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The Oasis town of Ibri is situated in the northern Al Dhahirah region of Oman. It is linked to Buraimi in the northwest and Nizwa in the southeast through Highway 21. Usually, the town is treated as a friendly stopover between Saudi Arabia and the UAE. But the treasure of Ibri lies in its heritage as it is the base for visiting UNESCO declared Heritage sites. These sites consist of preserved tombs at Al-Ayn, Al-Khutm and Bat that are famous for being the most well preserved and completed ancient ensemble in the world. It is also an archaeological site with landmarks such as towers, forts, castles and tombs.
The land of Ibri is also known for its oil. In 1979, there was a large metal hoard found here. The city of Ibri houses a small shopping complex opened in 2018. There is not much sold there but enough to buy stock up for camping around the area. There is also the Ibri College of Technology and the College of Applied Science. In the Oasis town, there are several unexplored Wadis which house plantation villages. Now with the opening of its Empty Quarter border with Saudi Arabia, pilgrims to Mecca are possible from Ibri.
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Heritage – the Oasis of Ibri is a treasure full of heritage and is popular for having the most complete, well preserved ensemble in the world.
Recreation – Ibri lacks recreational activities as it is an archaeological site and is not established as a leisure destination.
Archaeologists, historians and culture enthusiasts.
The distance between Muscat and Ibri is 300 km. There are buses from Muscat’s Azaiba Bus Station to Buraimi which pass by Nizwa and Ibri. These buses run twice a day and return back to Muscat. More... (Read More)