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One of a pair of 16th-century ports perched on the coastal cliffs surrounding the Old Town of Muscat, the dramatic stronghold of Al Jalali Fort is one of the city’s most prominent landmarks. Built by the Portuguese in 1587, both Al Jalali and its neighbor, Al Mirani Fort, played important roles in the years of Portuguese colonization before being reclaimed by the Omani in the mid 17th century. 

Today, the hilltop fortress houses a private museum set up by Sultan Qaboos bin Said to showcase items of Oman’s national heritage to visiting dignitaries and heads of state. Reached by a stairwell cut into the rocks or by cable car, the mighty fortress hosts a number of military parades and city celebrations, but remains closed to the public except for special events.

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Private Muscat City Sightseeing Tour - A Fascinating Capital

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 4 Reviews

The tour begins by driving through the beautiful embassy quarter of Muscat en route to Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque. Visit the mosque, a religious landmark of ...  Read more

Location: Muscat, Oman
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $48.21

Muscat City Sightseeing Tour - A Fascinating Capital

4.5 star rating: Recommended 21 Reviews

The tour begins by driving through the beautiful embassy quarter of Muscat en route to Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque. Visit the mosque, a religious landmark of ...  Read more

Location: Muscat, Oman
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $35.13

Muscat Shore Excursion: Private City Highlights Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 3 Reviews

After docking at the Port of Muscat, head out to discover the city’s highlights on a 4-hour private shore excursion. While enjoying personalized attention from ...  Read more

Location: Muscat, Oman
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $48.21

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