Al Alam Palace, Muscat
Built in 1972 as the Sultan's Palace, al Alam Palace is more symbolic than an actual residence. It is said that the Sultan lives elsewhere in Muscat, so this palace is reserved for ceremonies. Visits are not permitted, but the exterior is quite striking. Although it has a hint of Islamic architecture, its design is unlike any style. For a country where all buildings and houses are essentially painted white, this palace might be the only multi-coloured house. The palace is located in the heart of the actual town of Muscat, not too far from the bay.
The Al Alam Palace located at Muscat is the office of Sultan Qaboos, ruler of Oman. This beautiful palace stands on the head of a natural deep water harbour and is guarded on either side by the twin forts of Mirani and Jelali. Unfortunately, visitors are not allowed to visit the palace, but they are allowed to take photographs at the entrance of the palace, as shown here.
The third and largest fort in Muscat is called Al Alam, and of the three it's the most beautiful one. It is flanked by the old Portuguese forts Jalali and Mirani and, if you look at all three of them, you would not notice that the Al Alam fort was built only recently.
The fort is nothng else than the Sultan's palace, or at least it is used by the sultan as a ceremonial building... basically a place to host foreign politicians and dignitaries. Apparently the Sultan prefers another palace near Seeb, which is very secluded and can't be seen by outsiders.
WE went to see the palace that had been built for an international gathering. Since then, I believe , it has become a public area and hotel, The tiles and greenery are beautiful, and the sheltered areas are most welcome as protection in the heat of the day,
The Al Alam Palace is the palace of Sultan Qaboos of Oman. The Palace was built in the 1970s and it looks it, with its plastic-looking Disney pastels and unusual trumpet-shaped flaring columns. The Royal Palace overlooks the placid Muscat harbor, which is deserted because it has no commercial or private docks, and because the wall in front of the palace is lined with big orange .50 caliber guns. Al Alam Palace is flanked by more historic defenses as well: the Mirani and Jalali Forts, both of which were built in the 16th century by the Portuguese colonists.
The palace is not open to visitors, nor is it the full-time residence of the Sultan.
One of the main attraction in old Muscat is the Al Alam Palace, the former home of the Sultan. He has now chanced home to another majestic palace, slightly more hidden than Al Alam Palace.
You can not get into the palace, but nevertheless you can take photos in front of the building. The palace is flanked by two forts overlooking the harbour.
Take a look at the Al Alam Palace, the Sultan's official residence (although he does not live there). You can take photos but cannot go inside. Reach the Palace through the Kebir Gate.