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



The Wilayat of Mirbat is in the eastern part of the Governorate of Dhofar. It borders on the Wilayat of Sadah to the east, the Wilayat of Taqah to the west, Jabal Samhan to the north and the Arabian Sea to the south. It is 75 Kilometres from the city of Salalah. Its seas are teeming with fish and its coral reefs have made it one of the most popular destinations for divers in the country. In view of the importance of abalone as an economic resource, a study has been carried out on the possibility of setting up an abalone farming project in the wilayat with the aim of boosting the stocks of abalone in those areas which have suffered from over-fishing.
Mirbat has a population of 14,987 and is around 60 Kilometres from the city of Salalah. The Niyabat of Tawi Ateer comes under its jurisdiction. Some 25 Kilometres from the centre of the wilayat, it forms the western gateway to the Jabal Samhan reserve and has a gigantic cave with an area of over 300 million square metres called Taiq Cave, which is one of the biggest sink-holes in the world; its area is over 75 times as great as the area of the massive Seeduw Cave in Malaysia. Its discovery has truly put Tawi Ateer on the tourist map.

The Niyabat of Tawi Ateer, which is one of the biggest niyabats in the Governorate of Dhofar in terms of area, has extensive pastures and 116 villages.

Other tourist attractions in the Wilayat of Mirbat include the "place of the optical illusion", in which a car driver feels that his vehicle is going backwards despite the fact that his engine is turned off, he is not using his brakes and the car is moving for-wards and downhill.

This phenomenon can also be found in Scotland, Australia, China and various other places around the world. Tourists can also stand on the edge of Tawi Ateer Hole, which is 211 metres deep - the height of a 70-storey building - and listen to the sound of the birds that nest among its rocks and crevices.


Traditional Occupations
Common occupations in the wilayat include fishing, sardine drying, animal husbandry.  There are excellent pastures in the mountains, particularly during the sarb season from September to December, leather tanning, ghee production, frankincense production (particularly hawjari - the best quality frankincense) and boat-building, including model boats.