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 Al Sharqiyah Governorate

 

 

Al Sharqiyah area  is  in the north east front of Oman over looking the Arabian Sea from the east. It includes the internal side of Al Hajr Al sharqi mountains which join it from the north. It also joins Wahibah Sand frmothe south and Ad Dakhliyah Governorate from the west.  Al Sharqiyah area consists of:

Al Sharqiyah North Governorate.

The affiliated wilayats are Ibra, Al Mudhaibi, Bidiya, Al Kabil, Wadi Bani Khalid and Dima W’attayeen. The centre of the governorate is the Wilayat of Ibra.
   
Al Sharqiyah South Governorate.

The affiliated wilayats are Sur, Al Kamil W’al Wafi, Jaalan Bani Bu Hassan, Jaalan Bani Bu Ali and Masirah. The centre of the governorate is the Wilayat of Sur.


Wilayats

 

Wilayat Ibra

 

Ibra - the  regional center - is an agricultural wilayat. It also has some crafts and traditional industries. As regards Masirah Island which is in the Arabian Sea, it is distinguished for its strategic location and for the massive and different species of turtles which lay and hatch their eggs in the coasts of the island. Ibra In the north and west it neighbors the Wilayat of Al Mudaibi, in the south the Wilayat of Qabil, and in the east the Wilayat of Dima and Taaiyin.

 

Wilayat Sur

Sur town is one of the regional centers Located some 337 Kms from the Capital Muscat and the most important of Ash Sharqiyah cities. It played a historical rule in trade and navigation in the Indian Ocean. It was also known for ship buildding, as it was the most renowned city in the Arabian Peninsula in ship building in the last century. Besides, marine activity and ship building, Sur is femous for some historical touristic places such as caves. It is also known wood industries. textiles and produces a number of agricultural crops. 

 

Wilayat bidiya

 

This Wilayat is almost in the middle of the Sharqiya, north of it is the Wilayat of AI Qabil and in the east it neighbours the Wilayats of Al Kamil and Al Wafi and Wadi Bani Khalid.I contains about 15 villages. Story tellers relate that it was established when the Hajjaris (who are the majority of the inhabitants) arrived there. That was in 1008 A.H. They built castles and forts, and they made a number of falaj, before which the Wilayat was reliant on wells. This stage "the descending of the Hajjaris" was considered the beginning of its prosperity and so they called it "Badiya" (the beginning) - thus relate the story tellers .

One of the most important sites, in the Wilayat of Badiya is the fort which the Ministry of National Heritage and Culture restored recently. It is the fort of Al Mintarib. There is also the fortress of Al Wasil. This is surrounded by four towers, in addition to three other forts, which are called Al Shaariq, Al Hawiya and Al Ghabi.

 

Wilayat al Qabil

 

In the north is the Wilayat of Ibra, to the south the Wilayat of Badiya, in the north east it neighbours the Wilayat of Dima and Al Taaiyin, in the south east Wadi Bani Khalid and in the west the Wilayat of Al Mudaibi. It contains about 21 villages. There are about 69 archaeological sites, the most important being two forts, one of them in Al Qabil and the other in Al Mudirab.

There are about 50 falaj, the most important being: Al Mudirab, Al Qabil, Al Direez and Al Nabaa. It is also famous for a number of villages which are located between the high, golden sand dunes. The most important of these villages are Al Sakaa, Al 'Aqida, Al Kharis and Al Jufaa. There are also a number of springs in the Wilayat. The most important are: 'Ain Marzuk, known for water, 'Ain Wadi Barka and 'Ain Al Washal. The falaj, springs and villages located in the middle of the sand dunes are tourist attractions.

 

 

Wilayat al mudaibi
 

In the north it neighbours the Wilayats of Bidbid and Sumail, which are part of the Dakhaliya Governorate, and Ibra and Al Qabil which are part of the Sharqiya Governorates, in the south the Wilayat of Mahut, which is part of the Wusta Governorate, in the east the Wilayats of Badiya and Ja'alaan Bani Bu Hasan and Ja'alan Bani Bu 'Ali, and in the west the Wilayats of lzki and Adam, which are part of the Dhakaliya Governorate. There are about 90 villages . Its history goes back thousands of years, according to what archaeologists have discovered in Samad Al Shaan.

Some of its archeological features are: the castle of Al Jawabir in the town of Al Rawdha, the two forts Kabeeb and Khazam in Samad Al Shaan, the fort of Al 'Aqir, the castle of Al Busa'idi in the town of Al Akhdar, and Burj Warid and the houses of Mutowa where the Wilayat meets the Wilayat of Ibra. The most outstanding mosques of the Wilayat are Al Sawar in Al Mudaibi, and the Al Jam'aa Mosque in Samad Al Shaan. 

 

 

Wilayat dima and AlTaaiyin
 

In the north it neighbours the Wilayat of Quriyat, which is part of the Governorate of Muscat, in the south the Wilayat of Ibra, in the east the Wilayats of Al Qabil and Badiya and in the west the Wilayats of Al Mudaibi and Bidbid, which is part of the Dakhaliya. It contains about  51 villages. The story-tellers say the people of the area once reared Arab horses and exported them to markets in India, by sea. They also traded them internally to other parts of the Sultanate and other areas ......thus the story-tellers relate.

The name Wadi Taaiyin goes back to the time of the collapse of the Ma'rab Dam in the Yemen, when the Arab tribes fled to various places. The Ta'a tribe, part of the Al Qahtaaina tribe descended through Wadi Sma'il then came out to Wadi Al Taaiyin, where they settled. Some of the Al 'Udnaaniya trib also reached the wadi which is named for them. What about the name "Wadi Dima" 

 

 

Wilayat Al kamil and Al Waafi

In the north it neighbours the Wilayat of Wadi Bani Khalid, in the west the Wilayat of Badiya in the south the Wilayat of Ja'alan Bani Bu Hasan and in the east the Wilayat of Sur.It contains about 40 villages and towns.

 

Wilayat Ja 'alan Bani Bu'Ali

It is located in the south east part of the Sultanate and is one of the biggest Wilayats. It is a mix of three different geographical environments. What are they ? The first is the coastal area of the Wilayat, the second, the desert area and the third, the agricultural area. This mix of environments provides the inhabitants with a variety of incomes. It contains about 137 villages. The coast stretches more than 170 kilometres, from Ras Al Hadd in the north to Ras Al Ruwais in the south; and scattered throughout are inhabited areas. The Wilayat also includes the desert, so that it is made up of pasture, sand dunes and wadis.

 

Wilayat Ja 'alan Bani Bu Hussan

To the east is the Wilayat of Sur, to the west the Rimal Aal Wahiba and the Wilayat of Al Mudaibi, to the north the Wilayat of Al Kamil and Al Waafi and to the south the Wilayat of Ja'alan Bani Bu 'Ali. It also stretches south to the coast of the Arabian Sea and the Indian Ocean. There are about 160 villages .The Wilayat chose two crossed spears as its emblem which indicates the bravery and courage of its citizens.

 

Wilayat Wadi Bani Khalid

In the west it neighbours the Wilayats of Badiya and Al Qabil, in the east the Wilayat of Sur, in the south the Wilayat of Al Kamil and Al Waafi, and in the north the Wilayat Dima and Al Taaiyin. It contains about 30 villages. It is famous for a number of archaeological sites. There are some forts, the most important being: Hasan AI Muwalik in the village of Al 'Awina, which dates back to the 4 th century A.H., the biggest fort in the Wilayat and in the past was the base of the Wali and the Judge, the fort of Al 'Adafin in the village of Qaswah, and the fort of Al Raziqiyeen in the village of Al Husun. All in addition to other forts of which only ruins remain. There are also 9 towers.

 

Wilayat Masira


This is an island located in the south east of the Sultanate, administratively it is part of the Sharqiya. Around it are a number of other islands the most important of which are Marsis, Sha'anzi and Kalbaan. In the Wilayat of Masira are a number of villages: Dafiyaan, Al Samar, Duwah Mashgaf, Marsis, Sur Masira, Haqal, 'Amaq, Maaghah, Raasa Sha'ah, Al 'Aija, and Wadi Al Maqar. 

 

Tourist Attractions

 

Al-Muntarib Fort

 

Qalhat

 

As-Sunaisilah Fort

 

Ras Al-Hadd Fort

 

Wadi Shab

 

Wadi Tiwi

 

Wadi Bani Khalid

 

Jalan Bani Bu Hassan Fort

 

Majlis Al-Jin Cave

 

 

 


How to get to Al Sharqiyah North & South Governorates

 

The easiest route to Sur from Muscat the Muscat Airport roundabout and joins the new dual carriageway road to Nizwa . At Bid Bid , 36 km from Muscat , the road is cleary signposted from Sur . The road heads into the mountains ,through thhe Sumail Gap and Wadi LAKK. There follows a 24 km stretch of winding road, full of sharp bends,starting at 58.2 km. It should be heeded .At Wadi Seigani there are delicious fruits for sale at the roadside. The road passes through Ibra and on to Al Kamilsome 249 km from Muscat . There is a signposted left turn to Sur another 60 km further on through Wadi Fulaij . The journey takes about four hours on good tarmac road with plenty of petrol stations route.

 

Other important information

 

 

  • With eleven wilayats and a total population of over 260,000, sharqiya is the third most densely populated region in Oman.

 

 

  • There is plenty to do and see in the Sharqiya Governorates. The souqs specialize in traditional silver jewellery , copper & weaving .

 


Where to Stay

 

North Sharqieya Governorate

 

No

Name

Tel

Fax

 1

Al Sharqiya Sands Hotel

25587099

25587088

 2

Ibra Hotel

25571873

25571794

 3

Al Ghizlan Hotel

25524056

25524055

 4

Ibra Guest House

25571666

25571777

 5

Oreint Nights Guest House

25584233

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 6

Wahat Nahar Guest House

9387654

698292

 7

Ain Safnan Guest House

25524560

25524962

 8

Al Qabil Guest House

25581243

25581119

 9

Sinaw Guest House

25524056

25524055

 10

Golden Sands hotel

99445092

-

 11

Al Raha Camp

25583130

25583130

 12

Bediyah Camp

99332914

25583070

 13

Desert  Nights Camp

99006049

Nil

 14

AL Rahala Camp

99336273

Nil

 15

1000 Nights Camp

 99310680

Nil

 16

Al Bar Camp

99332264

25583209

 17

Desert Safary Camp

92000538

25584025

 18

Al Areesh Camp

25581234

25581119

 19

Arabian Oryx Camp

99311338

25586044

 

South Sharqieya Governorate

 

No

Name

Tel

Fax

 1

Sur Plaza Hotel

25543777

25542626

 2

Masira Island Resort

25504274

25504275

 3

Sur Beach Hotel

25542031

25542228

 4

Ras Al had beach Hotel

25542031

25542228

 5

Youth Hostel- Areen A'shkhara

25566288 

25556172

 6

Maseer Hotel

25504401

25504038

 7

Bait Al Afya Hotel Apartment

25544447

25540627

 8

Sur Hotel

25540090

25543798

 9

Marsa Sur Hotel Apartment

25540784

-

 10

Al Ashkara Hotel

25556222

25566077

 11

Al Jamhoor Hotel Apartment

25543561

25544090

 12

Marsa Sur Hotel Apartment

99641741

-

 13

Al Dabi Tourist Motel

25553307

-

 14

Serabis Hotel

25504699

25504698

 15

Scientific Centre & Visitor Service

96550606

99851594

 16

Danat Al Khaleej Hotel

25504533

25504532

 17

Al Thabit Hotel Apartment

25544667

25544636

 18

Al Ayjah Plaza Hotel

25544433

25544331

 19

Al Faisal Suits Apartment

25542500

25542552

 20

Al Basateen Hotel apartment

25562121

25562121

 21

Turtle Beach camp

25540068

25543900

 22

Ja'lan Sands Camp

99357265

-

 23

Al Naseem Camp

99450063 

25570112

 

 

Useful Number

 

Name 

Telephone

Sur Police Station

25542599

Sinaw Police Station

25524999

Bidiyah Police Station

25583099

Ibra Police Station

25570099

Al Kamil & Al Wafi Police Station

25557420

Jalaan Bani Bu Hasan Police Station

25550420

Bahwan Travel

25544712

Nomadic Adventure & Tour

99336273

 

 

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