The Al Alam Palace is a palace located in Old Muscat, Oman. It was used as a ceremonial palace by Sultan Qaboos bin Said Al Said.
Al Alam Palace, one of six residences of the sultan, has a history of over 200 years, and was built under the watch of Imam Sultan bin Ahmed, the 7th direct great-grandfather of Sultan Haitham. The existing palace, which has a facade of gold and blue, was rebuilt as a royal residence in 1972. The inner grounds of the palace remain off-limits, but members of the public are permitted to stop near the gates and take photographs. 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 receives distinguished visitors. In January 2012, the sultan received Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands at the Al Alam Palace during her state visit to Oman.
The Al Alam Palace has a gold and blue façade, and was rebuilt in 1972. The façade is a little bit looking like a plastic one, as it was made from a movie from the Disney cartoons, and together with its trumpet-shaped flaring columns, it is one of the most unique buildings in the capital city.
The palace complex is impressively stage-managed, approached via a long pedestrianized boulevard framed by two arcade colonnades, with copious amounts of highly polished marble covering every available surface. The Palace is neighbored by a number of other interesting government buildings such as the Ministry of Finance.