Al Jalali and Mirani Forts


Copyright: Ivan Pavlov/

Al Jalali and Mirani Forts

The historic forts of Al Jalali and Mirani date back to the 16th century, and (although closed for entry to the general public) define the cityscape of the Omani capital. The forts were formerly used as defense fortresses, and were constructed by the Portuguese during the colonial period. Come at sundown to capture the best views.

Do & See

Muscat's geographical positioning in close proximity to the sea, desert and mountains provides visitors with an endless list of possible activities. With natural beauty, beach resorts, an emerging cultural scene (facilitated much by the recently constructed Royal Opera House) and historical relics, the nation's capital is guaranteed to keep travelers busy both on land (mosques, forts and souqs) and at sea (dolphin-watching tours and snorkeling, to name a few).