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Rushaq, Oman

Rushaq fort.

Town in northern Oman with 75,000 inhabitants (2007 estimate), in the western Hajar Mountains. Rustaq was capital of Oman in the 17th century under the Ya'ruba Imam.
Rustaq is famous for its ancient fort, predating the arrival of Islam in Oman. It is built on 3 levels and has 4 towers, the tallest 19 metres high. A second fort was built in the 18th century, and also of great historical interest.
Rustaq region has hot springs used popularly to cure rheumatism.
Economy of Rustaq is based upon agriculture and handicrafts. Agriculture specializes in fruits, like pomegranates, apricots, plums, bananas, papaya and grapes. Rustaq produces very popular honey.
Rustaq is well-connected with other urban centres by road. Musqat is 175 km northeast.

Around 1600: Becomes capital of Oman under the Ya'ruba Imam, Nasser.

By Tore Kjeilen