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Shaleem and The Hallanitat Island

Shaleem and The Hallanitat Island


The Wilayat of Shaleem and the Hallaniyat Islands is not a heavily populated area, and it is somewhat isolated and less developed than the other wilayats of the Governorate of Dhofar. Even so, the Renaissance has left its mark here and, despite the fact that this wilayat is still unspoilt, each of its three niyabats has an administrative centre which offers the local people a full range of services.The Wilayat of Shaleem and the Hallaniyat Islands lies up the coast around 300 Kilometres from the city of Salalah. It has three niyabats are al Shuwamiyah, Deemeet and the Hallaniyat Islands - a group of five small islands (al Halaniyah, al Qibliyah, Shaneef, al Sawdah - which are home to numerous species of sea birds and al Hasikiyah).  The population is concentrated on the island of al Halaniyah and services are provided for the local inhabitants by air or by sea; there is a small landing strip on the island as well as a harbour. 
There are three routes to the Wilayat of Shaleem and the Hallaniyat Islands. Visitors from Salalah can reach it via Thumrayt by turning right towards Marmul. It can also be reached from Haima by taking the road towards Nimr, or along the coast road through the Wilayat of al Jazer in the direction of al Lakbi.

The fourth route will be available when the road has been cut through the mountain sepa¬rating the niyabats of Hasik and al Shuwamiyah, enabling travellers to take the coast road from Salalah to Muscat via the towns and villages of the Wusta and Sharqiyah Governorates, rather than the inland desert road to Muscat as is the case at present. The wilayat is renowned for its lovely sandy and rocky beaches.

 It has enormous quantities of fish in its offshore waters and several private sector companies have invested in local fish canning and marketing projects. Other notable natural features include springs, creeks, lagoons and headlands. The Niyabat of al Shuwamiayah is linked to the centre of the wilayat by a 40 Kilometre-long asphalt road. With plenty of tourist potential as a summer resort, its main features are thirty Kilometres of beautiful beaches, wadis such as Wadi Fagharah, archaeological sites and caves.


Traditional Occupations
The most prominent of the traditional livelihoods engaged in by the local population is the raising of camels, sheep and goats, pearl-diving, the harvesting of frankincense, palm-frond weaving and the making of leather goods, and a variety of needlecrafts engaged in by the women of the Governorate.