Discover the beauty of this misterious country, the Sultanate of Oman with White Oryx



Bahla is one of the oldest towns in the Sultanate. Archaeologists working on an excavation programme in Bisya and al Ghubrah discovered sites dating from the third millennium BC, while an old falaj found at al Ghubrah - in Wadi Bahla - is also believed to date from the third millennium BC. The Wilayat of Bahla is 200 Kilometres from the Governorate of Muscat. It borders on the wilayats of Nizwa to the east, Ibri to the west, Adam to the south and al Hamra to the north. With a population of 51,278 and, a variety of natural features including wadis, springs and mountains, its villages include Bilad Sait, al Ghafat, Bisya, Seefam, al Habbi, al Ma'mur and numerous others. The best-known of its wadis are Wadi Quriyat, Wadi al A'la, Wadi al Nakhr, Wadi al Shar' and Wadi Bahla, and its springs include Wadhdhah, al Huwaidhar and Ain Seefam. The mountain of Jabal al Kawr with its shrubs and fruit trees is one of the wilayat's most distinctive mountains and lies on the border between the Dakhiliyah and Dhahirah Governorates. From a distance it looks like a huge dome. There are several villages, caves,wadis and springs on its slopes including the villages of Sint, Ma'wal, Sant and al Rahbah. 
It is an attractive area for tourists because of its gentle climate, clear air and fragrant trees, and visitors can enjoy the opportunity to marvel at its amazing rock formations, particularly along the course of Wadi al Naht. 

The Wilayat of Bahia has numerous aflaj, including the aflaj of Meetha, al Mahdath, al Basyani, al Ghuwaif, al Ajrad, al Tufail and al Madra.

Bahla Fort is the most famous ancient monument in the wilayat and was the first Omani site to be added to UNESCO's World Cultural Heritage in Danger list in 1988.

Bahla Fort is almost triangular in shape and is surrounded by rocky outcrops and trench-like gullies.

The Wilayat of Bahla's old souq, which has retained its original character, is still a busy market today and sells Omani products as well as imported goods. The tree in the middle of the souq is hundreds of years old.

Some ten Kilometres from the centre of the wilayat is the famous Jibrin castle in the village of Jibrin.There are several ancient sites in the Wilayat of Bahla. Salawt, near the village of Basya, has a very old history and nearly every village has one or two towers.

The oldest mosque is the Kabir Mosque in the Fort quarter. The ornamentation of its fine, gypsum-patterned mihrab dates from 917AH/1511 AD. The mosque itself is considerably older. It has been restored as part of the Bahla Fort restoration project.

Traditional Occupations
There are a number of occupations, industries. Gold and silver working, making swot, khanjars, blades, kohl jars and chains, copper working, making woven and wooden handicrafts, and sweet making. There is also a pottery factory.