Omani Falaj systems Attracting tourists, scientists and the UNESCO; YAHYA ALSALMANI & TITASH CHAKRABORTY; Oman Observer

Oman – Aflaj Irrigation Systems of Oman

Falaj Al Khatmayn, located in Birkat Al Mawz in the Wilayat of Nizwa attracts the attention of tourists from all around the globe. In 2006, after the World Heritage Committee of UNESCO classified this site along with four other Omani Falaj systems in the World Heritage list, Falaj Al Khatmayn gained significant popularity amongst tourists from abroad and within the country.

Since the announcement of this inclusion, tourists have gained a keen interest and sought better understanding of this unique irrigation system which has been part of Oman and its people for over 2000 years. As the oldest irrigation system and the key to this arid regions agricultural advancement, to this day many regions still depend on these falaj systems as their main source of drinking, cooking and irrigation water.

UNESCO recognised the ancient intricate structures of the water canals that formed the falaj.

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