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Oman

Ibri, civilisation before the great void.

Ibri is a modern town with a population of around 100,000. It is situated 300 km north west of Muscat. The town, at the threshold of an arid and sparsely populated zone, has many tourist activities and a variety of accommodation.

A fort, ruins and tombs

Like most towns in Oman, Ibri has its own fort, built more than 500 years ago. Today it is possible to visit this ancient military stronghold which was built to protect the town from possible invasion. The fort is in an excellent state. Just next to it, you can see the town mosque, considered to be one of the oldest in Oman. 

For those who like archeology, you must see the natural site of Al Sulaif, to the north of Ibri. It is an abandoned ancient fortified village. The walls date from the XI century. Venture out into the town's ancient narrow winding streets. From the top of the walls, you will have a view over Wadi Sulaif.

The tombs of Bat and Jebel Misht.

Also, the town has another archeological site: the tomb of Bat. This tomb was built more than 4,000 years ago and is classified as a UNESCO world heritage site. According to UNESCO, it is the most complete tomb of the period of the third millennium before JC. In total, you will find around ten intact tombs on this site. 

Accommodation and supplies

The town of Ibri is one of the last places of civilisation in the region. As you follow the road towards the desert or towards the south, taking the number 29 road, it will be time for a stop. In Ibri, you will be able to find accommodation for the night to charge those batteries before entering an arid zone with no place to stay. Also in the town you can find shops and banks at the second roundabout when coming from Rustaq

From this town, you have three possible options: continue your journey towards the north to get to the United Arab Emirates, continue west to get to Saudi Arabia, or follow the road south which leads to Salalah, crossing the Omani desert.

Claire MATILLON
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Updated 11 May 2016
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