Tourism Guide

Tourism Guide:

North and South Al- Batinah Governorate

Omanis compare Al-Hijr Mountains to the human backbone, so they call the governorates, the one that lie on the Sea of Oman, North and South Al- Batinah (lit. internal), and the one that lies West of the heights Adh-Dhahirah (lit. external).

North and South Al-Batinah governorates constitute the beach formed by the Wadis (valleys) descending from the mountains with a width varying between 15 and 80 kilometers. There are also two main agricultural governorates in Oman, not to mention the nearby mountains and glowing blue beaches. North and South Al-Batinah Governorates are distinguished by the presence of some rare species of trees, such as Al- Mashut in Wilayat Liwa and Ad- Dibaj in Wilayat As- Suwaiq.

Ar-Rustaq is the provincial center of South Al-Batinah Governorate and Suhar is the provincial center of North Al-Batinah Governorate. Suhar lies about 230 Km from the capital, Muscat. Suhar was the capital of Oman before the advent of Islam, known by the name of Majan. It is one of the most important Wilayat (provinces) in North Al-Batinah Governorate and became famous for producing and exporting copper for a long time.

In the fourth century A.H. (tenth century A.D.), Al-Maqdisi described Suhar as "a thriving city with a large population and a beautiful city providing comfortable living. Its impressive residential districts spread along the beach, and its towering buildings are built with baked brick and teak wood.” "Suhar’s mosque overlook the sea and its towering minaret,” adding that what distinguishes the city is "its prosperous markets that attract shoppers’ attention and admiration.”

The Wilayat (provinces) of North Al-Batinah Governorate are: Suhar, Al-Suwayq, Al-Khaburah, Saham, Liwa, and Shinas.

The Wilayat of South Al-Batinah Governorate are: Barka, Wadi Al Maawil, Nakhl, Al-Awabi, Ar-Rustaq, and Al Masnaah.

Many places in both governorates attract tourism, such as:

Suhar Fort

Wadi Hibi

Wadi Bani Hani

Wadi Al-Hoqain

Al-Khabourah Castle

Liwa Castle

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