Bordering A’Dhahirah in the north-west of Oman, Al Buraimi is a semi-desert plain descending from the southern slopes of the western Al Hajar Mountains. The area’s ruins, such as those found at the villages of Sharm and Madhbah, highlight the existence of ancient trade routes.
From the ‘Fossil Valley’ of Jebel Huwayah to the many castles that pepper the interior villages and countryside or the golden sands of the Rub Al Khali (Empty Quarter), Al Buraimi offers something for those with a taste of adventure.
The town of Al Buraimi serves as the traditional border to Al Ain (UAE) and is about 370km from Muscat.
PLACES TO SEE
Al Khandaq Castle
Considered one of the most picturesque monuments of the region, Husn Al Khandaq in Al Buraimi is named after the large moat encircling it, something unique to Oman. Built around 200 years ago, its towers are embossed with zigzag designs – so make sure to look up while visiting.
Camping – Rub Al Khali Mega Dunes
Located in the wilayat of A’Sunaynah, Ramlat Duhayth is a part of the Rub Al Khali (Empty Quarter) that is known for some of the largest mega dunes in the world. Exploring is only possible by 4x4, with more than one recommended in case one car gets stuck in the sand.
Wadi Al Qahfi & Wadi Khamis
The twin wadis of Wadi Al Qahfi & Wadi Khamis are located north of Mahadah, and are the result of thousands of years of erosion, causing the river bed to cut into the stone across the length of the wadis.
Cut into the stone, this wadi is a chain of water pools and submerged caves that make it a canyoning haven. Those that prefer a more leisurely hike, can follow the wadi’s edge to or from Kitnah village.