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Al Masn'a

Al Masn'a


The Wilayat of al Musana'ah has no factories as Ithe root of its name (masaani), might appear to suggest. However, it has something much more valuable - the riches of nature, and these can not be produced by any factory.In earlier times al Musana'ah was renowned for certain traditional industries such as the production of indigo, which was used to dye women's garments. It was also well-known for its sugarcane presses - a reflection of the fertility of its soil and the abundance of its water. The belt of trees along the edge of the desert - such as the evergreen rak (tooth brush tree) which the wilayat has adopted as its emblem - provides further evidence of the blessings nature has bestowed on al Musana'ah. The Wilayat of al Musana'ah is 160 Kilometres from the Governorate of Muscat. It borders on the Wilayat of Rustaq to the south, the Wilayat of Barka to the east, the Wilayat of al Suwaiq to the west and the Gulf of Oman to the north. It has a population of 56,659 and thirty villages. Despite the fact that it is beside the sea and has a seafaring history, another aspect of its character and past can be seen in its fifteen forts, castles and defensive walls. The main ones are al Maladdah Fort and al Qirt Wall.
The wilayat has numerous tourist attractions including a beautiful beach with fishing boats, including the traditional shasha, and flocks of seagulls. It has several lovely lagoons and creeks including the nesting colony of Khor Quraim with its mangrove thickets. Wadi al Ais is popular with visitors on account of its abundant water and lush trees; one of its springs - Ain al Ghareezah - has a particularly strong flow after the rains. Mawriyah is a favourite spot for local visitors.

Traditional Occupations
The traditional occupations are making textiles and Omani halwa, ship and boat (Shash) building, weaving handicrafts, making doors, pasturage of cattle and making embellishments of camels.