The bustling commercial hub of Muscat

Discover Ruwi, the bustling commercial district of Muscat and haggle for bargains in the souks and charmingly traditional shops. Rooted in traditional Islamic architecture, the neighbourhood is decorated with elegant mosques and green parks along the Kabir Wadi (valley), which carves its way through Ruwi past luxury hotels, museums and archaeological sites.

Feeling hungry? The appetizing aromas of street-side restaurants selling delicious Arabian and Asian treats will tickle your taste buds. The south-eastern side of Ruwi is known as Little India. Hop off our Muscat Bus Tour at any stop to sample fantastic Omani and intercontinental flavours.

Life after dark

The blaze of neon and unmistakable urban buzz makes Ruwi the place to be after dark – where the commercial hustle and bustle continues long into the night. You can also drink in the incredible views of the city as Muscat reaches out towards the Gulf of Oman.

Other interesting facts about Ruwi, Muscat

  • Ruwi is one of the oldest neighbourhoods in Muscat, although many of its ancient narrow streets were redeveloped in the 1970s
  • The western side of the district is home to the CBD and headquarters of many of Oman’s national banks
  • The centre of Muscat is 13.8 kilometres (8.6 miles) away as the crow flies
  • The vibrant Souk Ruwi Street is the place to go to discover colourful shops and the best choice of curry houses
  • Ruwi is just 3 kilometres (1.8 miles) from the Mutrah Fort