Northern Coast

This stout building, beside Qurayat's main vegetable and meat souq, looms unexpectedly into view alongside the narrow main road through town. Recently restored, this 19th-century fort is typical of Oman's coastal defensive structures, with high, crenellated walls and a round watchtower. It's not always open as billed, but the proud exterior is worth a look, and there's a fine wooden door at the entrance.

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1. Qurayat Lake Park

0.69 MILES

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2. Watchtower

0.82 MILES

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3. Al Khobaar Lake Resort

4.95 MILES

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4. Seifa Beach

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5. Bank Beach Club

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6. Mazara Fort

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7. Wadi Dayqah Dam

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8. Wadi Arbeieen

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