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If they visit Sadah at the right time of year, visitors will have the chance to taste fresh abalone and lobsters straight out of the sea. This beautiful seaside wilayat with villages scattered along its shores is east of Mirbat and 135 Kilometres from the city of Salalah. It has numerous ancient buildings and its restored fort, which is at the eastern end of the chain of old fortifications along the Dhofari coast, is now a museum which contains various household utensils from earlier times. Some Kilometres from the centre of the wilayat are the ruined houses and towers of an old village known to the local people as al Mahallah. 
Hasik - a niyabat of the Wilayat of Sadah - is 70 Kilometres from the centre of the wilayat and 205 Kilometres from Salalah. Situated on a headland, its coast consists of steep limestone hills which have been eroded from below, while the seabed is sandy and sardines can be seen swimming in the shallow water. Hasik's chain of hills is broken by wadis and small creeks with sandy beaches.

The niyabat has an ancient ruined town and an old harbour that was used in ancient times for the export of frankincense. In Wadi Seenaq there is a khor (creek) surrounded by marine plants and shrubs that provide a refuge for nesting turtles and the migrant birds which breed in the nearby hills. Other khors and wadis include Khor Ahreez, Wadi Rabkut and Wadi Dahnat, which has the stone ruins of an ancient settlement on its banks, indicating that there was a prosperous town or city there in earlier times.

Hasik itself, with its unique harbour, was well-known to Arab seafarers as a trading centre on the Arabian Sea, particularly for merchants trading in top quality hawjari frankincense. Hasik has a natural sheltered harbour. Popular picnic spots during the rainy season include the cascading waterfalls of Natif and the overflowing pools fed by the springs of Shairookh and Ain 'Aidhah. In earlier times traders used to meet on the edge of the town to barter over their wares, which would then be loaded onto ships and transported to East Africa, Yemen and India.

The precious abalone breed in offshore waters. Some 45 tonnes of this rare shellfish with a high nutritive value are caught every year during the diving season'.
The administrative centre of the Niyabat of Hadbin comes under the Wilayat of Sadah. It lies on a stretch of coast with beautiful khors between two mountains - Ras at Naws and Jabrin - at the southern edge of the Jabal Samhan range and is 32 Kilometres from the centre of the wilayat. It is famous for its lobsters and abalone, as well as for several other varieties of fish.

Jawfa administrative centre, which also comes under the wilayat and lies five Kilometres to the north of the town of Sadah, used to be a staging post for the camel caravans carrying frankincense from Jabal Samhan to the old port of Sadah. It has several springs and wadis and a number of social housing units have been built in this area.


Traditional Occupations
In the area of indigenous industries, crafts and social customs, Sadah still engages in the frankincense trade to this day, as well as sea fishing. In view of its good returns, diving - in particular for Safilah - is first amongst the traditional livelihoods still practiced. Honey production is also popular here, and livestock breeding and herding. Fish baskets and nets are made, and tanning, plaster quarrying, palm frond weaving, pottery, weaving and embroidery are practiced.