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Our guide to Ad Dhakiliya by our Oman local expert - The Dhakiliya region is historically important as it contains the ancient capital of Oman, Nizwa. The region links the interior of Oman to the coastal region of Muscat. The 143km long road linking Nizwa to Muscat is the ancient trade route and is still used as such today.
Our guide to Al Batinah North and Al Batinah South by our Oman local expert - The Al Batinah region is divided administratively into two governorates, Al Batinah North and Al Batinah South. It stretches from Khatmat Malshah in the North to Ras Al Hamra in the South and Northwest towards the UAE. Al Batinah North contains 6 williyats - Sohar, Shinas, Liwa, Saham, Al Khabourah and Al Suwaiq, while Al Batinah South contains a further 6 williyats - Rustaq, Al Awabi, Nakhl, Wadi al Maawil, Barka and Musannah. Combined, the two governorates have a population exceeding 761,977 making them the largest of any region in Oman.
Our guide to Al Buraimi by our Oman local expert - Buraimi was originally built at a junction of ancient trade routes which ran in and out of Oman. The governorate of Buraimi is located 375km from Muscat and is part of an oasis which crosses over the border into the UAE and becomes known as Al Ain. The official border and checkpoint however is not located in Buraimi itself but around 50km eastwards.
Our guide to Al Dhahirah by our Oman local expert - The Al Dhahirah region consists of three williyats, Ibri, Yanqul and Dank and its population is around 205,000 inhabitants. Ibri is the main town and the administrative centre.
Our guide to Al Wasta by our Oman local expert - The Al Wasta region is situated 500kms south of Muscat, en route to Salalah.
Our guide to Dhofar by our Oman local expert - Dhofar is the area at the southernmost point of Oman and is bordered by Saudi Arabia and the Republic of Yemen. Salalah is about 1000km from Muscat and is the main city of the Dhofar region.
Our guide to Musandam by our Oman local expert - The Musandam peninsula covers an area of approximately 3,000km and is situated in the northernmost area of Oman. Musandam’s headland juts out into the Straits of Hormuz and is actually separated from the rest of Oman by land belonging to the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Our guide to Muscat by our Oman local expert - Muscat is the capital city of Oman and while the original town is located in the old town area near the corniche, Muscat is used generally to describe the area from Seeb to Al Bustan. The strip of city lies nestled between the coastline and the mountains.
Our guide to Sharqiya North and Sharqiya South by our Oman local expert - The Sharqiya region is located 65km from Muscat, in the direction of Sur and is divided into two governorates. Sharqiya North contains the williyats Ibra, Al Mudhaibi, Bidiya, Al Kabil, Wadi Bani Khalid and Dima W'attayeen. Sharqiya South contains the williyats Sur, Al Kamil W’al Wafi, Jaalan Bani Bu Hassan, Jaalan Bani Bu Ali and Masirah. Together, the Shaqiya governorates have a population exceeding 348,969, making it the third most densely populated region in Oman.
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