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Bahla, Oman: Home to country's oldest fortress
by Prakash Bang, Editor in Chief

Bahla Fort, Bahla, Oman

On our way from Jabrin to Jabal Akhdar, lies the Bahla Fort. The fort is believed to have been built between the 12th and 15th century by the Banu Nebhan tribe who inhabited the area at the time and were known for controlling the trade of frankincense at the time. As part of the complex, there is also a citadel oasis adjacent to the fort and an ancient wall spanning 13 kilometres part of which are still standing. The majority of the oasis is in ruins but the structure and some of the houses still stand. As the fort was built with bricks made of mud and straw, erosion damaged the structure until rehabilitation efforts were launched.

Since time was short and we were in a hurry to reach Jabal Akhdar before sunset, we avoided going within the Bahla Fort. A brief stop outside its ramparts was just good enough for us. But of course, we did make a quick lunch stop at a local restaurant before driving uphill to Jabal Akhdar.

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