Al Alam Palace
"Al Alam" means "The Flag" in Arabic.
The palace has a history of over 200 years, built by Imam Sultan bin Ahmed the 7th direct grandfather of the current Sultan.The existing palace, which has a facade of gold and blue, was rebuilt as a royal residence in 1972. Visitors are not allowed inside the palace, despite the fact that His Majesty normally lives elsewhere in Oman, but it remains a popular area to walk next to and take photos. Al Alam Palace is surrounded by the Mirani and Jalali Forts built in the 16th century by the Portuguese.
The Palace is used for official functions and receiving distinguished visitors and in January 2012, the Sultan received Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands at Al Alam Palace during her state visit to Oman. 
- Kay, p. 27
- Oman News Agency (11 January 2012). "His Majesty receives Netherlands Queen in Oman". Times of Oman. Retrieved 4 February 2012.
- Enchanting Oman by S Kay published by Motivate Publishing 1988
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