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A popular stopping point on the way to Sur, Qurayyat is in itself also a very popular destination for Muscat.
The Portuguese arrived in the 16h century. The village was a strategic point to control the Oman Gulf and access to the Persian Gulf. It was part of a chain of fortresses the Portuguese Empire had in this region. The Fortress and village were drawn in the beginning of the 17th century for a book by Antóno Bocarro.
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