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Shinas

Shinas

Although the Wilayat of Shinas is right up at the far end of the Batinah North Governorate on the Sultanate's northern border, it has enjoyed just as many of the benefits of modern development as the rest of Oman's wilayats. It has numerous tourist attractions, a lively commercial scene and a thriving agricultural sector and, thanks to its seaside location, it also has an important commercial sea-port. Its land is fertile and watered by flowing aflaj and it produces a wide variety of fruit and vegetables.Shinas is the "bottle-neck" of the Batinah North Governorate and it is through this wilayat that much of the overland traffic and trade passes between the Sultanate and the other Arab Gulf Co-operation Council states. It borders on the Gulf of Oman to the east and the Wilayat of Mahdhah to the west and the south. It is 300 Kilometres from the Governorate of Muscat and its beautiful coast extends from Khatmat Malahah in the north to al Dawaneej in the south.
The wilayat's history is reflected in old buildings like Shinas Fort near the souq. The fort's rectangular keep is surrounded by a perimeter wall with a tower at each of its four corners and it has a rectangular tower on the north-eastern side. The fort has now been restored to its former glory. Other buildings of interest include the forts of Rassat al Milh, Khadhrawain and Ajeeb and the dilapidated but historic fort of al Asrar. There are also over thirty towers, the most important one being the seaside tower of al Marir.The Wilayat of Shinas's seafaring history is reflected in the fact that in 2001 its old fishing harbour was converted into a commercial port to handle local trade in the north Batinah - particularly the trade in fish, livestock, consumer goods, vegetables and fruit.
Shinas is also an agricultural area and the falaj-irrigated land around its outlying villages produces Omani limes, tomatoes (the tomato is the wilayat's emblem) and a large number of other varieties of fruit and vegetables. There are two agriculture and fisheries advice centres - one in Shinas itself and the other in the north of the wilayat.The wilayat's 36 wadis include Wadi Ajeeb, which flows as far as al Wajajah, and Wadi Tumait, in addition to several wadis that flow from the mountains. One of these is Wadi Faidh, which is about fifteen Kilometres from the centre of Shinas.Shinas's charms are greatly enhanced by the many mangrove trees that grow along its coast and provide a refuge and nesting-place for resident and migrant birds. Khor al Qurm ("Mangrove Creek") - one of the wilayat's popular tourist spots - extends for a distance of five Kilometres from north to south, from al Wadayat to al Farfarah.   

Traditional Occupations
Although agriculture and fishing are the predominant occupations, there are also a number of tratitional crafts including palm wickerwork, carpertry and metal work.