Al Shohoom basks in nature’s glory


Al Shohoom in the Wilayat of Ibri in Al Dhahirah Governorate is a beautiful town with its date palms, high leafy trees and waters trickling from the mountains and rocks. Photo - ONA

Around 62 kms away from the Wilayat of Ibri, Al Shohoom town is one of the prominent tourist spots in the Al Dhahirah Governorate. A historic town, Al Shohoom is witness to the progress of the civilisation with a number of forts and towers such as the ancient Rimi Fort, the juxtaposed towers Al Qisim and Al Ghoul, Al Najida Tower, Al Sabah Tower, Al Hijra Tower, and the two opposing towers of Al Ouqiba and Al Fowailiq

Ibri: A number of towns and villages in the wilayat of Ibri in Al Dhahirah governorate are of interest to tourists because of their archaeological assets and beautiful landscapes.

Among these towns is Al Shohoom, which in itself is a gift of nature — an oasis among the
mountains.

Al Shohoom is 62km away from the wilayat of Ibri and is one of the tourist areas in the Al Dhahirah Governorate. It includes a number of small villages like Al Rasisi, Sa'ba, Rimi, Al Bid'ah, Al Rumailah, Al Khur and Al Najd.

Al Shohoom is a beautiful town with its date palms, high leafy trees and waters trickling from the mountains and rocks.

Thanks to its geographical position and beautiful natural environment, Al Shohoom is considered a tourist attraction that reflects the beauty of nature. There is a mountain chain connected to Al Jabal Al Akhdar, a wall that colours with its magnificence, and towers that tall over the whole scene.

As Al Shohoom is a historic town and is considered a witness to the progress of civilisation of man.

The town has a number of forts and towers, such as the ancient Rimi Fort, the juxtaposed towers Al Qisim and Al Ghoul, Al Najida Tower, Al Sabah Tower, Al Hijra Tower, and in the distance , there are the two opposing towers  — Al Ouqiba and Al Fowailiq.

Each of the forts and the towers has a tale and a story that narrates the bygone history of Oman.
There are a number of valleys and springs in Al Shohoom, including the valleys of Al Bilad, Al Jabal, Sasir, Rimi, Al Rasisi, Sa'ba, the largest valleys in Abri which pass through the town of Muqniyat and come together in the centre of the wilayat.

Al Shohoom valley is a fertile oasis because of the abundance of water and the density of trees.

Visitors, tourists and families like to spend their precious time in recreation and comfort here, which also has aflaj and water springs.  Most notable of all is Ain Al Sokhna, a hot water spring in winter which turns cool in summer. Al Shohoom is famous for its aflaj of Al Mazra, Al Najd, Al Ouqiba, and Al Muhaidith in Sa'ba, Al Rasisi and Rimi.

Among the beautiful touristic valleys, abundant with water, is the resort of Ghail Al Suraim, which has water throughout the year. Al Shohoom valley is home to  many varieties of trees, such as the mango, lemon and other fruit bearing ones.

Generally, Al Shohoom is cool in winter and has a moderate weather in summer. It is surrounded by towering mountains and low lying hills. The village is famous for its beautiful farms and orchards which are rich in various crops.

The people of Al Shohoom have their rich customs and traditions including traditional crafts like yarning and products made from the leaves of date palms, yarn, etc. Among the folklore the famous ones in Al Shohoom are Al Razha, Al Ayala and others. Young people still preserve the art of shooting and they organise shooting competitions on various occasions, such as holidays and wedding events.
Al Shohoom enjoys a host of services in the sectors of health, education, roads and communications. In the road sector, the Al Shohoom-Maqniyat road has been paved and the road inside the village has been provided with lighting. The Bilad Al Shohoom-Al Hajr road is currently under construction.

As for the health sector, the Al Shohoom health centre has been opened. In the education sector, there is the Al Shohoom School, which consists of three floors, and along with Zaid bin Al Khattab School, it was opened in the 1980s.

In the telecommunications sector, the mobile and fixed phone network are functional  and work is going on currently to boost the superfast Internet.

Economically, Al Shohoom is rich in agricultural resources. It is also rich in livestock resources, along with honey and other

resources. This town has been a source for the nearby towns and mountain dwellers who often descend from mountains to purchase dates, wheat and other products.

Al Shohoom in the Wilayat of Ibri in Al Dhahirah Governorate is a beautiful town with its date palms, high leafy trees and waters trickling from the mountains and rocks.

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Ain Al Sokhna sounds fascinating. Is the seasonal water temperature an apparent difference in relation to the air temperature or does the waters temp actually change between summer and winter?



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