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Al Suwaiq

Al Suwaiq


Visitors never realise that the Wilayat of al Suwaiq is one of the biggest commercial markets in the Batinah North Governorate, that it is known locally for its numerous souqs and that the town is full of modem shops. They are also generally unaware of the fact that the emblem of this coastal wilayat is a four-legged desert-browsing ship - in other words, a camel. These are two of the anomalies about this place. Firstly, the name of the wilayat - al Suwaiq - is a diminutive of ,souq, despite the fact that there have always been numerous souqs in the town and its surrounding villages. Secondly, despite the fact that sea-going vessels anchor off its beautiful shore, the wilayat's emblem is a ship of the desert. However, the visitor will find that these anomalies evaporate once he sees this beautiful wilayat and its prosperous town or bathes in its clear blue water and he will forget his cares if he goes out into the countryside and visits places like the sprawling ancient village of al Hailain, nestling between high mountains and bisected by a wadi of date groves and junipers. With one hundred villages, Al Suwaiq is the biggest wilayat in the Batinah North Governorate. It has the highest population density of any wilayat and the third largest number of inhabitants after the Wilayat of Seeb in the Governorate of Muscat and the Wilayat of Salalah in the Governorate of Dhofar. 
It borders on al Musana'ah to the east, al Khabourah to the west and the Niyabat of al Hawqain in the Wilayat of Rustaq to the south. Most of its population live along the 70-Kilometre coastline which forms its northern boundary. AL Suwaiq's long history is reflected in its numerous forts and castles - which include al Suwaiq Fort, al Tharmad Fort, Al Hilal Fort and al Maghabishah Fort - and the old mud walls around its old residential quarters. Where is the camel? This proud and beautiful animal that roams the sands is the emblem of the wilayat and camels can be seen in Suwaiq's desert tracts, either out in the open, or sheltering in the shade of a sumr or ghaf tree, or travelling over the bare terrain in small groups like the romantic caravans of old.Suwaiq's other attractions include its lush green wadis, mountains and wild life, the village of al Jahour in Wadi al Jahawar and the fresh water springs which bubble up among the rocks in the village of Dhayyan. The land is watered by 31 flowing aflaj including the aflaj of Baldat Mashayeq, Mabrah and al Hailain.

Traditional Occupations
Traditional products and occupations include fishing, halwa making, silver jewellery, including necklaces and khanjars, weaving, animal husbandry, carrpentry, palm wickerwork and leather work.