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EDITOR IN CHIEF- ABDULLAH BIN SALIM AL SHUEILI
Wilayat of Mad’ha : Fascinating combo of nature and history
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Mad’ha is one of the splendid wilayats in the Governorate of Musandam. A settlement of approximately 2,000 people, it is situated on a 75-hectare landlocked island of Oman, surrounded on all sides by the emirates of Sharjah, Fujairah and Ras Al Khaimah. Inside the Mad’ha settlement is yet another tiny settlement, the village of Nahwa. Mad’ha is about 370 km away from Muscat, 40 km from Shinas, and it has 16 villages including the Al Ghona and Saad.

The wilayat combines a fascinating nature and ancient civilisation that is evident from its forts and unique inscriptions. Unlike any other Omani wilayat, Mad’ha borders the United Arab Emirates on four sides without overlooking the sea from any side. As a result, its people have taken up agriculture as their main occupation, which has led to its fragmentation and divisions of its unique aflaj. In fact, there are 24 aflaj in Mad’ha including Falaj Saruj, Falaj Sodqo and A’daier.


The wilayat is also noted for hot springs like Ain A’smai, Lashma and Hajer Bani Hamid, where the warm water with sulphur content has a healing effect on many people who have skin diseases.


Mad’ha has a number of forts used as monitoring towers which include Fort of Al Ghona, Fort of Mad’ha and Fort of Hajer Bani Hamid, that also have secret underground rooms.

Due to its mountainous location, people of Mad’ha mainly work in agriculture and livestock breeding. Its main products are dates, fruits and vegetables. Mad’ha is known for traditional industries, particularly for the production of articles such as ropes and mats made of palm fronds, in addition to sewing, embroidery and making of swords and agricultural tools.


Adherence to Islamic instructions and solidarity are the main characteristics of the people of the wilayat. Mad’ha embraces the meaning of social solidarity.


The wilayat has richly benefited from government care and as a result enjoys various services and facilities including schools, health centre, water and electricity networks, telecommunication services and administration building of Mad’ha’s club, dams, low-income social residences and public park.


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