Welcome to Mirbat
The town of Mirbat has seen better days, but it has considerable historical significance. The town’s main fort is now derelict despite being the site of the well-documented Battle of Mirbat, in which nine soldiers kept 300 insurgents from taking Mirbat in July 1972 during the Dhofari insurrection. Two British Victoria Crosses were earned by the SAS but not awarded, to help keep the war out of the public eye. A much older fort, by the shore, has recently been restored but remains closed.
Notice the old merchant houses with their wooden, latticed windows. The onion-domed Bin Ali Tomb, 1km off the main road, marks the entrance to the town.