Muscat’s ancient historical centre

Located at the eastern tip of modern Muscat, you’ll find the city’s enigmatic Old Quarter. Bursting with old Arabian charm, it’s the place to come to discover history, local life and the true culture of Oman’s capital.

Fascinated by Arabian history? You’re not alone. Always one of the most popular hop-off stops on our Muscat Bus Tour, the Old Quarter is best known for its 2 enormous 16th century forts, Al Mirani and Al Jalali. Perched on neighbouring cliff tops, they look out over the Gulf of Oman, protecting the ancient city centre.

Explore Old Muscat

Stroll along the Old Quarter’s 500 hundred-year-old city walls, get lost in the colourful maze of the Mutrah Souk, or discover more about Muscat at the fascinating Bait Al Zubair Museum.

Other interesting facts about the Old Quarter, Muscat

  • The 3 forts in Muscat’s Old Quarter were built by the Portuguese during their occupation of the 1580s
  • The Bait Al Zubair Museum is known for its collection of weapons and full scale Omani village and souk
  • The National Museum of Oman is also located near to the Old Quarter
  • The neighbouring Mutrah Souk is one of the oldest Arabian markets in the world
  • Up until the mid 20th century, the city gates were shut 3 hours after dusk and anyone venturing out into the streets was obliged to carry a lantern