Bin Ali’s Tomb, Mirbat, Dhofar Region, Oman 

Nestled in the craggy hills on the approach to the town of Mirbat, the road to the tomb of Bin Ali is quite a dramatic sight. The twin onion domes of this sparkling white monument to Mohammed Bin Ali al Alawi make a powerful impact on the visitor. The setting is pretty unforgettable too, set in a huge cemetery with hundreds of tombstones rising from the green and brown ground like macabre sculptures.

As you wander round, it is strange to think that you are stepping into the past of almost 1,000 years. Dhofar has a rich history, with important pre-Islamic sites to be found for the adventurous. Bin Ali’s Tomb does not require too much exploration, situated just off a tarmac road rather than off the beaten track.

Epic Oman Culture & Adventure Route © Monika Newbound

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