Once situated in prime position on the ancient trade routes, A’Dhahirah in Oman’s west is traditionally the bridge between Oman’s stunning mountain ranges and the neighbouring UAE and Saudi Arabia. Archaeology and history play a major role in this region, which extends all the way from the Al Hajar Mountains to the Empty Quarter known as Rub Al Khali.
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. The small village of Bat, east of Ibri, is home to a remarkable array of beehive tombs from the Bronze Age, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1988.
PLACES TO SEE
Ibri Fort was built over 400 years ago and opened for public viewing in 1995 after extensive 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 are the many gates which were each built for a different purpose.
Al Ayn and Bat Beehive Tombs
A must-see attraction in the A'Dhahirah region, the Al Ayn and 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.