Al Mirani Fort
If you stand by the harbour wall on Mirani St, the building to the right with the delightful mushroom pillars in blue and gold is the...
With galleries detailing relations between the two countries, this museum provides an interesting snapshot of mostly 19th-century...
Al Jalali Fort
Guarding the entrance to the harbour to the east, Al Jalali Fort was built during the Portuguese occupation in the 1580s on Arab...
City Tower Grill Restaurant & Cafe
Ignore the entirely irrelevant name of this venue and have an egg roll-up in view of Fort Al Mirani in this corner street cafe, ideal as...
Al Mirani Fort information
Al Mirani Fort was built at the same time as nearby Al Jalali Fort. Although closed to the public, its presence looms large over the harbour and contributes to the iconic view of Muscat captured in 19th-century lithographs.
Al Mirani Fort has a special place in history as it contributed to the fall of the Portuguese. This came about through a curious affair of the heart: legend has it that the Portuguese commander fell for the daughter of a Hindu supplier, who refused the match on religious grounds. On being threatened with ruin, the supplier spent a year apparently preparing for the wedding during which time he worked an elaborate trick on the commander, convincing him that the fort’s supplies needed a complete overhaul. Bit by bit he removed all the fort's gunpowder and grain and when the fort was left completely defenceless, he gave the nod to the Omani Imam, Sultan bin Saif, who succeeded in retaking the fort in 1649. The Portuguese were ousted from Muscat soon after and the wedding never took place.