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Dima and AlTaaiyin

Dima and AlTaaiyin

 In the north it neighbours the Wilayat of Quriyat, which is part of the Governorate of Muscat, in the south the Wilayat of Ibra, in the east the Wilayats of Al Qabil and Badiya and in the west the Wilayats of Al Mudaibi and Bidbid, which is part of the Dakhaliya. It contains about 51 villages. The story-tellers say the people of the area once reared Arab horses and exported them to markets in India, by sea. They also traded them internally to other parts of the Sultanate and other areas thus the story-tellers relate. The name Wadi Taaiyin goes back to the time of the collapse of the Ma'rab Dam in the Yemen, when the Arab tribes fled to various places. The Ta'a tribe, part of the Al Qahtaaina tribe descended through Wadi Sma'il then came out to Wadi Al Taaiyin, where they settled. 

Some of the Al 'Udnaaniya trib also reached the wadi which is named for them. What about the name "Wadi Dima" The story-tellers say that the Wadi witnessed many local wars, which shed much blood (dima) and that the name of the Wadi goes back to thos events. The Wilayat of Dima and Taaiyin has many archeological features - forts, towers and old mosques. There are castles in Al Hamaam, Khabah I and Al Husun. There are also 87 towers distributed among various areas of the Wilayat, in addition to an old mosque, which has recently been renovated.The springs, falaj and caves in the Wilayat of Dima and Taaiyin are outstanding tourist attractions, 'Ain Falaj Al Mamar, 'Ain Falaj Al Sakhana, 'Ain Al Masafaa and 'ain Al Sakhana being the most important ones. Al 'Aqadaani, Al Qaria, Al Luwyaili, Al 'Ain, Al Taht and Falaj Or are some of the most important afalaj. The number of 'hot' afalaj is almost 200. There is one cave, Ghar Abu Habaan. Wadi Daiqah is also another tourist attraction.

Traditional occupations
The Wilayat of Dima and Al Taaiyin is famous for agriculture and animal husbandry. Much of the agricultural area has good grazing so animal resources have grown. It is the main income for the citizens of the Wilayat. In addition there are various agricultural products, such as several kinds of dates, which ripen early (about a month before any other Wilayats in the Sultanate) The early marketing of these dates is extremely lucrative for the farm owners. Khanjar making, weaving, jewellery making and blacksmithery are some of the important traditional industries.