Sohar Fort

Fort in Sohar

Built in the 13th century, Sohar’s distinctive fort allegedly boasts a 10km tunnel intended as an escape route during a siege. Easier to find is the small museum in the fort’s tower, which outlines local history, and the tomb of one of Oman’s 19th-century rulers, Sayyid Thuwaini Bin Sultan Al Busaid, the ruler of Oman from 1856 to 1866. The fort has been closed for several years for restoration, but work seems nearing completion.

Neighbouring the fort is Sohar's newly revamped heritage souq: the addition of a covered walkway, arcade and wooden doors for the shops has made it a more interesting and attractive place for a wander.