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



The Wilayat of Izki has some of the oldest sit4s in the Dakhiliyah Governorate. The remains of buildings and tombs from an ancient civilization thousands of years old, which can be seen on the hilltops neighbouring the village of Zakeet, include a number of small round towers similar to the towers of the Bat culture. The Wilayat of lzki - 130 Kilometres from the Governorate of Muscat - lies beneath the slopes of the mountain massif of the Jabal at Akhdhar, which forms its western border. It borders on the wilayats of Manah and Nizwa to the west and south, Sumail to the north and some villages of the Wilayat of al Mudhaibi to the east. Some of the better-known of its 26 villages include Zakeet, al Qaryatain, Seema, Muqazzah, Qala'at al Awamir, Habl al Hadid, Umtay and Qarut.
Apart from its ancient monuments, the wilayat's most distinctive features are wadis and open desert. It has numerous forts, castles, towers and old residential quarters, the most important of which is Izki Fort, which lies between the villages of Nizar and al Yaman and is said to have been built during the reign of Sultan Said bin bin Sultan Al Busaidi. Its most significant castle is the citadel of Qala'at al Awamir, which was built three centuries ago and stands on a rocky hillock. The wilayat's 142 small towers in the wilayat - most villages have at least one - include the restored tower of Wadi al Hajar. In the village of al Muqazzah there is an old Friday mosque dating from 1029AH/1619AD with a gypsum-coated mihrab set with glazed earthenware ornamentation.

Nizar and al Yaman are farming villages and receive their water from a falaj called Falaj al Malki, as well as from artesian wells. Their palm groves blend in harmoniously with the slopes of al Jabal al Akhdhar, which lies on their western side. The wilayat is bisected by Wadi Halfain - an impressive green wadi with ghaf, sumr and sidr trees.

The old souqs and walled residential quarters include lzki's picturesque souq, which sells foodstuffs and agricultural produce and bustles with life between the midday and mid-afternoon prayer every day, though at no other time. The district of Harat Bani Hassan has several old houses with wide entrance gates and a deep spring called Ain al Maghabbah, which only runs dry during occasional periods of extreme drought. The spring of Ain Sa'anah is a popular picnic spot and enhances al Yaman's beauty and charn.

Traditional Occupations
The people of the Wilayat practice a number of occupations, industries. The main industries are leather tanning, textiles and weaving, and the main occupations are carpentry, agriculture and construction.