Bayt Ar Rudaydah

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The word ‘Bayt’ means home, because this castle was a fortified house, in recent memory occupied by Suleyman bin Hamyar, the ‘Lord of the Jebal Akhdar’ and leader of the mountain tribes during the struggles which led to the unification of Oman. Badly damaged in the 1950s by aerial bombardment, its tragic past may have contributed to its reputation for being haunted.

The castle has been restored to become a Centre of Excellence for Historic Small Arms. It contains a collection of rifles and pistols including highly-decorated Omani weapons as well as arms and archives from around the world documenting the development of firearms technology.