The forts of Rostaq and al-Hazm
The forts of Rostaq and al-Hazm is part of the Tentative list of Oman in order to qualify for inclusion in the World Heritage List.
Click here for a short description of the site, as delivered by the state party.
- ●● Tentative
The coordinates shown for all tentative sites were produced as a community effort. They are not official and may change on inscription.
Martina Ruckova 07-Mar-18
In case of this TWHS, the road taken was even more interesting than the actual site. We saw the burial tumuli of Al-Ayn and then decided to drive the shortest way possible to Al-Rustaq. Long story short, don't. The road seems to be okay for a while and then it gets worse before getting abysmal. 4WD would have been better, as the road gets bumpy and dusty, but at least you can catch glimpses of some unique local places. Anyway after a bumpy ride we arrived and parked our car by the fort. It was Friday, so it was closed in the afternoon, therefore we opted for the next best thing and walked around it. It's huge. If you've seen some other places of the Omani irrigation system WHS, this one has some too: there's a visible aflaj around, oasis and some wells.
John booth New Zealand 16-Nov-10
Rostaq fort is located at the foot of the impressive Western Hajar Mountains, a range of bare steep sided mountains. The fort itself does not seem as dramatically located though as the one nearby at Nakhal. Rostaq is distinguished by having a falaj flowing beneath it, but this feature is already included on the WHS list.
Rostaq is located on a loop road off the Batinah highway, and makes a delightful side trip when travelling between Muscat and Abu Dhabi.