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Balad Sayt in Oman ....{by Bassam}

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Deep in Oman's countryside are many villages that still retain their traditional charm and sense of rural solitude. Perhaps the most appealing of these is Bilad Sayt, a tranquil mountain hamlet tucked away in the protective embrace of Al Rostaq's rugged hills.Every year scores of local and foreign tourists make the bumpy journey by 4WD and on foot for a glimpse of this remote village and its picturesque settings. They marvel at its unspoilt beauty and traditional character, which is a world away from the bustle and stress that generally characterises life in urban areas.

Bilad Sayt's old-world appeal lies in its cluster of stone-and-mud dwellings laid out like steps along the slope of a rocky hill. It is a typical Omani communal-style settlement, not very different from the old neighbourhoods of Al Hamra, Nizwa and Adam where homes are built in a tight huddle. A labyrinth of narrow pathways connects these atmosphere dwellings, some of which are even two or three storeys high. A formidable square tower, now in poignant ruin, stands on top of the hill overlooking Bilad Sayt.

A verdant swathe of date palms and a patchwork of terraced fields accentuate the scenic beauty of this natural setting. All around are the impressive profiles of mountains that are a part of the Jebal Shams range.From somewhere deep within these mountains emerge crystal streams of water that eventually feed the village's two main aflaj. These nurture the area's lush heritage of date palm gardens and farms below. The overflow ends up in the wadi that skirts Bilad Sayt and meanders on for about 7km, cutting a deep swathe through the surrounding mountains.

Before it joins forces with the spectacular Wadi Bani Auf downstream, this wadi creates dramatic gorges that also invite discovery. Adding to the village's rustic charm is the sight of farmers tending lush fields of alfalfa, and womenfolk returning from the mountain springs with pots of fresh water gingerly balanced on their heads. In summer, men from the village set out early every morning to scour the nearby mountains for the bhoot tree that produces a type of sweet, purple-coloured berry. The tree usually grows along the ridges of high mountains, notably in Jabal Shams and Al Jabal al Akhdar, and its fruit is hugely coveted by Omanis around the Sultanate. Moreover, the bhoot is widely touted for its nutritive and health properties.

While looking for berries in the mountains, the villagers also check out caves and crannies for honey stashed away by wild bees. This pure, natural honey is also in great demand around the Sultanate. Because of its location high in the mountains of the Jebal Shams range, Bilad Sayt enjoys moderate daytime temperatures even in summer while the rest of the interior region sizzles. Winter weather can be especially pleasant. Just three kilometres from Bilad Sayt is another tranquil Omani village located deep in the wedge of mountains.

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Comments (97)

Bassam Jayousi on December 24, 2011

Thank you Roberto for visit, nice comment & Like

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year 2012


Bassam Jayousi on December 24, 2011

Thank you Alberto Asensio for visit, nice comment & Like62

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year 2012


Eber Beck on December 29, 2011

Beautiful landscape, greetings from Brasil

Bassam Jayousi on January 2, 2012

Thank you Eber Beck for visit and nice comment

Wish you a Happy New Year 2012


Pedro M on January 16, 2012

Very beautiful


Greetings, Pedro M

Bassam Jayousi on January 16, 2012

Pedro M, thank you for visit, nice comment and for Like63

Greetings, Bassam

Tore Denau on January 16, 2012

Bassam, la tua galleria fotografica è molto bella e curatissima nelle foto. Complimenti

Bassam Jayousi on January 23, 2012

Tore Denau, thank you very much for visit, nice comment and for the Like.

Greetings, Bassam

Marianne R. on February 20, 2012

Very nice picture and beautiful place! Like

Best wishes, Marianne

Bassam Jayousi on February 20, 2012

Marianne, thank you very much for visit, nice comment and for the Like68.

Best wishes, Bassam

Thanasis Germanos on February 21, 2012

It's a very nice picture and view. L69!!!! Greetings and best wishes Thanasis

Bassam Jayousi on February 21, 2012

Thanasis, thank you very much for visit, nice comment & for the Like69

Greetings, Bassam

Carles Garrabe on March 15, 2012

Fantastic view. Very nice capture. Like. Greetings, Carles

Kostia Semytskyi on March 16, 2012

Nice. Like

Bassam Jayousi on March 22, 2012

Carles, Kostia, thank you very much for visit, kind words and for the Like72,73.

Best wishes, Bassam

Buts Yuri on March 22, 2012

Wonderful mountain landscape! LIKE-74 ! Greetings from Ukraine. Yuri.

Bassam Jayousi on March 22, 2012

Yuri, thank you very much for visit, nice comment and for the Like74.

Best wishes, Bassam

Guizel J.c on April 26, 2012

Very beautiful picture and place



Bassam Jayousi on April 26, 2012

J.C., thank you very much for visit, nice comment and for the Like76+Fav21.

Best wishes, Bassam

Rakill on April 27, 2012

Wow! Good to know that places like these still exist.

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on November 1, 2010
  • © All Rights Reserved
    by Bassam Jayousi
    • Camera: SONY DSC-T70
    • Taken on 2009/01/10 15:02:39
    • Exposure: 0.004s (1/250)
    • Focal Length: 7.03mm
    • F/Stop: f/5.600
    • ISO Speed: ISO100
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash