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Al Alam Palace – Muscat, Oman

Al Alam Palace means “Flag Palace” is the ceremonial palace of His Majesty the Sultan. The most important of the six royal residences of the ruling monarch, Sultan Qaboos, which are dotted around Muscat, Salalah and Sohar. The palace is located in the heart of the Old Muscat, it is surrounded by the Al Jalali and Al Mirani forts. Former Sultan’s used to live in a house called Bait Al Alam which was demolished in the early 70s to build this new Palace in its place to be the official residence of the Sultan of Oman.

With its funnel-like gold and blue pillars and lone flagpole extending like an antenna from its flat roof, Al Alam Palace (Sultan’s Palace) is one of Oman’s most striking examples of contemporary Islamic architecture.

The hallway is OOTD worthy. Very nice and so clean.  Did you know that Muscat is One of the cleanest city in the world.

The palace isn’t open to the public, although you can get a good view of the facade from the iron gates at the front.

Beautiful garden outside.

 

The palace complex is impressively stage-managed, approached via a long pedestrianized boulevard framed by two arcaded colonnades, with copious amounts of highly polished marble covering every available surface. On either side stretches a cluster of impressive government buildings: huge, snow-white edifices sporting crenellated rooftops, traditional wooden balconies and window shutters. Look right as you approach the palace and you’ll also see a fine section of the original city walls snaking up the hillside, punctuated with three large watchtowers en route.

Grabbed this pic from google as you can see the entire palace.

At night, you will still see the beauty of the Palace as it is lit up.

At the Back side of the Palace, it is more beautiful.

It takes you back in time. Seeing Castle-like buildings make me feel I’m in medieval era.

It is a MUST-see when you are in Oman.

 

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