Al-Batinah: The al-Batinah region of Oman forms the fertile coastal strip that extends for almost 300km between the Hajar Mountains and the Gulf of Oman. Split into North al-Batinah and South al-Batinah in 2011, the governorate is the most populous of the Sultanate and includes most of the major cities and ports of northern Oman.
It consists of twelve provinces (or wilayāt): Sohar, ar-Rustaq, Shinas, Liwa, Saham, al-Khaburah, Suwayq, Nakhal, Wadi al-Māwil, al-Awabi, al-Musannah and Barka.
Seeb Fish Souq(market) by the coast : The souq in Seeb is more than just a place to shop, it is a part of the daily rhythms of life. It is a gathering place where residents, young and old, gather to catch up with each other on the events of the day, to share a coffee and some laughs. It is a hive of activity, and no matter how many malls are built, the city wouldn’t be the same without it.
“Located along the coastal road in Seeb, this souq is a sprawling market selling anything from stunning traditional jewelry and luxurious perfume oils to livestock and locally grown fruits,”
“Go early in the morning and you will find fish that have just come off the fisherman’s boat. As you move along these stalls the road will bend to the right and you will find a great 50m stretch of stalls with all sorts of goods, this includes local dates and halwa, which you can get for a tenth of the price of the supermarket. As you come to the end of this stretch of stalls you will find the traditional flour mill and more fish markets,”
Barka : On the shores of the Gulf of Oman, in South Batinah, Barka is a thriving coastal town, home to a great fishing community. The town is renowned for its halwa, a typical Omani sweet made of cardamom, sugar, saffron, almonds, flour and rose water.
Nakhal: Nakhal is famously known for its fort, which dominates the town. The fort has a long-running history and is a testimony to the Persian presence in the area before the 7th century CE. Constructed in 1834 by Iman Said bin Sultan on the ruins of a pre-Islamic structure, the fort is now a museum, exhibiting a historic armoury and a wonderful view of the Batinah plain and its palm gardens.
Wadi Al Abyadh: Wadi Al Abyadh (also known as Wadi Abidh and Wadi Abiyad) is a valley in the Al Batinah Region of Oman, which lies some 30 kilometres (19 mi) south of the Muscat-Sohar highway. A four-wheel drive vehicle is useful to explore this wadi, which is vested in green vegetation and white boulders and rocks, from which the wadi probably takes its name. The rough road runs through the middle of the wadi. There are pink oleander trees and many beautiful birds. The geology of Wadi Al Abyadh is also of great significance. The wadi contains an exposed ancient section of moho, the boundary between the Earth’s crust and mantle
Timing: It is best to start early in the day.
Days: 7 Days a Week
Special Note- It is advisable to wear light comfortable clothing and walking shoes.
1. Pick up and Drop off as per itinerary
2. Services of an experienced English/Arabic speaking chauffeur
3. Entry tickets as per itinerary
4. Water during the excursion
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