Muscat is not only the capital city of Oman, it is also the largest city in Oman – covering an area of 1,500 km2 and houses more than 50% of Oman’s total population. Strategically located along the country’s north-eastern coastline with access to the Gulf of Oman and Straits of Hormuz, the city is well-positioned on the maritime trade routes that connect Middle East with Europe and Africa. The international airport (at Seeb) and deep-water port (Porst Sultan Qaboos) can also be found in Muscat. It comes as no surprise that Muscat’s economy is largely dominated by international trade, particularly in fish, dates and pearls.
Muscat is a prime destination for businesses. The city hosts various conferences and business fairs such as the International Exhibition for Infrastructure and Industrial Projects, providing opportunities for industry cross-learning and networking among countries.