Raʾs al-Ḥadd (Arabic: رَأْس ٱلْحَدّ) is a village in Ash Sharqiyah district in Oman. It is on a point at the entrance to the Gulf of Oman.[1]

Ra's al-Hadd
رَأْس ٱلْحَدّ
Sunset in Ras al Hadd
Sunset in Ras al Hadd
Ra's al-Hadd is located in Oman
Ra's al-Hadd
Ra's al-Hadd
Coordinates: 22°31′59.1″N 59°47′53.9″E / 22.533083°N 59.798306°E / 22.533083; 59.798306

The region is served by Ras al Hadd Airport.

Geography edit

Al-Hajar Mountains are located to the west.[2]

The beaches at Ras al Hadd and nearby Ra's al-Jinz are known as a breeding ground for green sea turtles.[3][4][5]

Indian intelligence radar edit

There is an Indian listening post at Ras al Hadd,[6][7][8][9] and berthing rights for the Indian Navy at Muscat naval base.[10][11]

Landmarks edit

Ras Al Jinz Turtle Reserve edit

The Easternmost peninsula in Oman hosts one of the world's most important populations of green turtles. Throughout the year, these vast sea-reptiles haul their weight of up to 190 Kilograms[12] from the sea at Ras Al Jinz to lay the future of this endangered species.

From the around 100 eggs each female lays during a night, only one hatchling may survive to maturity. Visitors to Ras Al Jinz will find that the night walk to the beach may provide the rewarding experience of seeing the start of one of nature's most remarkable life cycles.

On 23 April 1996, Ras Al Jinz Turtle Reserve is designated as a nature reserve.[12]

Shopping edit

Located at the heart of Ras Al Hadd is the area's first shopping centre, Alfouz Hypermarket, which opened on 10 May 2018. The mall caters to the shopping needs of the people of Ras Al Hadd and also to tourists, with items from groceries to swimwear.

See also edit

References edit

  1. ^ "Ras al Hadd". HERE Maps. Retrieved 1 February 2019.
  2. ^ Cavendish, Marshall (2007). World and Its Peoples. Vol. 1. Cavendish Square Publishing. p. 11. ISBN 978-0-7614-7571-2.
  3. ^ Whelan, John (1981). Oman: A MEED Practical Guide. Middle East economic digest (MEED). p. 37. ISBN 978-0-7103-0013-3. Five species occur: the loggerhead, green, hawksbill, Olive Ridley and leather-back turtles. Of these, two species commonly breed in Oman — the loggerhead in Masirah, and the green turtle on the beaches of Ras al-Hadd.
  4. ^ Oman, 2nd: The Bradt Travel Guide - Page 239 Diana Darke, Sandra Shields - 2010 "The beaches of Ras Al Hadd and Ras Al Jinz provide nesting grounds for an estimated 20,000 turtles each year that migrate from as far as the Red Sea and the East African coast. Turtles can be seen virtually year round, but September to "
  5. ^ "MECA Open Data". Ministry of Environment and Climate Affairs. Archived from the original on 30 July 2018. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
  6. ^ "India activates first listening post on foreign soil: radars in Madagascar", Indian Express, 18 July 2007.
  7. ^ "Indian Listening Station In Oman Monitoring Pakistan’s Naval Communications.", CloseWar.Com.
  8. ^ ".", World Politics Review, 7 January 2015.
  9. ^ "India's string of flowers:India obtains two strategically significant toeholds in the Indian Ocean.", India Today, 27 March 2015.
  10. ^ Overseas Military Bases of Indian Archived 31 July 2017 at the Wayback Machine, Defence News Archived 2 October 2019 at the Wayback Machine.
  11. ^ "Naval muscle should fetch economic returns.", The Tribune, 20 March 2015.
  12. ^ "Ras al Had Turtle Reserve and the Heritage Site of Ras al Jinz". UNESCO World Heritage Centre. Retrieved 24 February 2021.

External links edit

  Media related to Ras al Hadd at Wikimedia Commons

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