Al Khandaq Fort

Hajar Mountains

Buraimi has a large and interesting fort, with decorations that give it a Saharan flourish in comparison with the austere exteriors of Omani interior forts. It's surrounded by a large, waterless moat and sports a fine watchtower, accessible by rope (off limits to visitors).

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