After breakfast, head for the Grand Mosque, one of the biggest in the Middle East. Next, on to the fish market: the real hustle and bustle happens early so don't leave your visit too late. In order to get an understanding of the local culture and heritage, don't miss the Bait Al Zubair Museum in Old Muscat. The Sultan's residence, the Al Alam Palace, and the two 16th century Portuguese forts, Jalali and Mirani, are all interesting buildings.
After lunch take a stroll along the corniche and take a walk up to the frankincense burner: a monument on top of a small hill which gives you a great view over the city. Continue to the souk where you can start bargaining for local handicrafts, spices and a myriad of other things. For a beautiful sunset continue to the terrace of the Crowne Plaza, perched on cliffs overlooking the sea.
To finish the day, have a relaxing evening stroll along Qurum beach which will bring you back to the hotel. For dinner, I would choose a typical Arabic restaurant, which serves authentic local fare.
Oman was the first Arab country to appoint a woman to head an overseas embassy.
Amouage Gold is the most complex and most expensive perfume in the world with 120 ingredients. The bottle is made of French lead crystal and the top of 24ct gold.
The legendary sailor Sindbad set sail from Oman. There's a replica of the type of boat he would have used at the Al Bustan roundabout.
The chandelier at the Sultan Qaboos Mosque is the biggest chandelier in the world according to the Guinness Book of World Records.