From Nizwa, the old capital of Oman, to Bahla, the city of myths, and from under the ground at Al Hoota cave, to the highest peaks of the Hajar Mountain Range, you can see history as you have never seen it before. In Ad Dakhiliyah, you can visit the remains of ancient Omani forts and castles to discover for yourself how these architectural icons were built, while wandering around the old streets of restored mud villages to go back in history. You can even leave the city behind and head into the mountains to enjoy the unforgettable view of agricultural plains and palm oasis. The rich history and diverse geography makes Oman a truly unique country.
Fanja is a town in the region Ad Dakhiliyah, in northeastern Oman. The picturesque village of Fanja is situated next to an extensive date palm grove that runs alongside Wadi Fanja. It is about 70km from Muscat, and the approach is one of the most scenic views that Oman has to offer. From the top of a hill you have spectacular views of the surrounding scenery and the wadi below. Fanja is known for its pottery. You can wander round the market bargaining for locally produced pots, local fruits and vegetables, honey and woven goods made from palm leaves. An early visit to Wadi Fanja to catch the sunrise breaking through the palm trees along the beautiful wadi is really amazing.
Samail Fort is an old Islamic fort located in Ad Dakhiliyah Governorate, Oman. It was built in the 17th century AD. The Samail Castle, is surrounded with mountains and huge palm trees. A true oasis in the desert mountains.
The First man from Oman who embraced Islam was The venerable Sahabi Mazin Bin Gadhubah Al Sa’di. He was from Samail. As he heard about the Prophet Hazrat Mohammad, in Madina, he visited there and embraced Islam. After Coming back to Oman, he introduced Islam to the people of Oman and built the first masjid in Oman in about 628 AD, it is still standing and known as Masjid Al Midhamar. It was rebuilt in 1979.
Birkat Al-Mawz is a village in the Ad Dakhiliyah Region of Oman. It is located at the entrance of Wadi al-Muaydin on the southern rim of Jebel Akhdar and home to a restored fort called Bait al Redidah.
Falaj Al Khatmeen is considered as Dawoodi falaj in the AL Dakhiliah Governorate. Its flow is 166 liters/second. The total length of the falaj from the mother well up to Sharia is about 2,450 meters with mother well depth of 17.5 meters. It has no sub-branches. It is most characterized by its three equal water divisions at the Sharia, when three equal balls are thrown prior to the dividing point; each ball is carried away in the three channels indicating the ingenuity of the falaj design. This historic falaj is located in Barkat Al Mouz, Nizwa, and is famous for having a unique water distribution system and continuity of flow throughout the year. It’s fascinating to see how one of its channels passes through Al Radeeda fortress on its way to the farmlands.
The Jebel Akhdar or Al Jabal Al Akhdar, is part of Al Hajar Mountains range in Ad Dakhiliyah Governorate of Oman. It rises to a height of 2,980 m (9,780 ft) and encompasses the Saiq Plateau at 2,000m above sea level. Jebel Akhdar is famous for its labyrinth of wadis and terraced orchards, where pomegranates, apricots and roses grow in abundance due to its mild Mediterranean climate.
Nizwa is the largest city in Ad Dakhiliyah Region in Oman and was the capital of Oman proper. Nizwa is one of the oldest cities in Oman and it was once a center of trade, religion, education and art. Its grand mosque was formerly a center for Islamic learning. Nizwa acquired its importance because it has been an important meeting point at the base of the Western Hajar Mountains. Set amid a verdant spread of date palms, it is strategically located at the crossroads of routes linking the interior with Muscat and the lower reaches of Dhofar thus serving as the link for a large part of the country. It is a diverse prosperous place with numerous agricultural, historical and recreational aspects. Nizwa is a center for date growing and is the market place for the area.
Wadi Tanuf in the Wilayat of Nizwa is one of the most important and beautiful natural sites that attract tourists. The flow of the valleys, the flow of the waters of the canals and the water springs form an aesthetic painting. After the continuation of seasonal rains, the trees of the valley grow and became green and provide a good heaven for tourists to spend a whole day under under the shade of these trees and near fresh water.
Notable for both its traditional architecture and agriculture, Misfat Al Abriyeen is an Omani oasis village, that has been a self-sustaining cohesive community based on the ancient falaj irrigation systems for at least 2000 years. It is located at deep within the Oman Mountains, a formidable mountain chain that stretches in an arc across the Oman Peninsula. It has become quite an attractive tourist destination in recent years due to the many features that make it a wonderful experience for any traveller. The village boasts amazing agricultural terraces, beautiful alleys, and old houses built on top of solid rocks. The old houses in Misfat al Abriyeen are traditional mud houses with palm frond roofs, and are unique in that they are built on solid rock foundations, surely as means of providing security during the olden times.
Jebel Shams, translated as Mountain of the Sun, is Oman’s highest peak. The mountain is also featured by its view into the spectacular deep Wadi Ghul lying alongside it. The mountain lies in the heart of the Western Hajar Mountain chain in Al Dakhiliyah region, hosting Jebel Akhdar as well.
A'Dakhiliyah Governorate occupies a distinctive location on the western slopes of Al Hajar Mountains towards the desert in the south.
Bahla Souq is a short distance traditional souq from Bahla Fort. It is most famous for homemade ropes and large metal plates. It also has many traditional industries like making daggers and copper artefacts, in addition to Omani sweets. This Souq is famous for its active commercial activity, with a beautiful tree at the central courtyard.
Jabreen Castle is an impressive sight. It is one of the best-preserved and whimsical castles. Built in 1675 by Imam Bil-Arab Bin Sultan, Jabreen Castle was an important centre of learning for astrology, medicine and Islamic law and, unusually for Oman's forts and castles, there's quite a lot to discover inside the vast battlements. The most interesting feature of this castle is the elaborately painted ceilings. Several rooms, that seem to spring illogically from different courtyards in the heart of the keep, sport ceiling timbers with the original floral motifs. Finding these hidden rooms is part of the fun – and the original defensive mechanism – of Jabreen.
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