Hiking in Muscat, a capital city? Yes it is possible. One of the particularity of Muscat is that it is composed of neighborhoods separated by rocky hills. This means that you can climb those hills to get nice views, especially on trail C38 between Riyam and Muttrah.
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INFO & PLANNING TIPS - Muscat Riyam Hike
For those tired of museums, buildings and people with all the many things to do in Muscat, why not take a break and hike a little to get nice views of the city? Here is the information you need to do it.
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Finding the hike
As there are not signs to indicate the hike at the moment, here are some indications to reach the beginning of the hike.
When you enter thye Riyam area from the main street, go towards the right, find WAy 8804. Then find the house in the photo below.
Turn right before the house (where the car is). You will see a fuel pipe and stairs.
View of Riyam
As you get higher you first only see the Riyam section of Muscat, with the giant incense burner statue and the park. It is a mix of stairs and steep climb.
The hills are rocky and dry with deep and narrow wadis
Be careful it is so dry that some sections get slippery as the rocks roll under your feet.
View of the Corniche / city center
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