Al Suwaiq means 'market' in Arabic. The town is also recognized as one of the Wilayats (also the largest Wilayat) of Al Batinah North governorate. Here, people get to see the mountains, the valleys and the plains along with the coast all located at short distances from each other. Each year, a considerable number of tourists visit Al Batinah and spend a day or so in Al Suwaiq. Here, they can explore the scenic countryside, learn about its history and culture, go sightseeing, visit the shores of the Gulf of Oman and enjoy some delicious local food.
Back in the time, the town was known for its souqs. Locals living in the mountains and on the coastal areas would visit Al Suwaiq to sell or purchase goods. Once an off-the-grid town, Al Suwaiq has evolved over the years and, at present, one can see a blend of traditional and modern Al Suwaiq that still retains its picturesque quality. Therefore, several locals from Muscat also visit this coastal destination over the weekend.
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