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I have 8 hour stopover at Muscat. Reaching there at around 6 PM and the next connecting flight is at 2 AM to Munich. I want to know what can I do during the 8 hours inside the airport.

I have checked Plaza Lounge Access. I would like some reviews if anyone has any experience. Also, is there any food stall in the airport where I can get local Omani cuisine? Or any other interesting way to pass time?

  • Are you able and willing to go into Muscat? Eight hours is sufficient time to go downtown, have a walk around and eat a meal. There really is not much in the international transit area, so far as I remember. – Calchas Sep 22 '15 at 19:15
  • I have considered that option. But since it is a Friday, the Grand Mosque would be close. And by the time I get to the city area, it would be past 8 and other attractions would be shut down as well. Because of the timings, it does not seem like a viable option to go into Muscat. – trollster Sep 23 '15 at 4:56
  • How is this question not too broad or opinion based ? – blackbird Sep 23 '15 at 13:41
  • Is this a troll? – CGCampbell Sep 23 '15 at 14:42
  • @Blackbird57 yeah same question! – Suraj Bhawal Sep 23 '15 at 18:55
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Oh, I basically did this in July, from mid-afternoon until late evening when my flight out happened.

Assuming you don't want to just grab a cab and go down to the waterfront (it's nice and there are cafes and the market), the airport doesn't have much. At all.

Landside

You have a choice of two Costa Coffees, and a small restaurant place with some Indian-like food (much Omani cuisine is inspired by Indian food). It's nothing fancy. That's it. The rest of the shops are cellphone sim card stalls, and care-hire, basically.

Airside

Going through check-in, you get to go upstairs, and this is bigger - but now you're going to have Wendy's, Subway, and that style - plus one small restaurant that serves shish kabob and wraps. And souvenir shops and exchange places. It was pretty limited. They also claimed to have free wifi, but it wasn't working when I was there. All day.

My recommendation - landside, get into that restaurant (it's opposite the small Costa), and settle in at one of the booths. Each booth has a powerpoint, and you can just chill and watch movies on your device or listen to music, while people watching a bit and occasionally buying a drink.

Otherwise though, no, I did a lot of laps walking, but there's really not much else to see. If you can, you're far better off adventuring outside, even if for a short time. Town is pretty close - go see the new mosque at night, it's quite a sight!

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