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List of places to explore in Al-Dakhiliyah

Al-Dakhiliyah is on the slopes of Al Jabal Al Akhdhar, boasting amazing views and ample attractions. It is one of the more popular tourist destinations in Oman. The list of places to explore here are

1

Jabrin Castle

This well-preserved castle was built by Imam Bil-arab bin Sultan in 1675. Unlike other castles, built for war, Jabrin played an important role in the study of medicine, astrology and Islamic law. The courtyards feature elaborately painted ceilings with floral patterns. The burial chambers are known for their beautifully carved vaults. The castle also has a room that was reserved for the sultan's favourite horse. When looking for a resort in Oman, consider staying at Alila Jabal Akdhar as it places you within close proximity to the attractions of the country's most popular tourist destination, Al-Dakhiliyah.

2

Bahla Fort

Thanks to this fort, Bahla city remains one of the most fortified cities in the world. The walls that extend several kilometres are said to have been designed by a woman. The fort was built by the Bani Nebhan tribe between the 12th and 15th centuries. The mud brick settlement nearby showcases how ancient Islamic communities organised and thrived alongside water channels or 'falaj'.

3

Nizwa Souq

This extensive marketplace is one of the oldest in Oman is dedicated to food such as fruits, vegetables, fish and meat. For centuries, the livestock has been occupying a plot of land behind the market walls. When you explore the market, you will come across an area where you may purchase handicrafts, silver goods and antiques.

4

Nizwa Fort

This amazing fort was built during the 17th century and took 12 years t complete. It was built under the patronage of the first Imam of the Ya'aruba dynasty, Sultan Saif al Yaruba. The 40m tall tower is one of the key highlights here as it offers amazing views of surrounding date plantations and the Hajar mountain range.

5

Al-Hoota Cave

The cave is famous for its stalactites, icicle shaped formations hanging from the ceiling called, and stalagmites, rock formations rising from the ground. There is also an interactive museum at the venue.

6

A'roos and Saiq Plateaus

Immerse yourself in the beauty of the mountain region of Al-Dakhiliyah by exploring abandoned villages such as Sarab, mingling with the local farming communities and check out the largest and oldest trees in all of Arabia, 2,000-3,000 year old Juniper trees.

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Be awed by the splendour of Saiq

Visit the Saiq plateau, which is surrounded by steep mountains and valleys. On this expedition, visit the agricultural village Al Ayn where you get the opportunity to observe the 'falaj' water system that dates back over 2,000 years and how communities flourish around it. During the months of April and May the mountain slopes transform into gorgeous sceneries with beautiful Damask roses in full bloom. Another highlight here is the abandoned village of Wadi Bani Habib.

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Friday goat market

The liveliness of the Friday goat market in Nizwa has to be experienced to be believed. Local farmers gather early in the morning with their livestock, ready to be sold at auctions. Being a part of the crowd that gathers at the market is a unique experience indeed.