At the InterContinental Muscat, concierge Issam Al Balushi has spent three years guiding visitors on what to do, see and eat in Oman’s capital city. Here’s his expert advice for business travelers.
What should business travelers have on hand when visiting your city?
Oman is a country of adventure. Don’t forget to bring durable shoes and casual clothes. You may also want to bring your international driving license so you can hire a four-wheel-drive vehicle and explore. Make sure to carry—and wear—sunblock.
What are your top restaurant recommendations for a business lunch or dinner?
The Turkish House (Way No. 4303 Al Khuwayr, Ph: 968 2448 8071) is a popular mainstay of the local dining scene. Grilled Mediterranean dishes, salads, fish and fresh juices are the main highlights—usually served with naan bread or chips. Mumtaz Mahal (Way No. 2601, Qurum Park, Ph: 968 2460 5907) is considered the finest Indian restaurant in Muscat. Located on a hilltop behind Qurum Natural Park, the restaurant overlooks the city.
What’s something that surprises guests about your city?
The Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, the main mosque in the Sultanate of Oman, houses one of the world’s largest chandeliers. It’s 14 meters tall.
What’s the best option for outdoor exercise?
Stroll along the Muttrah Corniche, a walkway that stretches about 3 kilometers along the harbor. Along the Corniche you’ll find gardens, parks, waterfalls and statues. You will also get a view of the traders’ houses, showcasing traditional architecture.