Al Hamra' Travel Guide

  • Moonscape of Al Hamra
    Moonscape of Al Hamra
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  • Misfat is hanging on the cliffs
    Misfat is hanging on the cliffs
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  • Taking time for a break
    Taking time for a break
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Al Hamra' Things to Do

  • Al-Hotta Cave

    Al-Hotta Cave in brief Al Hotta cave is located at the foot of Jabal Shams, in the vicinity of the Tanuf Valley in Al Hamra district. It is more than 5km long traversed by underground River. The Omani Ministry of Tourism have undertaken an initiative to make the lower part of the cave an environmentally sound tourist attraction. A socio-economic...

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  • Walking tour of Misfat

    Entrance is free. Opening hours are daylight. There is no guard, no official notices or placards.When you arrive at this pedestrian-only town, park just on the outside and walk in. Follow the beaten path into the old corridors. Do not wonder into any homes unless you have permission. Do now walk in any of the terraced fields. Do not pick or eat any...

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  • Donkeys

    The donkey is an important transportation in the mountain areas of Oman where vehicles cannot reach. They are used to transport goods among different towns, as well as carry supplies for tourists going for mountain trekking in Oman. You will see some donkeys in Misfah, which the locals allow them to roam about the town.

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  • The Falaj (water channels)

    The Falaj is a very vital component of the rural towns of Oman, including Misfah, as these man-made channels provide fresh water from the mountains to the towns. A visit to Oman will not be complete without seeing the Falaj and you can see (as well as walk along it which the locals do) it in Misfah.

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  • Misfah: Agriculture & Cliffs

    If you are walking around Misfah, you will realise that there are some simple agriculture in this town since there are crops being grown on the terraces of the slopes. Across the other slide of the deep gorge next to the town and terraces, there is a steep cliff of the mountains which makes the entire scene looks very awesome.

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  • The narrow streets of Misfah

    The streets of Misfah are narrow and historical. Exploring this town is like going back in time where people used to live many centuries ago. The architecture of the old buildings are very interesting and you can see the local people going about their daily life. It is generally safe to visit Misfah as the locals are very friendly.

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  • View of Misfah as you approach this...

    The view off the road as you approach Misfah is indeed very beautiful with the town jutting out of the Western Hajar Mountains. Msifah remains one of the most historical town in Oman where not much have changed throughout the years.

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  • Exploring the town of Al Hamra

    You should explore the old town of Al Hamra and experience the locals going about their daily life, the interesting architecture of the buildings and the many palm trees in this area. When driving, you have to pay extra attention as the roads here are very narrow.

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  • Watch tower at Al Hamra

    There is the remains of an ancient watch tower on the plateau overlooking the town of Al Hamra. This watch tower is worth a visit, and you can sit around and admire the beautiful scenery from up here.

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Al Hamra' Local Customs

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    by DSwede Updated Jun 14, 2009

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    Al Hamra and more specifically Misfat Al Abriyyin are conservative Muslim towns. The people are wonderfully polite and courteous, so it would be respectful to pay them the same courtesy!

    The people in the area dress with typical robes and headdresses. While it is not expected that you do the same, it is respectable to cover your upper arms. Also, if you are wearing shorts or a skirt, make sure they are long enough to cover your knees.

    Despite the fact that some of the structures may appear deserted, do not wonder inside unless you have direct permission.

    The people here are going about their daily lives. While they are generally quite happy to pose for photographs, it is polite to ask for permission before doing so.

    The people are very generous. If anyone offers you any hospitality, it would be rude to decline. Take off your shoes, do not show the soles of your feet and respect their homes. I was invited inside by a child to his families home where his older brother made me a cup of tea. Great people!

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Al Hamra' Favorites

  • Old & New

    Although the attractions of Al Hamra and Misfah are the old towns, the people in these towns are moving into the new town areas which are located nearby. Therefore, you will see one part belonging to the old town & another part belong to the new town (with new houses of course). This photograph shows the new town portion of Misfah, also located...

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  • Strange encounters

    During my time in Misfah, I am surprised that many small fishes actually live in the waters of the Falaj (water channels) which supply fresh water to the town. I even spotted a pair of frogs next to the Falaj and apparently they may be mating. Next expect to find frogs in this part of Oman !

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  • Tracing the source of the Misfah Falaj

    When I was in Misfah, I had the chance to go a relaxing walk to trace the source of the Falaj (water channel) of Misfah. This involves walking along the Falaj for about 20 minutes (one way) before finally reaching the source among the mountains. The walk is relatively easy except for one small part where I have to take off my shoes and walk in the...

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