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

Haima

Haima

It is a vast Wilayat located in the heart of the desert in the middle of the Sultanate of Oman. Neighbouring it from the south is the Governorate of Dhofar, in the north the Dakhaliya, and especially the Wilayat of Adam, from the east the Arabian Sea and from the west the Desert of Rub' Al Khali.
It is almost mid-way between Muscat and Salalah, 540 km from Muscat and about 500 km from Salalah in the Governorate of Dhofar.

In the Wilayat of Haima there are some tourist features such as caves. The most outstanding is the cave of Al Raki which is located in the north east of Ja'aluni, water emerges from this cave but it is not potable. There is also Al Masak cave which hasearth's surface. It can be reached through an opening with a sloping path. The fourth cave is called Qataar and there is water in it but it is not drinkable. There are also, besides the caves, 3 springs. One of them is called "Buyi Al Huja" which is a vast rock standing on a rocky foundation forming natural shade.

 

The second is called "Al Asla" and it is located in south west Al Habur, the lower part of it consisting of a column of rock, with stones rising above it, also providing natural shade.
The third spring is Qarn Alnuz which is characterized by salt dunes.
In addition to these natural tourist features there is a modern feature in the Wilayat which was first devised at the beginning of the 1970's by His Majesty Sultan Qaboos. His Majesty's directives established "the Arabian Oryx Reserve” in Wadi Ja'aluni in Jiddat Al Harasis which the International Committee of Heritage of Unesco added to its list of "places of World Heritage". Harasis is considered a place for tourism and an important one for those interested in the preservation of wild animals and the environment. 

Traditional Occupations
The Wilayat of Haima has a number of traditional arts and industries. The industries are, spinning and weaving, for which they depend on local raw materials such as goats’ hair and other animals they raise there. The desert women also excel in weaving palm fronds, deriving an income from these hand crafted articles in various artistic shapes and designs.They also make natural leather goods.

Traditional occupations are animal husbandry and pasturage of camels and goats. The Wilayat of Haima is characterized by its folk medicine, made from plants which are found in the desert.
There is a plant called "Darma" which they use, after drying and crushing it, to make a solution for use with water or milk to absorb the gases in the alimentary canal. It is taken twice a day - once in the morning and once in the evening before sleeping. It is also useful for regulating the blood.

The "Al Harmal" tree (African Rue), is a cure for headaches and colds. This tree is also used, after boiling, to cure skin diseases, especially allergies, by means of "Al Sabur" mixed in water with it. The "Ramrum" tree is used as an antidote for snake bites and scorpion stings.