MUSCAT: His Majesty Sultan Haitham bin Tarik on Monday issued Royal Decree (No. 58/2021) establishing Khor Kharfout Archaeological Reserve in Dhofar Governorate.
Established by the Royal Decree No. 58/2021, the Khor Kharfout Archaeological Reserve is located between the Wilayats of Rakhyout and Dhalkout in the Governorate of Dhofar on the coast of the Arabian Sea. The reserve stretches over an area of 143.4 square kilometres.
Situated within the mountainous geographical range of the governorate makes it among the areas affected by the annual monsoon rains (Khareef).
The site is characterised for its mild summer with a maximum temperature ranging between 34- to 14°C and a relatively short winter.
It receives irregular cyclonic rain that may increase due to climate change and weather conditions.
The dissimilarity seen in the reserve’s topography has created diversity in the sanctuary’s environments from its mountains, woods, valleys, coastal areas to its semi-desert environment.
With its pristine beach, the reserve is counted as an exceptional habitat for migratory birds, and best-sought destination for hiking, fishing and watching turtles and dolphins.
The Khor Kharfout Archaeological Reserve is famous for being home to the finest grazing trees and the availability of water sources. It was believed that the Khor was used as an ancient port for exporting frankincense. The towering mountains and deep wadis are areas of inspiration for many enthusiasts and adventurers. The unique biodiversity of the reserve is one of the cultural and aesthetic features of the place. — ONA