wa'Tayeen's fascinating beauty
mountain profiles in Dima wa'Tayeen
and remote, Dima wa'Tayeen in the Sharqiya region, offers you
a flavour of Oman that is distinctively unique to this wilayat.
Nowhere else in the Sultanate do you find a landscape so mountainous
and barren, and yet so abundantly blessed with water.
this oddity of nature that makes a tour of this wilayat so rewarding,
both for nature lovers and those looking for some off-road driving
wilayat is wedged between two sets of mountain ranges, the source
of its bounteous water wealth. On its northern border is the wilayat
of Quriyat separated by the formidable peaks of the Eastern Hajar.
wa'Tayeen is blessed with an abundance of natural streams
Qabil is to the wilayat's east, Al Mudhaibi and Bidbid are
to the west, and Ibra is on its southern border.All 7,000
square kilometres of Dima wa' Tayeen's landscape are remarkably
uneven, making it one of the most mountainous wilayats of
large majority of its residents live in some 51 villages,
which mainly dot the fringes of the wilayat's major wadis.Criss-crossing
the terrain are hundreds of tranquil streams which eventually
meet up with the four giant wadis of the wilayat, two of which
Dima and Tayeen have given the wilayat its name.
two wadis meet at Al Ghayyan village and flow as one wadi, called
Wadi Tayeen thereafter. At Ghubrat at Tam, it makes a spectacular
breach of the Jebel Aswad range, whereupon it takes the name Wadi
hour's drive from the Wali's office at Mehlah, along the course
of Wadi Tayeen, brings you to the Devil's Gap, the mouth of the
canyon where Wadi Dayqah begins its sinuous course through an
18-km long gorge.
of the remarkably rugged terrain, intersected by numerous wadis
and streams, there are no paved roads in the wilayat. There are
plans however for the first blacktop to be laid here linking Dima
wa'Tayeen with the Muscat-Sur higway.One way of enjoying Dima
wa' Tayeen's landscape is by 4WD.
hilly byways will take you to remote stretches of the wilayat,
across scores of burbling streams and virgin springs that
are an ubiquitous sight around the wilayat.
off-road driving is more your passion, the combination of
rugged terrain and watercourses also promises motoring adventure
of a high degree.
the many scenic spots of the wilayat is a place called Al
Madbagah located at the foot of Jebel al Abyadh (also called
White Mountain), which is part of the jagged Eastern Hajar
wadis and streams crisscross the wilayat
a deep cleft in the mountain flows a perennial stream that, after
a spell of rains, turns into a surging torrent. A network of aflaj
channels the water to date palm gardens and other fruit orchards
in Al Madbagah.
opportunities are aplenty alongside some of the wilayat's
winter, picnicking opportunities are aplenty around this gently
flowing stream, alongside which abound pretty pink blossoms
called hab. You can camp out by this delectable setting contemplating
the formidable profiles of the Hajar mountains, or plan forays
on foot deeper into the mountain cleft, for a spot of adventure
also awaits those who trek up Jebel al Abyadh's vertiginous
pathways leading up to its summit. Small communities of people
continue to live on the summit of the mountain, virtually
a world away from the relative modernity of villages down
ancient times, Dima wa'Tayeen was renowned for its pedigree
Arabian horses. Fine mountain steeds, it is said, were exported
by dhow to India and elsewhere in return for attractive sums
of money or valuable goods.
the wilayat was among the first areas in the region to grow date
palm trees. Date saplings from this area were first exported to
other wilayats, spawning date palm groves there, say local scholars.
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