Home to a private museum, Al Jalali is closed to the public and can only be seen from the outside. With its towers perched high above Old Muscat harbor, it is, however, one of Muscat’s prettiest sights.
All Muscat tours stop at Old Muscat’s harbor to admire Al Jalali, Al Mirani, and the waterfront Al Alam Palace. Choose a private tour for one-to-one attention or a hop-on hop-off bus tour that stops beneath Al Mirani—a fantastic viewpoint for Al Jalali across the water. Many boat trips from Muscat also sail by the harbor, giving unobstructed views of both forts. Al Jalali is illuminated at night, so you could also consider an evening tour to see it bathed in lights. Some day trips from Dubai include views of the fort as part of a sightseeing drive around Muscat.