On our way from Nizwa, Oman to Wahiba Sands, we stopped in a little ancient village called Maisfat Al Abriyeen, hidden in same mountain range as Oman’s highest peak, Jebel Shams. An ancient village hidden in the top of the mountains, famous for its palm, banana and mango trees.
Most houses in this little village are still built from mud bricks and clay. Very little modern building materials can be found. Many houses have been built more than a hundred years ago. The houses are built into the slope of the wadi (valley), they are one or a maximum of two stories high and stand very close together. The paths through the village are very narrow and lead you through arches and along the falaj watering system to the inhabitants’ irrigated terraces. The water comes from the mountains several kilometres away. The track down the slope follows some of the falaj system so you can follow the water into the fields. The track ends down in the dry wadi.
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