Once situated in prime position on the ancient caravan trade routes, A’Dhahira is traditionally the bridge between Oman’s stunning mountain ranges and neighbouring countries. Archaeology and history play a major role in this region, which extends all the way from the Al Hajar mountains to the Empty Quarter (Rub Al Khali).
East of Ibri, the small village of Bat is home to a remarkable array of beehive tombs from the Bronze Age, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1988.
The city of Ibri can be reached within a few hours from Muscat, and is home to the impressive Ibri Fort, with its ancient mosque and many different gates.
PLACES TO SEE
Ibri Fort – Ibri
Ibri Fort was built over 400 years ago and opened for public viewing in 1995 after renovations. It is home to one of the oldest mosques still in use in the country and visitors can take in stunning views across the area from the building’s battlements. One of the fort’s more unique features is the fact that is has many gates which were each built for a different purpose.
Al Ayn & Bat Beehive Tombs (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
A must-see attraction in the A’Dhahira region, the Al Ayn & Bat Beehive Tombs are not only recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage site, but also boast the title of the most complete collection of necropolises and settlements in the world, dating back to the 3rd Millennium BC.