Mirbat

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once the capital of Dhofar

East of Salalah, the coastal town of Mirbat was once the capital of Dhofar, trading in frankincense and Arabian horses. Today, visitors can spot dhows heading out to fish, or explore the old merchant houses near Mirbat Fort.

Mirbat (Arabic: مرباط‎) is a coastal town in the Dhofar governorate, in southwestern Oman. It is located at about 16°59′19″N 54°41′32″E. It was the site of the 1972 Battle of Mirbat between Communist guerrillas on one side and the Armed forces of the Sultan of Oman and their Special Air Service advisers.

Mirbat (Moscha) was involved in the export of frankincense in ancient times, to places as far as China.