Ash Sharqiyah Region (Oman)

Ash-Sharqiyyah Region (Arabic: ٱلْمِنْطَقَة ٱلشَّرْقِيَّة‎, romanizedAl-Minṭaqah Ash-Sharqiyyah, lit. 'The Eastern Region') was the eastern minṭaqah (region) of the Sultanate of Oman. The capital of Ash-Sharqiyyah is Sur. On 28 October 2011 Ash Sharqiyah Region was split into Ash Sharqiyah North Governorate and Ash Sharqiyah South Governorate.[1][2][5]

Ash-Sharqiyyah Region

ٱلْمِنْطَقَة ٱلشَّرْقِيَّة

Al-Minṭaqah Ash-Sharqiyyah
Wadi Bani Khalid, a destination for tourists in the area[3][4]
Wadi Bani Khalid, a destination for tourists in the area[3][4]
Location of the former eastern region of Oman
Location of the former eastern region of Oman
Coordinates: Coordinates: 22°N 59°E / 22°N 59°E / 22; 59
Country Oman
Time zoneUTC+4 (GST)

Ash Sharqiyah Region consisted of eleven provinces Wilāyāt: Sur, Ibra, Al-Mudhaibi, Al-Kamil Wal-Wafi, Jalan Bani Bu Hassan, Jalan Bani Bu Ali, Wadi Bani Khalid, Dema Wa Thaieen, Bidiya, Al Qabil, and Massirah.[1] The main cities are Sur and Ibra.



In November, 2019, 45 well-preserved tombs covering a 50-80 square metre area and a settlement, dating back to beginning of the Iron Age, were discovered in Al-Mudhaibi by archaeologists from Oman and Heidelberg University. Archaeologists believed that the site belonged to the miners who were working in copper mining.[6]


Of particular touristic interest is the coast, which includes the headlands of Raʾs al-Ḥadd and Raʾs al-Ghaimah (Arabic: رَأْس ٱلْغَيْمَة‎). The stretch of beach (42 kilometres (26 miles)) between these two places is the most significant nesting ground in the Indian Ocean for green turtles. An estimated 13,000 turtles lay their individual clutches of 80 to 100 eggs annually.[7] Oman's Ministry of Regional Municipalities, Environment and Water[8] administers the site, which is one of the Sultanate's most important nature reserves.

In addition, there is Wadi Bani Khalid.[3][4] Located in the Hajar Mountains,[9] and what is now the northern governorate,[1] it is one of the most well-known wadis in the country.[10]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c d Babu Thomas (Web developer or designer). "Governorates of Sultanate Of Oman". Archived from the original on 2013-12-08. Retrieved 2013-06-09.
  2. ^ a b "Seven new divisions created in Oman". Khaleej Times. 2011-10-28. Archived from the original on 2013-05-24. Retrieved 2013-06-09.
  3. ^ a b Alimsk (2013-12-20). "Wadi Bani Khalid & Wadi Hawer". Oman Tripper. Retrieved 2018-03-25.
  4. ^ a b Pedro. "Visiting Wadi Bani Khalid, Oman: A Desert Paradise". Travel With Pedro. Retrieved 2018-03-25.
  5. ^ Seven governorates, officials named
  6. ^ "Iron Age Tombs Discovered in Oman | ARCHAEOLOGY WORLD". Retrieved 2020-09-17.
  7. ^ Rouchiche, S. (October 2003). Role of Planted Forests and Trees Outside Forests in Sustainable Forest Management (Rome (Italy): Forestry Department, Food and Agriculture Organization, October 2003), 10. Retrieved 2008-04-20.
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  9. ^ "Wadi Bani Khalid". Lonely Planet. Archived from the original on 2018-03-25. Retrieved 2018-03-25.
  10. ^ Claire. "Wadi Bani Khalid Oman – Stunning Canyon Photos + Visit tips (and swim)". ZigZag on Earth. Retrieved 2018-03-25.

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