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EDITOR IN CHIEF- ABDULLAH BIN SALIM AL SHUEILI

Wadi Bani Khalid — an ideal iftar destination

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The charming valleys of the Sultanate of Oman have always been a source of attraction to tourists. The majority of the valleys are located near the mountains or beside the vast agricultural oases. Wadi Bani Khalid is one such valley located approximately 250 km from the capital, Muscat. It is considered one of the important tourist sites in the country.


During the holy month of Ramadhan, several Omani families take advantage of the cool temperatures, spending their time, especially during the weekend, along the banks of this beautiful valley. The Omani families prefer to visit the site during the evening after four o’clock and the place gets crowded for the iftar meal.


“In the month of Ramadhan, this valley provides the most suitable place for families and friends to gather. Here we exchange our traditional meals, discuss, and remember our childhood. This is the most suitable place for all of us, in which we move away from the pressures of daily life,. We meet here every year,” a citizen who was seen at the spot, said.


Several tourists go daily to this exceptional site to see the water body and its source that keep the mountain paths hydrated throughout the year. Many other natural features associated with the Wadi provide visitors with ample camping options.


Because of the abundance of water, tourists describe this site as a natural swimming pool in the midst of a green agricultural oasis. On the banks of the mountain valley, there are places designated for sitting and relaxing. This distinguished site has a rescue team tasked with monitoring and supervising the site to ensure the safety of all tourists.


At the entrance to the site, indicative signs emphasize the need to wear modest clothing. These signs also warn against swimming and diving in deep waters.


Due to its location and atmosphere, tourists from various wilayats and different countries visit the place, where the temperatures are currently moderate and the water level is high.


Whoever visits Wadi Bani Khalid can also see many geological sites such as Maql Cave and approximately 12 water springs, including Ain Al Sarooj, Ain Al Lathb, Ain Kanara, Ain Al Muntajar, and Ain Ghalala in addition to the 56 ‘Falaj. Important among the Aflaj are Al Haili, Al Fardh, Al Sarooj, and Al Jarbi.


The state has a wonderful selection of archaeological monuments that vary between forts and towers, the most famous of which is Al Mawalik Fort. Its construction dates back to the fourth century AH.


“Every day, we meet tourists of different nationalities. Most of the tourists come from Europe, North America, Australia and New Zealand to enjoy the beautiful landscapes, and many of them practice swimming and hiking while some tourists devote their time to exploring the archaeological sites that are located near the valley,” a tourist guide confirmed.


The site, however, needs basic services required by many tourists, as the site is in dire need of clean toilets and private rooms for changing clothes, as well as the construction of special paths for tourists, and shops that sell requirements for practising sports, hiking and swimming.


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