Muscat, the Capital Area
The region known today as the ”Capital Area” covers a length of 60 kilometers from As Seeb in the west to the Shangri-La’s Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa in the east. The built-up areas are bounded to the north by the coastline and to the south by the Hajar mountains, whose cliffs reach to the sea in the east. In a small bay, boxed in by sheer cliff-faces, is the historic port of Muscat which has lent its name to the whole area (from the Arabic masqat, place of anchorage).
Up to 1970, together with Mutrah, situated in the adjoining bay, and a few small, insignificant oases, this was the only inhabited part of the current Capital Area. After the change of government, the area was developed at breakneck speed from a desert landscape with bays and cliffs to a modern capital city.
Georg Popp and Juma al-Maskari
What makes this travel guide so special? This book is a product of the long-term personal friendship between the authors, Mr Georg Popp and Mr Juma Al-Maskari and their continuing fascination with the Sultanate of Oman. Combining their insights from European and Omani perspectives, they have produced a guide which is as much about culture and history as it is a practical guide for planning your itinerary.