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bidiya

bidiya

This Wilayat is almost in the middle of the Sharqiya, north of it is the Wilayat of AI Qabil and in the east it neighbours the Wilayats of Al Kamil and Al Wafi and Wadi Bani Khalid.I contains about 15 villages. Story tellers relate that it was established when the Hajjaris (who are the majority of the inhabitants) arrived there. That was in 1008 A.H. They built castles and forts, and they made a number of falaj, before which the Wilayat was reliant on wells. This stage "the descending of the Hajjaris" was considered the beginning of its prosperity and so they called it "Badiya" (the beginning) - thus relate the story tellers .One of the most important sites, in the Wilayat of Badiya is the fort which the Ministry of National Heritage and Culture restored recently; It is the fort of Al Mintarib. 
There is also the fortress of Al Wasil. This is surrounded by four towers, in addition to three other forts, which are called Al Shaariq, Al Hawiya and Al Ghabi.
Added to the tourist attractions of the Wilayat are the falaj, springs and other pleasant places. The most important falaj are Al Mintarib, Al Shariq, Hatwah, Al Qa'a, Al Jahas, Dibeek, Al Raka, Shaahik, Al Heeli, Al Hawiya, Al Dhaahir, Al Mutaaw'a and Al Ghabee. The most important springs, famous in the Dhahir area are: 'Ain Yaya, Habseen, Abu Saheela, Abu Sareema, Abu Ghafa and 'Ain Al Tamr. In addition to all this, nature plays a beautiful role in the Wilayat of Badiya. The environment differs between sand and mountains, the coast and green oases. The Wilayat is famous for Arabian horse and camel racing which takes place at the end of each week. Many enthusiasts from both inside and outside the Sultanate, watch these races.
 
Traditional occupations
Agriculture is the main occupation for most people in the Wilayat. The most important of its crops are fruit and vegetables and animal fodder, They also cultivate grazing and animal husbandry The traditional industries are : gold and silver working - jewellery, Khanjars and swords, and special tools such as the "Makharif" which is used to collect dates from date palms and also the "Dharuf used to storing dates, leather tanning for Khanjar belts, sword scabbards and weaving with leaves, mainly ropes.