Wife, Great Nice Foods for every Travel, Thanks for sharing, God bless Always.

  • lalit patel

    1 year ago

    Very good information, Hope to visit some day.

  • john obrien

    1 year ago

    tantalising! but aren’t there any cheaper places to stay? family guest houses etc. or is that covered elsewhere? thank you for bringing this little known area to a wider audience.

    • Mark Wiens

      1 year ago

      Hey John, I didn’t come across many, but there definitely could be. In the date palm oasis, there was a family home stay, but it was closed for renovation when we visited, but not sure about any in Muscat.

  • Maurice

    1 year ago

    We love all your video on your current tour thanks mark

  • Manju

    1 year ago

    As always superb …

  • Ralf Albert

    1 year ago

    Hi Mark,
    Many thanks to you & Ying for the mouth watering food videos. These are great as usually. I had no intention to visit Oman before, but due to these great vlogs, I seriously think about some short trip following your itinerary….
    You should claim some percentage on any trip booked because of your videos! (lol)

    • Mark Wiens

      1 year ago

      Hey Ralf, thank you very much, really appreciate it, glad you’re thinking about visiting Oman!

  • nui acain

    1 year ago

    Wow the video is awesome. Oman foods i never had however I am sure they are insanely delicious. By the way you look good with the Omani hat. Thank you so much.

  • Frank H.

    1 year ago

    I had to Google Map Oman after reading your wonderful traveler’s guide to that place out of Aladdin, a place as exotic as Hawaii is to the world. The photos of the scenery and the food make my mind and mouth water with high anticipation. Now, I want to go there to experience some of the delights you have generously made available to the world. Thanks much.

    • Mark Wiens

      1 year ago

      Hey Frank, really appreciate you reading and watching. Hope you can visit Oman in the future!

  • leena

    1 year ago

    Mark wonderful clip on Oman trip. The fish you couldn’t recognized in the fish market was a sword fish not a dolphin. I heard that camel liver is a delicacy in middle east countries. Did you try.Is there a place to clean hands before and after meals in that restaurant where you had camel meat. BBQ pits at the beach really looks nice and food looks scrumptious. Nice job mark keep in touch.

    • Mark Wiens

      1 year ago

      Hi Leena, great to hear from you, thank you very much. I didn’t get to try camel liver, but just the camel hump, which was amazing.

  • Christobel @ Christobel Travel

    1 year ago

    Very Inspiring. I have never thought of Oman. It looks perfect and now on my bucket list !

  • Ali

    1 year ago

    Superb !! As awsome as always , thanks mark for this wonderful work.

  • Maju

    1 year ago

    Simply amazing! Appreciate the hard work that went into this guide! Will add Oman to the list of places to visit for sure. Thanks Mark!

    • Mark Wiens

      1 year ago

      Hey Maju, you’re welcome, thank you for reading.

  • Sanjeays Fernando

    1 year ago

    Hy Mark your Oman videos have been just incredible as usual and can’t wait till the rest of the Round the world trip videos!!
    Ps: Thanks for this guide as well!

  • Jabed

    1 year ago

    I like to visit mascut Oman with my wife and 3 kids. How much does it cost me a week can u tell me mark please ,really appreciate . Thanks mark . my kids all under 8 years .

    • Mark Wiens

      1 year ago

      Good to hear that Jabed. It just really depends on where you stay and what you choose to do. Check out some of the prices and expenses that I mentioned in this post. Thanks!

  • Roland Travas

    1 year ago

    Hey Mark, I love watching your videos. I followed your Asian, Muscat and Zanzibar videos. I used to live in Pemba/Zanzibar.

    • Mark Wiens

      1 year ago

      Hey Roland, awesome to hear from you. Definitely my original inspiration to visit Oman was because I had visited Zanzibar a few times. Hope you’re doing well!

  • Mario

    1 year ago

    Love your show. Great information.

  • Benito Aranez

    1 year ago

    Very informative and complete. Amazing travel
    Guide.

  • mustafa

    1 year ago

    Hi Mark
    this is mustafa from Oman, your guide is so nice short but comprehensive at the same time. information is on point good job.
    just that Sultan Qaboos Grand Musqe is only close on Friday
    also Royal Opera house is open up to 2 pm

    regarding your YouTube vlogs I think they are one of the best so far, really enjoying the series.

    my deepest regards to your lovely wife.

    • Mark Wiens

      1 year ago

      Hey Mustafa, great to hear from you. Thank you for those corrections, will make them now. Really appreciate all your help for this trip, we couldn’t have done it without you. It was amazing!

    • Sever Peterson

      10 months ago

      Well done! I enjoy your post. I and two German friends will be traveling to Muscat in late February. I love your facial “enthusiasm” when you are tasting food. Especially the gleam in your eyes. It makes my mouth water and I can’t wait to try the camel.

  • Tseten Dolkar

    1 year ago

    Wow!!u seem to have enjoyed your trip.Thanks alot for all the datails.Mouth watering foods.

  • Renia Butler

    1 year ago

    This is an awesome guide!

  • Fischer

    1 year ago

    Watching you eat is so much fun and your eyes just shine when you are eating. I can not travel but you and your wives videos and photography give me a chance to see different countries and experience different foods. I so enjoy y’alls productions. Thank you! Fischer

    • Mark Wiens

      1 year ago

      Hi Fischer, great to hear from you, thank you very much for your kind support and encouraging words!

  • FAR

    1 year ago

    Thanks for your Oman travel guide. Sounds an expensive city to visit.

  • vineetha

    1 year ago

    Awesome travel guide as always. Very nice pictures:). Keep posting videos. Lots of love to you and Ying.

  • Kaye

    1 year ago

    Hey Mark! I am hooked with this Star Alliance series you are doing and I check EVERY SINGLE DAY for a new video on where you are and what you are eating next. 🙂 Thank you for taking us with you and Ying (Did I spell it right?) around the world! 🙂

    • Mark Wiens

      1 year ago

      Hey Kaye, really appreciate it, thank you for following. Yes, you spelled Ying right!

  • Saleh Ali

    1 year ago

    Thanks indeed Mark for visit our country Oman I wish I could meet you unfortunately I am far in south oman city called Salalah.

    • Mark Wiens

      1 year ago

      Hey Saleh, would be great to meet you next time. I would love to visit Salalah!

  • Jeana

    1 year ago

    Great guide! Thank you!

  • Mike Walters

    1 year ago

    Hi mark, good to hear from you! Your note is timely as I lost your link after my kindle died! Thanks for staying touch

    • Mark Wiens

      1 year ago

      Hey Mike, good to hear from you as well. Thanks!

  • Lyn

    1 year ago

    Looking forward to seeing more of your videos. Regards to your wife and God bless you both!

  • Jenny

    1 year ago

    Good timing, I just moved to Oman a month ago! (In Sohar, about two hours from Muscat). It’s like you knew! 😉 I will definitely be trying out some of these restaurants on my next trip to Muscat.

    • Mark Wiens

      1 year ago

      Hey Jenny, awesome to hear that, very cool that you’re living in Oman!

    • Yaq

      5 months ago

      Will be honored to be your guide in muscat!!

  • Imran

    1 year ago

    Hi Mark, you should visit Dhofa region [Salalah]. It is a beautiful place.

    • Mark Wiens

      1 year ago

      Hey Imran, thank you. I’m hoping to come again and visit more places in Oman!

  • Monika

    1 year ago

    WOW ! : ) Mark good job : ) Thanks you so much 🙂

    • Mark Wiens

      1 year ago

      Hey Monika, glad you enjoyed it, thank you for reading.

  • Andy

    1 year ago

    Bravo and well done. Keep it up with other place you visit nextime.

  • owensky

    1 year ago

    really really interesting and made me think “I need to get there”

  • Aryeh Goldsmith

    1 year ago

    That’s a fantastic and detailed guide! I would love to go there one day. Thanks for all the hard work!

    • Mark Wiens

      1 year ago

      Hey Areyeh, glad you enjoyed this. Hope you can visit Oman in the future!

  • Sam

    1 year ago

    As always . Awesome