AL BURAIMI

Located in the north-west of Oman and bordering A’Dhahirah, Al Buraimi is a semi-desert plain which descends from the southern slopes of the western Al Hajar Mountains. Ruins in the area, such as those found at the villages of Sharm and Madhbah, highlight the existence of ancient trade routes.

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From the ‘Fossil Valley’ of Jebel Huwayah to the many castles within the interior villages and countryside and the golden sands of the Rub Al Khali (the Empty Quarter), Al Buraimi offers plenty of opportunities for those with a taste of adventure.

The town of Al Buraimi also serves as the traditional border to Al Ain (UAE), about 370km from Muscat.

HERE THE PLACES TO VISIT IN AL BURAIMI

Rub Al Khali

One of the largest sand deserts in the world, the Rub Al Khali (Empty Quarter) is teeming with wildlife, ranging from reptiles to various birds of prey and smaller mammals. In Al Buraimi, the wilayat of A’Sunaynah is known for its mega-dunes

Wadi Kitnah

Cut into the stone, this wadi is a chain of water pools and submerged caves that make it a canyoning haven. Those that prefer a more leisurely hike, can follow the wadi’s edge to or from Kitnah village.

Wadi Al Qahi

Located nearly 50km from the Wilayat of Mahdah, fresh water flows most of the year. The rocky mountain scenery leads to a natural swimming pool below where you can swim between the grey stones and into the channel.

Al Buraimi Park

Al Buraimi’s largest park is a quiet, family-friendly oasis in the city centre with an abundance of well-maintained greenery and play equipment.

Wadi Sharm

Located in a fertile valley, Wadi Sharm small oasis has its own falaj system for irrigation making its way through the date palm plantation and an unrestored fort. Visitors are welcome to explore the wadi and its villages on foot.

Jebel Qatar

This unique mountain is situated between Al-Ain and Al Buraimi and is known as the ‘Hanging Gardens’ due to the lush greenery found at intervals on the cliff side.

Al Khandaq Castle

Considered one of the most picturesque monuments in the region, Husn Al Khandaq is named after the large moat encircling it, something unique in Oman. Built around 200 years ago, its towers are embossed with zigzag designs – so make sure to look up during your visit.

Al Hillah Castle

Overlooking Al Khandaq Castle, Husn Al Hillah used to be the residence of the local governor. Its walls reach up to six metres, and these high walls with intricate adornments make it unique in Oman and well worth a visit when in Al Buraimi.

Buraimi Souq

The market opposite Hela Castle sells barasti – plaited palm fronds traditionally used for roofing and fencing – while just along the road, a lively souq trades in locally grown fruit and veg from neighbouring plantations, dates and honey from the mountains, and a handful of crafts (including camel sticks and Bahla pottery) from around Oman.

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