“Safe anchorage” was the title given to Muscat by the great Arab navigator Ahmed Bin Majid Al Najdi who recognized it in 1490AD. Time is witness to the great history and rich culture of this land since last 5000yrs. Despite being the capital of Oman, the previous ruler His Majesty Sultan Quaboos till the present government, have made sure to preserve history and traditions in its full glory. While making sure to upscale the speed of development and modernization to such a level that now Muscat is counted amongst the list of a forward thinking and progressive city. It has been named as the World’s 9th safest tourism destination in 2015 by the World Economic Forum. Last but not least, it is counted amongst the cleanest Arab cities and has won many awards for the same. Surrounded by mountains, deserts and a huge shoreline, Muscat is a treasure trove of activities for people from all areas of interest. For history buffs a scenic drive and visit to the 17th century, immaculately preserved Forts of Nizwa, or a photo shoot at the Rustaq Fort and then a visit to Nakhl Fort, will be a memory of a lifetime. For the adventure seekers, desert and wadi safaris are a must try. An opportunity to do dune driving and camel riding are other highlights. For the beach goers there are a number of cruises which are operated on a regular basis, which also include dolphin watching, scuba diving to name a few. Being a popular tourist destination, accommodation has never been a problem in Muscat. Although the best hotels in Muscat are mostly quite expensive, yet finding guest accommodations and budget hotels is not that difficult. The Chedi Muscat counted amongst the best hotel in Muscat has been the winner of Traveller’s choice 2016.The hotel has its own private beach , apart from three different swimming pools , separately catering to adults, and outdoor pool and one especially for families. Apart from leisure it is also well known as a business hotel too. The Grand Hyatt Muscat is another name which finds itself in the list of best hotels in Muscat. It is said that it was designed by a Yemeni prince. Panoramic views of Gulf of Oman and Hajar Mountain can be seen from the rooms. Facilities like four different restaurants offering different cuisines, a private beach, water sports, along with business centers are few of the features.