Mahout’s picture-perfect landscapes
Sat, 16 June 2012
By Abdulaziz al Jahdhami — Every tourism spot in Oman has its own distinctive features thanks to natural and historical reasons, and thus attracts local and international visitors. Al Wusta Governorate, though far away from the capital Muscat, lures tourists with several mesmerising natural locations. It is also witnessing rapid economic development with several industrial and infrastructure projects being implemented.
Al Wusta Governorate is located on the south of Al Dakhiliyah and Al Dahirah governorates while on the east side it is connected to the Arabian Sea. On the west, the governorate is attached to the Empty Quarter and on the south linked to the Governorate of Dhofar. It consists of four wilayats: Hayma, Mahout, Duqm and Al Jazir. All these wilayats are very beautiful and present before visitors the natural diversity of Oman. Among them, the Wilayat of Mahout is the most well-known tourist destination not only inthe governorate but the whole country.
It neighbours on the north the Wilayat of Al Mudhaibi, which is part of Al Sharqiyah, on the north-west the Wilayat of Adam, part of Al Dakhiliyah, on the south-west the Wilayat of Duqm and on the north-east, the Wilayat of Jaalan Bani Bu Ali, part of Al Sharqiyah. Mahout is about 400 km far from Muscat. The wilayat can be reached through different ways — from the Bidbid-Sur intersection at the Wilayat of Bidbid, you drive along the Sharqiyah road passing Wadi Al Uq for about 72 km to arrive at the right turn leading to Sinaw near the Shell petrol station. From that turn, Sinaw is part of the Wilayat of Al Mudhaibi and it is about 62 km away following the road straight.
Sinaw is the best point of entry into the Al Wusta Governorate as it is the last destination beforegetting into the governorate. From Sinaw, drive for about 200 km to reach the turn that will take you to Hij at the centre of the Wilayat of Mahout. The other way is through the road that connects the Governorate of Al Wusta and Dhofar through the Wilayat of Al Duqm. The road is about 180 km from the Wilayat of Al Duqm to Mahout.
The Wilayat of Mahout comprises three islands; the most famous is the Island of Mahout which is rich in mangroves and trees. The second island is Al Raq Island; it is known for the outstanding natural scenery and the Island of Aab is distinguished for the great number of sea birds such as the seagull and heron, besides other types of migratory birds. The wilayat’s magnificent beaches — Kanasa, Ras Ruwis, Al Khulaf, Nabtoot, Ras Al Zakhar and Ras Khabat Sarab — are themajor attraction for the visitors.
Thanks to Mahout’s richness in the maritime treasures, many people in the wilayat are involved in different sea activities, mainly fishing, to make a living. Some fishermen transport fish to other neighbouring wilayats on a daily basis. The natural diversity manifested in the splendid beaches with rocky hillocks along them give Mahout visitors a different experience of enjoyment and relaxation.
This wonderful tourist spot is mostly visited during the summer as the weather becomes more refreshing and pleasing. Other features in Mahout include Khowrs or sea creeks and mangroves which are unique natural wonders in the Omani environment. All these features provide ideal environment for fish breeding in addition to their unparalleled ambience for recreation.
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