Al Buraimi

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.

A road permit is required for non-GGC residents as is a valid UAE visit visa, but be advised to check for updates and border restrictions before you travel.

Being an oasis, the climate is cooler than coastal areas and the land is green and fertile, assisted also by 49 falaj systems. Gravel plains and jagged rocks surround the lush areas and the region is famous for growing date palms, lime trees and animal fodder.

Buraimi is home to many historic forts, some of them recently renovated. Hisn Al Khandaq is a traditional mud fort which has been restored to its former glory by the Ministry of Heritage and Culture and is open for visitors. Khandaq has also been adopted as the emblem of Buraimi. The most famous historic house is Bait Bahr.

There is a camel souq in the town and the sport of camel racing enjoyed by locals is held year round.

An interesting activity is to search out Fossil Valley to the East of Buraimi, a vast open area which millions of years ago was covered with water. Surrounded by a rocky plain, the valley houses the fossilised remains of numerous prehistoric creatures such as shells and starfish.