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As Seeb

As Seeb

Al Seeb lies to the west of the Wilayat of Bowshar, occupying an narrow strip of coastline along the rim of the Gulf of Oman for a distance of 50 kms. Its population is around 223,267 persons distributed among 24 villages and townships. The Wilayat incorporates a number of sites of historical interest, the most significant of these being the citadel of Al Khodh, Jifnin, Raseel, Al Kharas and Al Saleel Towers as well as the towers of Wadi Al Haya. It has two walls, one of which, Sur Jimma, proved useful in the defence of the township of Wadi Al Lawami 200 years ago. The second, Sur Al Rawia, known as Beit Al Rawia or Al Rawia House, consists of six chambers and a liwan. It was built some 150 years ago. Beit Al Awad or Al Awad House is at Al Khodh. Founded in 1886 AD, it has a floor area of 1,200 sq. meters. 

Wilayat Al Seeb has around 140 mosques. One of the most significant sights in this Wilayat are the districts of Al Manuma, Al Khodh (interior), the coast of Al Hail, the Daymaniyat Islands, Al Khodh Park, Al Sahwa Tower Al Nasim Park, Al Mawalih, Al Maasila, Al Rusyail, Al Jirou, Al Jifnain, Al Mirorat and Al Bunoud.

Traditional Occupations

Amongst the traditional artisan crafts and skills are the weaving of palm fronds, Al Ghal, cloth weaving, the incense trade, marine crafts, garment making, gold and silver jewellery craft and fishing.

The Wilayat also has a number of inherited traditional customs and practices, the most common of which is a local form of bullfighting, in a form that excludes injury of the animals, commonly practiced on holiday and leisure occasions. The spectator participants assemble, usually at a venue on the outskirts of the town, and form a human chain. The contest now begins, taking the form of a series races. The competitors run between two bulls, the race being umpired by a person competent in this task and referred to as the "Colonel." Meanwhile the human chain of spectators around the pitch follows the proceedings with intensity akin to that of soccer fans. The winning bull is feted throughout the Wilayat and can expect a better price in the market for his success.

This Wilayat has its traditional occupations and customs too, among them camel racing, circumcision, Al Tabseel (date collection and processing), Al Judad, reciting the Qur'an, Al Taymina (recital of poems when child is one year old) and Al Halqa (pre-Eid souq) as well as celebration of the festive occasions and wedding feasts which abound in Oman. Popular games are snatchball, played with the fruit of the date palm, rope pulling, date palm shinning, singlestick fencing, jumping, Al Fakees, Al Darwaza, Al Lataj and, Al Karabia (traditional games). Al Ghouizia, Al Shell, Al Joum and Ain Al Sara'a.