The thriving Mandus of Oman

29042017_090259_11Wadi Al Sah’tin in the Wilayat of A’Rustaq in South Al Batinah Governorate, known to the locals as the “Mandus of Oman,” is a place famous for its green orchards and water springs that flows from the top of the mountains.
Khalaf bin Saleh al Abri said that Wadi Al Sah’tin is called the Mandus of Oman because it is characterized by agriculture, where grains such as corn, wheat, chickpeas and string beans are grown. The area also grows garlic, onions, lemons, horseradish, fodder and other products sold in the market of A’Rustaq.
A’Rustaq was in the past, a meeting point of trade between A’Rustaq, Al Jabal Al Akhdhar and Al Batinah coast and it is where buyers go to find their needs.
Al Abri shared that most of the villages of Wadi Al Sah’tin are famous for the breeding of honey bees, due to the existence of natural pastures, especially Sidr and Samar trees. Villagers are also interested in raising livestocks and sheeps, which produce meat, milk, cheese and local ghee.
There are many important works and industries that are still practiced by some villagers in Wadi Al Sah’tin, such as spinning and weaving, sword and daggers making and some agricultural tools, in addition to frond industries. The frond production in Al Nakhla (Date Palm) Center in A’Rustaq is affiliated to the Public Authority for Craft Industries.
The villages of Wadi Al Sah’tin also boasts many historic towers and forts, including Al Safil Fort, Al Sharia Fort, Omaq Fort, Ein Omaq Fort and Hubaish Fort in Wajma Village.
29042017_090259_9Some ancient archaeological inscriptions were also discovered in the valley, which dates back to the third millennium BC, in addition to the fairly modern inscription dating back to the first millennium BC. These inscriptions are the writings and drawings that reflect the events and the living environment in that period.
Ali bin Abbas al Ajmi, Director of Tourism Department in the Governorate of South Al Batinah shared that Wadi Al Sah’tin is one of the most attractive areas for tourists because of the beauty of its villages and the various terrains.
He added that after completing the road, which leads to Wadi Al Sah’tin, tourism will be enhanced and the department will have a prominent role in conducting various tourism activities in the place. — ONA