We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Win Big When You Book on TripAdvisor

Al Alam Royal Palace

Certificate of Excellence
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
Address: Waterfront, Oman
Book In Advance
More Info
and up
Best of Muscat by Night Tour
More Info
and up
Private Tour: Muscat by Night
More Info
and up
Customized Private Half or Full Day Muscat City Tour

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 240 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 47
  • 57
    Very good
  • 28
  • 2
  • 1

Like most Middle East palaces belonging to the Sultan or Sheik. This place it huge. It looks like it could be a square mile. Visitors are not permitted inside so you only get a... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Sarasota, Florida
via mobile
Add Photo Write a Review

240 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
  • More
Showing 135: English reviews
Sarasota, Florida
Level Contributor
490 reviews
133 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Like most Middle East palaces belonging to the Sultan or Sheik. This place it huge. It looks like it could be a square mile. Visitors are not permitted inside so you only get a limited walking tour of the grounds. The architecture is pretty modern and pretty drab. It is probably used only for ceremonial occasions and visiting dignitaries.

Thank JordanS8
Level Contributor
166 reviews
69 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

very pleased I went to have a look at this palace and the surrounding government buildings as they are all very impressive, the streets and walkways around this area are absolutely spotless, the palace itself is not open to the public but worth a visit to see the building itself, a rather strange but nonetheless impressive piece of architecture.

Thank GrahameHportsmouth
Muscat, Oman
Level Contributor
71 reviews
56 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Visiting this place in the morning hours on a cold winter day is a wonderful experience. The open areas of the royal palace and the long halls add to the charm of the place. You can spend enough time doing photography of the place from the outside and visit right upto the gate of the premises and still take pictures... More 

Thank 1ak1
Level Contributor
168 reviews
79 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

It was listed as one of the top site in Muscat but i was quite disappointed to go there as you can only take picture from far away outside and can't go inside and don't really get to see much. Just take a photo outside and that was it ! So i don't feel it is worth going there at... More 

Thank Sombatbkk
Level Contributor
29 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

One of The Oman Sultan's palace is a wonderful piece of Architecture. Like most of Oman wonders, It is not imposing or flashy and has a sublime, serene look and feel around it. You cannot enter the place and can only enjoy a view of it from a distance. Parking is not usually a problem.

Thank askuksia
Muscat, Oman
Level Contributor
123 reviews
55 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

A palace of present king of The sultanate of Oman, His Majesty Sultan Qaboos is a fabulous mansion and a landmark in Muscat, the capital city.

Thank Rao1940497
Level Contributor
79 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Set in large gardens bordering the ocean, The main building looks like it is held up by golf tees. Pity you cant get inside.

Thank muscatsteve
Newport, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
20 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2016 via mobile

Really beautiful Omani architecture and plenty of space for kids to run around. When we visited there weren't many people there and you pretty much had the space to yourself. The kids didn't like it much and where quite tired but appreciated the ability to run around without cars, sand or dirt. Overall would recommend a visit at least once... More 

Thank A K
Muscat, Oman
Level Contributor
5 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016

The palace has history of over 200 years, built by imam Sultan bin Ahmed the 7th direct grandfather of the current Sultan. It was rebuilt as a Royal residence in 1972.

Thank asya1960
Level Contributor
8 reviews
8 attraction reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016

As the Royal Family lives there you can't go inside and have to look at it from outside. It is easily reachable place and near from Mutrah Corniche. Car parking is available. Surrounded by small gardens.

Thank kash771

Travellers who viewed Al Alam Royal Palace also viewed

Muscat Governorate, Oman
Muscat, Muscat Governorate
Muscat, Muscat Governorate

Been to Al Alam Royal Palace? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Al Alam Royal Palace and other visitors
2 questions
Ask a question
1 month ago

See all questions (2)

Questions? Get answers from Al Alam Royal Palace staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?