Al Buraimi, Preservation of the cultural heritage is an Omani feature rooted in the Omanis in different parts of the Sultanate, thanks to the citizen’s deep belief in the importance of preserving the cultural and historical heritage of this country, be passed down from one generation to another.
Perhaps the forts, castles and popular markets in the Wilayat of Al Buraimi are evidences of the citizen’s adherence to this legacy.
The Wilayat of Al Buraimi is located on the north-western border of the Sultanate, bordered from the eastern side by the Wilayat of Sohar and from the south by the Wilayats of Ibri and Dhank, and from the northern side by the Wilayat of Mahadha. It is characterized by the diversity of natural terrains of plains, mountains, sand dunes and valleys, and was formerly called “Ardh Al Jaw” or “Tawam”.
The Wilayat of Al Buraimi is one of the most important and largest wilayats in the Governorate of Al Buraimi. It is known for its old and modern trade. It is considered a center for commercial convoys. It is also a tourist attraction due to its various tourism and commercial elements.
Ahmed bin Faris al-Azani, member of the Municipal Council in the Governorate of Al Buraimi told Oman News Agency (ONA), “The Wilayat of Al Buraimi, like other wilayats in the Sultanate, maintains its famous history, where the castles and forts are evidences of the historic glory of the wilaya”.
Among the most prominent forts in the Wilayat of Al Buraimi is Al Hilla Fort located in the Souk neighborhood. It was built on an area of about 4,200 meters. The wilaya also has the Al Khandaq Fort located in the Hammasa area. It is surrounded by a 7.5-meter trench and a depth of About 3 meters and known as Al Khandaq after the trench that surrounds it.
Al-Azani added that the Wilayat of Al Buraimi witnessed during the glorious era of the Blessed Renaissance a great development in various fields, which strengthened its position and commercial importance, as it became famous for its markets and the diversity of commercial goods. One of the most important markets in the wilayat is ”vegetables and fruits” market, which is located next to Al Hisn roundabout in the center of the city. It has 148 shops where visitors can shop for vegetables, fruits, Omani honey, sweets and other local products.
The city also has the Antiquities Market that is located next to the Municipality Market. It is a museum that reflects the heritage of parents and grandparents. The visitor can buy many gifts that reflect the history of the Omani people and its heritage and traditional tools.
The Wilayat of Al Buraimi is famous for many traditional industries, the most important of which are date palm frond industries, where fronds are used in the production of many daily life tools, such as mats, food covers, date-keeping bags.
The Wilayat of Al Buraimi is also famous for the copper industries for the provision of various agricultural tools, in addition to the textile industry, where some women in the wilaya produce embroidered clothing for the locally called “Al Tali,” which is a cotton threads used for hand-decorated clothes.
Ahmed bin Faris al-Azani referred to the traditional arts in the wilaya locally called “Al Ayala,” as well as “Al Razha”.
Source: Oman News Agency