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Al Alam Royal Palace
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“photos only”
Reviewed December 2, 2013

As usual, one only gets to take photos from outside the gates of the royal palace. Be sure to walk around to the water on the west to get some good photos of the palace and the fort in the background. Unfortunately, these forts are not open to the public either.

Visited December 2013
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Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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“A Royal Palace is always a Royal Palace”
Reviewed September 24, 2013

Your tour will most probably make a quick stop at Al Alam Royal Palace. Well, as I said above, a Royal Palace is always a Royal Palace and you shouldn't miss it after all that long journey to Muscat. Be aware you won't be allowed to enter the Palace, which I believe is not the residence of Sultan Qaboos, but more like his office. You'll see the Palace from some distance, right through and between its gates. I suggest visits should be done in the evening, when lights do beautify the Palace complex. At day light, the Palace maybe be quite disappointing to many travelers, including me. Very colourful, it lacks style I guess. It is modern and doesn't look really arabic, at least from the outside. As a matter of fact, I found it rather kitsch. Check and say it yourself. Enjoy.

Visited February 2013
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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“Colourful Palace worth a Visit to View”
Reviewed July 26, 2013

You can't go in the palace but it is worth a visit to view from the gates and take a few photographs. i visited early one morning after i had been to the Fish Market. The place was deserted so i had a great view and photo opportunity. The buildings on the approach are also interesting. The whole area is very clean. My taxi driver explained that if the flag is flying the Sultan is in the palace as he was on the day of my visit. Lovely colours to the building.

Visited July 2013
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Muscat, Oman
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“Visit the both the sides of the Palace.”
Reviewed June 14, 2013

I have seen the Al Alam Palace a few times from outside but as the weather is too hit I havent walked to take a closer look. It is worth a short drive and a few clicks. I believe the Sultan doesnt stay here. There are many Govt buildings surrounding the palace.
This palace was re-built in 1972. Originally built by the 7th grandfather of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Said.

Visited June 2013
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“Muscat Palace”
Reviewed May 28, 2013

Just Royal, wonderful architecture by Indian Architect, which tremendously appreciated by not only Arabians also by the tourists of world. Visitors are allowed only outside area.

Visited June 2012
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