Traditional Omani villages embodied the life of the Omanis in the past, in all its simplicity and harshness, and reflect the extent of its adaptation to the surrounding environment, demonstrating how to use natural resources to fulfil basic needs.
Al Ashkharah in Wilayat Jalan Bani Ali, located in Ash Sharqiyah region, is one of the most visited tourist attractions by the Omanis during summer, when the monsoon that touches the Dhofar governorate mixes a gentle breeze. Its Virgin coast, fine golden sand, are attended by numerous colonies of birds. Al Ashkharah, located 30 km from the District of Jalan Bani Abbas, owes its name to the abundance of “Acacias trispinose” (al ashkhar) that grow there.
Badiya inhabitants are spread among 15 town and villages. Nature here plays its aesthetic role in Wilayt Badiya that lies on the edge of A’Sharqiyah sands, and its oases seem to drown in a sea of sand stretching ever wider and higher. Here begins the adventure of discovering the sands, as visitors to Badiya love to climb up the surrounding sand dunes, which rise to more than fifty metres.
The experience of walking over the soft sand dunes provides endless fun, especially for children as their feet sink in the sand. To increase your enjoyment, it is best to visit Badiya by four-wheel drive. Badiya is famous for its camel and Arabian horse races held every weekend, in addition to “Badiya Sand Racing Challenges”.
The village enjoys an outstanding location between the mountains of Ad Dakhiliyah and Al Batinah regions and is one of Wadi Bani Awf villages in Wilayt ArRustaq . Balad Sayt lies 40 kilometres away both from Wilayt ArRustaq and Wilayt Al Hamra in A’Dakhiliyah Governorate. The magnificence of this village lies in its agricultural terraces and mountainous location, and its rugged mountain roads attract many adventure tourism fans. Balad Sayt is considered a fine example of traditional Omani villages.
Is located in the far north of Musandam peninsula. It is accessible by motor boats (45 minutes). The village is a small spot surrounded by mountains and cliffs which appear to be about to fall into the sea. “Alkumzaris” speak a local dialect, believed to be a mixture of Arabic and other languages.
This is a small village separated from Wilayt Khasab in Musandam Governorate by rugged mountainous peaks. That’s why the best way to reach this village is by boats that will take you through marine vistas that will be engraved in your memory for ever. There visitors will enjoy the fantastic rock formations of the mountain range directly overlooking the sea, and birds hovering over the sapphire waters through the distance that separates Khasab from Lima. The village is known for its local crafts specially the unique AlJarz.
Misfat Al Abriyeen
Misfat Al Abriyeen village is located in Wilayt AlHamra in A’Dakhiliyah Governorate. It is characterised by its alleys, traditional buildings, high mud buildings, and agricultural terraces that wrap around the mountain, along with the old buildings. Misfat Al Abriyeen rises a thousand metres above sea level. The homes of its inhabitants are at the top of the mountain and their farms are on the slope. Its decorated houses standing side by side in close proximity look like terraces waving up and down with the mountain’s terrain and give the visitor a distinctive visual pleasure. It is said that the first house in Misfat Al Abriyeen village was built two hundred years ago.
If you see Misfat Al Abriyeen village from a distance, you will imagine that the mountain grows houses and forts among its trees and flowers. People here have excavated rocks to build cities and gardens, flattened the terrain into terraces to have fertile soil for their farms, and dragged water into the mountain and made it flow through spiral channels so as to irrigate the land and provide drinking water for the villagers.
This is one of the oldest villages located at Khawr Sham in Wilayt Khasab in the Musandam Governorate. The stone houses appear to be part of the cliff itself, so it is hard for the visitor to make them out at first. This was the primary purpose for its establishment, since these houses are the village’s first line of defence. Al Qannah is accessible from the sea by boats that cross the region, and is a spectacular sight as it reflects the glow of the sun’s rays. Most of the villagers depend on fishing for their livelihood.
The village sits at 2,000 meters above sea level in Wadi Mastal in Wilayt Nakhal, located in Al Batinah South Governorate. 150 kilometres separate this village from Muscat. The road leading to the village passes through a number of valleys where the villages can only be reached by a four-wheel-drive vehicle.
This region enjoys moderate temperatures in summer and low temperatures in winter. Visitors will observe many agricultural terraces supporting fruit trees, including grapes, pomegranates and apricots, as well as some legumes.
At the village entrance is an Information and Visitors’ Centre. A trail has been built stretching for 1,100 metres, comprising 700 steps rising to the top of the mountain, surrounded by a protective fence and containing service areas as well as observation towers that look like castles and umbrellas. You’ll also find sitting areas and a rest shelter overlooking the village and its terraces.
The descending Falaj passes from the top of the village towards the agricultural terraces where natural materials were used in building the trail. For lovers of mountain hiking, there is a mountainous trail that connects the village to Al Jabal Al Akhdar (Green Mountain).