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The Omani territory of Madha (Arabic: مَدْحَاء‎, romanizedmadḥāʾ) or Wādī Madḥāʾ (Arabic: وَادِي مَدْحَاء‎) is an exclave of the Musandam Governorate, enclaved by the United Arab Emirates (UAE); inside it, there is a second-order enclave: Nahwa which is part of the UAE Emirate of Sharjah. Madha is located halfway between the Musandam Peninsula and the rest of Oman.

Madha

مَدْحَاء
Madha
Flag of Madha
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Madha is located in Oman
Madha
Madha
Location in Oman
Coordinates: 25°17′4″N 56°19′59″E / 25.28444°N 56.33306°E / 25.28444; 56.33306
Country Oman
GovernorateMusandam
Government
 • SultanQaboos bin Said al Said
 • Governor?
 • Wāli?
Elevation
41 m (137 ft)
Time zoneUTC+4 (GST)

The exclave is on the FujairahKhor Fakkan road, which is mostly in the Emirate of Sharjah, and covers approximately 75 km2 (29 sq mi). There are two exits to Madha on the Fujairah–Khorfakkan road. Although the boundary was settled in 1969, the Madha residents' decision to align with the Sultan of Oman dates back to the 1930s or 1940s. This territory is the only territory between UAE and Oman which is not lined with any barrier and there is no border crossing between Madha, Nahwa, or the UAE.[1]

Madha is mostly empty, with the developed portion, called "New Madha", containing roads, a school, post office, an 'Eid ground, police station, an Omani bank, electricity and water supply, and an airstrip. There is also a Royal Oman Police patrol.

The population is less than 3,000.[2]

In 2014, it was announced that a museum would be built[3] to house the collection of local historian Mohammed bin Salem al Mad’hani.

ClimateEdit

Climate data for Madha
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 24.6
(76.3)
24.6
(76.3)
27.8
(82.0)
32.8
(91.0)
36.7
(98.1)
37.9
(100.2)
38.5
(101.3)
37.7
(99.9)
36.6
(97.9)
33.9
(93.0)
29.9
(85.8)
26.1
(79.0)
32.3
(90.1)
Average low °C (°F) 13.6
(56.5)
14.1
(57.4)
17.2
(63.0)
20.7
(69.3)
24.4
(75.9)
26.6
(79.9)
28.6
(83.5)
28.3
(82.9)
25.9
(78.6)
22.1
(71.8)
17.8
(64.0)
15.2
(59.4)
21.2
(70.2)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 14
(0.6)
36
(1.4)
29
(1.1)
9
(0.4)
2
(0.1)
0
(0)
1
(0.0)
0
(0)
1
(0.0)
1
(0.0)
7
(0.3)
15
(0.6)
115
(4.5)
Source: Climate-data.org

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Madha village's pledge of allegiance changed the map forever". The National. Retrieved 2018-01-05.
  2. ^ Vaidya, Sunil K. (9 May 2009). "Tremors cause panic in Madha village in Oman". Gulf News. Retrieved 10 May 2013.
  3. ^ HAQUE, FAIZUL (11 Aug 2014). "Madha Museum Drive in Oman Collects OMR300,000". Times of Oman. Retrieved 22 June 2014.

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