Muttrah, administratively a wilayah (province), is located in the Muscat Governorate of Oman. Before the discovery of oil in Oman, Muttrah was the center of commerce in Oman (Muscat).
Muttrah Corniche is a must-see attraction for anyone visiting Muscat. This promenade stretches for three kilometers along the waterfront and is lined with restaurants, cafes, and markets. The views are breathtaking, with the Oman Port and harbor on one side and the stunning rock formations of the Hajar Mountains and Portuguese watchtowers on the other.
The northern end of the corniche features a fish market and a dhow harbor, where visitors can admire traditional Omani boats. Meanwhile, the eastern end of the harbor is dominated by Mutrah Fort, an impressive structure that unfortunately is closed to visitors. However, the flank of the fort can be climbed for more fantastic views of the harbor.
Muttrah Corniche’s history is fascinating, as it was once Oman’s principal port in the country’s medieval maritime spice trade. Nowadays, the area has transformed into a bustling tourist destination with souks, shops, and restaurants where visitors and locals alike can soak in the old-time Arabian atmosphere.
The initiative to relocate the industrial elements of the port and redevelop the dockside for tourism is well underway, and the refurbishment of the fish market is complete. Additionally, the harbor is home to His Majesty’s dhow, visiting cruise ships, and assorted naval vessels, making it an exciting place to visit.