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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Salalah tourism thrives despite war across the border; Megan O’Toole & Wojtek Arciszewski; Al Jazeera

Oman – Land of Frankincense

Competition for tourist dollars has increased in the Omani oasis, where regional tensions seem far away.

Salalah, Oman – Tourists crowd atop a rocky outcrop overlooking the aqua seascape of Taqah, smiling as their Omani guide snaps a photo.

Down the coastal road towards Salalah, visitors pause by a row of tropical fruit stands to snack on fresh bananas and sip coconut water.

In this desert paradise, regional tensions seem to drift away. War is raging across the border in neighbouring Yemen, and Oman’s fellow Gulf Cooperation Council members are locked in an unprecedented diplomatic crisis – but on a recent afternoon, visitors to Salalah were simply enjoying the sunshine and stunning scenery.

“Oman is one of the safest places in the world,” said German tourist Thomas Fink. “I wasn’t worried at all about coming here.”

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Wabar in Dhofar contains artefacts dating back to Neolithic and Iron Age; ONA

Oman – Land of Frankincense

Wabar is one of the most important heritage sites in the Governorate of Dhofar.

The site was listed on UNESCO’s World Cultural and Natural Heritage list in 2000 in the Governorate of Dhofar, under the name of Frankincense Land Sites, with Al Baleed Park archaeological, Samahram Archaeological Park and Frankincense Sanctuary in Wadi Dokka.

During 1992-1995, the Sultanate, in cooperation with the University of South Missouri, explored this historic site on top of a limestone hill.

Although archaeologists discovered small sites scattered in the area dating back to the Stone Age (5000-4000 BCE), settlement events in the region was there during the Iron Age (325 BC – 625 AD), where some pottery and frankincense tools were found in the castle. They belong to the first century BC to the middle of the Islamic era.

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Ancient Oman featured in new University of Pennsylvania book; Mohammed Al Balushi; Times of Oman


Oman – Archaeological Sites of Bat, Al-Khutm and Al-Ayn

Muscat: Residents of Oman and researchers who wish to know more about the ancient history of the Sultanate will now be able to do so easily thanks to a new book released by the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.

Published in collaboration with Oman’s Ministry of Heritage and Culture (MoHC) last Sunday, ‘The Bronze Age Towers of Bat’ is a 360-page book that narrates and showcases the deep, ancient history of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Bat, a Bronze Age settlement that was founded in the year 3000 BC and is located in Wilayat Ibri in the Dhahira Governorate.

Edited by Christopher P. Thornton, Charlotte M. Cable, and Gregory L. Possehl, the book was published after UPenn conducted excavations at the site between 2007 and 2012.

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Dhofar’s Ubar archaeological site gets tourist friendlier with a new centre; Times Of Oman

Oman – Land of Frankincense

The Centre includes an external shade, general information in the site, as well as other utilities that meet the visitors’ needs.

Salalah: Under the auspices of Sayyid Mohammed bin Sultan Al Busaidi, Minister of State and Governor of Dhofar, the Information centre at Ubar archeological site was opened on Tuesday in the Governorate of Dhofar.

On the occasion Abdul Aziz bin Mohammed Al Rowas, His Majesty the Sultan’s Advisor for Cultural Affairs was present.

The event was attended by President of Pisa University of Italy and Professor Alessandra Avanzini, Head of Italian Archeological Mission to the Sultanate.

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3 things you never knew about Oman; Travel Weekly

Oman – Land of Frankincense


Home to 7 sites featured on UNESCO’s World Heritage List, there is no shortage of tales drawn from ancient history, myth and legend.

Follow in the path of legends of history from explorers such as Sinbad the Sailor and Marco Polo to the Queen of Sheba and immerse yourself in the real essence of Arabia.

And for the sceptics, Oman Tourism is giving you and a friend the chance to see the place for yourself, with flights and accommodation from Adventure World, a $2000 MasterCard Cash Passport, snazzy Jack Wolfskin gear and a one-year subscription to get lost magazine.

Open the door to Oman’s ancient paths.

1. Follow the Frankincense Trail

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11 Beautiful And Surprising Places You Have To Visit In Oman; Yaya & Lloyd; Hand Luggage Only

Oman – Bahla Fort

When you think of visiting the Middle East, thoughts usually turn to destinations like the Dubai or Abu Dhabi (in the U.A.E.), Petra (in Jordan) or even the pyramids of Egypt but one gem that’s often overlooked in Oman!

See, when it comes to sights to see – particularly on the natural front – Oman isn’t like a lot of Middle Eastern countries and boasts some amazing natural wonders you probably wouldn’t expect to find here. As it’s the Middle East, I expected deserts and lots of Arabesque archtiecture but Oman is about so much more than that (no exaggeration here)!But rather than rambling on about why this is the case, let me show you with the 11 places you have to visit in Oman!

1.) Wadi Nakhr Gorge

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6 Little-Known Countries that Are Safe for Solo Travellers in 2017; John Fan; Tripzilla

Oman – Archaeological Sites of Bat, Al-Khutm and Al-Ayn

We found some pretty interesting or little-known destinations that rank high on the safety and security index in the recent Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report 2017. Here are some of them.

Safety is one of the main concerns of solo travellers when choosing their next travel destination. After all, without a travel buddy, any issue that arises on the road has to be tackled independently. This takes a measure of bravery, and many solo travellers prefer to stick to tried-and-tested destinations to reduce hiccups along the journey. However, we’d like to broaden the options for solo travellers by offering some fresh locations for your next adventure!

Every year, the World Economic Forum publishes a report on Travel and Tourism Competitiveness to rank countries according to their travel attractiveness as well as factors that contribute to it being a good travel destination.

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Oman to mark World Heritage Day; ONA; Times Of Oman

Oman – Aflaj Irrigation Systems of Oman

To raise awareness on the importance of the mankind’s cultural heritage and redouble efforts to protect and preserve heritage the Sultanate will mark World Heritage Day (WHD) on Wednesday.

The theme of this year’s celebration is Cultural Heritage and Sustainable Tourism, which comes in line with the United Nations International Year for Sustainable Tourism, and in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and Sustainable Development Goals.

The celebration of this day comes in accordance with the Convention adopted by the General Conference of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in Paris in 1972.

The convention classified the human heritage into two types, cultural which includes archaeology, architectural works, urban complexes and urban sites of exceptional value. The second type is the natural and includes the natural sites of international value.

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Frankincense season set to boost tourism in Oman; Gautam Viswanathan; Times Of Oman

Oman – Land of Frankincense

Salalah: As the harvest season for Salalah’s famed frankincense groves begin, so does the tourist season for the Dhofar region, which sees close to a 1,000 visitors come to the city every March.

The prime areas of attraction for visitors are within the UNESCO World Heritage Site, which has been dubbed the ‘Land of Frankincense,’ and consists of four different areas of interest: the ancient ports of Khor Rori and Al Baleed, which shipped the famed resin from the south of Oman to the rest of the ancient world, to places, such as Egypt, China and across Europe, the old trade depot of Shisr, and the frankincense trees of Wadi Dawka.

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