Monday, 7 November 2016

OMAN: Beautiful & Historical Tourist Attractions

Located in the Wilayat of A’Rustaq in the Governorate of South Al Batinah is Murry village, one of the many beautiful villages in the Sultanate, famous for agriculture and tourist attractions.

This includes castles, towers, an old Aflaj (ancient irrigation system or water channels), inscriptions and drawings on the stones, which give the impression of antiquity and are the pride of this village and its very old heritage. Situated in the west of the wilayat, Murry is the last town in the Wilayat of A’Rustaq from the west. It is the main crossing point between the Governorates of A’Dhahirah, South Al Batinah and A’Dakhiliyah. It is about 45 kilometers away from the centre of the wilayat.

The village can be reached through the A’Rustaq-Maskan (in Ibri) road. It enjoys a different and distinctive climate as it is surrounded by the towering Western Al Hajar Mountains. Ali bin Abbas Al Ajmi, director of the Tourism Department in the Governorate of South Al Batinah said Murry is one of the villages frequented by visitors from inside and outside the Sultanate, due to its important strategic location, being situated in the middle of the road between the Governorate of South Al Batinah and the Governorate of A’Dhahirah. It is also rich in many natural and historic monuments.

He added that what attracts visitors to this village are the towering mountains and lush trees, green areas and flowing water from the mountains and valleys, in addition to castles, towers and rock inscriptions that indicate the eras in which people lived there. These have been immortalised through the engravings on the rock, and this is an evidence of the historical tradition of the town.

He also said that the Department of Tourism in the Governorate of South Al Batinah plans to organise many tourism events in the village in the near future that would target school students, including awareness lectures, cleaning campaigns and competitions related to tourism.

Mohammed bin Saleh al-Muqbali, who is a resident said the village has prospered under the leadership of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said, with a greater share of development that covers all parts of Oman in various fields, including schools, the paving of the road leading to the town, lighting, telecom networks, health and other services.

Al-Muqbali also noted that residents have also cooperated for the creation of some vital facilities in the village. They built the Al Haqq Mosque, the village Majlis, and a number of other charitable projects.

He added that Murry is famous for its agriculture as villagers grow all kinds of date palms, in addition to certain types of fruits, including mangoes, grapes and some types of vegetables, as well as wheat, which is the primary source of food, and animal feed, such as clover.

The villagers also keep livestock, including camels and goats, in addition to Omani honey bees.