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After a two-year siege, the fort fell to bin Sultan in 1698.
Thereafter the Omanis easily ejected the Portuguese from Zanzibar and from all other coastal regions north of Mozambique. They were driven out in 1749 when the Al Said dynasty came to power. Zanzibar was a valuable property as the main slave market of the Swahili Coast, and became an increasingly important part of the Omani empire, a fact reflected by the decision of the 19th century Imam of Muscat, Sa'id ibn Sultan, to make it his main place of residence in 1837.
In the 1690s, Saif bin Sultan, the Imam of Oman, pressed down the Swahili Coast.
A major obstacle to his progress was Fort Jesus, housing the garrison of a Portuguese settlement at Mombasa.
The other son, Thuwaini, inherited Muscat and Oman.
Zanzibar influences in the Comoros archipelago in the Indian Ocean indirectly introduced Omani customs to the Comorian culture.
Two optically stimulated luminescence age estimates place the Arabian Nubian Complex at 106,000 years old.
In the northern part of the Oman Peninsula the Recent Pre-Islamic Period begins in the 3rd century BCE and extends into the 3rd century CE.
Whether or not Persians brought south-eastern Arabian under their control is a moot point, since the lack of Persian finds speak against this belief. A decade after Vasco da Gama's successful voyage around the Cape of Good Hope and to India in 1497–98, the Portuguese arrived in Oman and occupied Muscat for a 143-year period, from 1507 to 1650. In need of an outpost to protect their sea lanes, the Portuguese built up and fortified the city, where remnants of their colonial architectural style still exist.
An Ottoman fleet captured Muscat in 1552, during the fight for control of the Persian Gulf and the Indian Ocean.
The Ottoman Turks captured Muscat from the Portuguese again between 1581–88.), is an Arab country on the southeastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula.